1985 Toyota 4x4 Reviews

1985 Toyota 4x4 LX 22R from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 22R Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Patrol

Summary:

Fun with versatility

Faults:

Front wheel hubs.

Shocks.

Brake discs.

Electrical problems.

Electric window switch.

General Comments:

This little 4wd goes anywhere the other 4wds will, and when tuned properly isn't too bad on fuel.

I am 5ft 5", and I have slept in the back of mine with the seats put forward. Mine also has rust starting in the roof/gutters, but I suppose it is to be expected with a vehicle of this age.

Only drawback is lack of recovery point areas.

I love this little 4wd. Small, compact, reliable yet robust & capable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2008

1985 Toyota 4x4 DLX 22R from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 22R Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired245094 miles
Most recent distance265645 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Wagoneer

Summary:

My Toyota 4x4 is awesome!

Faults:

The front and rear leaf springs were worn out when I purchased the truck.

The shocks were replaced shortly after purchase of the truck.

The stock bench seat was worn badly. The bench was replaced with bucket seats from a Honda Accord.

General Comments:

The stock bench seat was very uncomfortable.

This truck gets fairly good gas mileage. (17 city/ 24 highway)

The 22R is a great engine, But the stock carburetion system is not very good for off road.

This truck handles tough off road challenges and is mostly in stock form.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2004

1985 Toyota 4x4 22 R from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 22 R Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired251000 miles
Most recent distance260000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A jeep for 1/4 the price and a pickup bed to boot!

Faults:

This truck was and is beat up. I have installed several items that were no longer there because they had fallen off under the previous owner's use. Other than that, I would say the carburator has been the most troublesome. All of those vaccum lines and attachments are a real pain. I currently have it rigged so that it runs just fine. it currently diesels when I shut it off. A new carb would be a Godsend. I really can't say that anything else has gone wrong with it other than the fact that it doesn't heat very well.

General Comments:

I have been a devoted European car fan since high school. I never thought I would enjoy a beat up 4x4 so much. Sure it's beat to a pulp, but it gets you were you need to go. It will also get you were you don't need to go. I have 33" tires under it with the stock suspension. There is a lack of top end power because of that. I use low range off-road to compensate. The ride of the solid front axle is bone jarring. All in all, it's a little like a tin can sitting on top of an Army 2 and a half ton truck. I hate to admit it, but I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

2nd Apr 2007, 13:14

I would look at your timing belt or chain for the dieseling problem it could be off in time or ready for a new belt or chain. If the belt breaks it could cost you a motor.

1985 Toyota 4x4 22-R from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 22-R Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Most recent distance238000 miles

Summary:

I've cried everyday since I sold it

Faults:

I had some problems with head gaskets and aluminum heads.

Other than that, typical wear was it.

General Comments:

Most dependable vehicle I've ever known.

The four wheel drive would go everywhere. The only time my dad got it stuck was because he didn't have both hubs locked in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

2nd Sep 2009, 01:36

Anybody worrying about replacing parts on a mid 80s Toyota should know, that other than the rust problems, these have proven time and time again to be the most reliable and some of the easiest and cheapest trucks to work on.

You will NOT be disappointed if you ride a Yota.

1985 Toyota 4x4 22 RE 2.4l I4 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 22 RE 2.4l I4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired208000 miles
Most recent distance241000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Reliable and great off-road

Faults:

Replaced the original 22R engine at 211,000 for better gas mileage and performance. Most repairs have been related to the engine swap or part of the 4wd buildup (lift, running gear upgrades, etc.) and to fix a roll over accident.

General Comments:

I love this truck. It never leaves me stranded, looks good, is comfortable to drive and ride in, and gets decent mileage (18 - 20 mpg with a 4" lift and lots of weight in it from parts, tools, winch, dogs, camper and running the A/C).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2001

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews