Next best thing to absolutely flawless!
By Matt on Sunday, October 18, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000
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"Sure footed, nimble, and utterly reliable. I bought this truck in 05 with 50k on the odometer. I've now got over 230k on it factory clutch and all. I've had this truck airborne off of a steep enough drop that my buddy in a jeep behind me got high centered because he wanted to live. It climbed a hill so steep that the front end fell off of the hill, and even though I richly deserved it, she still didn't roll. I've hauled 4100lbs of wet sand in the box on the factory suspension, and after I upgraded the rear springs, I pulled a pair of jeeps simultaneously, and later a Kubota farm tractor with a front end loader and auto grader on the rear, no problem. The manual transmission is a godsend. Whenever I need to go slower than idle in first gear, or if I need to move a heavy trailer across soft ground, or backing a trailer up a winding driveway that climbs a hill, all I need to do is hook her down into four low, and away I go. I only lock in the hubs if I actually need the traction.
Over a decade of running this truck all I've put into her is gas, oil, tires, brakes, plugs and wires. A few months ago the starter relay went out, and that's it, mechanically.
The only down side is that the frame rusted through just forward of the driver's side forward leaf spring mount. It rusted from the inside out, as is common with this series of truck. Unfortunately Toyota refused to do anything about it, so I wound up taking a welder to the frame. I had to replace 23" of frame on the inside, and 19" on the outside. But she's straight, strong, and back on the road."
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