I have had this truck for ten years now. Its been the best money I have ever spent. I purchased at 88000 miles. Extremely reliable and low maintenance. Good fuel economy and very nice handling for a truck. In the last decade I've replaced the starter and a battery thats it!
The 2.4 litre 4 cyl. has an expected life of over 300,000. Just a downright tough truck where small pickups are concerned. Best in its class and age range by miles.
The coil over suspention they put in the following years Tacoma was a nice improvement. Other than that, this truck is much better than the Tacoma. They seemed to get real cheap after 1994.
My truck has been great! It had excellent gas mileage for a truck and very comfortable (especially driving from N LA to Pensacola about 4xs a yr). Only had to have minor work done, oil changes every 3k and it did great. Unfortunately it was involved in a accident with a 2008 GMC6000 recently. Crazy enough I was able to drive it home, where as the GMC was towed.
I bought this truck in Jan 97. It had 50k on it and I quickly found it was fun and dependable to drive in the snow. A few years later I put the biggest tires on it I could (30.5). What a change in the ride. This has been a great truck for me. It now has 132k and still runs great. I've had to replace the battery (like I didn't know that was going happen sooner or later) and the alternator. The only other thing I've had to replace was the U-joint. Mechanic said the de-icer put on the highways by WA state DOT is corrosive and caused the break down in the U-joint. Clutch feels like it is on its last leg, but I've been hard on it trying to pull stumps out and such. Overall, GREAT TRUCK!!!
It's a truck!!
Larger tires as a standard feature. Makes for a much smoother ride.
I have owned a 1990 Nissan 4x4 and now this one and the Toyota has the most power. I liked the interior of the Toy more to. I have found it easer to find 3rd party addons for the Toyota to. And there are more Toyotas in the wrecking yard to get parts off of then others.
The extra storage is nice. The easy access to the valve train for adjustment.
Get more oil to the front of the engines valve train because of the forward movement pushes the oil back to the rear causing the front to wear faster. More horsepower is always better.