How reliable are Japanese Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TaketheMoneyandRun, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. TaketheMoneyandRun

    TaketheMoneyandRun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Used tacomas with anywhere from 100-175k are price 7-8k. I know a ford ranger would be half the price at that mileage. Is a toyota really that reliable. On a side not the tacomas are nice looking trucks.
  2. TaketheMoneyandRun

    TaketheMoneyandRun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Also whats the consensus on the Toyota T100. Also slick looking cars.
  3. rocksrscott

    rocksrscott LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Sorry this is so long but here goes.
    It depends on how they were treated. That being said in a former job I was a courier small package delivery, Independent contractor using my own vehicle. In 12 years of driving 60,000 to 90,000 miles a year I had 3 Toyota trucks. The first was a new 1986 I put 223,000 on it. Replaced the Automatic Trans and the Alternator, then traded it in on a new 1989 Toyota PU and put 398,000 I replaced the clutch at 200,000 also replaced the starter and alternator these were the only major repairs, then wrecked it, That's the only reason I got rid of it. My next Toyota was a used 1991 with 60,000 on it I put another 200,000 Replaced the alternator that's about it, then went to a different type of job.

    With that said at the time between 1986 and 1998 there were on average 40 other drivers with various makers. The Ford Rangers of the time had a hard time lasting over 225,000 miles, the Chevy Mini Trucks were a little better with just over 250,000 before they cost too much to keep on the road. My experience was typical of the Toyota's, we had several go 500,000 with minor repairs and had one of the 1987? Toyota Mini Vans go over 650,000 with an engine replaced after 450,000. No other manufacturer could last like a Toyota in the business. Ford, Chevy, Nissan, etc....

    That is my personal experience with the mini size trucks prior to 1998.

    I currently have a 2001 Ford F150 purchased used with 102,000 miles on it, 30,000 later still runs pretty good minor issues nothing big.
  4. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    My 1996 Toyota SR5 is a truck I would never sell, 88K on it right now, 4x4 if needed......has never given me a problem, just tires, batteries, oil changes, the basics............wait the power antenna went out, $80 dollars later better than new..........a/c will freeze you out after all these yes I would say they are worth on request...:laugh:
  5. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    Almost any vehicle will go 88k without a problem.
  6. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Yeah your right, my 02 Ford went 45K, and the a/c went out, hit a pothole and broke the exhaust mount, and passenger door lock went out and?????????

    I still have at least 10 more years to put another 88K on the Toy.....

    Now my 07 Ford loves to wear out tires, going on a second set at 58K..........forgot about the paint on the emblems washing out, but heck its a work truck........:laugh:
  7. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    ha you would think, my 01 dodge had the a/c go out as well at 45k, had it fixed and now its out again only 20k later, needless to say i'm leaving it alone until summer. then the driver side back door cable broke on the opening mechanism, had to get some rust on both front doors fixed, and it now leaks a little antifreeze where the belt pully meets the front of the engine.
  8. T-Made

    T-Made LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 91

    If you ever need a box truck-- Isuzu Npr-Diesels are the way to go. Excellent vehicles-Keep the oil and filters changed and they will last forever.
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I've had 3 rav-4's 1st 2 300k'ish 3rd one totaled this year with 128k. Tranny's around 200k 2 alt's and NOTHING ELSE!
  10. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    For the longest time you could still rent the old toyota mini U Haul trucks. Around here all their trucks were mid 90's and newer, yet they kept those old 1 ton Toyota's on the lots. Now why they did that I don't know, maybe they just lasted and were good trucks.

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