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Buying Advice: Would you get this 04 Gen 1?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Thoore63, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM.

  1. Dec 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM
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    Thoore63

    Thoore63 [OP] New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm hoping to join the Tundra club soon! I'm looking at an 04 V6 4WD Access Cab, 210k for $7900 (asking price).

    I have a couple questions, I'm hoping the Tundra professionals here can help me figure this out.

    1. Since this is a non-TRD model but 4WD will it have the LSD? If not, Can I add a locker? Worth it? PITA?

    2. I haven't seen it in person yet (it's a couple hours away). The dealer sent me a bunch of pictures of the frame and under side.

    Carfax is clean but the truck spent all 210,000 miles in New York state. No indication that any rust or recall work was done.

    Based on these pictures - https://imgur.com/a/30glC7v - Would you buy or run away based on possible rust issues?

    What else should I look out for?

    All advice and feedback is much appreciated!!
     
  2. Dec 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier Trying not to miss out on anything

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    No problems with 210k miles at that price unless there's a bunch of rust you can't stop/reverse. And no way to know that without going to see it. I'd take a small screwdriver, get under the truck with it, and try jamming it through the frame, at points all along the frame (pic spots tryouts could picture rusting), in case it's been covered. The goal is to NOT find places you can penetrate.

    Before you commit to going, you could run the vin to see if this truck was already treated during a recall. If it has not, the truck may still be eligible. I hope someone else will jump on here with the link of where to check that vin.

    As for the TRD designation, that's pretty much only to do with suspension. Anything original will probably be due for replacement anyway for a nice ride, so any 4x4 is good. You can add a locker (and TRD's don't come with one anyway; that's Tacomas).

    Edit: You should look out for rust, leaks. You should ask for service records. The water pump and timing belt should have been replaced twice by now; if no service records, expect to pay about $1k to get these done right away.

    It's always a great idea to take a mechanic or mchanically-inclined buddy. Otherwise, if it looks good, drives good, and you buy it, take it to a mechanic you trust.
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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    Thoore63

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    Hi Sunnier,

    Thanks for the info!

    I don't know why the imgur embed turned out weird, but I posted the frame rust pictures here I was hoping to get some feedback on how good or bad you all thought it was. I will definitely do the screw driver test!

    The carfax doesn't show anything about recall fixes - is there somewhere else that would show up?

    I'm pretty much already resigned myself to doing the water pump and timing belt no matter what, as well as all fluids, unless it's just obviously been done recently.
     
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  4. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:11 AM
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    Take the trucks' VIN to your local Toyota dealer. They can find out what, if any recalls have been dealt with and any other service info that may have been recorded.
     
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  5. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    Thoore63

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    Will do! Thanks for the tip.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    NewImprovedRon

    NewImprovedRon SouthBoundSteve Fan Club President

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    Deck rail system, Bed divider, door sill protectors, LED reverse light bars, Aries Bull Bar with 28" 180 watt LED light bar, LED step lights, LED bed lights, driver-side grab handle, TRD Rear Sway Bar, BedRug bed mat and tailgate mat, Morimoto Fog Lights, more to come.....
    On the positive side, the frame appears to be fairly free of rust so that is a plus unless it has been painted over. You are getting great advice from @Sunnier and @Grey Wolf . Do your due diligence on the front end before purchasing it. You will obviously want to do a detailed test drive and check all systems for operation. What do you plan to use the truck for? Good luck with your decision whichever way you go.
     
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