1989 Toyota Pickup x cab 2.4L 22RE from North America


Question needed answered


I have a question about the pickup I just bought. I drove it up to my house and it sat all afternoon. In the evening I went to start it up and it cranked turned over and then just conked out. It did these numerous times and I know the engine is not flooding because I gave it a couple days and I followed the instructions on how to get rid of the flooding. Please let me know what you think might be wrong and if so how much would it cost. Thank you.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2006

23rd Apr 2008, 13:30

I had the same problem. Best bet is go to a diagnostics and check it out. With mine it was the fuel circuit regulator. I had changed the entire fuel system but I guess it shocked the computer.. and yeah.. I don't have a price.

Any more questions feel free to email me at.


2nd Oct 2009, 05:11

Buy a Ford? Ha ha, just kidding, great vehicle, just purchased one for 2000.00.

1989 Toyota Pickup 22R from North America


Very reliable, rugged and simple truck


I purchased my '89 Toyota pickup in early spring of 1991. Very soon after I bought it the running lights, interior lights and dash lights shorted out. Luckily each headlight had its own circuit so I was able to drive home with headlights at night. It turned out to be bad wiring on the after-market bumper license lights. Not Toyota's fault, but the buffoon who wired the bumper lights.

Another wiring problem surfaced several years later which disabled the entire electrical system. After having it towed home I discovered a broken wire splice near the fuse block on the passenger side fender well. It looked as if someone had fooled around with the wiring for some reason and spliced it with tape. I fixed it with real wiring connectors. Good as new.

I started having carburetor problems after about 170,000 miles. My gas mileage fell off what I used to get and starting became more difficult as did cold weather dirveability. This also coincided with the introduction of oxygenated gasoline where I live. MBTE additives are death to a late model carb. I replaced the carb at $750.00 - ouch - with a rebuild which eased the driveability ills, but the fix didn't last. I should have popped for the new carb at $500 extra.

I had the radiator reconditioned twice and only because the outlet tube at the top would work itself loose after time. The shop tech said that Toyota truck radiators were very easy to recondition well designed.

General Comments:

My 1989 Toyota was a very basic truck which is the way I like them. It had non-power steering, a 4-speed manual transmission (rare for late 80's Toyota trucks), vinyl floor, vinyl seats, no other power options and a very good a/c which was the only option. It wasn't even wired for a cigarette lighter.

It drove like a dump truck, but had a very controlled ride with or without a load. The most rugged steering I ever experienced with a vehicle. In over 200,000 miles I think I had it aligned three times. It was the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned.

I sold to my best friend who still owns it almost 4 years ago after owning it for 11 years. It runs very rich and rough now and finding a mechanic who can actually tune a carb is near impossible. That is a shame because it was always a great engine and could take a lot of hard driving. It still has the original alternator, still on the second clutch. If it had been fuel injected I would have kept it and got it re-painted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2005

28th Jan 2007, 19:49

My father has a 1989 Toyota Pickup and he's had it for over 15 years. It still runs great even after the odometer says 300,000 miles.

29th Mar 2010, 17:00

I bought an 89 base model like yours (not even A/C) new and drove it over 250,000 miles without an issue. I did have the same elec issues with the after market bumper, but the idiot involved was me so I really could not complain.

I did replace the radiator once, but otherwise the only thing I did was general maintenance.

Sadly I got hit by a 17 year old girl in a large Buick, and it did not survive too well. Still ran but would not pass inspection.

I parked it for 6 months, and one day my girlfriend wanted to learn to drive stick. And even after 6 months in the Rochester NY winter, it started on the first try. Best vehicle I ever owned or probably will ever own. Miss it very much.