1996 Toyota T100 SR5 4X4 Xtra Cab 3.4

Faults:

Air bag sensor has gone bad around 80K. $250 fix and is no big deal.

Seriously, besides general maintenance, that's the only thing that has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This was my uncle's truck, which I bought from him not too long ago. He gave me the history of the truck, which was very brief as you can see above. He was the original owner and didn't drive it that much. He mostly used it for Home Depot runs and to tow boats or 4 wheelers, which is exactly the type of use I currently use it for, although I find myself driving it more and more because it's just an awesome truck.

I always knew the truck was a good truck, just by the way my uncle talked about it at family events, but I couldn't appreciate what he meant until I owned it. What a GREAT truck!

I was worried that the V6 would be underpowered for this size truck. I was wrong. It has plenty of giddy up, even at high speeds, and excellent torque and transfer when towing. It's shockingly powerful.

The interior is excellently crafted and has held up flawlessly (minus the floor mat, which I replaced due to a hole from where your heel rests when using the gas pedal).

The original paint is holding up well. It's a sharp looking truck even after all these years. The design is timeless in my opinion.

Four wheel drive is still in perfect working order. It's a great trail blazer for my hunting trips (not as good as my Jeep on the trail, but then again nothing beats a Jeep on the dirt).

In all, I am super impressed, and I fully plan on owning this truck a long, long time. If you find one - BUY IT. You will be glad you did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2014

1996 Toyota T100 SR5 4x4 XtraCab 3.4L

Summary:

Tough

Faults:

I replaced the starter at 300,000 miles.

I've changed the timing belt and water pump every 100K miles.

It's had 2 tune ups, total.

I've replaced the battery a few times, and the front brakes a couple of times. I also replaced the shocks and a few front end parts at 300K miles.

The factory stereo was replaced several years ago.

It's had overload springs on the back since 1997, and I have broke them and replaced them, but that is an aftermarket part.

It was shot by a 300 Win Mag through the floor board. The bullet went through the bell housing, hit the torque converter and ricocheted into the fly wheel. The torque converter didn't even have a scuff. The fly wheel was slightly bent. I replaced the flywheel and sealed the bell housing hole with silicone, and it was running like new again.

It's had 6 or 7 sets of tires.

General Comments:

This is not a town truck. It's hauled and towed tens of thousands of pounds of water, dirt, meat, fruit/vegetables, wood and just about everything else.

I still get 18 to 22 MPG, and I can and have gone just about everywhere in this truck. I would drive it cross country today.

I did have it repainted a while back because the dark blue paint was just about scratched and/or faded off. It looks great, and because it's a southwest truck, it has NO RUST.

It still runs like it did in 1997. It doesn't burn a drop of oil, and the oil is still clean when I change it with 3500 miles on it.

I expect to see 500K on the odometer before it's done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2012

1997 Toyota T100 SR5 3.4 V6

Summary:

This has been the best vehicle I have owned

Faults:

Replaced the starter at 250,000 miles.

Seat belts were replaced at 225,000 and 240,000 miles, because they quit retracting.

Various evaporative system solenoids and sensors have gone out lately, but this is after 15 years and over a quarter million miles of ownership.

Dealer servicing has been rather expensive, but the truck has never stranded me.

General Comments:

This truck is well built, reliable, and good looking. The styling is timeless.

The 4x4 has worked flawlessly, and has great traction.

Decent MPG, averaging 17 to 21. I have gotten 23.5 MPG on the freeway driving 65 mph without the A/C.

People are amazed that it is a 1997 model.

Toyota should offer another model like the T100!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2012