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1995 Toyota Tacoma for Sale (Sold)

Sold!

I'm hesitantly selling my Tacoma. It's a 4x4, extended cab, base model truck. It has the inline 4 with a timing chain, not a mere belt.

It has been exceptionally reliable and has some excellent tires with about 10,000 miles on them (Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX). They are commonly seen out in West Texas oil fields because of their mesquite thorn resistance. Not the quietest tire on the highway, but also a lot quieter than others and reasonable in my opinion.

The 4x4 works great. The manual locking hubs turn freely by hand.

Good

  • Low rust, Texas truck. Clear Texas title in my name.
  • Reliable.
  • 5 speed.
  • No timing belt to break.
  • Steering builds muscle.
  • Has trailer hitch and 4 pin connector that work as they should. (No hitch included.)
  • It's white. Makes it more tolerable in the heat with the A/C out. The back window also helps.
  • It'll almost certainly get you across the country with minimal fuss.

Bad

  • Steering builds muscle (power steering pump belt is out).
  • Very big crack in windshield, should be replaced but no issues from it so far.
  • Alignment isn't perfect, but not the worst either.
  • Currently overfilled with oil and burning some as a result, most likely.
  • Some oil leaks, does mark where it's been.
  • 270k miles and counting. So maybe about half way done if you take care of it.
  • Paint chipping, dings, etc.
  • A/C is out. When I charge it, it leaks right out.
  • When the truck has been driving for a while, it feels like the rotors are warped (or some other instability) under braking. But not unless it's been driving for a while. The rotors seem true and the front pads are good.
  • Oil pressure light wiring is flakey and will come on because of it.

Ugly

  • The 2.7 liter motor (not 22RE) makes the power at the top end and is pretty slow. Unless you never encounter wind, elevation, and/or hills, the 3.4 V6 is probably the way to go. I can pull roughly a 2,000lb (just a guess) cargo trailer and have about 500lbs in the bed. It's mostly in 3rd or 4th gear, though. Occasionally 2nd.
  • Cast iron exhaust header is cracked and should be replaced. Sounds like welding is likely not going to be a long term fix.
  • It was in an accident at one point and you can see where the fender is slightly collapsed. It's not a big deal if you treat it like a work truck.
  • The power steering pump has a very noisy bearing. I think it's the one closest to the pulley. It should be rebuilt or replaced before you put a belt on it.

I am picking up a 1985 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 as a project / daily driver. I want to homestead as well, so eventually would like a full size truck as a companion vehicle. The Tacoma is great for light duty around town. I have had it on many long drives, short trips, 4x4 on not the easiest trails, and it made it through all of it.

Some recent work

  • Headlight replaced.
  • One of the manual locking hubs was taken apart and fixed (improperly assembled at one point).
  • Oil changes have been kept up with (albeit overfilled at the moment).
  • Valve adjustment in the last 10k.
  • Catalytic converter in the last 5k.
  • Trailer wiring fixed.

I think as-is, for a reliable Tacoma 4x4, $3,000 is a fair price. If I fix the windshield, exhaust manifold, and power steering (which isn't a priority for me, I like how it feels most of the time), it might cost $1,000-1,500 and raise the value about that much.

Where I can likely sell the truck

This is time dependent.

  • Albuquerque, NM (dunno if it'll pass emissions or not, but this is where I'm picking up the Landcruiser)
  • El Paso, TX
  • Van Horn, TX
  • San Angelo, TX
  • Fort Collins, CO (again, may not pass emissions but at least the catalytic converter is recent)

Closing notes

I'm probably missing a few things. Likely more wrong with the truck than I'm mentioning. But, it is a very good truck if a small 4x4 pickup is what you need. I still recommend holding out for the V6, but there are cases for the inline 4 that mine has.

Pictures

1995 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 in Van Horn, Texas

1995 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 in Sonora, Texas

1995 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 near Guadalupe Peak

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1995 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 in West Texas

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