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1999 ToyTacomaReview by PJM
By taco1999 on
Vehicle1999 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 2dr Extended Cab SB
ReviewWow, I bought this Tacoma almost 12 years ago. I have never put a dime into it except for routine maintenance with the exception of one thing, which was the mass air flow sensor. It was the only part that ever needed replacement due to failure. It went out about a year after I bought the Tacoma. The engine still worked with the blown mass air flow sensor; it just would not accelerate smoothly or quickly.
These 3.4 Liter V6 engines are great motors as far as power and reliability. They are also smooth as hell, but they do not get good gas mileage. Mine gets anywhere between 17-19 miles per gallon depending on where and how I am driving it. Luckily, this Tacoma is no longer needed as a commuter rig. This is good for both my wife and I because we live near Seattle, and driving a stick shift in the city of Seattle or on Seattle's congested freeways is quite miserable. Seattle traffic is insane.
Now, that I have owned this rig for more than a decade, I can tell you it has been an extremely useful tool for both me and my family. I am now married, and I am in my late forties, and I also have a fixer upper house, which has constant needs and issues so this old Tacoma is now the house fix it truck. It runs all of the errands for our house no matter how ugly or simple they are.
It is funny how I bought this Tacoma years ago to have a sport truck with the sole intent to go exploring trails and go fishing, and then life started happening. Other than the occasional trail run on a logging road once in a great while, it has not seen much fun time. It has, however, been used a truck to move things, and help my friends move things more times than I can count. It is always used at least once every other weekend for some kind of work.
Okay, so let me tell you some of the bad things about it, which there are not a whole lot to talk about. The seats are not at all comfortable. Our Tacoma has the split bench seat, and it is not the least bit comfortable when we have to drive any kind of distance. The suspension is also very tight and hard. Even if we drive it over a small bump, it still kicks you in the kidney and in the ass. Part of this is due to the fact the seats don't have a lot of support. It is, however, a truck so it is not exactly built to be comfortable especially since it was built using twenty plus year old technology.
Remember when buying one of these old Tacomas, they are trucks built with twenty year old technology so they are no where near as ergonomically friendly or as comfortable as the new generation of pick-up trucks from any of the manufacturers. There not even close. A lot has happened in automotive and truck technology since these rigs were designed two decades ago.
I will give you some information about our Tacoma. It is a 1999 SR5 Extra-Cab with the 3.4 Liter V6, and the manual R150F 5-Speed transmission. It is also a four wheel drive. This particular Tacoma is a bare bones SR5 with power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. Everything else on it is manual. It has manual windows, door locks and manual locking front hubs that have to be locked in order to use the four wheel drive. It still has the original stereo system, which works fine. We had the bed sprayed with Line-X a few years back, which makes hauling dirty crap a lot easier. Our old Tacoma is straight, but the paint is definitely showing its seventeen year old age; it doesn't have any luster to it.
Now, that this Tacoma is almost twenty years old, I pay very acute attention to its maintenance. I follow the Clinton's service manual religiously. I have always been diligent about maintaining this rig, but now that I am older, and it is older, I pay even closer attention to the its maintenance details. I run full synthetics on all of its lubricants, and I change them out at the appropriate intervals.
At 48, I still love driving it even though I don't drive it much on the freeway or any place fun anymore. Good Luck to all of you with your purchase. I hope this review helps you with your decision.
Good Luck Once Again.
Best FeaturesThe drivetrain is by far one of my favorite features on my Tacoma. I love the V6, and the 5-Speed manual transmission. They make this Tacoma a lot of fun rig to drive. My Tacoma definitely likes to be driven with a little bit of authority, though. When accelerating, it likes to rev up to about 3500 revolutions before it is shifted into the next gear. The Tacoma's V6 engine has plenty of power. Although, when it is towing a trailer, I can certainly feel it. It does not feel no where near as lively, spirited or sporty when it has to pull a trailer. Mine is a part-time four wheel drive, which I have not tested extensively because I can not afford to fix it if I break it.
Worst FeaturesToyota did not put very comfortable seats in these Tacomas. Mine has the bench seat, which is very hard on my back and the passenger's back on long trips. Fortunately, it is an extra-cab so the front bench seat can moved very far back. My dad has a 4Runner of the same year with buckets in it. His buckets definitely seem more comfortable than the bench seat, but I have not been in his 4Runner on a long trip so I can not give an accurate answer on how comfortable they are over the long haul. Toyota could also have given these trucks some more gauges especially for those of us that have to use our Tacomas as trucks, and do things like tow boats, and use them to haul loads.
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