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2003 Toyota Tacoma

2003 Toyota Tacoma

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4.2
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A practical look

by from West TN on May 7, 2011

Stats: -03 Tacoma SR5/TRD V6 (3.4L) 4x4 Xtracab -"Real world" MPG 19-20 (around 315 miles/tank) (I drive back roads to work 40 mi round trip) -Drove very well in the rain and snow (I'm originally from...
Stats: -03 Tacoma SR5/TRD V6 (3.4L) 4x4 Xtracab -"Real world" MPG 19-20 (around 315 miles/tank) (I drive back roads to work 40 mi round trip) -Drove very well in the rain and snow (I'm originally from MI so I know bad snow conditions) -NO unpleasant noises (squeaks/rattles/etc.) -Very comfortable to drive (to me: 5'8" 155 lbs.) -Only maintenance 69k-85k: oil changes -Would carry cu. yard of mulch w/o a problem -Wrecked at 85k, rolled 3 times and walked away without a scratch. I bought the truck April 2009, in May 2011 I was broad-sided by a drunk driver, rolled 3 times and walked away without a scratch. I absolutely loved my Tacoma and am trying to find another one just like it. I would highly recommend this vehicle. My only complaint is price, but I suppose you get what you pay for.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Best truck I ever owned!!

by from Blandon, PA on October 30, 2013

2003 Tacoma DoubleCab 4x4 TRD/SR5 package (3.4L V6). This truck has been worth every penny since I bought used in 2007. I've put over 105K on it since then and have only done routine maintenance like ...
2003 Tacoma DoubleCab 4x4 TRD/SR5 package (3.4L V6). This truck has been worth every penny since I bought used in 2007. I've put over 105K on it since then and have only done routine maintenance like oil changes, brake pads, tires and replaced the muffler since then. Frame had the usual rust issues but had it uncoated again per the Toyota recall and no issues with that as others have. Its been great in the snow or off-road and has never let me sit. Hasn't even needed a tune-up since I bought it. If you want a good looking truck that will last forever then buy a Tacoma. I laugh when I read a review earlier saying the guy hated this truck and was buying a Chevy next...really???
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2003 Tacoma has served me very well!

by from Rochseter, WA on September 17, 2013

I bought a 4 cylinder manual transmission power-nothing SR5 package Tacoma in 2003. It has A/C and a CD player, chrome bumpers.. and I had a trailer hitch added after-market (not that I can tow much, ...
I bought a 4 cylinder manual transmission power-nothing SR5 package Tacoma in 2003. It has A/C and a CD player, chrome bumpers.. and I had a trailer hitch added after-market (not that I can tow much, but I only really want to tow a teardrop trailer or a utility trailer...) Depending on how aggressive I drive, I get between 20 to 24 miles per gallon. I absolutely love this truck, and while I am tempted to upgrade, I have not yet found a compelling reason to do so. I'm probably going to keep this truck and get a sportier vehicle - but it is hard to beat the economy of no truck payments and 20+ MPG... I would definitely buy another Tacoma.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Hope it goes 300,000 miiles

by from San Diego on September 10, 2009

Its got 85,000 mi now. Dbl cab 4X2 limited. EVANS waterless antifreeze at 10,000 miless, so I won't be needing to change the radiator, water pump or hoses for a good bit longer (no water, no pressure ...
Its got 85,000 mi now. Dbl cab 4X2 limited. EVANS waterless antifreeze at 10,000 miless, so I won't be needing to change the radiator, water pump or hoses for a good bit longer (no water, no pressure buildup, no mineral buildup, and protects up to 350 degrees). Installed a K&N fuel injector performance kit, for more power. Uses synthetic oil, and rear gear oil from AMSOIL. The SCAN gauge gives all kinds of readouts, so I'm never in doubt as to how it's running. Has a roll top aluminum cover for the bed, side steps, and a bed extender. Its impulse red but I call it cherry red because it is a real cherry of a truck. Sound awesome when punched.
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Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Tacomca Frames

by from Hampton NH on October 12, 2013

We asked for help and received nothing. We have in the past, but it's difficult to swallow this one. The frame has rotted once again on our 2nd Tacoma. Toyota said, sorry, warranty and recall has expi...
We asked for help and received nothing. We have in the past, but it's difficult to swallow this one. The frame has rotted once again on our 2nd Tacoma. Toyota said, sorry, warranty and recall has expired. We lost 8700.00. No options offered at all. Bummer
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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03 Toyota Tacoma

by from Springfield, IL on April 18, 2011

First of all let me say that before this truck, my last one was a rusted out 1991 Mazda B-2200 with a manual transmission. Anything would have been a huge improvement. It held up pretty well except fo...
First of all let me say that before this truck, my last one was a rusted out 1991 Mazda B-2200 with a manual transmission. Anything would have been a huge improvement. It held up pretty well except for the rust. The Toyota Tacoma is a 2003, 2 WD, SR-5, TRD, double cab short bed, with about every option. Exterior wise the truck looks very sharp, it’s all jacked up and looks like a 4 WD even though it's 2. There are 3 exterior options I would suggest, S.S. running boards, to help short people/kids get in. In the channel, window rain guards, Rain comes in from the roof if the window is cracked open a little. The third is a bug shield for the front hood just because the truck looks naked without one. Interior wise, everything is well organized, with the exception of the clock placement, the steering wheel blocks your view. The driver’s seatbelt spring is sort of wimpy; you have to almost feed the belt in to get it to retract. Seats are a little stiff on your back and bottom but I'm OK with it. My only real complaint is dealer parts, and repair prices. I would definitely find a mechanic who works on Toyotas and stay far away from the dealer. I think I would buy one again. Overall, I’m very satisfied.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good value with all the little pieces I need

by from pittsburgh,pa on March 28, 2011

I needed a Truck(read not R.......e) to tow 5000lbs. I needed more interior space.( I purchased a double cab). I needed a bed with space for tools(with cap). I needed 4wheel drive. I need decent highw...
I needed a Truck(read not R.......e) to tow 5000lbs. I needed more interior space.( I purchased a double cab). I needed a bed with space for tools(with cap). I needed 4wheel drive. I need decent highway mileage (eh +/- 20mpg). I need to not have to pay big bucks for repairs. Tons of these out there with 150-200 thousand miles.(mine has 70K miles) OK- so it has a brand new frame (Toyota 15 year guarantee). The 2005 up design is too big for my needs( I don't believe the advertised mileage) I'm adding an after market back-up camera. I believe me and my Tacoma will be very happy together. Oh, TFS financed it for me.
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Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Replacement truck didn't disappoint.

by from Upstate NY on October 26, 2010

Having lost my 2001 Toyota Tacoma in an accident, I found the 2003 Tacoma with the help of Cars.com. The replacement truck has low mileage and a V6 engine which so far gets poorer gas mileage than the...
Having lost my 2001 Toyota Tacoma in an accident, I found the 2003 Tacoma with the help of Cars.com. The replacement truck has low mileage and a V6 engine which so far gets poorer gas mileage than the previous I4 (15 vs 17 mpg), and the off road package may be the reason for the harsher ride. On the plus side, the V6 hauls my trailer more effectively, and the off-road package gives me peace of mind in the woods. Overall, I'm quite happy with the replacement.
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Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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I love this truck!

by from NY on October 6, 2009

Toyota Tacoma 4X4 V-6. I owne this truck for a 4 years. And I love it. No problems at all. Get one , you will not be sorry .
Toyota Tacoma 4X4 V-6. I owne this truck for a 4 years. And I love it. No problems at all. Get one , you will not be sorry .
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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My Truck

by from Plano, TX on March 21, 2008

My particular truck has several rattles in various spots, mainly in the dash. Kind of a rough ride. The clutch has needed to be lubed a couple of times, but nothing a good amount of silicone spray did...
My particular truck has several rattles in various spots, mainly in the dash. Kind of a rough ride. The clutch has needed to be lubed a couple of times, but nothing a good amount of silicone spray didn't solve. Mine is a base model, and for a base model it is actually quite nice. The battery lasted 5 years. The clock is in a hard to see location. Overall it's a nice little truck, not too small, and gets decent gas mileage.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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