1998 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Review: One of the toughest trucks in

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One of the toughest trucks in the world.
By Eugene on


1998 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


I wanted an old Toyota truck ever since I went on a missions trip to Haiti a few years ago. The roads were so bad and the people were so poor there, that the only vehicles that survived were the old Toyota trucks. I bought one with 118k miles, and it has about 150k so far. The truck has been reliable, except it ran poorly for a while due to the timing belt slipping a few teeth. I blame the Toyota dealer, because they replaced the timing belt and water pump right after I got the truck. Now, I do all my own maintenance, and I hope to drive it 300k miles before any major overhaul is needed. There is no rust on the body yet. I get about 21 mpg on the highway, and it has a lot of torque.

Best Features

Durable engine and tranny. Easy to engage 4WD. Simple dash layout.

Worst Features

Wish the 3.4l V6 engine had a steel timing chain to make it more bullet proof.
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