Is the Toyota Tacoma really a reliable used truck?

I aimed to find out.

15w ago

With the used car market going completely bananas over the last 12-18 months, people have been looking into used cars and trucks more and more. Mainly because the average price of a new one here in the US has ballooned to a scarcely believable $43,000-$44,000. That's a price that makes most gag.

But even with the used car/truck market on the massive upswing, it's still a better deal monetarily than a new one. Granted, if you can find the good ones that aren't going to be basket cases.

Thus, I'm going to be diving head first into the used market here in the US and will attempt to give you guys the best information I can about some of the best known "reliable" vehicles out there. Given the legendary status of the Toyota Tacoma, this is my starting point.

Its excellent resale value and very good durability in almost every generation made it the ideal candidate to research. Considering the information out there shows that only a few model years have some issues and not a lot, I’m confident in saying that the Tacoma is a hugely reliable and durable truck and you should absolutely keep it on your list if you’re cross shopping smaller used trucks.

The 2007 and 2009 models specifically seem to be universally known as a bit dodgy in the reliability department. THESE are truly the Tacomas to be worried about, though worried is a bit of an over reach if I’m honest. However the 2016 and 2017 models seem to vary between which sites you look at.

No matter what, if you can just avoid these 4 model years if possible, you’re going to find a Tacoma that should fit your needs and will likely have less issues.

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Comments (4)

  • I’m really not quite sure why people buy unreliable, new vehicles. I can’t tell you how many newer dodge vehicles I’ve passed on the side of the interstate in my 22 year old Tacoma with 270k miles.

      3 months ago
  • Buy a first gen Tundra. I’ve one with 350,000 and runs as good as the day I bought it. Dependable, parts are not expensive, easy to work on, roomy, comfortable, and a very quiet cabin.

      3 months ago
  • Have read quite a bit about rusting frames and suspension.

      3 months ago
  • Horsehockey. There's no bad years if you delete all the crap people want that doesn't disabled it. A bad infotainment system is NOT a real problem for truck people. Amen.

      3 months ago