I am looking at buying a used toyota 4x4 pick up for my son. I am looking at early to mid 90's. I have seen alot of them with 3.0 V6's in them and some automatic tranny's. I been told to stay awhay from the 3.0 from one guy. I would like feed back from you folks on the subject. Also what about the tranny is it any good? Thank You For your time.
every single person i've talked with that has owned one themselves, says to avoid the 3.0 v6, accept ONE person. he beats on his rock crawler unmercifully. he swears there is nothing wrong with the 3.0
everyone else says it will blow head gaskets and / or pistons for no apparent reason. 9 guys @ work have all said avoid it. the general concensus on the intarweb seems to be the same. it's much more expensive to fix/rebuild/repair than the 22r/22re also. the bell housings/transmissions are not interchangable between the 22r/22re and the v6 either.
i have seen so many early 90s 4runners for sale here in alabama it's just sad. finding a 22re 4 runner (which I would love to have) is nearly impossible, and the standard transmissions are even more rare.
even shade trees can rebuild the 22r/22re in a couple of weekends, i did my timing chain myself, and it only cost around $300 total. this is one very important thing you need to check if/when you buy a 22r/22re truck or runner. if the timing chain eats through the timing cover, the engine will eat bearings and destroy itself.
there are plenty of threaads about what to look for... "frame rot" "timing chain" "head gasket" searches should do you some good.
this is my first toyota (a 1989 model with almost 190,000 miles) and i am a believer now. it runs on the interstate just as smoothly as a 'new' truck, with the exception of not having all the power... this may be a bonus as you're buying for your son ;-)
before you drive, crawl under and look for leaks, rust, and home-made works of welders. THEN drive, and push the pedals all the way down. let it idle for 20 minutes, check for gases (headgasket) in the water, water in the oil, and oil in the water.
no documented proof of a timing chain replacement ? do it yourself the first week.
high milage ? no big deal
low milage ? odd, suspicious, these things are made to be driven
300,000 miles ? no big deal, just make sure the front end isn't about to fall out
there is one thread on here about a 1,000,000 mile toyota and it's race with it's owner to retirement. i'd link, but i don't have it.
good luck, and don't pay what kelly blue book says. they lie ! ;-)