Used Car of the Day: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner TRD

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is, uh, interesting. This 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner TRD has more than 283K miles on the clock, it's 21 years old, and the price is $15,000.

This two-wheel-drive truck has a lot of aftermarket parts. Here's the list from the post:

TRD supercharger (Nose cone replaced twice for maintenance)
K&N drop in filter
Front Suspension: 3” Toytec lift springs, Bilstein shocks, SPC adjustable upper control arms
Rear Suspension: 2.5” OME Dakar leaf springs with bushings, Bilstein shocks
Extended Steel Braided Brake lines front and rear
Pioneer Double Din Receiver
Polk Audio front and rear components, tweeters, two 8” subs and amplifier
Dashcam forward and rear facing
Clifford alarm (mainly for keyless entry)
ARE tonneau cover
Line-X Bedliner
Front and Rear Tint
18x9 +0 Volk Racing TE37’s with custom hub centric rings (old school center caps included)
Project Kics R40 NeoChro Lug Nuts
275/65R18 General Grabber A/T tires

The seller says the truck has used Mobil 1 and has been well-maintained, and the battery, starter, valve-cover gaskets, and spark plugs.

The seller also still has some original stuff, like the floor mats, audio components, original wheels, and intake manifold. That last will be necessary should you want to remove the supercharger.

Apparently, the truck is in good shape cosmetically, as well, but does have wear and tear issues such as paint chips.

Check it out here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 28, 2023

    My neighbour had a stock PreRunner Tacoma. Unless you are going offroad in bad places a 4x2 with LSD or locker will take you everywhere you need to go.

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    • Norman Stansfield Norman Stansfield on Jul 28, 2023

      Drove a Ranger 2WD with an open differential in the Northeast for 8 winters, only got stuck once, on a patch of ice. If I had to do it again the only difference would be I'd get an LSD or locker. 4WD is extra weight and complexity that for most drivers is overkill.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Jul 28, 2023

    Even though this truck is two years prior to the dreaded Tacoma frame rot issue, buyer beware.

    I've seen Tacomas split in half on a lift....scary.

  • J I haven't owned a sedan since like 2011 had a ford fusion and impala then I discovered hatchbacks beats an SUV but the amount of stuff I can do with my little hatchbacks leaves sedan owners and even some SUV and truck owners surprised
  • Dougjp It seems like I'm in a minority by rejecting CUV/SUVs and wanting "cars" instead. Its because, comparing apples to apples (same specs), I don't want (a) worse performance, (b) worse handling, (c) worse fuel economy, (d) worse road & wind noise and (e) higher cost. I'm quite willing to PAY for shipping that costs way less than 1% of the difference between the cost of a car and a comparable CUV/SUV, to buy a bulky piece of furniture from a store that doesn't provide free shipping. Which I would seldom buy anyway. The problem is, people don't think logically, and would rather default to herd mentality. Its the same as why people buy "off road vehicles", complete with ugly add on patch body work to "look the part", then they never go off road.
  • FreedMike How about one for a brown diesel wagon?
  • Lou_BC “Can the sedan be saved?" Big V8's gave Dodge products some extra life. Kinda like a pacemaker/defibrillator in a lifetime pack/day smoker.................... People want easy access/egress, good visibility, dad/mom bod room, and a bit of cargo space.
  • Conslaw I rented an Altima for a 2,000 mile drive in 2019. It was a fantastic vehicle for that purpose. It had all the features we could want, was quiet, comfortable, peppy, and delivered 37-40 MPG, including stretches with 80 mph speed limits. I'd like to see any CUV do that.