I have a 1986 Toyota 1 ton longbed pickup that I bought in 1994 for a backup to my Ford Ranger. After I started to drive it, it became the primary driver. Had 82000 on it when acquired and currently has 332000 miles now, still runs like a top. Only things replaced 1 clutch,3 u-joints,1alternator,1 timing chain and guides. I will keep this truck probably forever provided it does not get piled up. Right now the family driver is dodge intrepid, but I prefer driving the Toyota when I travel alone. Best vehicle I own.
I just bought a 1986 Toyota pickup with a turbo. It is a great driving truck.
I've got an 11/84 mfg. standard pickup. Picked it up for $6K in 1/85. 380K miles with standard wear and tear. It's a beaut. I'll just keep it till it starts costing me more than a quart of oil every 1,000 miles!
I have a 1985 r22 Toyota, and it is hands down the most dependable thing. It's never left me anywhere, and I've done some dumb things in it. I'm currently doing bodywork and repainting it, and then I will redo all the interior. It's the best vehicle I've ever owned, and probably will ever own~!!
My Mom gave me her '85 Toyota pickup (22R) for a number of years now. My folks had bought it brand new back in '85, and had put a lot of miles on it.
I love my truck! It's the best vehicle I've ever owned. Like some of the postings I've read, I've done some dumb things to it and that little beast just kept on going. I say kept because this last Tuesday a woman glued to her cell phone decided she liked my side of the road better than the side she should have been on, and crashed into my front end. Fortunately, she has full coverage (insurance), but unfortunately, that insurance will probably total my beloved truck due to its age. I can only hope that they don't.
I bought a red 1985 Toyota R22 pickup new in Texas for $8000. I owned the truck for almost 10 years.
1) The timing chain broke at 66,000 miles. Had to replace the timing chain and bent valve.
2) Rebuilt the carburetor at 67,000 miles.
3) Replaced the alternator at 75,000 miles.
4) Slave cylinder on manual clutch started to leak at 109,000 miles, so I sold the truck for $800.
I thought the R22 Toyota truck was an OK truck, but my current 1994 Mazda B3000 (American built Ford Ranger equivalent) is a much better truck. I still drive my Mazda truck to work and I love it. IMO, Toyota trucks are way overrated and too expensive. You're better off buying a Ford or Chevy pickup.
I bought a 1985 Toyota Pickup off an old ranch owner for 500 bucks. Put $300 in it for tags, and got new tires and did a tune up, and it runs like it's brand new. It has 280,000 miles on it, and I'd swear it runs like a brand new truck. Fords and Chevys are nice, but for cheap, dependable and solid reliability, I'd pick my Toyota. 4 speed manual transmission, 22r; it's so basic and simple, but simply the greatest truck ever!
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