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    thekitchensink SILVER Star

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    Hey guys, I’m looking at purchasing a 97 Tacoma 4x4 ext cab, with 312k miles. Are there any general issues I should be looking for? I plan on using this to supplement my FZJ80 while I’m in school (better on gas).

    The one I’m looking at has CEL codes: P0171, P0130, P0133 (according to seller). Looks like that might just be O2 sensors?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    What engine and transmission?
     
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    3.4 5VZ-FE. Don’t know about the transmission, but it’s an automatic. So probably the A340F.
     
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    5VZ-FE is a pretty good engine. Don't really know of any common problems with them.
    Check when the timing belts were done.
    Check the spark plugs. Should be dual ground strap. If not may cause problems.

    I'm not that familiar to the auto trans, so can't say much on that.
     
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    Good engine, considered reliable by me at least. Timing belt and waterpump would be a good thing to swap. I have a radiator I took out of mine you can have if you need. Wasn't leaking or anything I just wanted to change it since i got a bigger one. If you do the timing belt the official kit makes it very easy as the belt is marked. Took me too long as I overthought it, then took the belt out of the box and was putting everything back together quickly.

    Also if your engine dies, you can get a jdm one for pretty cheap and low miles. So many of them around, you won't have any issues with parts.
     
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    The guy sold it to someone else already. Thanks for the input! I'll keep looking.

    Do y'all have experience with the 2.7 4cyl?
     
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    None personally.
     
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