9th Apr 2003, 11:33

I have had my truck for only a couple of years, bought used at around 120K miles, and now 179K. I am pretty sure I am doing the only maintenance performed to it, radiator rotted out, replaced some exhaust pipes, new shocks, belts, and the clutch will need redoing sometime soon. It turns over a little slow on the coldest days, but has started every time so far.

This is a great truck, and I fully expect to be driving it another 100k.

2nd May 2003, 13:24

I bought a 93 Toyota pick-up with 115,000. So far, this truck has been great! The door locks are a bit sticky and the valves are starting to rattle a little, but the overall performance is very good. It still has the original clutch and brakes. I plan on getting the timing chain replaced soon and when I do, I plan on getting some valve work done as well. My previous truck was killing me on the gas mileage. Now I am getting close to 27 miles per gallon. Sweet! Once a Toyota owner... always a Toyota owner.

Thanks - Kentucky J.

27th Apr 2004, 19:32

I had the same problem with the locks in my Nissan Sentra. I used liquid graphite and they work just like new now.

16th Nov 2004, 22:09

I bought a 93 Toyota Pickup when I was just out of high school. I still own and drive this gem of a machine. I've had to replace the clutch once and the passenger side seatbelt had to be replaced as well. The door locks got difficult, but it turned out to be the old key was warn down. I got a new one from my local dealer by bringing them the VIN number and my locks open much better now. The plastic doorhandles have come loose, but Krazy Glue ended that problem as well. Those problems and the basic nuances of owning a vehicle aside, I couldn't think of a better vehicle I could have bought. The mileage is a dream, the engine runs cool, and, after 170k miles, it's still running like a champ.

10th May 2005, 18:19

I have a 93 Toyota pickup, bought it with 107k miles @ $4k.

I had a new performance clutch, custom exhaust, 18" wheels k&n custom cold air intake, and lowered it all around. Believe it or not, I do deliveries on the side, which include items of about 800lbs going uphill on the North Carolina mountains.

I now have 189k miles on it, and sometimes on the weekends I go to the track, and smoke Hondas. If you want a beast in a small package, get a Toyota truck.

2nd Nov 2005, 16:31

I have a 93 truck that I bought new.. The seat belts do not retract like others have said. There was a thermostat prob, which was covered under warranty, but it kept happening and I finally just I removed it. The paint faded. This happened on my dad's as well as my sisters 93's and other people who bought this truck. There was no recall on this problem. Overall, it has been a good truck, I would grade it out a B...

26th Jan 2006, 02:11

My brother has a 93 extended cab 4x4, and it is an awsome machine. He bought it a couple years back for ~$8000 with 375000kms on it (read...not cheap!). But it has been a sturdy, reliable truck, and is now pushing 500000kms, and the only thing wrong with it is the power steering. As for the engine, I have virtually the same one in my '82 Celica GT (sans fuel injection), and it is a indestructible motor. A very good buy, not to mention one of the best looking 1/4 tonne pickups out there!

17th Apr 2006, 21:37

I just got a 1990 Toyota DLX pickup so far I love it its got 175k and run like a charm. but I'm only get 25mpgs I was wondering how I could get the mpgs higher??

10th May 2006, 13:58

I am the original owner of my 1993 Toyota pickup truck. I have had some of the same problems mentioned on the web page. I have replaced the brakes at about 160,000 miles and had problems with one of the door locks at about 165,000 miles. Overall, I am very satisfied with this pickup truck.

24th Jul 2006, 20:36

Hey, what's up?

I own a 93 Toyota Pickup, and I have not had any problems. I do regular maintenance to my truck.

I love the style and the size of the truck. The paint faded, but I don't care. I am having it painted anyway, black, and putting in new interior.

I love this truck. I am going to keep it as long as I am alive.

4th Jul 2007, 17:26

I have a 1993 toyota extra cab with the 3.0 litre V-6, 245,000 miles and have noticed that it runs fairly warmer than some others that I have inquired with. I live in the desert so its understandable that the temperature is a little warmer. Just replaced the radiator with little change. Any ideas would help.

28th Nov 2007, 15:49

My '94 Toyota pickup has only let me down once, and that was not the radiator (as I had thought), but the radiator cap. After replacing other parts in the system, it came down to a low priced cap, so look there first. Also, my drivers door lock is done. Are there any thoughts about getting lock parts here in PA? w___Yahoomail.com.

1st Jan 2008, 16:06

'93 with 299,449 miles. When it hits 300,000 I think I'll wash it.

Great vehicle.


Mandeville, LA.

19th Jan 2008, 00:34

I'm looking at a 93 Toyota pickup to use as a commuter car/hunting rig and I'm wondering what kind of gas mileage you guys are getting (I drive a Ford F150 with a 5.4 Triton and it's killing me). Some of you have mentioned and some of you have not. Before I spend any many I want to make sure it's worth it. Thanks guys. Robert.

30th Jan 2008, 19:33

I have a 93 with about 180,000 miles. The door driver's side door lock failed. I orders new locks for the two doors, gas door and ignition. Replaced all to keep everything on one key.

7th Feb 2008, 13:09

I have the opportunity to buy a 94' standard cab auto with 174k on it. dealer wants 4k financed or 3k cash, engine looks like new and was just rebuilt. I know 4k is too much what should I do?

1st Aug 2009, 22:50

Love Toyota trucks... still have my '93 pick-up, with 335,000 miles on it! Replaced the engine at 305,000 miles, but other than that, only routine maintenance. I've stepped up to a double-cab Tacoma, but I just can't bear to part with the '93...people are always knocking on my front door wanting to know if I'll sell it.

3rd Oct 2010, 22:41

I bought the 4 cyl. 22RE 5-speed, extra cab in 1993 brand new (11 miles). I paid $10k out the door. I drove on all original parts for the first 75k miles. I did replace the timing belt at 40k miles (the timing belt cover cracked due to heavy off road driving - it rattled like crazy so I replaced the belt and cover before the recommended 50k miles). I also replaced the clutch at 150k miles.

It now has 188,0000 miles. I have replaced the tires 4 times. Amazingly, I still have the original brakes! I have beaten this truck and it still keeps going.

It looks pretty terrible after a fender bender, two rear-end collisions, cracked windshield, sun-cracked dash, fraying seat belt, thrashed driver's seat, busted rear window and torn off valance.

It is without question the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I get a note almost monthly from someone wanting to buy it. It leaks some oil lately, but still gets 30 MPG.

I've decided to restore it instead of making car payments. Oh, I just replaced the battery last month (that's 17 years on a single battery!). The autoparts store howled in disbelief when they saw the battery's date.

I will drive this truck until the wheels fall off. Then, I will put on news ones and drive it some more. If you can find one in decent condition - buy it! They don't make them like this anymore, and don't go looking in junk yards for spare parts. You won't find them. I did surf out replacement body/engine parts. About 3k will bring it back to pristine condition.

Looking forward to putting another 200k on it.