Great capable 4x4 if taken care of and good invest
November 4, 2018
These older Toyota trucks are good for a lower budget due to resale value and cult following. You can but one for under $5K and put a little money into it and have a VERY capable 4x4 Light truck. New costs $25-45k.. nuts!
I have owned 2 1990's 4x4s from Toyota (one for 22 years)and can say they are great trucks. I haven't bought new due to insane costs. I have a 1995 T100 4x4 single cab long bed that is a victim of neglect from previous owner. However, it runs and performs well considering the condition it was in. Mostly rust issues. There is a undercarriage rust issue do to being near ocean and rust belt. I recommend treating the undercarriage with a good rust remover and retardant. (POR-15). I planned on doing a restore on this truck. The 3.4L is a good motor but you must do preventive maintenance on valve cover gaskets and timing belt. These motors will easily get 250K+ miles if this is done. It is a "non-interference motor" which means if the timing belt snaps, it will not wreck the entire moror. that's a great thing! I just did a 5hr one way trip (both ways) in this with the following KNOWN issues on the truck WHEN I LEFT for the trip : leaking valve cover gaskets, 3 exhaust leaks, and a very small backpressure issue... and it went without one problem. THen I drove it in the mountains. That's a 3.4L toyota motor!!
I must say the interior is average and the bench seat isn't good for long trips. The cup holders in the 90's Toyota trucks is a design nightmare. It blocks the view of climate control panel and radio when in use. But its a no frills truck for people who USE trucks!!