Toyota Pickup Reviews from Japan

1988 Toyota Pickup short bed

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance130023 miles




The worst thing is the clutch seal keeps leaking and replacing it costs 200-400 bucks. So right now I am just keeping a watch on the clutch fluid and topping it off when necessary. My mechanic, known since before I got this truck, says he has seen several with the same problem. Other than that, it's been very good. I intend to keep it.

General Comments:

Acceleration is still very good. Best to keep some weights in the truck bed, though, as you could fishtail in ice and rainy weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2003

30th Oct 2003, 15:03

I agree with your experience. No problems as I have driven standard 1988 Toyota Pickup between 147K and 180K miles. I can't find an owner's/shop manual and wonder what weight the truck will tow safely, without damaging something...

28th Dec 2003, 12:04

My clutch stopped working so I checked the fluid reservoir, and it was empty. I topped it up and let it sit for a day, but the gears still won't engage. Do I have to prime it somehow to get the gear oil into the transmission? The clutch feels very loose.

1991 Toyota Pickup 2x4 short bed 22RE 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 22RE 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup




A/C hose replaced several times before 500 miles... eventually Toyota just replaced the whole AC system unable to solve the problem... lots of chlorofluorocarbons in the air thanks to that.

Clutch replaced at 160k

Plastic guides for timing chain and the chain itself - 200k.

Front brake pads every 20-50k most likely due to driving style. Rear shoes at 120k and still goin' strong when I sold the vehicle. Small rip in seam of cheap-o vinyl seats.

It's pretty hard to just come up with things on such a reliable vehicle. It literally looked and performed like a much newer vehicle.

General Comments:

My father practically forced me to buy a Toyota P/U for my first vehicle. Now I know why. It endured my aggressive driving style and tens of thousands of miles of road trips. Many of which were 24+ hours of continuous driving. I didn't treat my truck well at all, but it was more than happy to take the abuse. I paid $7600 for it new and sold it for $2500 10 years later WITH the timing chain issue... what more could you expect???!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2003

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews