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Old 08-08-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Vechile History reports...worth it?

So I was curious to see if there was any records on my truck and well, Car-Fax says there's 16 and AutoCheck says 18. The only difference in the search between the two sites is that AutoCheck says that I have the SR5 package. Which I have no clue if I truly have it, no badge anywhere.

So are they worth getting if you don't know where your truck has been?
Do they tell you full specs of your vechile such as gearing? I have that stupid b07a code which I can't find a true answer for. I'm the third owner of my taco. I know this may be stupid, but I figured I would ask.

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Old 08-08-2010, 10:32 PM   #2
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from what i hear they really are worth it. and if you aren't up to paying for it find some other people that might be interested or are looking for a new vehicle and split the cost.
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I know is crazy how much they are. CF is 35 and AC is 30 for a single report. I'm not sure who to get one from if I do commit to it.
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i got a carfax done to my truck when i got for kicks and gigs... also did my moms truck dads truck and car while i had the week account type thing.. its pretty neat.
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Does it show full specs tho? My main concern is finding the package that was on it and gearing, and the oblivious where the h my truck been between 99 and 07.
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decode the vin online..
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I have, but my axle code is B07A and people say different things for it. it's either 3.90, 4.30, or 4.56 there hasn't been a definite answer. the vin doesn't tell you the packages that were included. I know they are not important, but I would like to know.
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Oh, i though you wanted to know what trim level you had...
The door jam should tell you gear/trans code?
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Those 16 or 18 "records" could be anything from a service at a dealership to a title transfer. Doesn't necessarily mean there are 18 accidents.

If your curious and got money to burn... do it.

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found it!

http://forum.ih8mud.com/95-gen-toyot...-question.html
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Oh, i though you wanted to know what trim level you had...
The door jam should tell you gear/trans code?
It does, but the code I have is goofy and seems it doesn't have a clear answer.

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Those 16 or 18 "records" could be anything from a service at a dealership to a title transfer. Doesn't necessarily mean there are 18 accidents.

If your curious and got money to burn... do it.

Right, I know it's not all accidents...but my truck did have problems after I bought and it could have been results from something before.

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But it's still between 4.30 and 4.56, is that hard to find out by that spin and count test?

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Those 16 or 18 "records" could be anything from a service at a dealership to a title transfer. Doesn't necessarily mean there are 18 accidents.

If your curious and got money to burn... do it.

x2. i was looking at buying a used motor for the wifes 97 runner and decided i should run a vin check on it to make sure it was a well maintained vehicle. the carfax report said something along the lines of 20 incidents reported. i spent the money and got the report. every time the guy got his oil changed at the dealer it was on the report. but it also showed me how well he maintained the vehicle as well as the fact that he had just redone the timing, water pump etc about 2000 miles before he totaled it. so it can def be a good thing. based off that report i bought the motor because i knew it had been maintained and it runs like a champ in the runner.
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IMO Carfax is crap. They run a free records search that brings up lots of stuff, although it's usually just like when the vehicle was sold, or registered in a different state. A good thing to remember is that not all accidents get reported to insurance. If an accident didn't get reported, it won't show up on the Carfax.

Another thing Carfax does is when you run the free search, it alarms you by listing many records, and some "red alerts". They do that to try to get you to buy the service.

I think the best alternative is to have a skilled mechanic thoroughly inspect the vehicle before you buy it.

Also if your vehicle was damaged during transport to the dealership, that will likely never go reported. My partents bought a new truck, and found out that it had been wrecked before. Ironically they found this out while having a dent fixed in the same spot, and the bodyman found it a alittle odd that a new truck would have bondo on it. Upon further investigation, they discovered that during transport, it had been hit in the back. Thankfully they didn't try to cover it up or anything.
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ummm... unless i'm missing something B07A designates a 4:30

The axle code for your rig can be found on the manufacture's sticker located on the driver's side door jamb as follows:
First digit:

* A = 7.5" ring gear
>>* B = 8" ring gear

Next two digits:

* 01 = 3:42
* 02 = 3:58
* 03 = 4:10
* 04 = 4:56
* 05 = 3:15
* 06 = 3:91
>>* 07 = 4.30

Last digit:

>>* A = 2 Pinion, Open
* B = 4 Pinion, Open
* C = 2 Pinion OEM Limited Slip
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ummm... unless i'm missing something B07A designates a 4:30

The axle code for your rig can be found on the manufacture's sticker located on the driver's side door jamb as follows:
First digit:

* A = 7.5" ring gear
>>* B = 8" ring gear

Next two digits:

* 01 = 3:42
* 02 = 3:58
* 03 = 4:10
* 04 = 4:56
* 05 = 3:15
* 06 = 3:91
>>* 07 = 4.30

Last digit:

>>* A = 2 Pinion, Open
* B = 4 Pinion, Open
* C = 2 Pinion OEM Limited Slip
Yes it says it there. There are a few other threads on various forums that list different gears. I know there's a guy on ttora that has the same year as I do and we both have the trd prerunner, same code and he has 4.56's but I'm still confused. I'm going to do the spin test on it tomorrow. I'm not saying your wrong though, just to many different answers.
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Yes it says it there. There are a few other threads on various forums that list different gears. I know there's a guy on ttora that has the same year as I do and we both have the trd prerunner, same code and he has 4.56's but I'm still confused. I'm going to do the spin test on it tomorrow. I'm not saying your wrong though, just to many different answers.
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