Great little truck, runs like a Swiss watch!
- Timing chain stretched and was loose at about 120,0000 miles. Chain was tapping against the timing chain cover, and eventually wore an actual hole in the cover, allowing the coolant and crankcase oil to mingle. Apparently this is a common scenario with these trucks, so pay attention if yours starts making a ticking noise and you have an old timing chain.
- Currently about mid-way through the second clutch. I use this truck to tow my boat, so it's tough on clutches pulling the boat and trailer up a steep ramp.
- Paint faded and wore off (it's been parked outside in the Florida sun for 20 years), and there was some body rust at the bottom of both doors, and under the lip of the plastic bed liner. A little Bondo, some sanding, and a rattle-can paint job later, the truck looks great again.
- Next repairs will be new Pitman arms (and maybe other steering linkage parts), and to replace that iffy-looking radiator. Thinking about replacing the worn-out bench seat with a pair of aftermarket bucket seats.
I'm the second owner of this truck, and have had it for 19+ years, and I still love it! People offer to buy it from me at least a couple of times a month, but it's not for sale.
Some parts are getting harder to find as time goes by. I can't find wiper arm replacements, and had to get a used replacement coolant pipe from Ebay.
You just can't kill these trucks. About the only way to ruin them would be to overheat the engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2012