Exterior photo of 2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 85,000 Miles

Engine: V6 5VZ-FE

Exterior color: Radiant Red

Interior: Tan Cloth Interior

SR5 Package

TRD Off-Road (Bilstein Shocks, Locking Rear Differential)

Westin Running Boards

Tow Package

Rhino Bed Liner

California Truck

Clean Carfax, No Accidents


2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road interior photo

At Glen Shelly Auto Brokers we are Tacoma fanatics. I’ve got over 260,000 hard miles on my 1st generation Tacoma and it’s barely broken in. When I saw this truck, I had have it. It’s the cleanest 1st-gen Tacoma I’ve seen in years. It was originally purchased as a lease from Bill Wright Toyota in Bakersfield, California in June of 2003. In 2005 it was returned and sold again to the second owner, who only put 45,000 miles on it over the next 10 years. The Carfax shows it has always been dealer serviced with regular maintenance and oil changes every 3,000 miles. Post-2001 model years are arguably the best years of the 1st-gen Tacoma, and 2003 was first year that came standard with anti-lock brakes. The SR5, TRD Off-Road packages, Westin running boards, tow package, and Rhino bed liner finish off this truck as one of the best Tacomas on the market.


2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road interior photo

The exterior of this Tacoma is exceptional. The Radiant Red paint has not been UV faded like many red Tacomas of this vintage. It was obviously garage kept. Being a California truck, there is no corrosion nor is the leading edge heavily pitted like most Colorado trucks. There are a few minor dings, nicks, and scratches, but overall the paint is exceptional. The worst paint chip is on the lower hood, about the size of an M&M. There is also very light crazing along the leading edge. I would address both covering the front of the hood with clear bra. There is no evidence of rust anywhere, even on the fastener heads that usually show some corrosion. The windshield has no cracks and the chrome-work is excellent. The black-work and mud flaps are intact and not UV faded. The wheels have no curb-rash and the center cap paint is not faded (another common issue). The spare tire is a different type than the Michelins, but it appears to have never been used.


2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road interior photo

The tan cloth interior is consistent with the exterior, showing minimal wear. There are no rips, scratches, or tears. All buttons and switches work correctly. The clutch pedal doesn’t squeak because there is no clutch pedal! The factory floor mats have protected the carpet, but the driver’s side floor mat does show slight wear. The driver’s seatbelt nylon is slightly less flexible that it should be, perhaps it took a coffee spill at some point. I will likely repair this and update the listing appropriately. It does not affect its functionality and the seat is clean. Overall the interior is in great shape, consistent with the rest of the truck.


2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road interior photo

The previous owner’s stewardship of the truck shows in its mechanical condition. The 5VZ-FE V6 engine pulls strong, the gearbox and drive are quite and vibration free. All mechanical functions work correctly, the 4-wheel drive and locking rear differential engage smoothly. The Bilstein shocks are firm yet compliant, the suspension bushings are solid, and the rear leaf springs show no signs of cracking (a common issue). There are no fluid leaks, especially from the valve cover gaskets or rear differential (other common issues). The Michelin Latitude tires have 75% tread remaining. In addition to 3,000-mile oil changes the Carfax shows the front brakes and transmission fluid flushed at 40K miles, the ball joints replaced at 42K miles, the air conditioning was charged at 50K miles, and the drive belts were replaced at 79K miles. The air condition had a slight odor when first turned on if left overnight with the recirculate button engaged. I eliminated it by flushing the evaporator and condenser with Toyota air conditioner disinfectant.