I owned a 2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner for a number of years and loved the truck. I sold it last year before I moved to NYC. I’m moving back out to the west coast and have been looking to get another truck. I’m kinda of just looking for a beater/something cheaper this time around.
I have a family friend who is selling their 1995 Tacoma with 170k miles (single owner) for $2800. The husband of the family is a mechanic and I feel pretty confident they’ve maintained the truck well.
At the same time I see a lot of Ford Rangers that are 5 years newer or with 50K less milage for around the same price. My only experience with Rangers is a friend that owned one in that milage/year range and he had a lot of issues with it.
I’ve done some research about the topic and it seems that the debate comes down to a few issues. Fords are cheaper to repair, Toyotas usually hold to high of a resale value, and the individual upkeep history of each vehicle.
I feel like that the Tacoma is pretty fairly priced, and am leaning towards purchasing it at the moment. But I’d like to get some input on the issue.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!