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Disappointment for a Toyota
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By Josh C.
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

Within a year of purchase my Tacoma overheated twice on a flat interstate at normal speeds and once in West Virginia. Auto trans prevents effective use of already limited power and gas mileage has never been above 22. Under load, it sinks to around 12. It now has 106k miles and I've repaired the transmission linkages 4 times and had numerous electrical problems. Very disappointing for the reputation of a Toyota.


Best Features

Decent stock stereo with tape deck. Good sound quality.


Worst Features

More efficient 4 cyl and better steering. Turning radius is similar to a school bus.


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Tacoma
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By tacoaLX
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Great truck, very reliable and good on gas. Also has off road features, 5.5" lift, Rhino lining bed spray.


Best Features

Chrome brush guard and siderails. Fiberglass hard topper. Reese hitch. Manual trans.


Worst Features

Tint windows


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It will outlast you
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By AlabamaGuy
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab V6 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Toyota needs to fix their seat belt retractors, which *always* leave belts unretracted on most models of Toyota.


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None like it on the road today
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By None like it
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab V6 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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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.


Best Features

Timeless exterior style, handling, reliability


Worst Features

Rear end a little light


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Toyota 97 4x2 5speed 2.4L Extra cab LX
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By 97toyo
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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
light weight.


Best Features

Very reliable and economical.


Worst Features

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 feel.


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