"I bought my Toyota 4x2 Xtra Cab PU new in 94 for under 14K and it's been a great vehicle. I recommend getting the Xtra Cab for the extra space in the cab to use to put either groceries, etc. or in a pinch, a person or two (2 being a bit tight). I also bought a bed liner right away & a matching shell.
It gets decent gas mileage & has a fair amount of pep for a four banger.
My truck has gone almost 204,000 miles to date and never left me stranded. It did develop a cracked head gasket at about 198,500 miles. I went ahead and had the whole top end redone, including resurfacing the cylinder head, replacing the timing chain, water pump & thermostat, etc. for about $1000 and it's running great. I expect it will keep on going for quite with continued simple maintenance, like regularly changing the oil.
I have only a few complaints about this otherwise great truck:
1) Toyota can't make a decent seat belt. After a while the slack in the belt doesn't retrack (this was true in my 85 GTS Corolla, too).
2) The A/C starts malfunctioning after a while (same thing again in my GTS).
3) I was surprised the wipers don't have an intermittent speed.
4) There are no interior controls to adjust either side view mirrors.
All in all I think Toyota builds a great small pickup truck."
"best truck i have ever owned.mostdependable also 14400 miles and still going strong. great gas mileage too.i also have a 2004 4x4 78000 miles and i have put new tires and changed oil no problems at all.1994 4cylinder is best truck for mileage and dependibility ever had. i highly recommend this truck. Iwill never sell mine!"
"I bought my 1992 Xtra Cab in 1998 with 138k miles. It had the four-cylinder and automatic. I drove it to 248k before my lovely daughter totaled it. Only significant repair needed was a valve job at 238k, otherwise just brakes, tires, batteries, and a radiator. Body was still in great shape. Take care of these trucks and they will run forever."