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Old 05-31-2020, 12:28 AM #16
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"When is it no longer worth it" is entirely subjective. What do you consider clapped/trashed? What are your budget and abilities? Most importantly, do you have the time?
I personally bought my SR5 at 280k, and while it definitely needed work done to it, it wasn't anything absurd or even unexpected; valve cover gaskets, MAF, brakes, tires/alignment, shocks/coils - typical used car stuff but stuff I was able to do. However some people see $1000-2000 in maintenance and think it's not worth it, or simply don't have the tools/know-how and know for a fact they can't afford a mechanic. Keep in mind there are a few people out there with million mile Tacos, still with the 5VZ.
The way I look at it is these vehicles both retain and lose value so quickly here in the PNW, it's a very smart decision to buy one in need of some TLC - here, a basic $1000 tune up turns a $4000 T4R into a $8000 one. Kinda ridiculous, but if you're handy it makes for good deals.
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Great to see everyones input on these runnería mileage not being a factor. I bought a 3rd gen with about 350xxx mikes on her, and although hesitant at first she quickly showed her worth being a great dd.
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I recently just picked up a 96" SR5 with 315k, I was able to do all the basic maint as well as Valve cover gaskets and refreshed the sagging suspension. I hae a seeping oil leak but not enough to see drips. The truck runs strong still, I plan on investing more work into it!
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I just picked one up w/ 245k miles and will be turning it into an overlander.

As long as it isn't heavily rusted or crashed, everything else is replaceable. The math of buying a newer one ($20-$30k) didnt make sense to me. Id have a payment, and they would still likely need a little bit of work.
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You see that just about everyone here is on the same page. If it weren't for rust, I'd still have my 2001 with 265k on it. Toyota simply used robust parts when building these. That's why repairs done with OEM parts are so attractive - the repairs themselves last 200k miles, so guys are willing to do them.
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At this point to me, the mileage is just a number. I keep and build the ones that are in the best cosmetic condition. At right around 260 and 270k and 18 and 23 years old respectively it's silly to think that there will be no mechanical issues in the near future, but overall the trucks are easy to work on and parts accessibility is still top notch. That's something that we may have to start worrying about in the near future.

Ignore modifications for a vehicle that you haven't got up to snuff mechanically. That means a lot of new parts and a lot of hours of fixing stuff that "ain't broken" my list is as follows for anything I intend to keep.

Fluids and filters
All accessible engine seals
Timing belt and water pump
Complete front suspension rebuild
New springs and shocks all around
All new brakes including hydraulics and potentially rubber lines
New radiator and in some cases fan clutch

Does it sound crazy? Yes to most people I'd assume. But it gives me actual confidence in my 23 year old 270k mile vehicle beyond some irrelevant reputation for reliability.


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In all actuality, I donít think itís ever worth it. I imagine that it is extremely rare to recoup the amount of money you put into modifying and maintaining a vehicle. We all do our best to maintain these trucks and they all have sentimental value. I guess this sounds pretty negative (although realistic), but most of our trucks will eventually rust into oblivion and fade away. A few of us may be lucky enough to maintain them into the foreseeable future and preserve a relic of what ďonce was.Ē

I think thatís our goal.

It all comes down to the satisfaction YOU get out of YOUR truck. As for me, Iím willing to replace the motor, transmission (again), and do whatever it takes to keep my truck running. Will a tire kicker on Craigslist care about that? Probably not. But to me itís priceless.
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Iíve got 270K on my 2001 and Iím about to drop a new transmission in it. I wonít find a better truck for the money I will pay for the tranny, and I love my 4Runner!
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