1997 Toyota Tacoma Reviews and Owner Comments

1997 Toyota Tacoma owners review and rate their 1997 Toyota Tacoma.

1997 Toyota Tacoma (4 Reviews)
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I bought a new Tacoma STD cab 5 speed from the dealer in 1997, I now have 646k on this truck, never touched the engine, did put a bearing kit in the transmission at 489k. I always can depend on this truck.
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 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!
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 to have somewhere to safely store your belongings without leaving them in the bed of your truck.
The only real criticism I have is the engine is a little under powered (but fine for my purposes), and the turning radius is awful.
I have 162,000 trouble free miles. The 4 cylinder engine uses a timing chain resulting in low over all maintenance costs.
I’ve driven the 4WD and unless you need 4WD the ride is a little rough for my liking.