1988 Toyota Pickup short bed from Japan - Comments

30th Jul 2006, 20:31

Got my Toyota 88’ from a guy in PA, I liked the look of it. I had no idea what I was getting my self into, I found out the block was cracked from an accident prior to the purchase, so I found a guy that pulled his engine after he totaled his 91’. I found that the a/c compressor bracket was a little different and the injection electrical connectors were different so I had to swap the manifold. Few other problems here and there, but went together pretty smoothly, now the engine runs great after replacing the rocker arms, 300,000 miles and counting. I read somewhere that the 22re engine is still the most reliable 4-cylinder engine ever made and quite frankly, I have to agree. Plan to swap the independent front with a solid 85’, put lockers in and give my baby a lift with new gears and tires. Also plan to keep fixing her as she breaks, that is if she breaks. I’m going to keep this truck until I die. Happy bogging.

18th Oct 2006, 00:14

I just bought my '88 yoda with 160,000 miles on her for $600 a few weeks ago. I must say, its probably the best deal I've gotten in a long time. But the clutch just went out in her and I'm not sure what the problem is. Some fluid leaked all over the floorboard after I pressed the clutch in. If any of you could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it. Thanks from one Toyota lover to another. Peace!

22nd Nov 2006, 20:42

Hey, I bought two 1988 Toyota pickup 2wd for $600.00 each, I had no idea why I bought them as I grow up by ford family. Really reason I bought it is for my son's first truck. the one he is driving had great engine with 265,000 miles on it with timing chain replace by preivor owner. it had wrecked passenger side, but I took the body parts from junkyard and weld it on and had whole painted. my son love this "tank".

The other one is mine lol, it has 156'000 miles, it has great body, but engine had been mess up by somebody else. I found that someone had the timing chain installed wrong and mess it up and bend all intake valve. so I had head complete rebuild and getting put it back in. to my surprise that took engine out as easy as took a cookie out of cookie jar. also replace the master cylinder very easy that I could do it sit down. way to go Toyota.

25th Nov 2006, 19:18

I have had my '88 4x4 pickup since I was 16, my first truck. I have only 102,000 miles on it and it is a very solid truck. Unfortunately I recently hydro-locked the motor and need a new one (driver error) The only problems I have ever had with the truck was The all time obvious EXTREME RUST in the bed. I fixed that up and the truck has looked great ever since, (except for when I crash it on the trails.) The clutch does in fact have a slow leak into the interior, but can be easily ignored by refilling the reservoir occasionally, and rubber floor mats help too. And most importantly that whopping 112 horsepower (sarcasm) the stock 22re puts out, (although durable and reliable) which I am going to overcome with the 7M swap since I need a new motor anyways. But, enough said, I love this truck and will keep this truck as long as I live.

4th Dec 2006, 21:13

I own an 88xcab, 5 speed and have 161k on it. Have to replace engine w/rebuilt due to head gasket blown. It has been wrecked, rusted and like a Timex, "it takes a licking, and keeps on ticking." I will get it back from the shop maybe tomorrow and I can't wait to get behind the wheel. I miss my little "beater twuck." People make fun of it, but it is solid and I will keep it till it flat out dies, or I do. Great buy.

13th Mar 2007, 17:36

Hey, I had an 88 4runner for about 9 months without any problems. When I came across an 85 4runner for only $1200, I had to get it. The second day I owned it the clutch slave cylinder went out. I replaced both the master and slave cylinder, but can't seem to bleed the system out right. I think I might have gotten a faulty master cylinder. I will try and see if I can fix it or return it. The best deal on master and slave cylinders is at marlincrawler.com. I got both master and slave for only $95 shipped to Denver.

4th Apr 2007, 15:21

I've got a 88 yota 216,000 on it, had no major problems yet, but when I bought it I was 16 and the frame was rusted out severely, and I had to patch each side up, and bought 33' super swampers for it, they help a lot. The bed was rusted out so I welded a new frame for it and put some wood in it. I'd have to say it sticks out like a sour thumb.

Wisconsin Rapids.

6th May 2007, 17:07

I would like to start off by saying, that before I bought my Yoda for my painting business I came to this web site and all of your comment's encouraged me to buy one, I found one with an original 70,000 and I could not believe my eye's. a little rust on the bed, but my goodness is this a wonderful truck. I have a couple of questions though, when do I change the timing belt? and how often do I tune it up? should I use fuel injector cleaner to maintain the injector's? any other maintenance feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards.

Gfd77.

28th Jun 2007, 23:25

I own an 86 toyota truck and it had clutch problems as well, I kept topping it off and pumping the clutch. However, 8 months of that led me to come out one morning on my way to work and find those tricks didn't work anymore. It was my master cylinder which connects to the actual clutch pedal and runs to your clutch fluid canister. Which I guess explained why I had clutch fluid on the floor of my truck. The part was cheap and easy 28.00 and 1 hr.

4th Dec 2007, 12:18

I also have a '88 Toyota pickup which has 292,000 miles on it. This is a great little truck. My father bought it new and gave it to me at around 190,000. No major problems, no clutch problems, like I have read. We changed the clutch at around 198,000 miles, but it would have lasted longer (I was taking a 4 month road trip across the USA, and wanted a new one for the mountains). And changed the time chain at around 240,000 or so (way over due, but still running :) ). And those are the only big stuff done to it. This truck has been beaten and bruised, put still keeps on truck’n. There are a few small things that have broken over the years, speedo needle, gas gauge, horn, window washer pump, radio antenna, and more, but for being almost 20 years old I don’t mind. In fact, all those little things just gives it more character. :) I could go on and on, for this truck has seen a lot. I always recommend Toyota 22R trucks to everyone. Take care, keep truck’n and God Bless.

Craig II.