A 2000 model-year Toyota Tacoma regular cab 4-cylinder 2WD automatic with 252,535 miles.
The company pops and I work for has an old work truck that’s having battery drain problems (among other small maintenance issues like dead shocks and REALLY FUCKING NEEDING A WASH INSIDE AND OUT) and it’s going up for sale soon. Assuming I can score this truck for under $2,000, what is there to know about this truck? I’m going to bid $1,800 on it and hope I’m not outbid. Is it higher than KBB for a fair-condition Tacoma of its age and miles, maybe, but I’m willing to pay slightly more because of nostalgic reasons.
I’m aware of the frame recall for this generation but considering this truck has lived its whole life in low-lands South Carolina where it snows maybe once every few years, and it’s never driven on the road in those events, the frame is remarkably intact and rust-free. Also, I think it’s too late to get the frame recalled since it’s been over 15 years since it’s original purchase.
I’m unsure of it’s life before I joined the company 3 years ago, but since I’ve been here it’s done nothing but shuttle the guard dogs from their pens to the main property at night. It was probably a parts-runner years ago judging by the beating the bed has taken. The interior is nasty but salvageable/replaceable.
My initial goals if I buy this Tacoma is to have it start out as a simple, humble, reliable, economic pickup truck. My future goals is to convert this in a RWD pre-Runner-style pickup truck that can tackle Sand Blast Rally stages. So I’ll either rock the stock 2.4L or swap to a strong V6, couple it up to a manual transmission, give it a factory tachometer, raise it slightly (probably using OEM 4x4 springs), put a locking rear differential in it, give it more off-road-oriented tires, and a roll bar hoop in the bed with KC lights.
...I could buy a better Tacoma to start with but I want to badly modify my company’s truck because I will refuse to remove our company’s old logo from the doors.
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How bad of a purchase is this for $1,800?