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Hello,
I am new to this forum, but I am not new to cars and trucks. I am 42 years old and have built my share of engines since the age of 12. Since getting older, I am not real entheusiastic about having to work on my cars, like I was when I was quite a bit younger. Trust me, I know how, I just don't like to anymore.

With that said, I have something to ask. Keep in mind what I told you about me, and consider the truck I will be telling you about. I know the truck blue books much lower than what is being asked, but I have not seen one as nice for sale, in a very long time.

Here is what I came across: This 1993 Toyota xtra cab 4x4 SR-5 short bed truck (link to pics at the end of the post). I wanted to get your opinions about the deal.

The guy has all receipts and everything for the truck, showing oil changes at every 3000 miles. It has 220,000 miles on it now. He just had the head gasket work done at an ASE certified shop. Cost him $1250.00. It has less than 1000 miles since this work was performed.

There is absolutely NO RUST anywhere on the truck. The interior is in pristine condition. The sound system is a professionally installed Pioneer system with a 600w amp and subwoofer. It has 5(five) brand new Big O 31x10.50/15 mud tires. The spare is new and matches the rest.

The truck runs like a thoroughbred, I know lots of you say that the 3vze motors are weak, but this one feels as strong as an ox. The oil is pretty and golden colored, the anti-freeze is pretty and green. I will not have to do anything at all to this truck when I get it, unless I just want to make it a little more unique, but that is choice, not necessity.

The guy wants $6400.00 for the truck. I find trucks all of the time for less money, but they are no where near the quality of truck that this one is. I am not looking for a project. I am looking for something that will be reliable and will take me where I need to go when hunting in the hills of coastal Oregon. Some of those hills are pretty steep and 2 wheelers wouldn't have a chance. I wouldn't take my 95 4x4 Suburban up some of them, but I would this truck.

Oh yeah. The engine work has a 1 year warranty too, which is transferable. I called the shop that did the work and asked. They told me they knew the guy was going to sell this truck when they did the work and that he wanted the warranty to transfer before he had the work done, so yes I would be fully warranted if I bought it. Not a bad deal if you ask me. What else? Oh, it is a 5 speed and the clutch feels great too. I do feel a slight shimmy at about 60MPH, but I can only feel it in the steering wheel. It is very slight. What do you think that would be?

I would not be a new Toyota owner, but this would be my first Toyota pickup. My first car and first auto engine rebuild, was a 1969 (Corona << Yes I spelled it right), with a 1900cc 4 cyl and a 4 speed trans. (60 MPH downhill with a tailwind was hard to hit.) I also had a 94 Corolla that was as fast as my 86 Mustang GT. I loved both of those cars, and want a truck as reliable as they were.

Your opinion? What would you do? I have the money, and I really want it! So do I get a :thumbsup: or a :thumbsdow?

Mike

P.S. Here are some pictures too!


 

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Based on your preface, I would buy a truck with fewer miles for a few more thousand dollars. 220,000 is a lot of miles. You asked.
 

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Based on your preface, I would buy a truck with fewer miles for a few more thousand dollars. 220,000 is a lot of miles. You asked.

I did, and that was a fair answer that you gave me. I did forget to tell you this little but important bit of useful information.

I have wanted a SR-5 Toyota pickup since I was about 8 yrs old, which would have been a 1975 model. I have had numerous brand new trucks for my business, but I never got a Toy! I always got a full sized domestic brand. Now that I am semi-retired, and no longer work in the field, I can have the truck I always wanted. This one has the look of the truck I always wanted, and it still looks modern enough to be considered to be a good truck, by today's standards. This is, in a matter of speaking, my dream truck!

Mike
 

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Go for it then, these "dream trucks" will not be around forever. But that is a little much work him down if you can let it pass if he will not budge.
 
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Shortlid,

I don't know what that thank you thing is, but thanks for that.

I have talked him down to 6K, but I don't think he will move from there. I think I am going to take it.

Am I crazy?

Mike
 

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I just talked to the guy... I am getting it tonight!

Woo Hoo! :whatwhat::clap::banana:

Mike

Oh what about that shimmy thing? Doesn't seem too serious to me, any thoughts? :headbang:
 

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It might be as simple as idler arm bushings ( about $10 to replace if you have a factory idler arm).

Or it could be tie rod ends wearing out.

Get somebody to turn the wheel back and forth while you watch the idler arm for any up/down movement and check the TRE's for excessive play.
 

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Thanks!

I will have the guy turn the wheel back and forth for me while I am there. Before i give him the money!

Maybe he will knock off some more$$$? Ya never know!

Mike
 

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I am leaving here in about 10 minutes to go see the guy and hopefully get the truck tonight.

Any last thoughts before I go :confused:

Mike
 

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Its nice to have folks re-assure what we already know....
Glad you decided to go get it. I am in the process restoring my dads truck and plan on handing it to my sons.... Just not for a LONG time lol.

Enjoy your truck.
 

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It sure is!

Well, I just got back with my new Toy!

I will have to take pics tomorrow when the sun is out better!

She sure is a sweet driving ride. I didn't feel or see any play in the steering joints, but maybe I wasn't looking in the right places.

I will need to get a book and stuff for it and start learning about my new baby!

It is weird. I feel 20 years younger when I drive my new truck!

My wife likes it too!

I went ahead and got her a new ride today too! I traded the guy my wife's 2002 Honda Accord for a 2001 Suzuki XL-7 4x4 for the wife. It is pearlescent white and is very stunning to look at.

It needs some new tires in front, but the rear have good matching tread.

All in all I am happy with the deal we made tonight. Both of us got new to us vehicles in better shape than what we already had, and I am actually only out a few grand.

Thanks everyone for all of your help today, I am sure I will have more questions in the near future.

I'll try to post pics tomorrow!

Mike
 

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Got Pics?

OK Here are some new Pics!

This is one I took on Monday while test driving it!



Here is my new Toy!





And here is my wife's new Suzuki!



What do you all think? Pretty cool huh? :whatwhat:

Mike
 

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Here are some pics from when I was looking at it. Before I bought it.








Love those Tires and rims! The interior is pretty nice too!

So, what say you? :thumbsup: :thumbsdow

Mike
 

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^ Very nice! As soon as I get mine back from getting painted, I'm hunting for some bucket seats and center console!
 

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Is that your truck in your signature? If so... Very Nice! I like the color. I actually wanted that Cal Trans Orange color that was so popular in the mid 70's. That is what color my best friend's dad's truck was. It was that truck that spawned my dream of owning a Toy pickup. That was back in 1974 or 75. I loved that truck. I got my first kiss in the back of that truck. My best friend's sister was pretty cute too! LOL

We used to go to the drive-in movies all the time. That was back when it was $5.00 bucks a carload. We would load up all the kids in the neighborhood we could get in that truck and a few parents would drive separately, and all of us would go to the movies for about $10.00 or $15.00. Get a few pizzas and a case of soda on the way, and it was a heck of a lot of fun!

Great childhood memories were sparked by that truck. Now I get to spark some good ones for my kids in my new Toy. I am going to start this afternoon. My Daughter and I are going black bear hunting this afternoon and tomorrow. My daughter is 7, and is excited as heck to be able to go 4 x 4ing with dad! ;)

Mike
 

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I took those interior picture through the window, so the colors really DON'T show correctly. It is a Blue on Blue interior. The seats are a bit darker than the carpet!

Thanks for your comments.

I will try to post up some more pictures of the interior later on this weekend or sooner if I can. I am leaving in a few minutes to go black bear hunting with my daughter. Wish me luck! If I get one, I will post some pics of that too! I am betting the truck will not be as clean as it is right now, when I get back. LOL

Mike
 
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