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lyube
09-25-2010, 10:19 PM
Hello all.

I'm looking at a 1992 Toyota 4runner SR5, 3.0l 3VZE v6 Engine, 181k miles, automatic, clean looking, runs well (they say).

What are the points I need to look at when examining this vehicle?

My guess:

Timing belt-when/if replaced
Water pump-when/if replaced
Smell exhaust for coolant burn
Frame-rust
check oil prior to test drive/after for signs of oil burn, milky oil
Examine coolant
Transmission-slip

Anything else I'm missing and need to look at?

I'm a big Toyota junkie.. I need this vehicle as my daily driver (I'm a Veterinary Assistant and Weekend warrior) for atleast a year, then after that it will probably be a BOV/Weekend cruiser.

If I DO get the vehicle, first thing it's going to get a full fluid change (All synthetic mobil one), detail cleaned, and find a replacement gas cap cover.

One thing I've learned over the years is if you take care of your vehicles they will take care of you.. my last car made it to about 450k (Diesel benz) before I sold it, so it does work.

THEoneandonlyLawnRanger
09-27-2010, 10:22 AM
I think you pretty much hit the high points. IF you want some more advice go over to www.tacomaterritory.com Thats one of the best toyota forums out there i used to find all kinds of info there when i had my tacoma and sequoia.

punt66
09-27-2010, 10:34 AM
buy american.

poolboy
09-27-2010, 10:44 AM
buy american.

Please enlighten us. Which vehicle is made here in the US with nothing but US parts?

punt66
09-27-2010, 11:39 AM
yup, so lets not care at all. Who cares if american owned companies employ us. Lets outsource it all. If Americans would wake up and realize that if we demanded american made products we would be in great shape. Demand american products and you shal recieve. Making excuses why you own a toyota wont get us anywhere.

MarcSmith
09-27-2010, 11:48 AM
^ I am a die hard GM fan family owned a GM dealership. My saturn is in the shop for the hybrid battery pack. warranty issue thank fully. going on 3 weeks of backorder... With out the pack. the car is not drivable. 3 weeks of rental car right now...

I love GM but their customer service is killing me right now. my commute to-from work has doubled as a result of not having the hybrid... and they won't put me in a non GM branded rental car...

Very tempted to take the saturn when/if itgets out of the shop to the toyota dealership and get a prius....

poolboy
09-27-2010, 12:02 PM
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/detroits-pickups-flunk-toyota-soars-on-american-made-list/1

punt66
09-27-2010, 01:57 PM
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/detroits-pickups-flunk-toyota-soars-on-american-made-list/1

demand american products.

punt66
09-28-2010, 08:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ

hosejockey2002
09-28-2010, 08:05 PM
My inlaws used to have one. I was not impressed with it, not very powerful and got poor mileage. Those engines in that time period were prone to head problems, although Toyota fixed most of those under warranty. Anything, Toyota or otherwise with that many miles could easily be a money pit.

PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC
09-28-2010, 08:45 PM
get VW golf tdi cheaper more real world mpg 45-55 mpg,and your not in a pius:rolleyes::germanflag:
jetta bigger up scale
http://www.insideline.com/volkswagen/jetta/2009/comparison-test-2009-toyota-prius-vs-2009-volkswagen-jetta-tdi.html
golf reveiw
http://www.hybridcars.com/vehicle/volkswagen-golf-tdi.html
http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f19c3c1
this might help if buying new

jkilov
09-30-2010, 07:50 PM
Toyota's have never been durable, but reliable and even this went downhill. Lasting high miles was never their territory.

Don't expect this truck to run for long, when the miles get high they become money pits and it's of to the dump. I would put more faith in a 180t mile F 150 than any jap truck. Maybe the tranny would need a rebuild and a few pieces would fall off now and then but American hardware can be fixed at reasonable expense.

And don't even think of buying any 2005+ Toyota as they are absolute junk

lyube
10-02-2010, 09:11 PM
Toyota's have never been durable, but reliable and even this went downhill. Lasting high miles was never their territory.

Don't expect this truck to run for long, when the miles get high they become money pits and it's of to the dump. I would put more faith in a 180t mile F 150 than any jap truck. Maybe the tranny would need a rebuild and a few pieces would fall off now and then but American hardware can be fixed at reasonable expense.

And don't even think of buying any 2005+ Toyota as they are absolute junk

Never been durable? Afghanis and other third world types keep them running with a minimum of maintenance..same for the South American Toyota Hi-lux trucks.

High mileage Toyotas are pretty common. The 3.0 wasn't the greatest engine, but does do decently. The Ford 300 6 and the Toyota 3.4l are both much better engines. The difference between Ford, Chevy, and Toyota on the 3.0...

Toyota quit producing them. GM still makes multiple "3.0s" across the line in various forms.

My next used car will be a Toyota. My next new car (within a year) will be a Tacoma access cab.

:usflag:


yup, so lets not care at all. Who cares if american owned companies employ us. Lets outsource it all. If Americans would wake up and realize that if we demanded american made products we would be in great shape. Demand american products and you shal recieve. Making excuses why you own a toyota wont get us anywhere.

I refuse to buy or support anti-American companies and their unions.

buy american.

Which ones? Kinda hard to do now, seeing as how many of the "American" auto makers make cars and major assemblies in Canada and Mexico.

I prefer cars that run.


get VW golf tdi cheaper more real world mpg 45-55 mpg,and your not in a pius:rolleyes::germanflag:
jetta bigger up scale
http://www.insideline.com/volkswagen/jetta/2009/comparison-test-2009-toyota-prius-vs-2009-volkswagen-jetta-tdi.html
golf reveiw
http://www.hybridcars.com/vehicle/volkswagen-golf-tdi.html
http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f19c3c1
this might help if buying new

It might not be a Prius (I'd rather drive a Prius than a VW..t he prius runs) but a VW is a different turd of another high order. Horrible reliability ratings... and made in Mexico.

I love German diesels, but mainly the older ones. I've driven quite a few mercedes diesels and they are all awesome rides. I wish I could get another.

lyube
10-02-2010, 09:13 PM
FWIW I'm going to end up getting a Toyota Celica and using the savings (it's half as much as the 4runner) to put towards the Tank (TM). Going to go pick it up and inspect it tuesday or Weds, buy it friday.

PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC
10-05-2010, 05:36 AM
VW golf is made in S America in Brazil not mexico

shovelracer
10-05-2010, 08:05 PM
My toyota was assembled here. My wifes VW was assembled in Mexico. When I buy a "genuine Ford" part most of the time it comes from Mexico. I also own Chevy to keep things rounded.

To the original question: The 3.0L was known for having head gasket problems in the higher miles. I have also seen the 3.4L which has the same block go for 300K. The 3.0L is no power house, but will get around. The trucks are easy to work on, but parts are not real cheap. I would make sure it has no CEL and runs smooth. If so I would look further. I would not hesitate to rebuild one if it was a good foundation.

With that said I have a 98 Tacoma that is getting bought back due to excessive frame rust. I'm not happy about the rust, but I am happy that they stand behind their product. Toyota is good for that generally. Now I look at my F250 with known exhaust manifold problems and spark plug issues, they would gladly charge to repair these over and over. Look again at my Silverado with known persistant fuel pump problems and how it took an aftermarket company to fix the problem.

lyube
10-05-2010, 09:54 PM
Celica sold the day before I got the money for it, looking at a 94/95 4 runner..again.

189k miles, 2wd, one with a leaky PS and needing new tires and the other good all around, or so the seller says.