Of the 5 trucks and over a dozen cars (all various brands) I've owned, this extended cab 4x4 V6 5sd stick, is by far the toughest vehicle I've owned! I now have over 200K and the only things I've done...
Of the 5 trucks and over a dozen cars (all various brands) I've owned, this extended cab 4x4 V6 5sd stick, is by far the toughest vehicle I've owned! I now have over 200K and the only things I've done other than normal maintenance/wear items like timing belt, struts/shocks, fluids/filters, tires, brakes, batteries (4) and plugs/wires are the springs (front and rear) and starter at about 110K.
I get normally get 19 to 23mpg, over 65mph or loaded, mileage is considerably reduced. The power is OK for every day driving but once there is any type of load it works very hard to keep up. With a head wind and a slight incline on the interstate it is sometimes hard to stay above the minimum speed limit with a loaded trailer!
However, the truck is very stable with all loads and all conditions. The 4wd system is one of the best! Nothing has stopped this truck; under rivers, over boulder mountains, 26" of snow or mud as deep as the grill! On the down side the turning radius is excessive.
The interior is spartan, but laid out and works well. At 6'2" there is good room, but the seats offer no lumbar support. I've had the AC blow 38F degrees at 116F Phoenix heat!
The only other down side about this truck is the body metal is very thin and dents easy.
I've test drove new Tacomas/Tundras but do not like the interiors and all the extra useless plastic. I will wait another 100K for Toyota to build real truck again.
I have had other trucks make it to 200K but were sold for junk, this truck is still in good shape and next week I will be towing a trailer from CA to ME and back with no mechanical worries.