The Toyota Tacoma is a mid-sized pickup truck that offers a great amount of power, performance, and durability. It's a reliable towing and hauling truck that provides excellent fuel economy.
If you're looking for a truck that can handle everything you throw at it, the Toyota Tacoma is a great choice.
Do you already own a Toyota Tacoma? If so, this guide is for you. It's packed with information that will help you maintain your Tacoma and make the most out of it.
Why The Toyota Tacoma Is A Great Investment
Before we start, we'd like to talk about why the Tacoma is a wise investment. We couldn't say enough great things about this truck. In fact, we wrote a blog post about why the Tacoma dominates the midsize truck market. To sum it up:
- The Tacoma has the legendary reliability the Toyota brand is known for
- The Tacoma is built for off-road driving
- Well-maintained Tacoma trucks have an amazing resale value
- The Tacoma is a practical truck that still has an innovative design
- The Tacoma is affordable, meaning you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck
The Most Common Toyota Tacoma Issues
Like any other truck, the Tacoma comes with its own set of issues. As long as you stay on top of these issues and maintain your Tacoma well, your truck should remain in good shape. We put together a blog post that outlines the most common Tacoma issues:
- Drivability issues (which have been resolved with software updates)
- Rear differential oil leak
- Crankshaft position sensor failure
- Premature clutch wear
- Frame rust
- Radio turning off by itself
- Broken rear leaf springs
- Throttle position sensor failure
- Frame rust
- Broken tabs in the glove box
- Lower ball joint failure
Must-Have Accessories For The Toyota Tacoma
Every Tacoma needs a good set of accessories. Not only do they boost your truck's performance, but they also help protect it better. According to this blog post, here are a few must-have accessories for your Tacoma:
- Bed liner
- Custom exhaust
- LED light bar
- Grille guard
- Side steps/rails
- Air intake
- Lift/leveling kits
Toyota Tacoma Parts To Stock Up On
Toyota trucks are known for lasting a long time. Yet, it's still your responsibility to maintain your truck well. It's a good idea to stock up on some basic maintenance parts ahead of time. That way, you won't have to worry about finding these replacement parts in an urgent situation. For example, if your brake pads go bad, you can replace them right at home instead of driving around with bad brakes until you get a new set.
We suggest stocking up on the following basic maintenance parts:
- Brake pads
- Windshield wipers
- Oil filters
- Fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, and differential oil)
- Spark plugs
- Serpentine belts
- Air filters
Tools You'll Need For Maintaining Your Tacoma Yourself
Every truck owner should know how to maintain their vehicle themselves. If you're not handy with tools and such, it might be a good idea to buy the following:
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- Socket set (metric)
- Wrench set (metric)
If you're not too familiar with how your truck works, it might be a good idea to buy an auto repair manual, which will show you exactly how to fix your Tacoma. They come in paperback and digital form.
How To Make Your Tacoma A TRD Pro Clone
If you're interested in owning a Tacoma with a TRD Pro Package, you don't have to trade in your truck for one. You can actually build your own TRD pro. We put together a guide on how to do this.
We hope you enjoyed this guide! It should be a great reference for any Tacoma owner.