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Not sure these trucks can be killed.
By shelbert1 on 09/04/13 14:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I have owned 2 vehicles since 1985, my whole driving life. My 1st truck at 15 was a 1980 toyota pickup, I ran it to 550k miles before giving it to my brother in 1998. I purchases this 1996 Tacoma as a replacement. Was hoping for half the life of my 1st. It did not disappointed me yet. Just turned over 350k miles and is still my daily driver. Would not even think twice about heading cross country. I have replaced a starter, clutch master cylinder, and all bushings and ball joints (only one failed but I changed them all). Have yet to even replace the clutch but it is starting to slip I will buy another one if this one does give it up.
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My little truck
By timmybird on 08/13/08 21:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought my 96 from my father in law with 96000. He drove long distances to work every day and racked up the miles. It was factory serviced all the way up to the point I bought it in 2000. I have never owned a toy but always wanted one. It was a dream come true for me. This truck ran like a brand new car for a long time. I still own the truck and have replaced the rotors twice, pads, and a plate inside the starter. That is it maybe 300 dollars in maintenance. It has never left me hanging stuck some where looking for a tow truck. It now has 203,000 and still going strong, not bad.
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I will cry when I have to get ride of it
By LWags on 07/31/08 12:00 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

This is my first very own vehicle and I couldn't have gotten any luckier! I have been driving this truck for 11 1/2 years and its still going strong. Gets around surprisingly good in winter. I replaced the starter approx 5 years ago and other than that I have only done preventative maintenance. I have been rear and front ended and the other vehicles came out worse off than the truck!! I am in the market for a new Toyota and would have no problems selling my truck to a friend or family and know that they would be taken care of!
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Amazing!
By jim on 01/03/08 10:12 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

My ratings are based on this truck's performance in its best days. 4cyl, 4 spd, basic model. Sadly, at 310,000 miles it's begining to decline. I bought it with 4500 miles and since then all that's been replaced other than the usual things is the starter - NOTHING ELSE! Clutch began to slip at 290,000; AC broke at 295,000 but that's it! I'm having to downshift a lot to get it up hills but it's been a phenomenal vehicle. I just sold an '03 fully equipped 4wd CrewCab Tacoma with almost 100k that looked and performed like new. Sad to see it go but I didn't need a fancy commuter anymore. Hope our '01 Sequoia will perform as well even with all its fancy stuff.
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Dependable Tonka
By Thai on 10/13/05 13:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I have had this truck for a few years. The only major maintenance was the starter. I have started to take it from LA to San Francisco. Tight fit on the inside. I agree I feel the bumps in the road. Mine is automatic and it is starting to feel rough in fourth gear.
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For a little truck, I love it.
By Bob on 05/21/05 09:10 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

This truck has been great. The truck was bought with 40k miles,and now has 267k. The only problem has been the catalytic converter, I am now on my 3rd. Beyond that, everything has been great, just regular maintenance. I am starting to feel a slight slip in the transmission when I shift from reverse to drive. The ride is not the most comfortable, ever since I bought the truck, I have felt every bump and crack in the road. I love this truck and feel it has gone well above and beyond what was expected of it.
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Reliable little truck
By IAGuy on 01/12/05 23:01 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I am the original owner of this truck with 100k. The only non maint. item was the starter. 30mpg, tight turning radius. Downside: bland looks, cramped interior, terrible seats. Also has high wind/road noise and is easily blown about by high winds.
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96 Tacoma
By TNguy2001 on 07/30/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

Two exhaust system replacements and one catalytic converter replacement. Squeeky suspension for about 7 of the 8 years of ownership.
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