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1999 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab V6 4x4

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 218,200 Miles

Engine: 3.4L V6 5VZ-FE Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Natural White

Interior: Oak Tan Interior

Additional features:

SR5 Package

TRD Off-Road Package:

Heavy Duty Shocks

Locking Rear Differential

Extra Leaf Spring

Original Logic Control Toyota Stereo

Power Locks

Power Windows

Cruise Control

Center Console w/ Cup Holders

Dual 12V Outlets

Factory Fender Flares

Mud Flaps

Sliding Rear Window

Receiver Tow Hitch (Never Used)

Carpet Floor Mats

15-Inch Factory Wheels

Goodyear Wrangler Tires

Recent Maintenance:

Timing Belt Service

Water Pump

Thermostat

Radiator

Brakes

Battery

NGK Iridium Spark Plugs

Original Owner/California Truck

Clean Carfax

2003 FWC Eagle Full Camper

Roll-Over Couch Floor Plan

Full Camper

Propane

Hot Water System

Sink

Stove

Refrigerator

Forced Air Heater

Queen Upper Bed

Lower Couch/Folding Bed

Batteries

Invertor

AC Power

Power Roof Fan

LED Ceiling Lights

Roof Rack

Side Awning

Rear Trouble Light

Rear Porch Light

Custom PVC Storage Pipe (originally for a telescope)

Camper Lift Jacks

Original Toyota Tailgate Included

Summary

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This 1999 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab V6 4x4 is a vast outlier in the population of one of the best trucks ever built—the first-generation Toyota Tacoma. Despite having 218,200 miles (barely broken in for a Taco), its condition is exceptional in a population of trucks that have been used and abused. Check out these highlights: 1999 model year (post-facelift, center console, center cup holders, improved HVAC controls, improved headlights), Natural White over Oak cloth, 5-speed manual, TRD Off-Road Package with the locking rear differential, one-owner, California truck! On top of that—or in the back—is a one-owner 2003 Four Wheel Camper Eagle full camper. The FWC Eagle is the side roll-over layout featuring upper and lower beds, heavy-duty pop-top material, propane, hot water system, two-burner stove, sink, refrigerator, AC power, power roof fan, side awning, roof rack, and rear lights. The combination of a first-gen Extra Cab V6 4x4 Taco with a 5-speed manual, TRD Off-Road Package, and the Four Wheel Camper Eagle make it the perfect off-road overland rig. It is small and agile enough to get deep off the grid—much deeper than the hordes of Sprinter vans, Subarus, and even full-size trucks. But, unlike all of those cheap minimalist camper shells and overland box trailers, with the FWC Eagle, you can camp in comfort when you get there. In the arms race to get further away from everyone to a sweet spot in the mountains, there are few better tools in the Vein diagram of off-road capability, four-season usability, comfort and amenities, reliability, cost, and size.

The original owner purchased this truck in Garden Grove, California in August of 1999, where it remained until we purchased it and brought it to Colorado earlier this year. The Carfax is clean (although our inspection did show a little paint work) and shows regular registrations, emissions, and a few services. In 2002 the owner added the Four Wheel Eagle camper (a 2003 model year) along with extra rear springs. Then he hit the road, living in it virtually full-time for the next several years, chasing the stars as an amateur astronomer—the PVC pipe under the overhang was used for his telescope. It remained with that owner, used between him and his daughter until we purchased it from the family and drove it to Colorado. Prior to arriving, the previous owner reported doing the timing belt (several times on schedule), along with the battery, spark plugs, drive belts, and brakes. We drove it to Colorado and set about properly sorting it. Our work included a fresh timing belt, water pump, and thermostat, replacing the radiator due to age, flushing the heater core due to non-Toyota coolant, and a fresh oil change. We also replaced the grille clips and added a receiver hitch (that has never been used) for carrying extra gear. Then we set about sorting the camper with a fresh propane bottle, LED ceiling lights, and re-wiring several electrical circuits to make everything function correctly.

We actually bought this truck as a keeper (always having a first-gen Taco in the personal fleet) and were going to use it for the stated mission above, but the Cessna 185 bush plane has been fulfilling that mission going even farther into the backcountry than the Taco. As it sits, this is a turn-key rig and a blank canvas you can build into your perfect rig. We have priced it accordingly to account for its rarity, condition, and options; we will not separate the truck and camper. The cosmetic and mechanical conditions are thoroughly detailed below. We want to find a new owner who will appreciate what this truck is and will enjoy it for the next chapter of its story.

Exterior

1999 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab V6 4x4 exterior photo

Overall, the Natural White paint is in very good condition, presenting exceptionally well for its age and mileage—no doubt also from living its life in Southern California. All paint is original, gauging between 3 and 4 mils, except for the left front fender, which measures 6-10 mils. All VIN tags are in place, including the left front fender, so it was just re-painted at some point. Imperfections are light rock chips on the lower edge of the hood and other leading edges, a half-dollar-sized dent on the driver-side bed above the wheel well, and other small blemishes. There is no notable rust, including the frame rails, indicative of living in California. All trim is in place, with light UV fading on the bumper plastic and light wear on the chrome. The black fender flares have typical rock chipping and some UV fade; the SR5 logos are slightly faded, as are the plastic on the side mirrors. The windshield is crack-free with light pitting. There is slight yellowing and light scuffing on the headlight lenses; the taillights are clear and crack-free. The Goodyear Wranglers are worn evenly with no cupping and 7/32s tread remaining. They have older DOT dates, but should easily last the summer. Tire brand and type are highly subjective, but we can aid in mounting the tires of your choice at a reasonable price if desired.

The camper exterior is in very good shape, with typical age-related wear. The paint is very presentable, and all decals are present, although somewhat faded. There is slight corrosion on some of the screw heads and other exposed metals. The roof appears to be treated, and there is no evidence of leaks inside. There is a slight rise in the center of the top when closed, likely from it being closed with the side windows rolled up. It could easily be fixed with two more clamps. The side roll-over layout features a large side window, adding an airy feel. The glass is tinted and in excellent shape. The exterior lights work, but could benefit from being upgraded to modern LED lights.

Interior

 interior photo

The interior is consistent with the exterior, having held up very well. There are no odors or smoke smells. The carpet is free of rips and tears; the floor mats have some light discoloration but are presentable. The dashboard is in excellent condition and has Velcro on it, presumably from a previous dashboard cover. The steering wheel is very nice despite some light sun crazing on the upper portion. The instrument cluster and steering column are also in excellent condition, with everything functioning properly, and little to no fade. The power windows and door lock switches all work properly. The heat blows warm, the air conditioning blows cold, and the stereo functions properly. There is an older GPS mount to the right of the center vents that could easily be replaced by a RAM mount (we can get you the right one if need be). There is minimal wear on the shifter and leather boot. The center console has some light staining and a piece of plywood mounted near the storage compartment, which could be removed. The armrest is very nice. The seats are in good condition, with only slight wear on the driver’s outer bolster; the rear jump seats are nearly perfect. The driver’s seat belt is also frayed in a small spot but is still fully functional; we can replace this if desired. The owners’ manuals are missing; two keys are included with the sale.

The interior of the camper is consistent with the truck, having only light wear and minor flaws. There are no odors, and it has never been smoked in. It has clearly been well-kept and properly used and maintained. The pop-top canvas is in excellent shape. All camper functions work correctly, but like any camper, they will likely need periodic maintenance.

Mechanical

 engine photo

When you buy a used truck, you buy the previous owner’s stewardship, and this one clearly has been well-cared for. We completed the service outlined in the summary paragraph, and there are no immediate maintenance needs looming on the horizon. The 5VZ-FE V6 engine starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strong. The valve cover gaskets have slight fuzz on the rear corners, but show no active leaks or seeps. The rear main seal is also virtually dry. There is evidence of seeping at the shift selector seal and transfer case seals, but it does not leak or drip. We have no evidence of the clutch being replaced, but it does not slip, and the take-up is not high on the pedal (one of our original Tacos went over 300K miles on the original clutch). The gearbox shifts smoothly and the four-wheel-drive works correctly, as does the rear locker. There are no driveline or wheel bearing vibrations. The suspension is perfectly suited to the camper; it does not sag, porpoise, or bound. There is no shimmy at highway speeds, as can be typical of some higher mileage Tacos. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions in the State of Colorado.