My father bought this very basic truck new for $6988 as a loss leader in late 1989. We are talking a vinyl bench seat, no AC, no power steering, and no radio. He put a lot of really tough short trips on it and didn't do much for maintenance except change the oil. I inherited it in 1997 with less than 100K miles and though it hadn't had any problems, it already needed a new clutch. Despite that, it remained reliable- a clutch master cylinder in 2000 and new radiator in 2001 at 133K. It started leaking out of the front seal a little at about 180K. Finally, at 196K, it's tough life caught up to it and it blew the head gasket Not bad, all things considering. Now it has 230K on it and
Best truck for the money period, will do anything you ask of it and more!
written on 11-13-2014
I feel my faithful little toyota deserves some recognition and hopefully I can help ease the decision of someone looking to purchase a cheap, economical, and ultra reliable truck to do... pretty much anything. No you won't be winning drag races against newer full size trucks with V8's nor will you be towing your 45' luxury motor home however what you can do is way more than anyone would imagine. Those in auto mechanic scene know how amazing the little 22R 4 cylinder motor is and thats why these trucks are so sought after now. I purchased my truck 8 years ago and consistently haul over 1000lbs of cargo, and have run it hard since I bought it with 87,000 miles, it now has 178k running strong.
Bought this truck from my landscaper. It had 159000, the actual mileage on it now is 196000 and still going strong. Replaced the air filter with cold air, it sure adds up horsepower to it. I replaced the bench seat with bucket seats from a Honda Prelude. It sure is more comfortable. I love my 1990 Toyota 4X4 truck.
I told my wife (she doesnt like pu trucks) I would get another vehicle just as soon as this one "dies" - that was 160K miles and 9 years ago ..4 vehicle accidents later including burying it into a river bed - this vehicle just wont die....it has Never failed to start.....( I think I Love it more than my wife)
No serious problems. Always starts in very cold temps. Fun to drive. Have loved driving this truck for 12 yrs as it's only owner. Would recommend this truck to those needing something compact but with features of a full size truck.