1991 Toyota Pickup SR5 V6 4X4 3VZE

Summary:

Never fall in love with an old Toyota

Faults:

Clutch went out at 150K miles.

$550 - fuel pump relay went out at 247k.

$15 - the starter was replaced by Toyota, when they did the timing belt & water pump at 105K, & yep, I'm still driving it. Time will tell, as I'm not replacing it until it goes.

The radiator looks new inside. I use Toyota long life, replaced coolant at 4-5 year intervals. I put a back flush valve on.

The original coil wire broke, dated 1990, I replaced it at 246K; the rest of the wires bounce around me in the box, behind the seat.

The alternator went out about 175K. The aftermarket is still going.

The only time I had to have it towed, was when the clutch went out. It was wafer thin. But this clutch must be wearing excellent, as I've only added maybe 2-3 oz b.f. in years. Fixed the clutch pedal bracket with a couple of washers & welded it while in place.

The fuel pump went out at 200K? I replaced in the driveway. Pretty simple.

I've never been afraid to rev it, I cruise at 80 mph, as the locals will overrun you if you don't.

It's extremely stable, & agile for its weight. I'm not suggesting it, but in dirt on a relatively smooth road, 80+ mph is quite nice. Climbs like a goat...

If I go on, maybe Toyota will restore the paint... Don't let KBB fool you, mine books for minus $500.

General Comments:

Excellent!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2016

1991 Toyota Pickup Short Bed

Summary:

One of the most reliable vehicles ever made

Faults:

The muffler had to be replaced after 16 years.

The tires had dry rot (!), and replaced those at year 17.

Other than that, I've had no problems with it.

General Comments:

Yes, it is 21 years old and just 32,000 miles on it.

It was the 2nd car for a few years, then became the landscape hauler (mulch, bushes, etc) when we re-did our yard.

Now, it's the 3rd vehicle in case one of the other two are out of commission, and takes runs to the dump every week in the summer for yard waste. No rust, starts every time, even in cold New England winters. Just wish the seats were more comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2013

16th May 2015, 13:58

Driving less than 2000 miles one would hope it's very reliable. This is the only Toyota model I would consider owning.

1991 Toyota Pickup SR5 V6 2WD 3VZE

Summary:

One of the best vehicles on the market

Faults:

88 miles -- presumed to be test drive miles at the time of purchase: Very rough idle, unbalanced tires. Six multiple-day visits to the dealer to fix the idle problem. Suspect that the service people operated the truck at idle for extended periods while at the dealer for repair. Claimed low fuel rail pressure was the cause of the rough idle. After five visits, the dealer attempted to dismiss the complaint as "not a new vehicle problem", then repaired it after my threat to escalate the problem to Toyota Regional Support.

1,000 miles: Cruise control cable rubbed underhood insulation and chaffed rubber off the cable. The dealer secured the cable and wrapped with cable with electrical tape!

10,000 miles: turn signal module shorts intermittently. Dealer couldn't resolve. Problem still exists.

103,000: Blown head gasket. Fixed free through "silent recall".

150,000: Clutch replaced.

General Comments:

This has been the most reliable and fun vehicle I have ever owned, and I intend to keep it.

I was at first skeptical of the engine, because it was hailed as the worst ever for Toyota, but it still does what I asks it to do.

Up to and after 250,000 miles, I traveled everywhere at 80 plus mph with no complaint from the engine. It still doesn't use oil, and responds well when I push it, which is a frequent event.

Since it reached 50,000 miles, it has had over 300 pounds of extra equipment on/in it including the stock bed liner, a cab high camper shell, and wood from a piano, which was used to construct a sound isolated stereo system in the bed. Added Monroe "MaxAir" shocks (part number MA792, last mated to the 1983 Toyota truck) to raise and level the truck.

After 180,000 miles, gave up on dealer support due to screw ups and their allowing junior techs to service the truck.

Using the original manuals purchased with the new truck, I have maintained this truck somewhat adequately to this point.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2012

16th May 2015, 03:06

Recognized this as my original note. This truck is now at 335,000 miles, and it's still a daily driver. The engine block is still performing admirably. The oil still doesn't turn black before time for a change. The upper head assembly (valves) has been problematic because I am not a mechanic and I adjusted the valves twice. Except for a problem with tail, marker, and dash lights not working (I believe it's the integration relay), this truck is still bulletproof.

26th Aug 2015, 21:21

After paying for premium gas for 250K miles due to rattling under stress on hills at high speeds, I tried a tank of regular. The truck has run perfectly and I can't tell a difference in mileage or power between regular and premium gas.

The tail and marker light problems are presumed to be associated with my 22 year-old Ungo alarm system.

337,000+ miles, and I'm loving it.

26th Jul 2016, 04:27

If you use the tilt wheel a lot, you may want to look behind the steering wheel, at the harness, for your possible short.