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I might buy a used 2000 4x4. I have questions

Hello all.
I am looking at buying a 2000 4x4 with 273k miles.
Mechanically and visually it looks like it's been well taken care of. New upper control arms and bushings replaced. Otherwise all the other bushings look good.

What I need to know is what I need to look for and what should have been replaced like timing belt or other things. Smog problems that come up for the older year and so on. Rust in places, anything.

How long does the motor have life left in it when taken care of? Electrical problems in it's old age?


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Hello all.
I am looking at buying a 2000 4x4 with 273k miles.
Mechanically and visually it looks like it's been well taken care of. New upper control arms and bushings replaced. Otherwise all the other bushings look good.

What I need to know is what I need to look for and what should have been replaced like timing belt or other things. Smog problems that come up for the older year and so on. Rust in places, anything.

How long does the motor have life left in it when taken care of? Electrical problems in it's old age?


Thanks
Hard to tell. Unless, the previous owner(s) kept a record of the maintenance. That or they took it to a shop that hopefully tracks the work. Best bet would be to check carfax. If there are no maintenance anywhere, you are gambling. For the timing belt, you can remove one of the covers to check for cracking. With a flashlight, try and look behind the fan clutch for any pink crust, if there is, this would be evidence of a leak. Potentially from the water pump.
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https://www.toyota.com/owners/my-vehicle

I registered here and found a plethora of information about my vehicle that was maintained at the dealership level.
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A friend bought an 01' SL 500 from a dealer with a clean Car Fax. I helped him list it on E-Bag a year ago and as soon as we hit the list button it popped up a big red warning indicating frame damage. After further digging we uncovered some monkey business with auction companies and dealers. It had been wrecked in NY state, sold by an auction company in AZ then ended up at a dealership in Los Angeles. On the other hand I've done all the maintenance on my Gen 1 except for the timing belt. It's in tip-top condition but Car-Fax would probably only show that I got rear ended a few years back. (I took the insurance money and went fishing in Mexico instead of fixing the slightly bent rear bumper.)
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Yikes. I have heard about the nightmare stores on vehicles like that.
Many folks get that check and use it on something else.
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Nothing in life is a sure thing. I bought mine from the Reno auction 10 years ago. Some guy traded it in at 97k for something else. Haven't had an issue with it yet. Of course YMMV. If the price is right go for it.
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You don't say where you're located, but if you're in the northeast or northern midwest, frame rust can be a serious problem. I'm in Maine, and it's rare to see a 2000 still on the road unless the frame has been replaced. I just bought a 2000 that came from California. I'll be treating the frame with WD-40, Fluid Film, and boiled linseed oil as soon as the weather warms up.
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I am and the truck is in Southern Ca.

I will be moving to the east coast before winter so I think I need to treat frame before I move.
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