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Bury me in my Tacoma!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By jgpaige
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1997 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I bought my Tacoma new in December of 1996. I confess that I haven't been the most responsible owner regarding regular maintenance and the like. It doesn't seem to matter, though. My Tacoma, now at 198,000 miles, turns over and purrs like a kitten every morning. I have driven it cross-country 7 times and would still have the confidence to do it today at its current mileage. I've used it for hauling construction debris, towing a loaded U-haul trailer up a mountain, and even fit two men over 6' tall in the regular cab with me. I've proven it can run on no oil (per my mechanic's chagrin) and an empty gas tank. This machine is truly remarkable and, at times, even miraculous.


Best Features

It's tenacity!!!


Worst Features

You can't improve upon perfection. This machine is out-of-this-world.


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Japanese WorkHorse
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Thai4Ever
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1997 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I got the truck at 75,000 miles. It blew a head gasket at 238,000 miles. I had the engine rebuilt for $3,300 with new clutch in 2007. I have 271,000 miles on it now. Minor problem was o2 sensor, catalytic converter, and seat belt buckle. I have driven this truck in soft nc obx sand, and red Clay in Northapton county. It's hard to get stuck. I've never been stuck. It's is a classic workhorse. Awesome truck. My kids grew up in it, but now the extended cab is too small. Sorry to see her go. This a a truck you can push the limits. That means challenge it, drive it till it falls apart.


Best Features

I can go anywhere without worry.


Worst Features

Ride is stiff, but hey it's a truck, not a prissy little SUV.


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The best of the best
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Aubrey
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1997 Toyota Tacoma SR5 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I now have over 300,000 miles on this SR5 4x4 and other than regular maintenance, the only problem was the starter. Still shines like new, the ABS works great, all electrical is working and I know it will start every time I want to use it. I have hauled, towed and loaded this truck to the max and it has never let me down. This is my fifth Toyota product and I have yet to have any in the shop which is better on my wallet as well as peace of mind.


Best Features

Quality and reliability, the looks of the truck, the ease of maintenance


Worst Features

Toyota has been making them each year


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Reliable Tacoma
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By Dave
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1997 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I bought this truck with 58K and now have 103,000. I have the 5sp manual tranny. I've not done anything but regular maintenance. I average 28mpg. Not real comfortable over long trips but very reliable and gets the job done. I wouldn't trade this for a new one.


Best Features

cruise control, gas mileage, AC can haul right to its limit and no complaints.


Worst Features

better seats.


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Handy Inexpensive Reliability
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By marko9
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1997 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab SB


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With 120,000 miles on a truck picked up used with 60,000, it has been a hard- working reliable partner on a mess of major remodel projects over several years. Most reliable vehicle I have had in 32 years, and the one I have worked the hardest (I had to replace one spring due to heavy loads).


Best Features

2WD is EZ in/out height, 4 cylinder economy, decent ride.


Worst Features

Seat belt fails to readily click.


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