Today’s HMC exclusive comes to us courtesy of Cat. Cat shared some of photos of their 1998 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab SR5 4 Cyl. automatic with 343,250 glorious miles on it. Cat bought the Tacoma at 114,500 miles and hoped for 200,000 miles. I’d say things worked out quite well on that front. Cat provided us with a photo of the truck hitting 300,000 miles on September 4, 2013. While crossing the I-94 into Indiana.
Cat tells me the truck has been all over the US and Canada. It is used mainly as a commuter vehicle, but has travelled from Acadia National Park to San Francisco, and has been used extensively for camping tripes. Cat travelling companion is an English Springer Spaniel, and together the truck serves as a home away from home.
From a mechanical standpoint, the truck has the original engine and transmission but has not been completely free of issues. The rack & pinion steering, a/c, water pump, and radiator have all been replaced. Cat tells me a mechanic suggested replacing the truck due to a poor compression test, but that was in 2012 at 271,500 miles and nothing has come of it. In fact, Cat uses the same mechanic today, so perhaps there was an issue with the test. Who’s to say? Cat isn’t strict about oil changes either. 3000 miles is the goal but sometimes the oil gets changed at 5000 miles using QS 5W30. Another time, the engine started pinging once and Cat’s mechanic recommend Chevron(Techron) gasoline as a fix. Sure enough, the pinging went away. The gauges are still operational, though the gas gauge acts up now and then.
Keep up the fight to 500,000 miles. We’re cheering you all the way. Thanks Cat.