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Old 01-23-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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I replaced the timing belt on a 1999 Tacoma with the 3.4 liter V-6. It started quickly but ran a little rough. I was careful to align the cam gears and crank timing marks. Then I noticed an arcing sound and ozone odor. I had not reconnected all of the driver side spark plugs. It ran way too well on three cylinders.

I think the small Toyota truck especially two wheel drive stick shift four cylinder is one of my favorite all general purpose vehicles. They drive so nicely. At some point though, the Tacoma has become too large. The 1999 I worked on is the right size.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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I replaced the timing belt on a 1999 Tacoma with the 3.4 liter V-6. It started quickly but ran a little rough. I was careful to align the cam gears and crank timing marks. Then I noticed an arcing sound and ozone odor. I had not reconnected all of the driver side spark plugs. It ran way too well on three cylinders.

I think the small Toyota truck especially two wheel drive stick shift four cylinder is one of my favorite all general purpose vehicles. They drive so nicely. At some point though, the Tacoma has become too large. The 1999 I worked on is the right size.
I had a 1996 xtra cab. It was just about the perfect truck. Big enough for what I needed it to do, small enough to be economical and maneuverable. I had a 5speed V6 with manual hub 4WD. It was fairly basic and when I blew the headgasket well out of the standard warranty, toyota gave no resistance to picking it up and replacing both headgaskets for no charge. They even gave me a rental. I miss that truck.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
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I had a 1996 xtra cab. It was just about the perfect truck. Big enough for what I needed it to do, small enough to be economical and maneuverable. I had a 5speed V6 with manual hub 4WD. It was fairly basic and when I blew the headgasket well out of the standard warranty, toyota gave no resistance to picking it up and replacing both headgaskets for no charge. They even gave me a rental. I miss that truck.
I remember the stories about the head gasket replacements. They would apparently even cover you if you bought it used.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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I remember the stories about the head gasket replacements. They would apparently even cover you if you bought it used.
Yep. I did buy mine used and out of warranty. I bought it from a Toyota dealer, but that had no bearing on the repair because a different dealer fixed it. I came out one day to see a small puddle of coolant under the truck. Knowing there were some issues going on, I called Toyota customer service figuring the worst that can happen is they'd say too bad. Without question they asked for the VIN and my address, then they had a tow truck there within a hour. It was probably the best auto service experience I ever had.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:25 PM   #5
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I'll be looking for another tundra here soon enough, but only for an 05-06, late 06-~ got to be ridiculous in size w/ no true gains

The Tacoma is now the size of the old Tundras, the specs suck once again, huge size no real reason

Currently in a 94 X-cab 4X w/ 22re has almost the same numbers hauling wise... not stopping though

Love the little truck, into it for $3500ish, rebuilt engine as stock as possible last year, little bigger cam, cylinders and exhaust, nothing impressive maybe up from 95Hp to 100.
It has about 12K miles on the new stuff, 158K for everything else.

It goes 85-90 MPH pretty easy, sucks the fuel up, takes some flat ground and a few minutes

Generally travel at 70/75MPH, 80 or so miles to town, round trip and get 15-20 MPG

Hard to get it stuck, chains have fixed everything so far and has pulled much larger trucks w/ no problem, great gearing.




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Old 01-23-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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I'll be looking for another tundra here soon enough, but only for an 05-06, late 06-~ got to be ridiculous in size w/ no true gains

The Tacoma is now the size of the old Tundras, the specs suck once again, huge size no real reason

Currently in a 94 X-cab 4X w/ 22re has almost the same numbers hauling wise... not stopping though

Love the little truck, into it for $3500ish, rebuilt engine as stock as possible last year, little bigger cam, cylinders and exhaust, nothing impressive maybe up from 95Hp to 100.
It has about 12K miles on the new stuff, 158K for everything else.

It goes 85-90 MPH pretty easy, sucks the fuel up, takes some flat ground and a few minutes

Generally travel at 70/75MPH, 80 or so miles to town, round trip and get 15-20 MPG

Hard to get it stuck, chains have fixed everything so far and has pulled much larger trucks w/ no problem, great gearing.



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Old 01-23-2011, 09:37 PM   #7
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'06 Tacoma 4x4, standard cab 4cyl. manual trans.- 24mpg @ 75% hwy.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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My next truck will be a Tacoma 4x4 double cab. If the planets align I want to build something like this...



Interesting thread on this truck:

http://forum.ih8mud.com/vehicles-tra...-cab-sale.html
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:45 PM   #9
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How difficult was that timing belt job?

My sister needs it done, and its $700 at the dealer.

I could be nice and help her, but I only have so much free time.
I did the chain and cover on my 22re when it busted and mixed oil and water, but I have not done the 3400 timing belt.

I love my old 4runner ( 1989) and my wifeś 1998 4runner has been good to us too.




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I replaced the timing belt on a 1999 Tacoma with the 3.4 liter V-6. It started quickly but ran a little rough. I was careful to align the cam gears and crank timing marks. Then I noticed an arcing sound and ozone odor. I had not reconnected all of the driver side spark plugs. It ran way too well on three cylinders.

I think the small Toyota truck especially two wheel drive stick shift four cylinder is one of my favorite all general purpose vehicles. They drive so nicely. At some point though, the Tacoma has become too large. The 1999 I worked on is the right size.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #10
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'06 Tacoma 4x4, standard cab 4cyl. manual trans.- 24mpg @ 75% hwy.
Very nice

WOW the difference in 4 cylinder performance

2006= a 159 horsepower, 2.7 liter, 4-cylinder engine.

1994= 2.4L 117 hp I4 engine

I like the MPG too

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:49 PM   #11
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I have got a 96 t100, 3.4l, 5spd, 4x4 with 153k. No problems, just oil, gas, and tires. I replaced the timing belt at 96k. That was only thing outside the norm that I have done and that was preventive.

Drove it from Alaska to Kentucky, debated about doing some vehicle prep before leaving with 140k on it, said f it and just made the drive. Didn't miss a beat, pulling a trailer and everything.

Love it, if and when I get rid of it, I wish I could buy a brand new one
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:42 PM   #12
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How difficult was that timing belt job?

My sister needs it done, and its $700 at the dealer.

I could be nice and help her, but I only have so much free time.
I did the chain and cover on my 22re when it busted and mixed oil and water, but I have not done the 3400 timing belt.

I love my old 4runner ( 1989) and my wifeś 1998 4runner has been good to us too.
It's not bad at all. The kit with belt, idler, tensioner and water pump is about $200 or less. If the truck has a/c, removing the a/c compressor mount to access the tensioner piston assembly is a bit of a pain on the 4x4. You'll need to figure out how to hold the crank pulley to remove and install the bolt. The torque specification is 300 nm. Toyota says about four hours. It took me about eight including looking at a friend's Aston DBS project, getting lunch and bs'ing with one of the Rally Pan Am team members.

Everything is marked. The timing belt has marks for the left and right cam pulleys and crankshaft sprocket. That actually complicates things a little. Because you have marks on the belt, you want to make sure they line up. That way, if someone looks at it later, they know you are a professional.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:18 PM   #13
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I hate my 2007

I have had numerous Toyotas, most previously a 1992 with 240k on it when I sold it. The dealer put a new long block in it at ~114k as part of the recall for the previous owner. Loved that truck-beat it to death, but wouldn't die. Burnt oil, but ran fine. Sucked gas-15-17 mpg with stock 4.56 gears. Sold it for $3500 in 24 hours on Craiglist.

I bought a 2007 Access Cab 4cyl 4x4 new in Feb of 07. Piece of shit. Rattles, shakes, and for $22k you don't even get intermittent wipers. The 4x4 dial is a joke-only works when it wants to. Gas mileage? 17-21. Not great for a 4cyl truck. Headlights automatically turn off when you open the door, and if you turn them on again, there's no buzzer to remind you that they're on.

Reliable after 48k, but I'll never buy a new Toyota again. I took it into the dealer to have them look at that the windows that rattled like crazy when cracked open, and the passenger seat that bounced around when no one was in it. Their response? The windows rattle on all the trucks, and the seats do that too. Gee, thanks. I've been tempted to look at a 99-03 Tacoma, but this one's paid off and still reliable...
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:09 AM   #14
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Toyota quality is slipping blah blah blah blah.

(Someone has to steal the initiative from the first tool to come along and ruin this fine thread)

Carry on

Edit: shizzola! 205'ed by 7 hours. Guess I should read further than the first sentence
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:14 AM   #15
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I was thinking this needed punting to Shiny Things, but then since it's about Toyotas, the factory rusting keeps them from being shiny.

232k on my second-hand free hand me down 4Runner.

Got enough electrical gremlins to keep an entire local of union workers in beer money, but it keeps on starting.

An aircooled Volkswagon has a better heater.

I'm letting a teenager learn to drive with it. Engine is about as powerful as a push broom against a tornado.

Interior space is fine if you're smaller than a bridge troll. Anyone over 5'6" need not apply.

I was offered $376 in trade in value.

The junkyard turned me down when I asked for $500.
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