This truck is one of the best trucks I've ever owned! Starts every time and all I do is change the oil and tires. The over all cost to get around is less that any other truck I know of. 13 years and still running like a champ! I bet I'll get 300,000 miles on this one easy. Thank you Toyota!
Why did they bother with the later tacoma's? This one gets heavy use and I can run it with rebuilds and regular maintenance for much less than a new tacoma. I'm a forester and drive 75 to 100 miles to where it goes off the pavement for the day. Its had two transmissions (one bad from the rebuilder) , new heads from the bad local gas, three new radiators from the log trucks and gravel hacks. Biggest problem now is its become hard to get real toyota parts. MPG still 23. Biggest advantage is the size. It fits into grown over logging roads that a full sized PU won't - however, it has become difficult to locate in parking lots with all the oversized vehicles.