I started with a used 2000 Tacoma v6, SR5, 4x4, A/C, automatic, with manual everything else, including the hubs, with 177K miles. I got it for about half of book value for it, knowing it needed some fixing up, but it's ended up being more then I originally expected. I started with a tune up (spark plugs, belts, hoses, etc.), and had the windshield replaced (lots of cracks). I also replaced the tail lights, and added some extra highlights to it. I also made sure the frame was in good shape and didn't need to be taken in on the extended frame warranty. Other then the after market tow hitch sagging down off the back of it, it appears to be in good shape. After all of this tuning up, the vehicle still wanted to overheat after about 30 minutes of driving. It also started making a loud ticking noise. After having the heads pulled to investigate a possible bad head gasket, it was discovered that one of the cylinders was in bad shape and slowly leaking coolant into the combustion. A few thousand dollars, and a month latter with an engine out of a 4runner with 98k miles, and I was ready to start replacing the rusty sagging suspension.