View Full Version : Buying a first gen tundra, need opinions

10-22-2011, 04:02 PM
First off I wanna say hello. My name is AJ and I ve been lurking for quite a while and now is time to get things rolling.

I found a 2006 tundra 4x4 sr5 access cab with 56000 miles, one owner toyo certified.
This dealer is asking 17900 and comes with a 7yr, 100,000 drive train warranty. My question is about the price. What do you all think about the price? Go for it or wait?

I am going to build this first gen tundra for expo'ing and looking specifically at 01-06 access cabs, v8, 4wd.

1 Bored Clerk
10-22-2011, 08:14 PM
I'm also new here and am also shopping for a 1st gen (2005-2006 specifically) access cab Tundra. From what I'm finding up here in the Pacific Northwest, your price seems pretty good for that amount of miles and to be certified with any kind of warranty.

Oh, and you are always going to find someone who 'paid way less for a way better truck'. There's always someone like that out there. If you're happy with the price you pay, that's all that really matters. :smiley_drive:

Good luck!

10-22-2011, 08:39 PM
I'm also new here and am also shopping for a 1st gen (2005-2006 specifically) access cab Tundra. From what I'm finding up here in the Pacific Northwest, your price seems pretty good for that amount of miles and to be certified with any kind of warranty.

Oh, and you are always going to find someone who 'paid way less for a way better truck'. There's always someone like that out there. If you're happy with the price you pay, that's all that really matters. :smiley_drive:

Good luck!

Well thats what I was thinking as well on the price. Nada and Kbb show that 06 being valued at 20,500 to 21,600 being toyo certified and those miles. Just not many around, and the ones that are worth it disappear rather quick.

10-22-2011, 09:32 PM
I paid $17k last year for an 04 Limited 4WD with 65k miles. It was loaded with factory options. Private seller from Cl, so no warranty.

I echo the sentiment that if you llike the truck and the price is reasonable, then you'll be happy.

You'll enjoy it.

10-23-2011, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the replies fellas, feeling a little better now. I do like the truck from what I have seen in the pics, but it is a 3.5 hr drive to check it in person. Looks like a road trip tomorrow.:Wow1:

1 Bored Clerk
10-23-2011, 04:15 AM
Go get that sucker! I hope the pictures prove to be accurate. If it's white and you buy it, I'm going to be soo jealous.

10-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Taking off soon to check it out, just gotta make sure it's still there before hand. If all goes well I will have me another yota very soon. No need to be jealous since it is a steel blue color. Good luck with finding your white tundy.

10-23-2011, 03:17 PM
truck sold yesterday, the search continues.

1 Bored Clerk
10-23-2011, 03:41 PM
Bummer! Funny but Blue is the other color that I would be pumped about owning.

10-23-2011, 11:16 PM
Try craigslist in you area. If you get a carfax and make sure you have a mechanic look at it, you can get a better deal than a dealer , sans warranty of course, and get some tax advantages from a private seller. Autotrader as well.

Good luck!

10-25-2011, 01:33 AM
Aj with 17k you can buy the second gen

1 Bored Clerk
10-25-2011, 04:02 AM
You can get some great deals on the 2nd gens, but not everyone wants a truck that big. The first gen Tundra is a nearly perfectly sized truck. I wonder why the 2nd gens are so closely priced with the first gens? (not being a jerk, I am actually wondering...)

VW Jeeper
10-25-2011, 01:30 PM
First off, congrats on choosing an AWESOME truck. We truely love Tundra! That being said I think your price ~$17K is pretty close to the market given the low mileage on the truck and the warranty. For comparisions we bought '06 DC TRD 4wd with 65K and the remainder of the Toyota CPO warranty (Feb 2013) for $19,300 in August from a private seller on CL.

Set yourself a max dollar amount you want to spend and buy the truck that fits you best. Like others have said, there's always going to be that guy on the forums that got the "best" deal. For us, we "may" have over paid a bit, BUT we got the truck we wanted and didn't have to drive a thousand miles to pick it up or deal with pesky car salesmen.

Also - just a word of advise from a guy that's owned both an '02 Access Cab Tundra and now the '06 Double Cab (yeah I like first gen Tundras :elkgrin:) if you have a family or a need to haul extra people frequently I would seriously consider a DC truck. The AC is nice but the suicide type rear doors tend to become really annoying, especially in parking lots when you hands are full. On the flip side the length and overall size of the AC trucks is in my opinion the perfect size.

Best of luck to you and hope some of my rambling helps...

1 Bored Clerk
10-26-2011, 12:42 AM
I used to have an FJ Cruiser and I ended up not caring for the suicide back doors...for the reasons mentioned above. However, I no longer have to carry people back there so an AC Tundra will be awesome...for me! Anyone remember having an AC Tacoma without ANY access doors to the back? Even suicide doors are better than that. :)

10-26-2011, 04:48 AM
Almost 2 years ago I paid 10k for my Tundra with 100k miles in central Florida. Now out here in Oregon I could get 12k-13k for it with 115k miles. The way these things hold their value is amazing.

I lust after the 4 real doors and the power windows, especially the big rear window, of the Double Cab. And I rarely put people in the back. But the suicide doors in the parking lot is a pain in the ***. However yes there were Toyotas not long ago with no rear doors!

What's not to love?

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10-29-2011, 09:05 PM
I have been looking high and low on autotrader, craigslist, and pretty much anywhere else there might be one available. Yeah I would prefer a private seller, but at this point I will entertain any first gen that meets my criteria. Waiting patiently in the meantime.

Although I have considered the dbl cabs, I'am not really into them. Besides it's just me, the girlfriend and the dog so not very necessary. I can handle the suicide doors on the access cab no worries, since it'll be better than having no doors in back like my 2000 tacoma ex cab I had a while back.

I have also considered the second gen tundras as well, but like one bored clerk mentioned, they are big. I just sold a pretty sick f250 superduty that I had setup quite nice for that very reason. I loved it, but the thing was huge and a bit over kill for my usage. Not to mention the expense and amount of general maintenance required.

Thanks for everyones input and soon I hope to be posting a pick of my new tundra.

The sooner the better too. I need to start building this thing asap for my trips out west coming up in Feb and in mid June.


10-29-2011, 10:57 PM
Not knowing your future intentions, but I will add:
boyfriend + girlfriend = husband + wife == children ===double cab. I do prefer my Access Cab, but I will tell you that if you are planning for any sort of family in your trucks future - take another look at the double cabs. Once you wind up with kids of any decent size the complaints about legroom begin - and don't end until they get their own cars.....
good luck on your future purchase, you really can't go wrong on a 1st gen......

10-29-2011, 11:25 PM
i rode in the back of my grand fathers 1st gen access during deer season and it is tight. i would be looking for a double cab

10-30-2011, 04:14 PM
All good points, but quite sure the access cab will be the call. I don't have many passengers ever and if I do at least I will be in the drivers seat.

Oh and bout kids, though I love them they are not for us. Beside's that's what having a
kool niece and nephew are good for.

10-31-2011, 04:54 PM
I had to search quite awhile to even find a 4WD Tundra in Florida, but be patient and you will find the right one. New trucks get listed everyday.

10-31-2011, 05:33 PM
I love the space of my DC, but one nice thing about the AC's...the WB is almost two feet shorter. Makes a big difference in turning and getting caught high centered.

I put 35k miles on mine in a year (almost 100k now) and it is just a solid truck. I just did all the Scheuled Maintenance becuase I know I can easily get 200k and more out of it.

The 1st Gens are classsics, I don't care for the 2nd gens, didn't even look at them. I would not mind having the 5.7l but the 4.7 works good and for a long time.

If I were to do it again, I would probably get an 05 above the 04 I have. 40 more horses and a five speed transmission.

11-01-2011, 05:58 PM
I came across a 03 limited access cab last night for $16500. It's a 2 owner trk with 46,000 miles. Now my only hesitation is the older motor and trans. Like Falkon mentioned about the 05-06 trks having 5spd trans and extra 30 hp, should I focus on those two years only or will there not be much of a noticeable difference between the two motors and tranny's?

Just curious what you fella's think about that?

11-01-2011, 06:15 PM
Thats a good price for 46k miles. I think only the 05 had the extra 30, the 06 dropped back down close to the 04 for some reason. Maybe a change in the way it is measured or something.

I drive slow, so I am not really missing the HP. I came from a Sierra that was close to 330 HP I think, so It was noticeable however. I dont tow alot so I am not missing it there either. The 4 speed tranny I have can be annoying TO ME when I am puling out or need to speed up in traffic because I have to get on the accelerator a little harder to make it downshift. And because I have the Borla exhaust, it gets loud when it downshifts.

All that being said, if I found an 04 or prior that had been taken care of w/low mileage at a good price, I would not hesitate. I am not looking to sell my 04 for an 05.

I guess the real question is, how bad do you need wheels right now?

11-01-2011, 10:13 PM
I like the body colored grille and bumper of the limiteds, and that is really nice that it has low miles. How do you feel about spending 16k on an 03 though? If I were willing to spend up to 16k on a Tundra, I would trade an 05 with the 5spd and higher miles vs the 4 spd and no VVTi with lower miles.

11-02-2011, 12:08 AM
Thanks for all the input. Sounds like not having the vvti and 5psd tranny is not enough of a deterrent for anyone not to get the pre 05's. I especially like the low miles on this one. We will see how things work out for the weekend and checking it out.