1993 Toyota Pickup from North America
Reliable, practical, cheap to own, and fun to drive. Would buy again!
Replaced the brakes (at 40K and at 90k) and clutch (for the first time) at 93k miles and I had plenty of warning. When I got a new clutch, the truck drove almost exactly the way it had when brand new.
Not one thing ever broke the entire 20 years I owned it. I was never stranded or inconvenienced by a mechanical failure. It always started and performed well. After sitting outdoors for over 20 years, it still looked decent when I sold it. I should note that this truck did not have any bells and whistles (such as power windows or locks, A/C) -- it was a bare-bones base model.
Other than the brakes and the clutch mentioned above, the only costs were oil changes (which I wasn't even that religious about), and wiper blades. I think I had a tune-up once or twice.
This was the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and it was very cheap to maintain. The only reason I sold it was because I moved from a cool climate to a very hot one and needed air conditioning, which this truck did not have.
I paid $10,000 for this totally base-model truck, brand new, in 1993 -- and it was worth every penny. When I sold it 20 years later with 99K miles, I got offered nearly $1000 for it, more than I expected -- I bet if I had held-out I would have gotten more. Apparently this pick-up has a well-deserved excellent reputation.
My next brand new truck will be a Toyota, because based on this purchase, they absolutely deserve my business again. I hope it will be as good as this one was.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2016