A solid old truck with good power!
Recently replaced wiper motor.
New brake lines.
Newer KYB shocks.
Oxygen sensor replaced.
This truck's long wheelbase and 2 wheel drive give it a firm, but comfortable ride. The truck chassis and the tough springs/shocks are a plus when driving through construction sites and down unpaved roads.
Handling is good for a compact pickup, with decent grip from the radial tires and moderate body roll. It is not a sports car, and it will let you know through body roll when you are approaching the cornering limit.
The 22R-E doesn't put out more than 110 horsepower, but it has plenty of low end torque. Paired with a low-geared 3 speed automatic, the engine feels very powerful from 0-40 mph, but somewhat lethargic at highway speeds. It is a good highway cruiser at 65 mph, but any higher and it feels unsettled and underpowered.
The interior of the truck has a solid feel to it, and a cloth bench seat is supremely comfortable.
Overall, this truck is a great everyday driver, and surprisingly fun for those backroad runs on the weekend. It is utilitarian above anything else, so there is also impressive carrying capability with the flatbed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2009