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Good old Truck by 4wheeler from Denver on 12/27/2010. Trim: 1988 Toyota Pickup SR5 V6 Xtracab 4WD, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Great Little truck. I had a '91 and owned it for 12 years and still ran great, never should have sold it. Bought a '03 Tacoma and I still own it, but I wanted a beater to take off road. I've owned the '88 truck now for almost two years and other than an engine problem, explained in the Cons, I've had no issues.
Cons: As others before me have explained with an old truck you gotta keep up with the maintainence. The previous owners let it slide and I inherited a truck that eventually got a blown head gasket due to overheating and a bad/wornout coolant system. The engine is one of the biggest cons with this truck. This was the first year the 3VZ-FE 3.0L V6 came out on this truck, and while yes it does put out more HP than the 22RE 2.4L I4, it was not one of Toyota's better engineered engines. Prown to head gasket issues, especially if they overheat and this engine is difficult to work on. However, if you take care of this engine it is everybit as reliable as the 22RE.
Overall review: Overall I am and will always be biased towards Toyota trucks, especially the mini/compact trucks. However, to do it all over again I would get one with the 22RE, or get a Tacoma that has the larger more reliable 5VZ-FE 3.4L V6. However, I did buy this truck as a project for 4wheeling and eventually I was going to put money into the engine, but not as soon as I thought. Also, with the V6 you get a stronger drive train, which is a big plus when 4wheeling. Anyway, don't let my bad experience with the engine scare you off from buying one, do your own research and make your own choice.
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