1989 Toyota Truck Reviews

1989 Toyota Truck Deluxe 4X4 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

I love my Toyota truck!

Faults:

The power steering pump leaks.

It needs new boots.

The fan stopped working on all but high speeds when it was 3 years old.

A plastic disc in the manual shifter had to be replaced at 40,000 miles and again at 80,000 miles. When it went bad, it would not shift to 1st gear.

The cardinal red paint (non-lead) is fading on the hood and roof.

I've replaced the muffler twice.

General Comments:

This Toyota truck is still fun to drive! In 1989, it was Motortrend's truck of the year, and in my eyes, it still is.

The body is in great shape, other than the faded paint. It has real chrome bumpers. There is no rust. The interior is still in great shape, too. There are no rips in the upholstery and none of the plastic is cracked. I live in a hot part of the country, but I've always used a sunshade on my truck.

It has 189 HP and a 5 speed manny. In 1989, 189 HP was pretty high! The truck is light and can really take off.

Of course, it has none of the safety features available now - no 3rd brake light, no airbags, no anti-lock brakes. I drive it very carefully, especially turning corners and in bad weather. It has a high center of gravity and RWD.

Very little has gone wrong with it over the years. I've changed the timing belt/water pump out twice, to be on the safe side. I've also changed some hoses out as preventative maintenance. I've learned that if someone careless or uninformed works on your car (even at a dealer) you will leave with more problems than you came in with.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I don't think I've had the spark plugs replaced since 1994. I remember getting the high-dollar ones; I guess they're holding up.

I get offers to buy this truck all the time. It's not for sale!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2009

1989 Toyota Truck 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Excellent, tough little truck

Faults:

The front end had to be rebuilt.

General Comments:

This is a great little truck. It has a slight tick in the valves, but always cranks up and goes. I have since bought a different truck. But keep the toy for the woods. I will not part with it. I have had two people stop by and ask if I would sell it - Never!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2006

1989 Toyota Truck short bed 22r from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 22r Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance1270000 miles
Previous carToyota Truck

Summary:

B

Faults:

Frist it was the clutch then the battarey then the muffler now its the ac I love my truck, but its starting to become a pain.

General Comments:

Good truck, but old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

8th Jan 2008, 16:42

Do you really have over 1 million miles on this truck, or is that a typo?

1989 Toyota Truck 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

This is a solid, reliable utility vehicle.

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I bought this truck based on the advice of a friend who's owned 3 Toyota trucks. He told me not to worry about the high mileage, and he was right. Even with 152K, the engine is still tight and does not burn oil.

This 1989 4WD is a great little truck, even though I wish it had some goodies like AC and intermittent wipers.

I'm surprised at the interior room on this extended cab, because I'm 6'3" and have long legs. Still, I have no problem with leg room and the seat provides plenty of support.

The little 4 banger doesn't have as much power as I'd like, but I knew that when I bought it. In its favor, 19 mpg isn't too shabby for a 4WD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2002

8th Jan 2008, 16:44

All of this after 2000 miles?

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews