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Question Opinion needed 1992 Toyota Truck

Hi,
Looking at getting my son a 1992 Toyota truck w/V6. Seller claims only 123K miles.
I have not seen the truck so it could be a scam. Calling later to investigate. Before I do, I am just searching for information.
Anyone have experience with that year of truck? How do I check the odometer to make sure it has not been reset?

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If it has the 3.0 then expect to have head gasket issues down the road if it doesn't already. If it has the 3.4 its good for a few hundred thousand miles more with a new timing belt.
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I have a '95 with 102K. I just recently had a leaking (water only) head gasket replaced and of course both were replaced and a valve job was done while they were off. The '92 did have the bad run of head gaskets that were to be replaced under a special service campaign. You should be able to give the VIN to Toyota and they should be able to tell you if they have been replaced or not.

The '92 should also have a cable driven speedo/odometer but I don't know if there is a real way to tell if it has been rolled back without taking the cluster out of the truck.

You could also poke around yotatech.com for information on that year range. Not a whole lot of sites that have a lot of current talk on the older trucks like that.

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If it has the 3.0 then expect to have head gasket issues down the road if it doesn't already. If it has the 3.4 its good for a few hundred thousand miles more with a new timing belt.
I don't think the 3.4 was introduced until 96, maybe 97 or 98 with the Tacoma Series. So I'm almost positive it's the 3.0.
I had a 92 with the 22r motor that was bullet proof.

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If it has the 3.0 then expect to have head gasket issues down the road if it doesn't already. If it has the 3.4 its good for a few hundred thousand miles more with a new timing belt.
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I don't think the 3.4 was introduced until 96, maybe 97 or 98 with the Tacoma Series. So I'm almost positive it's the 3.0.
I had a 92 with the 22r motor that was bullet proof.
That is correct, it was the 95 Tacoma that had the 3.4. There was a split production between what was then known as the "pickup" and the new Tacoma in 95. There are kits out there to do a 3.4 swap since the 3.0 wasn't that great of a motor and can be costly to repair.

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I had a '90 with 3.0 and bought it brand new as my very first new vehicle. I had to have Toyota replace the head gaskets and then I did normal maintenance as needed and called for, replaced anything that broke or something which was much, and had the oil/lube done every 3000 miles. I used it as a daily driver and for whatever I needed. I owned it for 20 years and 485K+ miles and it was still running good. If that one was taken care of, it should have a lot of life left in it. I also had a '90 4Runner with the 3.0 and the same basic body style and I bought it used with around 150K on it. The head gaskets were replaced on it and the same maintenance done on it as my pickup when I owned it and when I traded it off on my FJ it had a little over 325K on it and was running good.

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I had a '90 with 3.0 and bought it brand new as my very first new vehicle. I had to have Toyota replace the head gaskets and then I did normal maintenance as needed and called for, replaced anything that broke or something which was much, and had the oil/lube done every 3000 miles. I used it as a daily driver and for whatever I needed. I owned it for 20 years and 485K+ miles and it was still running good. If that one was taken care of, it should have a lot of life left in it. I also had a '90 4Runner with the 3.0 and the same basic body style and I bought it used with around 150K on it. The head gaskets were replaced on it and the same maintenance done on it as my pickup when I owned it and when I traded it off on my FJ it had a little over 325K on it and was running good.
Very cool, I also bought a '90 with a 3.0 as my first new vehicle. Loved that truck but had to sell it back in '92 with 20K on it.

If the truck was maintained well over the years it should be a good runner. You can bet the head gaskets were replaced at least once for the recall but it was not uncommon to see them fail again. Fel Pro head gaskets had a bigger "staple" at the coolant passages and worked the best from my experience. During the recall Toyota ran out of gaskets and let us use Fel Pro only.


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I don't think the 3.4 was introduced until 96, maybe 97 or 98 with the Tacoma Series. So I'm almost positive it's the 3.0.
I had a 92 with the 22r motor that was bullet proof.
True but the 3.4 is the most common swap - unless Toyota was paying for the head gasket repair. Otherwise it would be a better option to swap the 3.4 than fix the 3.slow motor. There are a lot of 3.0 motors with tons of miles so they were OK just under powered and had head gasket issues.
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I had a 79, 82, 83, and 85 at one point. I'll have to dig up some pics and take a pic of them

83 was the best of the bunch and should have been kept.....

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I had a 92 Truck with the 3.0 and a 94 4Runner with the 3.0.

the 4Runner had head gasket issues, the truck did not. Great motors, no power..

I would love another one if they weren't all rusty here in ohio.
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Well I can verify that the removal of the exhaust crossover on the 3.0 does make a world of difference. There are many theories out there that the crossover is the primary cause for the head gasket failure. Mine was not involved in the original recall since it was a late 94 build but I did end up with a failure.

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A 4.7 litre swap would make the truck move.
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I actually just got rid of my 88' 3.0 when I picked my tundra up last month. It was a great vehicle for the 5 years that I owned it. I got it with 250k miles on it and sold it with 295k miles. In that time I never had any head gasket issues as I'm sure they were already taken care of before I bought it. I'd say buy the truck and drive it till the wheels fall off.

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I had the precursor to the 3.0, an 86 22ret pickup, wish I still had it.

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