1984 Toyota Pickup Long bed, std. cab, 3/4 ton 22R, 4 cylinder gas, carb from North America
Most reliable vehicle ever owned, exceeding BMW and Volvo
One broken rocker arm clip, repaired without engine disassembly.
All else has been routine maintenance: shock absorbers, 2 brake shops, 1 clutch job, 1 muffler, 1 alternator, 2 fuel pumps, 2 water pumps, 1 set of U-joints.
The truck never failed California smog. No transmission repairs. No rear end repairs. No suspension repairs. Original starter. Original wheel bearings, front and rear.
I do my own maintenance. The vehicle has not been in a dealership since original purchase drive-off. It has only been in independent shops for smog inspections.
All good things come to an end. Burnt valve in #3 cylinder last week. Can't buy a new engine. Toyota says they are all gone. Nobody builds a compact truck with a 3/4 ton load rating. I probably carried that much weight a hundred times, sometimes towing a horse trailer.
Can't even get a compact with 7 foot bed from Toyota anymore.
Is anybody from Toyota reading this? You built a fantastic truck. Maybe it was too good. Never wore out and you didn't want to wait 30 years for repeat customers. I would have bought one last week if you offered anything similar.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2014
30th Aug 2014, 13:14
Go to car-part.com. You will likely be able to find a replacement engine for this truck.
21st Oct 2014, 00:51
Here's my Toyota pickup story. I bought my '84 4x4 ten years ago in Jackson, WY for $800. After 2 years, I drove it back home to Alabama. I still drive it every day for work. It is helping me start and raise a family. I call him 'Mud Buggy' and he's my best friend. I'm at my happiest when we're cruising around together. It's like all the problems of life just fly out the window when I'm driving. I get offers to buy him all the time and my answer is always no! People will literally ask me at red lights to sell. I've been offered as much as $2000 and I have never even thought about selling. If you ever have the chance to purchase one, I suggest you jump on it because somebody else will.
9th Nov 2014, 01:09
I love my 1984 Toyota Pickup. Has 136800 original miles. I drive it, but not very much. Needs new seat and some electricals, but that is it. NO engine problems.
11th Dec 2015, 22:29
Hello. I bought my 1984 Toyota short bed pick up new. It has been my main vehicle for all these years. It hardly needs anything repaired and has NEVER needed any major work. My friends and relatives who have had their low mileage/newer vehicles crapping out on them, are surprised when I tell them about my truck's sturdy reliability. Why doesn't Toyota look at replicating the incredible 22R engine with its nice mileage, amongst all the other quality aspects?
I have 169,000 miles on mine, great compression, etc. Go figure.