1993 Toyota Pickup SR-5 2.4L 22RE from North America
The motor that was in the truck when purchased didn't last very long due to a poor attempt at a rebuild by the previous owner(s). This was disappointing, but the motor has since been rebuilt again using OEM parts and runs excellent. Interior is also rebuilt using a 4runner dash and bucket seats. Transmission, 4x4 system, and suspension is all original, other than struts.
Pretty fun truck to have. I like its simplicity and versatility. The engine block is a great design. Actually, the drivetrain front to back is pretty heavy duty for a mini truck. Compared to new vehicles... It's clearly behind the times, but that's OK by me, I'm gonna see this 'yota to 500,000km and beyond.
It's slow, but feels responsive. 23-28 MPG on average. This truck is gutless and snail-like, but will pull loads at least double the size of the truck up serious hills, no problem, all day. Off-roading fun is a bonus.
I recommend this truck in 2014 for a get 'er done kinda person on a budget. It helps to be handy with a wrench. But replacement parts are plentiful and very cheap. Keep her tuned and it's still a perfectly reliable vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th June, 2014
5th Jul 2014, 18:38
Toyota trucks are the only 20-year old trucks I'd buy with 200k+ miles, and feel good about the deal and the truck's solidity. But try finding someone who actually wants to sell theirs...
10th Jul 2015, 17:24
I have a '93 22RE with 220000 on it. You know you've bought a good vehicle when, at 22 years old, people at stores and gas stations ask if you want to sell it.
I fully expect to get another 100K out of it.
10th Jul 2015, 23:21
We get that all the time, people wanting to buy a car just to get the active low digit tags off our Delaware cars. Delaware is a small state and it's very cool and expensive to buy a low digit active registration and plate. Note it has to be active and titled to you, not just a plate. My mother had a car worth only 5 grand with a tag on the back worth 20k. Everyone tried to buy her car to maybe see if she would forget it was on the back. See http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/21/delaware-man-spends-675k-on-license-plate-6/