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Old 02-20-2000, 05:45 PM
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I used to have an '88 Toyota 4X4 pickup with a 4 cylinder and 5 speed. Pretty basic truck with the exception of air conditioning. At the time I had it I was commuting 150 miles a day round trip. Most of the trip was interstate and 2 lane highway driving, with about 4-5 miles urban. In the summer with the air I averaged 25-27 mpg. I think I put a fuel filter on it at approx 150,000, had the valve clearance checked at 95,000, with a re-check at around 150,000, with no adjustments needed. Put a couple of differential seals in the unit as the breather would plug and I was very lax about keeping it clean. That ran about $30.00 per instance. I sold the vehicle at 225,000 miles and to the best of my knowledge it is still running as well as it was when I sold it. Since I am no longer making the commute, I decided I could spend a little less on a vehicle and still get some comforts. I purchased a '97 S-10 extended cab with 4.3, buckets, etc... I've had it almost 3 years, it has 17,000 miles on it, and if I could find a good used Toyota 4X4 at a reasonable price, I'd unload this truck in a &quot;heartbeat&quot;. Nothing wrong with it, but just don't feel it is as strongly built or as tough as the Toyota. Granted this vehicle will move, runs fine, does pull a lightly loaded trailer, looks good, etc, but I feel that it isn't condusive to the work. It is very much at home going to the mall or up to the local Menard's. Gas mileage isn't much to write home about. Maybe 23 on the highway is the best I have ever gotten. All things considered with my experience, if both of these trucks were hooked up to BW's setup, the Toyota with the 4 cyl and manual trans would be just as dependable and capable as the S-10. <p>I do not know about Toyota 6 cyl. engines today. I know that in the late 80's and maybe early 90's they were prone to an engine failure of some sort, (lifters, cam-shaft, heads, etc....) that was fairly expensive to repair, but once that was done, the engine was back in good shape, and I don't think the problem would re-occur.... <p>Just the opinion of a former/future Toyota owner.....<p>Brad
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