A friend offered to sell me her 1996 Toyota Tacoma pickup, 5 speed manual transmission with camper shell for $1500!! It has about 120k miles. It is in good condition, not pristine. She’s done routine maintenance, the clutch has been replaced but doesn’t have a mechanic because she hasn’t had any problems. It runs well and more important to me has a cold air conditioner which is lacking on my 1984 Volvo wagon.
The reason she is selling it so cheap is the 1996 has an annoying quirk. We live in Tucson, Arizona where temperatures can get well over 100 degrees in the summer. She told me that if you drive the truck for more than half an hour in the summer and then stop the engine, the truck won’t start again until it has cooled off - usually a 30-45 minute wait. She said that this problem is only in the 1996 model.
I need reliable transportation. The thought of being stuck somewhere running an errand, especially during the summer, waiting for the truck cool off could be a deal breaker unless there is a reasonably priced solution to fix this problem. I would be willing to pay for the needed repair since she’s offering me such a good price on the truck. (The driver’s side door also doesn’t open, I’d have to crawl over the passenger side to get in.) Is anyone familiar with this problem and even better know how to fix it? Thanks for any suggestions. EvelynD