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1997 Toyota Tacoma Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Tacoma

1997 Toyota Tacoma Problems

Toyota issued a recall on the lower ball joint due to the possibility of premature wear from improper finishing in production. The ball joints will be replaced under the recall. This recall applies to 2001-2004 models only. Please contact you local Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is included.

Occasionally, the mass air flow sensor can go lean and set a code P0170 for fuel system lean. This in not an oxygen sensor problem. If there are no vacuum leaks, the mass air flow sensor may need to be replaced. Our technicians remind us to use a factory part because the aftermarket rebuilds are very inconsistent.

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

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1997 Toyota Tacoma Questions

The code said its a vss. Everywhere I go say they don't have one. There is a spedo cable. Is that the same thing.

Had to pull out fuse.

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1997 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

I have a 1997 Tacoma with over 260,000 miles and is still running strong. The engine (3.4L) is big enough to handle a fully loaded 12' trailer or small boat and on the highway, I', getting about 22 miles to the gallon. No complaints, great truck with minimal mechanical issues!

Bought new one in 1997 V-6 Automatic 4WD. Owned it for 12 years Replaced tires, front brakes, and battery. Did recommended maintenance. 2 years ago Toyota made me an offer I couldn't refuse on rusted frame recall ! Big mistake! MISS THIS TRUCK DAILY! This was the finest , most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.!! Been looking for another ever since ! Someone help!!

I spent several months looking for a great deal on a Toyota Tacoma. These trucks have great resale value compared to Ford or Chevy. I got the 2.4 liter four cylinder, 5 speed, 2WD. With gas prices being a concern I routinely get 26 miles to the gallon. The truck has been exceptionally reliable. I would certainly recommend Toyota trucks. I would strongly recommend the extra cab, it is so handy ...

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