Everybody needs a truck like this!
Power steering pump is starting to lose pressure at idle.
Steering knuckles are starting to leak.
A hole rusted the muffler and needed a replacement.
Passenger rear window come off regulator (20 minute fix).
Throttle position sensor malfunctioned at 145,000.
I purchased this truck to replace my old '78 FJ40, due to the fact that it made a terrible daily driver. Overall it has been a decent vehicle.
The gas mileage is awful (10-12 MPG in town, maybe 15 on the highway if you are lucky), but that is to be expected in such a large heavy vehicle. The engine does alright pulling the truck around town, can easily do 75 MPH on the highway, but any sort of uphill grade whatsoever will put you in the slow lane.
When it's in 4WD, nothing can stop it! I have had it in snow drifts deeper than the hood, and it pushed through them with no problem. Plenty of low end torque as well for pulling your friends out.
Working on the vehicle can either be quite simple, or incredibly frustrating, depending on what you are working on. The EFI system simplifies the engine bay quite a bit, and does away with the constant carburetor adjustments, and many of the emissions components of the 87 and down models.
The interior is cavernous and can seat 4 adults comfortably. Works wonders when moving. I did wish it had third row seats, seems silly that such a large vehicle only has seating for five.
Factory A/C still blows cold, and it has never left me stranded. In several cases with battery and equipment failures, the truck always seems to get itself home.
If you are looking at one of these, be sure and get one in good running shape, as when in good condition, they will give you many years of trouble free service. However, once they start requiring attention, parts are hard to find and VERY expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st May, 2010