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Crash Survivor (Grateful Owner) by Austin Healey from Lakeport on 03/24/2011. Trim: 1996 Toyota Tacoma V6 Xtracab 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: I survived a serious crash in my 1st '96 Tacoma; walked away after it was totaled at highway speed by an errant oncoming car. A month later I bought my 2nd '96 Tacoma, and have driven it 148,000 trouble-free miles. I had the timing belt changed at 75,000 miles as per recommendation by the manual; otherwise I change the oil regularly and grease the drive train zerk fittings annually. No other repairs have been needed. It's comfortable, but surely not a sports car - but I don't expect it to handle like one. It's great in mud & snow. Totally reliable.
Cons: Seat belts fail to retract when unfastened. Cup holder is right over the heater controls and the radio/cassette player.
Overall review: Best truck I've ever owned. If it ever breaks I'll buy another Toyota Tacoma!
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great minitruck by tyler on 05/01/2013. Trim: 1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD, Owned 6 years.
Pros: good mpg (23 combined) 4cyl 2.7 Good in snow, mud. Tows well. Add on a few upgrades to the exhaust and it sounds great. little to no body rust/rot at 174,000 dependable
Cons: cup holder, seat belt not retracting well. Previous owners not knowing how to care for their vehicle
Overall review: Previous owner beat this thing up.. i had to have the entire top end of engine replaced. 4cyl 2.7 But its excellent now, Strong engine, no trans issues what so ever. at 174,000 its going strong. To the guy who said it cost $250 to replace a headlight.. lmao.. you got to be kidding me. I have replaced mine a few times now, takes a few minutes a piece. The headlight is $15. 4x4 is great in snow,mud.. Good towing, i towed boats, cars and other trucks. I like this truck very much, very dependable. again, at 174,000 your going to have some items which need maintenance..
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Too quirky by Paul, NY on 01/15/2011. Trim: 1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: It looks nice and goes good in the snow.
Cons: On What other vehicle does it cost $250 to change a headlight? To change a headlight on this truck the bumper must be removed as well as the grill ! When you get of this truck the seat belt hangs up and you have assist it to get it to retract, which is real fun in the rain! The cup holder is right in front of the climate controls, so you must handle your hot or cold cup to change the controls.
Overall review: Would not buy again.
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"purple truck" actually cobalt blue pearl but my friends like to poke fun by An MSN Autos Consumer on 06/23/2009. Trim: 1996 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Toyota quality. Rugged 4x4 components not found in others, Manual locking hubs. Great stock ground clearance...go park next to a chevy s-10 and you will see.... Eats up the Colorado snow. I have the 2.7 liter engine and the power is adequate. Gas milage is good.Keep in mind this 2.7 liter 4 cylinder has more power and better m.p.g. than previous 3.0 liter v6 in trucks and 4 runners pre 1995! Factory 4:10 gears has monster torque for a little truck
Cons: Not recommended for towing more than 2,000 lbs..but I have montains here,,,may be better at sea level.
Overall review: Pay the extra money for Toyota quality and you will be rewarded. Trust me. I would buy another one in a heartbeat!
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