The most unreliable Toyota I ever heard of
A plug in the head went out at 78000 miles. This allowed all my water into the oil pan. The people at NAPA said it was a factory defect from the molding operation when they make the head.
At this same time, I found that the cheap plastic timing chain guides also found their way down into my oil pan in about ten different pieces. This allowed the chain to eat up and crack the timing cover, a $250 part you can only get at Toyota.
I have finally got it running again after about $700 worth of parts and labor, and the door handle broke on me last night. Now I have to Dukes of Hazard it just to get out of my truck. I wouldn't have thought that a Toyota under 100,000 miles was supposed to have this many problems.
As far as off-road capabilities go the transfer case works just fine (I've only gotten it stuck once).
The 5 speed is effortless and easy to use as well, and even with the 4 cyl. it does good hauling stuff when it runs.
The body rusted out way too early though.
I got this truck because I've always heard such good things about the quality and reliability of Toyota. Boy was I disappointed. With all the engine problems I've had, it just didn't impress me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th March, 2001