I just bought the truck from my son-in-
law after I tried it out 5 years ago at
72,000 miles. It now has 173,000 on it
and runs better than my 2001 Escape.
The only problem was the head gasket at
154,000. The garage called the dealer
for the head gaskets and they advised
them that they were recalled and to
bring it in for repair. I'm amazed
that they volunteered the repair at
that many miles. 19+ MPG with 4 wheel
drive and V-6 is hard to beat
anywhere. Hope it goes another 173,000
I had a full size caddy cut me off. I
walked away with nothing. 5400.00 later
I was back on the road. Truck handled
it well, some front end damage but that
was about it. Cost for Toyota orginal
parts a little high.
Bought this truck new. Put 89000 miles on it. It is a great truck for light
hauling. It will not carry a heavy load like a Chevy or Ford because it will
bottom out on the rear springs. The reason: only 3 leaf springs on the rear.
Chevy has 4 on their 1/2 Ton, plus the small 3.0 L V-6 has only 145 HP and
not much torque. Gas mileage beats them though. I get 17 mpg in town and
22 highway. The engine and transmission are absolutely as smooth as silk.
You have got to love Toyota Corp. too. They had bad head gaskets on all
the V-6's in that year and although the truck was out of warranty and causing
no problems they replaced them free! A $1500 cost avoided.
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