1986 Toyota Pickup Long Bed 22R from North America
The best truck ever made
I had to put a reverse gear in at 140k miles.
I had to redo the bench seat.
Front engine seal about every 75k miles. Until the last one, which was a retrofit kit from Toyota that has lasted 110k miles.
Timing chain cut from engine to coolant. Had repaired with upgraded parts and has been fine since.
The little guy drinks about a quart of oil per 700-900 miles. No leaks, or smoke, it just uses it.
The rest is nothing more than tires, batteries, brakes, 3 clutches, 1 set of shocks. I expect this truck to make it another 10 years.
I own a landscaping business on the side, so this truck hauls 200-500 lbs regularly and it always starts and gets me home.
I can afford new, but would rather see how long this one will last.
I will see you all in 5-10 more years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2009
7th Sep 2015, 03:16
So is your 86 still breathing? I believe my beloved standard, no frills 86 p/u may've breathed its last, and true to its nature, it did it without endangering me - not far from home or in traffic, but within walking distance from home while parked. Several break ins, stolen twice, two accidents including one near total, and the additional injury of derogatory comments about it being old, dented, scratched, unglamorous, "you still have that?" (although lately there were curious, admiring comments).
I divided its purchase price by lifespan - $206 a year. This is what 'green' means - a tiny eco footprint as well as less painful impact in other ways, compared to replacing a car to get new technology or looks. How can I let it go to a junk pile - it needs a funeral and I'll be bawling.
11th Jun 2016, 20:55
I own a 1986 Toyota pickup, base model, with 95,000 original miles. It came with nothing. I purchased it new in 1986 for $5850. It needed nothing the first 10 years, then I had to replace the rotors and calipers. In 30 years, I spent $2800 on repairs and part replacement. And it is QUICK. It lays wheels all thru 1st, all thru 2nd, and 'Twerps" going into third. It burns no oil. I once didn't change the oil for 5 years, and never had to add a drop. Only problem is rust. But it is inspected and is my main and only transportation. It never once left me stranded. It has always started.
12th Jun 2016, 15:18
Sounds like you need a sports car. I added a Boroa exhaust, better wheels, even a race interior and pedals on one of my full sizes. In the end it's still a truck. It can lay rubber, but what if someone saw me? I would be embarrassed as it is still a truck.