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1989 Toyota Pickup 22R from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 22R Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired14084 miles
Most recent distance202000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


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.

22nd Sep 2010, 11:18

I presently own a 1989 basic Toyota 22R pickup. I bought the truck new in Charleston, SC. and have driven the truck every day for 22 years now.

I was a submarine sailor in the Navy so my mileage is low for its age, 175,000 miles. The A/C stopped working 10 years ago, I have replaced the radiator, starter, and clutch. Other than that, it has had basic 4000 mile maintenance since new.

My mechanic says the engine is very strong and should last another 100,000 miles easy. The truck has normal rust, bangs and dents for 22 years on the road, but has never been in a wreck.

I am thinking of doing a restoration to the truck. I know it's not a collectible truck, but it has become part of the family. Has anyone ever done this and any idea what it would cost?

The best truck I ever owned.

1989 Toyota Pickup standard cab 22r 4cyc from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 22r 4cyc Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup


Replaced the timing chain, followers, and timing cover at 124000 miles.

Replaced the fuel pump at 150000 miles.

Just put 4 new shocks on at 180000 miles.

No other major repairs to date other than wear items such as brakes, tires, oil changes, ect.

General Comments:

I love this little truck. I drive 100 miles per day to, and from work and it has yet to leave me on the roadside.

I have used this truck to haul everything from gravel, to lumber, to scrap steel, and everything in between. It just keeps on going.

The lack of a 5 speed hurts the gas mileage a bit, but I still get 27-30 MPG on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 20 reviews