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1999 Toyota Tacoma Truck

XtraCab PreRunner Auto

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1999 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner

Source: The Car Connection

Almost all of the off-road goodies.

by Bob Plunkett

BORREGO SPRINGS, California - In the gritty off-pavement world of four-wheeling truck racing, drivers often need to drive a rugged course like the Baja 1000 in advance of a race to check out nuances of the route. Yet they don't want to risk damaging finely tuned race vehicles in the preview run.

To protect the race equipment, these reconnaissance trips are typically conducted in two-wheel-drive pickups modified with beefy four-wheel-drive suspension systems and raised platforms to withstand the rigors of running at high speed over rough terrain. Such a preview truck in off-road race circles is known as a pre-runner.

These custom-built trucks, which closely resemble the 4x4 off-road racers, rarely venture away from a race course. Now, a customized pickup from Toyota dons the same name as its scout brethren: the PreRunner.

Derived from Toyota's popular compact truck, the PreRunner looks like a hunky 4x4 XtraCab version of the Tacoma pickup with high stance and muscular flared fenders. It packs the boosted power of either the four-cylinder or V-6 engine available for a 4x4 Tacoma, as well as the four-wheeler's ride height and suspension system, including an optional off-road suspension package and on-demand full-locking rear differential. In fact, PreRunner carries all of the features of the 4x4 Tacoma, save for a front-wheel-drive assembly.

What's the point? Consumer research conducted by Toyota reveals that many 4x4 truck owners rarely, if ever, take their vehicles off-pavement, which suggests that they're riding around with pricey four-wheel-drive hardware not used. More surveys show that the elevated cost of a 4x4 truck puts that vehicle beyond the reach of some who desire the rugged look and stance of an off-road pickup.

The PreRunner can satisfy both of these groups by providing a rugged pickup with the high stance and sturdy suspension of a 4x4 truck - and thousands of dollars shaved from the price tag.

A comparison of current price points between PreRunner 4x2 and Tacoma 4x4 XtraCab shows the savings. With the base engine, the suggested retail list price of the PreRunner runs to $17,608, but it's $19,938 for the 4x4. With optional V-6, the PreRunner comes to $18,538, while the 4x4 equivalent hits $21,028.

The standard engine for the PreRunner is a 2.7-liter in-line four. It produces 150 hp from a cast-iron block with aluminum alloy heads and balanced shafts, four valves in every cylinder, and twin cams on top. The optional 3.4-liter V-6, also built from an iron block with aluminum heads and dual overhead cams, pumps the output to 190 hp. The V-6 is particularly strong in lower gear ranges, and for hauling chores it elevates the trailer-towing capacity to 5000 pounds. A four-speed electronic automatic shifter is standard.

Like the 4x4 edition, the PreRunner stretches its wheel tracks wider than a 4x2 Tacoma to improve stability. Front track width increases by 1.6 inches, while in back the track width expands by 0.6 inches more than the 4x2. The PreRunner also compares to the 4x4 Tacoma in platform height, as it stuffs 4 inches more of air between ground and chassis to increase clearance for off-road conditions.

The PreRunner's XtraCab design extends the length of the Tacoma regular cab by 18 inches and hangs two jump seats behind a front bench with 60/40 split back.

The suspension, composed of front independent double-wishbone arrangement with coil springs plus stabilizer bar and a leaf-type rear spring, eases ride quality with low-pressure gas-filled shocks. The vertical travel for each front wheel of the PreRunner compares with the 4x4 to track better in independent motion when dealing with off-pavement surface abnormalities, such as a deep ditch, pothole or rut rock.

Rack-and-pinion steering with power assistance is also aboard for precise control with good feedback. The brakes (discs in front and rear drums) contain larger components than the 4x2 Tacoma's, with larger boosters, too. An anti-lock mechanism is available optionally. And steel wheels, also like XtraCab 4x4 Tacoma, measure to 15x6 inches and mate with P225/75R15 mud and snow tires.

For our tests, we drove several PreRunners on highways winding through California's low Anza-Borrego Desert and off-road over deep tracks of sand in the Borrego Sink, a state park devoted to four-wheeling trailblazers.

It rode smoothly and seemed easy to control on the hard pavement surface, as expected, but the PreRunner surprised us when it plowed through sandy desert washes in off-pavement tests. Those nubby tires and the high stance with a strong suspension combined to maintain forward progress at a steady pace across the desert, proving it's capable of tackling moderate off-road challenges when necessary.

Those who plan to spend more than a moment or two in off-pavement romps should consider the optional off-road suspension package and locking rear differential. The off-road package, developed through Toyota's desert racing truck program, adds Bilstein shocks, progressive-rate front coil springs and modified camber rear springs, locking rear differential, black overfenders, and alloy wheels. The rear differential lock operates through a dashboard pushbutton to split torque evenly between both rear wheels, so that they move in unison for low-speed maneuvers off-pavement.

Safety systems for the PreRunner include dual airbags and side-door steel beams, wide sideview mirrors, and adjustable anchors for outboard three-point seatbelts. The passenger's airbag may be disengaged through a cut-off switch.

The pre-running starts at $15,238. Standard interior features range from air conditioning and stereo system with cassette deck to a fold-out table and twin cup holders, door map pockets, two 12-volt power outlets, sliding rear window, and flip-out quarter glass.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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