I've had my V6 4WD towing package Tacoma for 160,000 miles since 1997. It has hauled heavy loads, pulled heavy loads, been seriously offroad (fire roads, creeks, 4wd tracks, mountain trails). Truck still cruises at 85-90 mph for hours, still climbs rocky trails like a champ. In 8 years, has only needed gas, oil, and tires, and one set of shocks. Gets 22 mpg hiway, 17 around town. Locking gas cap. Paint still great, nothing rattles, everything works as well as day 1.
6cyl engine has more power than I've ever needed. Truck is fast, and 4WD system is tremendous. Truck is tremendously strong for its size, and utterly reliable, every time, no matter how far you are from a real road. Perhaps best truck Toyota has ever built.
Toyota needs to fix their seat belt retractors, which *always* leave belts unretracted on most models of Toyota.
This is an incredible truck. Good looking, reliable, fast, hardworking. I bought it with 54k on it and now it has 167k. Never has skipped a beat. Have taken it offroad many times and it did the job effortlessly. This is quite possibly the best truck you can buy.
1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab SB
Very reliable vehicle. Has never
failed to start since 1997. Routine
maintenance has been performed
regularly. With 110000 miles it is
just starting to use about a quart of
oil between oil changes. The gas
mileage is 30 miles per gallon
consistently. Check engine light came
on at 100000, dealer said it was the
catalytic converter. One pint of "Sea
Foam" gas treatment in half tank of
gas and the light went off and stayed
off. A very good truck overall. Small
and sporty, easy to park, good power
from the small four since the truck is
Very reliable and economical.
The turning radius is a bit large. The
suspension is too firm (rough)
especially on Missouri roads(some of
the worst in the country). This truck
needs a sports car ride and less truck
1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
This truck is a great value. It's
tough, dependable, reliable, and
considering these trucks are "Built to
last" many years, the slightly higher
price is well worth it. Very low and
easy maintenance- have owned since new
(currently 135K mi), mainly just change
oil, add gas, and drive!!. The only
repairs of concern were A/C and a new
fuel injector. The 4cyl. manual is
suprisingly powerful, the hauling
capacity is "at least" 1/2 ton, and the
4x4 system is, from what I've
heard...superior to all others. Right
now for small trucks, the Tacoma is the
only one I'd consider.
Shift-on-the-fly 4x4, stylish and
aggresive looks, and the 10.5" (stock)