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I have only BJ60 (3.4 diesel) landcruisers. Great trucks, but only capable of 55mph. The young kid NEEDS to go faster than that. The 3.4 diesel will last decades at 2500 rpm or below. Above that, it just doesn't last.

So... An '89 3.0 V6 5spd ext cab 4x4 is available to us. 136,000kms, about 94k miles. 8274 winch, and welder-bilt bush bumper. Bad rust on lower panels of box - I guess thats normal. A bit of rust on drivers door, a bit of rust on drivers front fender. Cab corners, floor pans, door sills not rusty. No air cond.

Anything I should look out for? We were hoping to find this exact truck, but with a 4cyl instead of V6. Is a V6 going to suck a lot more gas? We were going to pull a small trailer with a quad on it from time to time. I know the extra power of the V6 will come in handy, but are they less reliable? Is there a timing belt or chain?

Any tips appreciated. Thanks. Jiggs
 

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on the V6 it is a timing belt...

for what you're going to use it for, the V6 is definitely the one you want.

With only 94k you should be relatively fine. just keep up on the maintenance...some things i've noticed on this forum with the V6 are that people tend to have Head gasket issues anywhere between 130k-230k (miles)...so i guess watch for that.

other than that, this truck should be good to you and your kid.

I'd take it to a Toyota dealership and just have them look it over first before you buy it and then see what they say. I have done that with all my used cars that i've bought, and the inspection is always helpful. it should be relatively cheap ($80-100).

good luck!
 

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I'd be worried about frame rust.
They rust from the inside out, so you can't see it until it's bad.

And see if the steering relay rod "recall" has been done.
 

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x2 on the rust. Particular area of concern is not body, but frame rust, especially in the back. There is no way to patch or repair them if the rust is structural. If the frame is bad, the truck will be unsafe.

I get more mileage than most on my V6 because of mods to intake and exhaust. With 31" tires, most get somewhere around 18-20 mpg highway (U.S. gallons, not imperial) and maybe around 15-16 local driving, if the motor has good compression and is running right.

Axle codes & vin info sites:
http://www.brian894x4.com/Gearratiosanddiffs.html
http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/faq/vin/

The V6 has some very serious issues: check out this recent thread for a bunch of relevant info:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289340
 
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