1996 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 from North America
Like a Tercel with 4WD -- and as a Tercel lover, I consider that high praise
The starter went out at about 95,000 miles, the shocks were replaced at about 100,000 miles, and the engine light has been on intermittently for the past 50,000 miles.
Excellent truck with no repairs needed for the past 80,000 miles. I have the 2.7L 4 cylinder, which has decent torque, but I suspect that it may have inadvertently been mated to the gearbox for the V6, as first and second seem to be spaced too far apart.
That aside, this truck is just how a truck should be -- no frills (no power windows, locks, or seats), great utility, and extreme reliability. Off road capability is excellent, and the truck is so light that it can successfully navigate terrain that will swallow trucks with twice the power.
MPG is okay -- 21mpg hwy -- but I kind of expected better MPG from only 150hp. That said, I still love it and would not replace it with anything larger.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th November, 2009
22nd Apr 2013, 15:34
This is my truck, just providing an update. It now has 230,000 miles, and 15,000 miles ago I converted it to run on CNG (bi-fuel). Still runs like a champ. It does leak oil, and the front bench has started to fall apart, but other than that, no issues -- it's still pretty bullet proof.
I still have a bit of a wandering eye for a full size truck, but I would miss the combination of great mileage (with the CNG), good utility, manual transmission, windows, and locks, maneuverability, etc.