My 03 Std cab, 4x4 was purchased used and beaten up but mechanically sound back in 2008. It has never left me standing, always starts even in -30 up here in Calgary.
The crank windows and manual locks are annoying but it rides well, doesnt rattle, hauls everything, and serves as a perfect dirty contractor truck.
The 4.7 sucks gas but the truck has get up and go. Not fast, but definitely quick.
When i see other same model trucks out there i know the owners are enjoying the dependability, since Toyota definitely knows how to deliver up good trucks.
This reflects in the resale price.
I have 225,000 km on this truck and i know it can do another 225,000 no probs!
Fluid and brakes only.
First non-US pickup I have purchase but got tired of rattles in GM and Fords
so decided to go with a Tundra. Can't believe a pick-up can run so quitetly,
have so much power, and go over some wash boards without a rattle or
vibration. Can't wait to see if it holds up but can recommend it to someone
who doesn't like to have buttons fall off in the interior and gaps in moldings
that I know I have found on US trucks.
Engine power, balance in snow and on ice, and tight body.
Could have a higher rear end gear ratio for better mileagen and less jerkiness
in taking off in drive.