I purchased my 1997 Toyota Tacoma LX V6 Extra Cab in '99 with 67,000 miles on it. Today, it has 272,000 miles. I've only replaced the radiator, O2 sensor, a ball bearing joint, and the starter, as well as, the normal required maintenance such as timing belts. It is a true work horse, and a remarkable automobile for reliability and function considering the other vehicles I've witnessed. I've been offered by three different individuals on separate occasions to buy it from me. It's not going to happen.
With the V6, it has a lot of get up and go. It always surprises friends and family who borrow it. Good gas mileage; can actually squeeze 5 people in; I added aluminum wheels which makes the truck look sharp.
The only thing that I don't like is the turning radius.
Awesome vehicle! After 128k miles, no problems. Engine and cruise control work perfectly. Interior components have started to rattle a bit, but that is to be expected on a truck with so many miles. Good gas mileage, good power in V6 model. Speakers aren't great. Back seats don't have enough room for passengers (but space is good for cargo). Front seats also a little uncomfortable, especially if you're tall.
Reliability, power, performance.
More comfortable seats, better stereo, but its all moot, this is a '97!
Excellent vehicle. Only negative trait
is the large turning radius. It (the
turning radius) was reported as a
negative in Edmund's review, but I
didn't think it would be too much of a
problem. But it is. Not to the extent
of not buying one, but one must be
aware of the large turning radius when
operating it. It affects parking
capability, U-turn capability, and
close confinement capability. A few
more inches of clearance would be
beneficial as well. I think these
issues were addressed with the '98
Tacomas. So, a few (2-4) inches of
clearance would be nice, but a smaller
turning radius would be much, much
Comfort. Performance (3.4 litre power
with an un-loaded truck is pretty
impressive). Looks. Dependibility.
Just decrease the turning radius and
increase the clearance by 2-4 inches.
I believe this was accomplished with
the '98-'99 Tacomas. Otherwise, it's a
great truck (the '97 Tacoma).