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2004 best year for first gen.?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Chappy, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Apr 25, 2017 at 10:26 AM
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    Hi folks, I'm looking for advice on buying a 1st gen. Tundra. I plan on towing a 26 foot airstream with it. From what I gather the best year for first gen. Tundra's is 2004. Please feel free to comment on my conclusion - I'd like to hear opinions, for or against 2004's.
    I have an opportunity to purchase a 2002 Tundra 4x4 for $3000.00 from a friend. The truck has 279,000 miles on it. It is i fairly good shape but does come with some issues. There are mice in it & it smells, for one. I know, it could be a huge amount of work to get rid of the smell. Mechanically it has a serious vibration at 60mph. also, it has a code that relates to an exhaust manifold leak that cannot be cleared, even tho the problem has been fixed. Therefore it will not pass smog. The truck has been maintained well and other than those 2 mechanical things and a cracked windshield, is in good condition. He is firm on the price.
    I'm thinking of holding out for a better '04 Tundra but have not found one so the 2002 is looking like my only option at this time. I'd love to hear from anyone who would like to comment!
    Thanks,
    John
     
  2. Apr 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM
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    welcome bud. I would not buy a truck that doesn't pass smog.
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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    Everybody knows the 2005 is the best! 282hp and a 5-spd. automatic, bigger brakes too!
     
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  4. Apr 25, 2017 at 11:36 AM
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    05-06. Only years that came with VVT-i and 5 speed. Also because double cab, but 04 offered double cab as well but non VVT-i and 4 speed auto.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:28 AM
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    So do you really get 20 mpg with the VVT-i ? And the 5 speed is an automatic, correct?
     
  6. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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    Welcome. $3,000 is a lot to spend on someone elses problems. Just a thought. Mice can/do cause a lot more trouble than just a bad smell.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM
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    I think I'd look for a clean, one or two owner truck, instead of specific year. All years are pretty durable trucks, and better a year 2000 that's been cared for than a newer model thay hasn't. My thoughts at least. I wouldn't get near a vehicle that has been a mouse house. Stinko! Good luck anyway. Chunk.
     
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  8. Apr 30, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    Thanks for the input everyone who replied, I appreciate it. I think I'm going to be patient & look for a low mileage '05 or '06.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2017 at 8:53 PM
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    I believe the term around these parts is, you're looking for a unicorn! Lol
     
  10. May 4, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    what chunk said.

    I love my 2004 and it has never caused me any issues, however, I have a family and wished I would have bought the full 4 door at the time which just came out. Lots more room
     
  11. Jun 8, 2017 at 4:49 PM
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    I would agree with the 05-06 crew. I have an 06 DC and I've pulled a 31' sportsman with it no issues. It was 5800lbs empty. I had all my gear, wife and mutts with me in the truck and towed it 120 miles through the Flint/chataquah hills of southeast KS no problems.
     
  12. Jun 8, 2017 at 4:54 PM
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    I love my 2015, but I still have a soft spot for my 2006. Don't try this at home kids. 7900 lb tow from Tahoe to San Luis Obispo and back

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