Which year is good for used?

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  1. T0Y0TA TAC0MA

    T0Y0TA TAC0MA Well-Known Member

    Hey new member here, with obviously the best username... Can’t believe no one had it!

    Anyway, as much as we would love a new Tacoma we can’t justify the cost when we’re saving up to buy land and build a home.
    I’ve owned various brands of vehicles including Toyota and I know there are certain year models in every brand and certain models you want to stay away from for different reasons.

    For example, the year 2011 Ford diesel had a crappy oil pan. Some genius decided to make it out of plastic that year and it became a known issue that it leaked so I ended up replacing it. The 2007 FJ had issues with the body mounts breaking, etc. Other brands have issues with certain year models, this is common knowledge.

    So...Since I’m in the market for a used Tacoma, and I don’t know a lot about them (other than the fact that they are super reliable, great off-road and have awesome resale value) are there any years I should avoid?
    Maybe one year model had a lot of recalls?

    Our budget is $15k and we just moved to the Sedona Arizona area so 4x4 is mandatory.
    We don’t need any luxuries beyond that.
    This will be a daily driver and eventually pull a small trailer with a couple of ATVs in it, through the desert sand and snow but we won’t be doing any serious off-roading. I’ve had my fill of pin striping my vehicles and nearly rolling them.

    I was known as 81N4RY on the FJ forum, where I was very active while I owned mine. If anyone knows me from ‘Yota meetups say Hi!

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. tooter

    tooter Well-Known Member

    in my opinion, 2015.
  4. Taco_Tuesday

    Taco_Tuesday Well-Known Member

    Yea, for 15k I'd say 2014 or 2015.
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  5. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the family! Unless it has high mileage you may be hard pressed to find a 2015 4x4 for 15k. Maybe 2014 with between 100k and 150k miles for that amount would be much guess.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2020
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  6. tooter

    tooter Well-Known Member

    that be true guys. its hard-pressed to find a 4x4 2015 for sale anyways. at least in my back yard. if i were to buy used, and based on reliability, 2015 would be the one i would look for...or maybe a 2014 like TacoTues said. as far as finding a truck for 15k, you are probably looking at a much older second gen with high miles.

    by the way Toyota Tacoma, hi and welcome...and heck yeah thats a good handle to have! :)
  7. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum.
    I’d want a 2004 3.4L 5 spd offroad 4x4
    2015 4.0L auto offroad access cab or sport DCLB 4x4
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  8. B.C.

    B.C. Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum.
    Lil Red Express truck by Dodge.

    Oooops my bad, wrong question.
  9. sssusikowski

    sssusikowski New Member

    Yea, for 15k I'd say 2014 or 2015.
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  10. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    I'd love to have a Little Red Express. I have a Matchbox of one in my office, that's as close as I'll ever get though.
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  11. B.C.

    B.C. Well-Known Member

    They are cool.
    I wish that a mint one was parked in my garage.
  12. OP

    T0Y0TA TAC0MA Well-Known Member

    Other than a 2015 costing about $15k are there other reasons people are suggesting that year model?
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  13. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Last year of the 2nd gen. It’s been on the road the least amount of time for a 2nd gen. It has more tech and most likely to have lower miles. On the recall side it has less compared to 2014.
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  14. OP

    T0Y0TA TAC0MA Well-Known Member

    That’s exactly the feedback I needed!
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  15. tooter

    tooter Well-Known Member

    these guys are pretty awesome, and have a wealth of knowledge! good luck in your search and share your pics when you find your truck! :)
  16. OP

    T0Y0TA TAC0MA Well-Known Member

    So far all I'm seeing is '05 to '08 models with an average of 150k miles for my budget of $15k to $20k. Great resale value is one thing but Geez. I don't know if I want to spend $20k on a truck with that many miles on it. I mean, say I bought a 2005 Tacoma with 150k. What are some standard repairs I would need to take care of? (aside from brake rotors/pads, tires) I would think maybe a timing belt change would be due at the very least?
    I hate the idea of incurring debt but I might have to spend more than I wanted so I can get a truck with less mileage. I currently have a 2011 F250 Lariat 4x4 diesel with NAV, leather, you name it. But it's too much truck for a daily driver. We bought it to tow our fifth wheel camper all over the country which is what we've been doing the last few years but now we're settling down and don't need that much truck. I really hate driving a heavy-duty truck on these wash-boarded dirt roads because it beats me to death. The turning radius is atrocious as well. Blue Book is about $30k on it but with this economy, I'm only expecting $25k on a private sale and $18k to $20k if I trade it in. What I wish would happen is one of you guys reading this post thinks to yourself... "I've been wanting a bigger truck! I should trade this guy even Steven for my 2015 TRD 4x4 Tacoma that only has 40k mi.)"
  17. B.C.

    B.C. Well-Known Member

    Should be a chain anyway.
    Maybe a little front end work and fresh alignment.
    All new fluids including brake fluid, and coolant.
    If it was serviced properly and not beat on, should be a lot of miles still left in it.
    Check rust depending on where it came from, that's a major concern in some areas.
  18. tooter

    tooter Well-Known Member

    that is a fun wish to have! there are 2015s out there for $15 to $20k, but you are looking at some with really high miles, or no 4wd, different pkgs, branded titles, that kind of thing. most 2015 4x4s i've searched with under 100k miles are still going for mid $20 to mid $30k. i'm sure you can find something though. just gotta keep searching. and like BC said, check for frame rust issues. i bet you could get a pretty fair price for your f250, but doing swappsies might be harder to come by. too bad you couldnt raffle it off.
  19. 2015 is consumer reports best mid size truck for a Tacoma and I have one with 30000 miles great truck good luck
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