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1996 Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota Tacoma Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 142 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    For the 1996 Toyota Tacoma, Regular Cab 4WD models can be equipped with a new Off-Road Package.

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (11 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Engine is worn out

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

I bought this truck, have done front rotors, painted the truck and performed some routine maintenance. I am a mechanic by trade and expected this vehicle to hit 500,000 miles because of the reputation of Toyotas. I got it at 198,000 miles and changed some of the engine sensors, plugs wires and ignition coil trying to fix a power issue. Finally I found the engine is simply worn out, my compression is below the minium specification on two cylinders. The piston rings are worn out and the valves are worn as well. I have tried all kinds of chemicals including Zado. It runs well and crainks a bit long when cold but does run and is not noisy mechanically. Chemicals did help my transmission.




Most reliable vehicle i've ever

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

It has been a superb vehicle. Only things replaced: sensor inside catalytic converter; solenoid in starter; & manifold. I'm just now getting to the point that the clutch assembly needs replaced with almost 280,000 miles on the truck. Great lumbar support for my back. I'd like to change a few things inside the cab that were not well designed, but they are small issues compared to the truck's reliability and great gas mileage. I'll keep it until I'm too old to drive a stick shift!




Making it fun

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

Have enjoyed owning this vehicle so much and Toyota's reputation for quality and reliabilty are well-founded. The pickup rides almost as good as any comfortable car but will go places an auto and most trucks can't think about.




Great little truck

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

Absolutely reliable, fun to drive, good gas mileage. I expect I will get another 10 years out of it, easily.




Great truck

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

very dependable. no problems of any kind.




96 tacoma

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Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB

I have had nothing but good luck with this vehicle, I'm just getting ready to do the 90,000 go through with this truck.



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What's New for 1996

For the 1996 Toyota Tacoma, Regular Cab 4WD models can be equipped with a new Off-Road Package.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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