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#16 of 78 20 + years Toyota owner
Feb 19, 2002 (3:18 am)
I have had 4 4-Runners and 3 pick-ups starting with a 1980 (20R engine, 4-speed, 4WD). That one was purchased used with about 80K and I drove it to 200K. This truck was used for work (ladder racks and a cross bed tool box, fully loaded!!) It performed flawlessly. Paid $3000 sold it for $2000.
At the same time I also had a 1985 SR5 4-Runner. It was a 22R-E, 5-speed, 4WD. No A/C. Purchased this new. First one in NE Ohio. It got a lot of looks. This was the original SUV. Drove it well over 100K. Very harsh ride. Had leaf springs over a straight axle. Never had it aligned. Didn't wear out tires either.
Next I purchased a used 1986 4-Runner 22R-E, 5 speed, 4-WD. The 1986 had 60K on it and I drove it to 200K. Finally sold it and kept the 1985 4-Runner.
Sold the 1985 and replaced it with a 1995 4-Runner. Again 5-speed, 4WD. This time I got the 150 HP V-6. Didn't like this engine. No power; poor gas mileage. Sold it after 25K and purchased a 1998 4-Runner SR5 with the 4-cam V-6, 5-speed, 4WD. Love this 4-Runner. Dune color. Still have it. It has 45K on the clock and has never been back to the dealer for anything.
I also had a 1997 Tacoma, 150HP 4-cyl, 5-speed, 4WD. It was an extended cab with all the options. Loved this truck. Towed a 3000# boat all over with it. Never had a problem and still was getting almost 19MPG. Had 60K on the clock when I sold it.
I wanted the V-8 power so I purchased a 2002 Tundra SR5 4Wd. It's a Thunder Gray access cab. Got the off-road package with LSD, Like this truck so far. Haven't towed with it yet but I know it will have plenty of power. Installed a tonneau cover and probably won't do too much more to it. First truck with an auto. Supposed to be better for towing. I'll find out soon. It does do well off the road. I think I will like the transmission after I get used to it. I still have the 1998 4-Runner for when I feel like shifting gears.
The only items I replaced with these Toyotas were mufflers, brakes, tires and batteries. These components wear out regardless of the manufacturer. I have never had a major breakdown or any engine problems. I did replace the clutch in the 1985 and also the 1986. I change oil every 3-5K and use synthetic after 50K. I perform all my own maintenance when I need to do any.
I'll stay with Toyota until something better comes along. They may cost a little more initially but in the long run they are actually cheaper to operate. And fun to drive!!!!
Feb 25, 2002 (9:02 am)
Thanks for sharing your experience. My 1993 just turned 142,000 miles the other day & runs fine. Good to know I will probably get at least another 100k out of it!
Looking to get a cruise control out of a junkyard, but these trucks last so long it may take forever to find one!
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Feb 25, 2002 (10:57 am)
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Mar 13, 2002 (12:46 pm)
I own a 95 Toyota base model pickup. 279,000 miles and still running strong. Tranny rebuilt at 260k. Only thing broken is an air vent, a few things dented up, torn etc.
Only problem is it burns about a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so, and I get a little engine knock from time to time. I guess all the miles have put some deposits in the cylinders and it has raised the compression.
#20 of 78 Ex-tacoma owner but soon to be one again
Mar 19, 2002 (12:55 pm)
Had a 98 Xtracab SR5 V6 5-speed 4x4. Had all power, cd player, bucket seats. Had a 3" lift with 32" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's, grill guard, roll bar with lights. Sold it early 2001 with 43,000 miles in perfect condition. Never had one problem with it. I regret getting rid of it, and I will be looking to buy a Tacoma later this year, or early next year if the 03 Tacoma is going to be re-designed.
Mar 26, 2002 (11:48 am)
Hi group! I sold my wife's 90 Buick Regal and found my 92' Xtra Cab V6 Pickup from an individual in 2001. She was the original owner, and kept great logs (and all receipts) of work on the truck. I bought it in 2/2001 with 53,000 miles on it (yeah, i know ) with the head gasket already replaced (an issue with the V6s i believe). Got it for a little over blue book (due to some new tires/shocks and an upgraded stereo). After a year, it just turned 66,000, and I haven't had any problems with it. Its 60,000 oil change was done with Mobil 1 Synthetic, and I'm changing oil and filter again this weekend (5/30).
I hope to be able to raise it up about 2-3", but current reports have the suspension kits for my 4x2 at about $1200 or so. Did Toyota drasticaly change the design of the front suspension in their trucks in 95 when they became Tacomas? I've seen a site with a shock absorber spacer for the front of a Tacoma that might work in mine. any ideas?
Also, anyone have preferences on rims for the older style of trucks. There durn hubcab covers keep popping off. I'd like to keep my 14" BFG AT TA's.
Mar 28, 2002 (5:23 pm)
Hello, everybody! I own a 2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4x4 V8 with the AccessCab. It's Black on the outside and Tan on the interior. Very nice truck. It's my first truck, but my second Toyota (first was a Camry) and I have no troubles with the vehicle's size (even here in cramped Connecticut). Drives just like a car. Gotta hold myself back with the V8, though, especially comming from a 4-cylinder automatic Camry. It certainly puts a grin on my face everytime I get behind the wheel!
Since purchase, I have had the following accessories installed:
-black tube steps (installed at Toyota dealer)
-Toyota bedliner (already installed upon delivery)
-Ventvisors (installed by yours truely)
-Roll n Lock bedcover (installed by reputable pickup accessory shop)
As of today it only has about 2600 miles on it. Have had it since mid-October (still use aforementioned Camry as commute vehicle).
Will provide pictures soon!
#23 of 78 Tacoma Double Cab with TRD 4WD: Ride on Pavement
Apr 08, 2002 (4:57 pm)
Hello, after reading 100's of posts, still having
a hard time trying to evaluate the ride of TRD vs Non TRD. I have been unable to find a dealer with
a D cab in stock without TRD so I can test drive
for comparative purposes.
The TRD's I haven driven seem a bit bumpy and stiff, but other posts say non TRD's feel mushy and bouncy.
Is the TRD truck just a bouncier and stiff truck,
or is this due to the TRD? (I am new to Toyota trucks)
Bottom line, would appreciate some guidance
as to the pavement ride characteristics from someone who has driven both TRD and Non TRD 4WD Tacomas.
#24 of 78 Update on ownership
Apr 09, 2002 (5:45 am)
I now have a Tundra SR5 V8 4X2. I traded my V6 Tundra in for it on 12-31-01. I enjoy having the back seat, but I comprised with now having the short bed.
It came with the following options:
Convenience Package w/Keyless Entry
The things I transferred from other Tundra:
7-plug wiring harness
My truck history:
72 Landcruiser I-6 3-speed Manual
93 Truck Regular Cab Standard Model 5-speed
94 T100 Regular Cab Standard Model 5-speed
00 Tundra Regular Cab V6 5 speed
02 Tundra SR5 V8 4X2 Automatic
Apr 09, 2002 (6:46 am)
As far as suspension goes, the only difference between TRD and non-TRD is the Bilstein shocks. The ride is supposed to be stiff: I have absolutely no desire to bottom out and hit the skid plates on rocks when I am offroading.
I don't remember how non-TRD felt when I testdrove it. But my TRD feels great on highway.