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2004 Toyota Tacoma

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$4,304 — $16,452 USED
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2-5 Seats
18-24 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Build quality
  • Resale value
  • Quietness
  • Driving ease
  • Fuel economy with 2.4-liter four-cylinder

The Bad

  • Aging design
  • Fuel economy with V-6

What to Know

about the 2004 Toyota Tacoma
  • Available V-6 engine
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • Choice of three cab styles
  • RWD or 4WD
  • S-Runner and PreRunner editions

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Vehicle Overview
Toyota’s compact pickup truck gained standard antilock brakes in 2003. Nothing has changed for 2004.

Built in California, the Tacoma comes in three cab styles and 17 configurations. The front end was restyled for the 2001 model year and gained a raised hood and multireflector headlights. Toyota also launched its first pickup with four, conventional, front-hinged doors that year. The Tacoma Double Cab competes with four-door Crew Cab models from Chevrolet, GMC and Nissan. Regular-cab and extended-cab (Xtracab) models of the Tacoma also remain available.

A sporty S-Runner Xtracab with two-wheel drive is still offered. Its height is reduced by an inch for a lowered appearance. Two four-cylinder engines and a 190-horsepower V-6 are available, and Limited and SR5 option groups are offered.


Exterior
Regular-cab models are 184.4 inches long overall on a 103.3-inch wheelbase. Riding a 121.9-inch wheelbase, the Tacoma Xtracab measures nearly 203 inches long overall. Both versions have a 74.5-inch cargo bed. The Tacoma Double Cab is the same size as the Xtracab, but because it has a larger interior, the cargo bed shrinks to 61.5 inches long. Double Cab pickups can be fitted with a fiberglass Super Sport Shell that fits over the bed.

The S-Runner features a dealer-installed appearance kit with a body-colored grille, bumpers, lower side trim, door handles and mirrors. PreRunner models have two-wheel drive but are decorated to look like 4x4 Tacomas. Buyers get higher g...
Vehicle Overview
Toyota’s compact pickup truck gained standard antilock brakes in 2003. Nothing has changed for 2004.

Built in California, the Tacoma comes in three cab styles and 17 configurations. The front end was restyled for the 2001 model year and gained a raised hood and multireflector headlights. Toyota also launched its first pickup with four, conventional, front-hinged doors that year. The Tacoma Double Cab competes with four-door Crew Cab models from Chevrolet, GMC and Nissan. Regular-cab and extended-cab (Xtracab) models of the Tacoma also remain available.

A sporty S-Runner Xtracab with two-wheel drive is still offered. Its height is reduced by an inch for a lowered appearance. Two four-cylinder engines and a 190-horsepower V-6 are available, and Limited and SR5 option groups are offered.


Exterior
Regular-cab models are 184.4 inches long overall on a 103.3-inch wheelbase. Riding a 121.9-inch wheelbase, the Tacoma Xtracab measures nearly 203 inches long overall. Both versions have a 74.5-inch cargo bed. The Tacoma Double Cab is the same size as the Xtracab, but because it has a larger interior, the cargo bed shrinks to 61.5 inches long. Double Cab pickups can be fitted with a fiberglass Super Sport Shell that fits over the bed.

The S-Runner features a dealer-installed appearance kit with a body-colored grille, bumpers, lower side trim, door handles and mirrors. PreRunner models have two-wheel drive but are decorated to look like 4x4 Tacomas. Buyers get higher ground clearance, mudguards and all-terrain tires. A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Package is available for four-wheel-drive and PreRunner models. This package includes modified rear leaf springs, a larger front stabilizer bar, progressive-rate front coil springs, offroad shocks, fender flares and 16-inch aluminum wheels.


Interior
A three-place bench seat is standard in basic Tacomas. A 60/40-split bench seat goes into Xtracab models, while bucket seats are standard in Double Cab models and optional in other Tacomas. Xtracabs add two rear jump seats, but the Double Cab has a split, three-place rear bench seat that folds down to provide extra cargo room.

Under the Hood
The Tacoma is offered with three engine choices. A 142-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder serves as the base engine. The midrange power plant, which comes standard in PreRunner and four-wheel-drive models, is a 150-hp, 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder. Topping the list is a 190-hp, 3.4-liter V-6, which is standard in the S-Runner and Double Cab 4x4. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.

Toyota Racing Development can supply a dealer-installed supercharger for the 3.4-liter V-6, which boosts output to 260 hp. Tacomas equipped with the V-6 engine can tow a 5,000-pound trailer. Payloads range from 1,375 to 2,005 pounds.

Pickups equipped with four-wheel drive have Toyota’s 4WDemand system, which permits shifting into 4WD-High at speeds of up to 50 mph using a floor-mounted transfer-case lever. A “Hi-4” dashboard switch to engage the four-wheel-drive system is optional.


Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on all models. Select Tacomas can have Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Toyota’s electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

Only isssue is the frame rotting out

by Nick from Rural valley on November 28, 2018

Great truck decent on gas mileage strong motor and transmission as long as it's maintained well. Has 304000 miles on a still runs as it just came off the lot. Only thing is that Toyota never said it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable!

by Barny from Edmonton Alberta Canada on November 18, 2018

I bought my 04 in 04. In 14 years, other than fluid changes and a timing belt, the only maintenance was an O2 sensor at 14 years. Even the brakes are original. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2004 Toyota Tacoma currently has 5 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tacoma received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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