You have a $20k budget to buy or build a daily driver/weekend adventure mobile... Ok... go...
Would you expect anything less from me? Ha ha!Wiener..
6-speed? I've always wondered why they eliminated the pilot bearing... seemed like destined for issues.If it was my money I'd skip the Tacoma. The hell with Toyota, at least domestically. My transmission has developed a serious neutral whine at 80k that I've come to find is due to the input shaft wobbling inside wearing out the bearings. Why? There's no damned pilot bearing supporting it in the flywheel. Who at Toyota thought this was a good idea? And what have they done with the engineers who figured out how to build good trucks f'n decades ago? Yeah, I'll fix it with a junkyard one I rebuild, but only until I can figure out the next step. Which is an ideal world where I have another car to drive, find a decent enough pre-Taco, get a garage coupled with a bank account not chronically empty. So a magical land of rainbow pooping unicorns.
Buddy of mine just rolled into town last night, bought one last week for $6700. Picked a decent sized popup camper for $2000.4th gen, V8 4Runner. Sliders & front skid, largest A/T tires that will fit stock suspension, hidden winch under front bumper, the rest of the money on maintenance.
Kinda did that, originally spent $17K on my Taco...and I have a ‘02 Trooper as well, that I bought for a dollar. (Yes a dollar) It is a highway couch, but I don’t like driving autos. So my wife uses it for her 3/4’s of a mile commute. We might put 1000 miles on it a year.spend 13k on a exploring rig and 7 on a dd
Yup, Aisin RA60/AY6 manual. I can't think of a good mechanical reason to eliminate it, had to be a cost cutting exercise since the transmission was shared with a lot of companies. I'm looking your way financial disaster to-be mid-2000s GM... There's a kit to convert 2WD AY6 to a T-56, like in X-Runners and Camaros. My mind wonders if a R-series would fit on there.6-speed? I've always wondered why they eliminated the pilot bearing... seemed like destined for issues.
If I could go back 3 years that's exactly what I'd do. But then again I bought a one owner, 8 year old truck for a $21k with 42,000 miles on it and at the time the Nissans weren't that much cheaper.Get a Nissan Frontier/Xterra and you can get something made in the last decade with under 200,000 miles for under $20k. Can even possibly have a manual in it if you want.
Japanese engineering, made in USA. It's the Toyota poor people who like newer vehicles can buy.
Blasphemy, I know.