1996 Toyota Tacoma Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1996 Toyota Tacoma LX V6 3.4 Liter DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 Liter DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99950 miles
Most recent distance144050 miles
Previous carToyota Avalon

Summary:

Other than the wimpy baby blue color, this truck is tops!!

Faults:

Starter stayed engaged with key turned off. Was $400 to repair starter.

Adjustments for caster, camber, and toe were not able to be performed, had to have frame shop straighten front end.

General Comments:

Very pleased with the 3.4 liter V-6 power. There is an electronic cutout at ~105 mph; wish I could defeat that.

4 wheel drive system works well.

Ride is a bit rough due to innate qualities of the truck.

I have the extended cab version, which is a world of difference over the regular cab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

1996 Toyota Tacoma LX 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Best available pick-up

Faults:

Literally, nothing has ever gone wrong with this truck.

General Comments:

I will drive this truck until it dies. Then, I'll buy another one. We've already bought a Toyota Matrix because this truck is so reliable. It's easy to drive and park yet is big enough to haul furniture and my horses' stuff (although not the horses themselves). It's a 8 year old, but still looks very modern. Guaranteed to make anyone a Toyota fan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2004

1996 Toyota Tacoma SR5 2.7 I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.7 I-4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles

Summary:

A high expense, nice pickup

Faults:

The truck itself it quite dependable under most conditions.

One morning on a long trip, the check engine light came on and it turns out that the head gasket blew which cost me 1500 dollars.

There is a terrible squeaking noise in the front end from the struts.

The rear wheel locks up under very light braking pressure causing a safety hazard.

General Comments:

The truck has a surprising amount of power and torque for a four cylinder. Other than the things that have gone wrong with it I love the truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2003

1996 Toyota Tacoma LX V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Old Reliable

Faults:

Head Gasket recall at 55000 miles. Replaced with a free loaner car. Front wheel bearing dried out (lots of off roading). Repacked and on my way.

General Comments:

This truck has yet to fail me. I bought it 2 years old and saved a fortune over new. It has held it's value very good.

The legroom (excab) is awesome. I can set it so far back that I cannot touch the pedals (I'm 5'11").

A little scary on the highway above 70MPH or in windy conditions. It is 4x4 for not made for Highway travel.

The ground clearance is about 12", so deep water is no problem. I have yet to get it stuck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2002

1996 Toyota Tacoma SX 2.7 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

I would recommend them to anyone looking for a tough, dependable truck

Faults:

A fan-clutch bearing went out, while driving through Montana during the winter (-20F). I drove it for another 3000 miles before getting into the dealer. They replaced it for free under warranty.

One of the center console hinges broke. Dealer replaced it for free under warranty.

General Comments:

Through 86000 miles, my Tacoma never broke down, or left me stranded in the woods. I changed the oil every 3000 miles, used Plus gas, and followed the manufacturer recommended service intervals and had very few problems.

It was great in the snow and off-road. I was able to average 18MPG in town and up to 25MPG on the highway. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a tough, dependable truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2001

1996 Toyota Tacoma LX 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Toyota's are the best - would never go back!

Faults:

The Bronco had poor air conditioning. Even after having it checked for leaks & the freon re-charged, the air conditioning never worked up to speed. Otherwise, we had no problems with it.

The Tacoma has been wonderful & problem free. We would buy another one in a minute. If fact, we're trying to talk my niece into getting one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2000

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews