2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 TRD 3.4L V6 from North America
The kind of truck that I could pass on to my grandchildren
The seatbelts have issues with retracting properly. Not much of an issue, but just enough to get annoying. I've accidentally shut the door on the hanging seatbelt numerous times.
There's a dash rattle that occurs more when it's cold outside. The easy fix is to buy some vinyl tubing and tuck it up between the front of the dash and the windshield.
The stock Bilstein suspension is pretty miserable. One of the first things I replaced.
The leaf springs wear out quickly. Again, one of the first things I replaced.
It's an incredible truck, and by far the most reliable car I've owned.
The engine will last forever if given the proper maintenance.
Off-road, this truck really shines even without any modifications.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st May, 2011
I have a '96 Tacoma. Indeed the engines in these things will last forever. Even though mine is going on 16 years old, it barely shows any wear. The truck could probably last another 20+ years no problem. My guess as to why is because Toyota put HUGE oil pans on these things. My 4 banger Taco holds almost 6 quarts of oil. That means the engine runs cooler and the oil stays cleaner. It's the best vehicle I've ever owned, and I've owned it since new.