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Old 04-15-2018, 11:46 PM   #1
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I'm looking at getting a used 4runner or tacoma soon, and I was wondering what cautions or concerns people would have about buying one with more than 200k miles if they pass a mechanic's inspection?
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:20 AM   #2
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got 230000 miles on my 99 Tacoma and still running strong with no problems
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:11 AM   #3
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Several ad's I came across mentioned the timing belt had been replaced.
Indicating to me that a timing belt issue exist. Before buying you might Google this issue to see if it is a big deal.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:24 AM   #4
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T belt is a wear item. Not an ‘issue’ generally speaking. It should be on its second at least. But yes you should check if it’s been done and when. 10yr 100k is a decent rule of thumb.

If these trucks have some specific issue with it disregard.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:02 AM   #5
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Have a corolla with over 250k on it and a ranch vehicle, A Forerunner with over 375,000 miles on it. Stay on the oil and the timing belt you should be fine.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:16 AM   #6
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Timing chains / belts and gears set up should be done every 100-150k it is a wear item however they will cause issues if not addressed!!!



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Old 04-16-2018, 06:17 AM   #7
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Bought an 03 Tacoma with 200,000 and now I have 286,000 and with a few minor things it's still running strong. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:36 AM   #8
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It's a major plus if someone has already replaced the timing belt andif the head gasket blows don't push it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:54 AM   #9
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With any vehicle with 200,000 miles, expect wear on the front end and parts to start going out.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:39 AM   #10
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I bought a 4Runner with 220k and it's running strong, no issues at all. I wouldn't hesitate especially if the timing belt has been replaced
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:52 AM   #11
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At 150.000 their whole front end needs replacing. Everything.
On our 3rd front suspension on the Tundra....
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:07 AM   #12
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It's a major plus if someone has already replaced the timing belt andif the head gasket blows don't push it.
If they use inferior part you might be driving off with a false since of security. I changed on once with a aftermarket timing chain and tensioner and it lasted about 8000 miles. I'd rather just just do it myself and know its done right.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:17 AM   #13
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All I can attest to his my 2004 Toyota Tacoma 367,000 and all I have had to do is general maintenance... I baby her and do all the required TLC on time and when needed. I have been very blessed. bought from a TBH'er here with 30,000 miles.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:22 AM   #14
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270K here on a sequoia, never had anything but general/scheduled maintenance. Wouldn't think twice to drive it cross country.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:41 AM   #15
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08 Tacoma with 240000 miles and only minor maintenance. If the owner has taken care of it I would not hesitate on the purchase..
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:09 AM   #16
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Toyota makes a great vehicle. Timing belt replacement every 100k is a good rule. Have mechanic check compression and look at the transmission closely for leaks and slipping. Properly maintained and it will run for many more miles.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:01 PM   #17
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T belt is a wear item. Not an ‘issue’ generally speaking. It should be on its second at least. But yes you should check if it’s been done and when. 10yr 100k is a decent rule of thumb.

If these trucks have some specific issue with it disregard.
I have a 1998 4 Runner with 172K on it and my mechanic says when we do the timing belt again the water pump is standard replacement as you have most all of it torn down at that point.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:28 PM   #18
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I have a 1998 4 Runner with 172K on it and my mechanic says when we do the timing belt again the water pump is standard replacement as you have most all of it torn down at that point.
Thats exactly right. My belt came with water pump kit.
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:07 PM   #19
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Several ad's I came across mentioned the timing belt had been replaced.
Indicating to me that a timing belt issue exist. Before buying you might Google this issue to see if it is a big deal.
Your indicator is broken. Lots of Toyota engines are interference engines. I changed mine out at 150k on my 4.7 v8.

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Old 04-16-2018, 03:23 PM   #20
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Mine has 247,000 on it. I'm putting new bushings and ball joints on the front, replacing struts and what not this week. Have had my hub bearings and U joints replaced. When the time comes I'll drop a transmission in it and a short block then drive it til I'm dead.

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Old 04-16-2018, 03:24 PM   #21
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Any interference design engine needs the timing belt replaced on or before the recommended interval. If you don't, you take the life of your engine into your own hands.

Toyotas seem to go forever with regular maintenance. Just be sure the maintenance has been done and then keep it up yourself.

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Old 04-16-2018, 06:17 PM   #22
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Your indicator is broken. Lots of Toyota engines are interference engines. I changed mine out at 150k on my 4.7 v8.

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I don't think you can fairly say my indicator is wrong when it's apparently pretty standard to replace it under 200k. I don't own one but many ad's for them mention having been replaced. Probably.good info to know for a fella who says he's looking cor one.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:32 PM   #23
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03 tacoma with 177k. Use it as a street legal Polaris ranger. Regular cab 4x4 paid $5000 for it. I personally, replaced lower and upper ball joints and inner and outer tie rod ends. Used all oem parts. Starts every time and runs great. A/c is ice cold and heat is great. Great grocery getter and use it for Home Depot runs and leave the 2017 super duty for real work and road trips in the garage.
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