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Hi to all Tacoma owners. I am looking at a 97 Tacoma Extra Cab V6 auto 4x4 with 153K miles truck to purchase. My question is, how good these auto trannys' on these Tacomas?. Any serious problems to look into? I personally don't like autos but this truck looks like a nice truck. Also if I am correct, 97 V6 motor does not have that head gasket problems like the early models had, correct!! Anything else I should look into beside frame rust on these model Tacomas'.

Thanks guys, I love 96,97, 98 Tacomas and its hard to find a clean one in MN.
 

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Any mechanical device breaks down after a while. A vehicle with over 150K miles will have more of those breaky down things than one with 20K. Most of it is dependend upon maintenance and care. Auto trannies are not problematic. The most common problems are as follows:

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I've have an '04 with the auto tranny which just has over 90k and have had zero problems. BTW, I used to really like driving a stick too, but when the years start piling on, the automatic starts to look good.:thumbsup:
 

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im on my 1st auto tranny in about 8 years. never thought id own another one and i gotta say i like it. the only gripe i have is the cruise control down shifting. other then that its a great set up. very solid feel to it.


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My dad has the exact same truck as razor does (above). He has 150k with no problems. We just did a 3000+ mile trip to TX from Cali a month ago. The truck was flawless. The check engine light came on in Victorville, but the truck ran fine. I told him to have the codes pulled, probably an o2 sensor..

I have an 04 extracab that just hit 100k trouble free miles. Mine has the 2.4l, 5spd. The only thing I have done was wiggle the dashboard lights to make them come on (once) and adjust the clutch pedal to get rid of a notchy shifting issue.
 

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trannny in the 04 is pretty solid. untill you pull a six thousand pound boat 120 miles every weekend to the lake in 120+ degree weather.... thats how i blew mine up...twice. although the second time around i had a second tranny oil cooler installed and a billit torque converter with hd clutches. works great now, and with a traanny temp guage ill now know to pull over if it gets hot.
 
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