1988 Toyota Pickup short bed from Japan - Comments

6th Dec 2007, 20:57

I own a 88 Extracab 4x4 with 320,000. Just has to be the best quarter ton truck ever made. Have replaced many different parts, but quite honestly it's almost 20 years old. I plan on switching out the independent front for a solid axle, mainly for strength & weight, carrying a snowplow etc.

This truck takes me anywhere I point it and back. Would not sell it for any less than 3500. So I guess it's going to be mine for a long time.

7th Dec 2007, 18:30

The 22r is the toughest, most reliable, engine ever built, and Toyota managed to wrap it with the toughest little truck ever built. I've owned two of them and beat them like I was a millionaire and could afford 20 more new ones. It seems like the more you abuse and over-rev it, the better it likes it. That engine is completely flawless. Just like the ones in the Tercels and Corollas, it'll run for as long as you care to put oil in it.

1st Feb 2009, 20:51

Just got an 88 Toyota 2wd 4spd... idles a little rough until it warms up and uses just a little oil... around 160,000 miles. Runs like a champ.

24th Feb 2009, 20:19

I sold my 1989 Toyota Pickup (6 cyl) and I regretted it. That truck ran great. I was able to purchase a 1988 Toyota Pickup with a 22re in it.. It reminded me of my 83 Toyota Celica. That had power to it and I was able to get 254,000 miles on it before a lady smashed into it...

Well, now I have a truck again. I love this truck. It almost has 85,000 miles. on it. Yes, 85,000 miles. I'm going to get a newer bed put in it in 2 weeks. The truck itself is in great shape...

21st Jun 2009, 20:52

Hey toyota truck lovers, I own a 1989 FWD 4 speed truck with 177,000 miles I think with regular maintenance it will drive 1,000,000 miles plus. best vehicle I have ever owned 22r is the best motor created.

2nd Jul 2009, 08:07

I also have a 1988 standard short bed 4 speed 22r. I recently fixed the timing cover oil leak that most of these models develop over the years (mine has 133K). While I had her apart I changed the oil pump, timing chain and rails (steel replacement rails) and water pump. It runs like a top again. The only complaint I have is the bench seat is worn out and I nearly sit on the floor without a cushion under my bum. Also after the previous work my A/C pressure hose developed a leak. I am having to service the A/C for the first time! My buddy sold me two cans of R12 for 10 bucks... Ha.

19th Mar 2010, 00:20

I have a 1988 Toyota 4x4 22re with 321,000 miles on it, owned it since 1990 with 21,000 miles, still runs like a champ; same timing chain, parts replaced 1 or more times, exhaust header, starter, fuel injectors, valve cover gasket, brake master cylinder, clutch master and slave cyl., front oil seal, water pump, 3 u-joints, 3 clutches, (now I have to change the rear oil seal dammit), TPS switch, front brakes twice... been the best truck I ever had.

13th Apr 2010, 10:09

My 88 Toyota truck was an answer to a wish. I been wanting one for lots of years, and no one wants to come off them uphere in logging country. Ford Rangers and S10s are a dime a dozen in the used car market because their owners are usually sorry they bought one after about a year. This 88 is the best 400.00 I ever spent.

17th Jun 2010, 19:44

I have had 4 1988 Toyota 4x4 trucks; 3 fuel injected, and the other carb. All have been great trucks. The one I'm driving now has 291,690 miles on it. I just replaced the motor with a re-manufactured motor with 3 year unlimited warranty. Hope to give the truck to my grandson. He is 5 now. Replaced clutch and brakes too. My son drives a 1995 4x4 with 189.000 miles on it..

23rd Jun 2010, 02:31

I have an old 1988 Toyota pick up, runs great, never had a problem with it in mine or my dad's life; he recently gave it to me as a 16th birthday present!

For a first car, I'm proud of it! My friends bother me about it though cause it's not American made, but at least I know mine will run until the day I die!

Only problem I have with it is that I'm a tall guy, and with a single cab there isn't much leg room =/ Oh well though.

27th Jul 2010, 21:54

I've had my 88 Toyota 2WD truck for a year now. I saved it from the crusher for 300.

When I got it, it ran bad and had a rusty bed. All I have done to it is tuned it up, put a latch tail gate bed on it and put new tires on. Now it runs great.

I would never get rid of it. I'm a proud Toyota owner.

28th Jul 2010, 00:10

I've put my little '88 through everything and there isn't anything that can stop it. I even pulled a full size Ford out of a mud pit. She has 278,000 miles and is still running strong, "22re". Goes like a tank, but the bed is about rusted off it, you've got to take the bad with the good. No clutch problems though.

12th Sep 2010, 20:01

Just bought an 88 pickup 4x4 this March, and I love it more and more every day. It has 276K miles on it and was running great, other than a little smoke. Decided to pull the engine and rebuild, so I will have it for another 276k miles. And offroad this truck is a beast!

2nd Oct 2010, 08:28

My 88 2wd 22r standard cab, is the best vehicle I have ever owned. Mine is running really rough right now, I think it's the fuel filter, or the wires, but I guess I'll figure that out when I replace both of them tomorrow.

The clutch reservoir is also leaking on mine. Pretty annoying... But hey, what can you expect at 424,000 miles huh?

Original motor, no leaks, no smoking, nothing.

The only thing I've replaced on it is the basic stuff like plug wires, cap & rotor, timing chain, alternator and starter. It does unfortunately have the original fuel filter... hahaha! Oh, and the clutch has 800 miles on it. Just replaced that a month ago.

21st Jan 2011, 23:45

I just installed a radio on my 88 2wd. The illumination comes off when I turn on the headlights at night, hence I can't see the station frequency or the radio for that matter in the dark. Does anyone know what could it be? The radio came off from a 1990 Camry, and I'm using the factory plug from the truck.

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