What's the Most Reliable Pickup Ever Made?

1988 Toyota Pickup

Our Jalopnik friends have presented evidence that posits 80s-era Toyota trucks are perhaps the most reliable pickups ever made, citing a well worn 1988 model with almost 250,000 miles on its odometer and lack of major mechanical problems during its two decades-plus of existence.

Other examples seem to support this claim, such as Top Gear's fabled attempt to kill a similar vintage Hilux diesel.

So, is the mid-80s Toyota truck the most reliable pickup ever made or is there domestic iron that's been hauling since the 20th century that makes this small Toyota look like the tailgate on a 2007 Tundra?

Make your case!

Comments

Yes, Toyota is the most reliable; cars and trucks. This is why the big American three [GM, Ford and Chrysler] went belly up, lay offs etc...Americans need to stop being so GREEDY and make more reliable trucks and cars, the sad fact is that soon the United States will be so lazy they cant even make their own stuff........wait a minute!!?!?!? Americans don't make their own stuff the have China do it for them!? and then complain how bad it is.....the UNITED STATES of AMERICA land of HYPOCRISY!!! said by an American

250,000 is definitely an impressive mileage number. I can honestly say I have seen higher though. Many of older companions will definitely agree that Toyota makes the longest lasting truck around.

i have a 97 ram 1500 318 5 speed. it has 213,200 miles on it, and other than a couple pumps have had hardly any problems. it did burn a valve at around 120,000. when the mechanic went to replace it, he found a rag lying on top of the crankshaft. only half was left, and he figured the rest had just rotted away. he also said all of the seals looked to be factory. to have a rag in there that long and not ruin the engine, i would say that is pretty reliable. and the truck itself is just as tough.

I have a 1988 Toyota pickup. Its beat up, and looks like a pile of garbage, but it always starts. I use it on my land to get from point A to B. Once, it was driven into a small pond on my property, the entire hood was beneath water up to the side mirrors. Got a tractor and pulled it out. It started just fine, and continues to run. Great truck, I wish Chevy, Ford, and Dodge could make a truck this reliable today. Go to MSN autos and look up the reliability ratings on your favorite cars/trucks. You'll be surprised that most of the older models were built better than the newer models.

The old Toyotas are really reliable even though some of you consider them "toys"...whatever. Anyway, these days I would still buy Toyota or Nissan instead of some union made piece of junk like Chevy or Dodge. However, I may consider a Ford since the government didn't have to bail them out like the other two losers.

Beware the 97 NISSAN...a friend lost control of one and killed a kid and I thought it was simply his fault till I drove (and lost control of) one. It also had ultra thin copper wires as Nissan was having financial trouble so the wires kept breaking as well as everything else. Have you ever had a torsion bar break? No mechanic including 6 of them at the dealer could fix my gas temp sensor nor could I get it through inspection because of it. It was a pig to drive. Some personal injury lawyer should take the deaths caused by this truck up with Nissan.

250000 Is just gettting broke in good for a Toyota...But as far as a full size real working mans truck I've got a 1988 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 H.D. the trasmission just quit on me the odometer reads 510000... my friends tell me I should write G.M. about this one the truck drives good theirs no play or slop in the sterring and it's been a real workhorse like a ROCK in deed!!!

My father had an 80's compact Toyota and that thing ran great but everyone is right on about the rust issue... kind of think about it, seems Toyota has the same problem again with rust with their current trucks of the past few years.

I know of half a dozen farmers in the Delaware, Maryland area that have Ford's from the mid to late 90's that have 400 and 500K on them. Most are Powerstroke Diesel Super Dutys (When international knew how to build an engine). I won't say it was the best pickup but an 80's Ford with an inline 6 was a great truck. Funny how you see the GM fan boys saying the 80's Ford fell apart after 100K miles... Around here you will see more older Ford than Chevy any day and most with all original equipment.

Hey BUY AMERICAN, I don't think the big 3 went belly up. Although they all have had some layoffs, GM and Chrysler (Dodge) was the only two to go belly up, Ford didn't. In fact out of the Big 4 - Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Toyota - Ford is the only one making any money for the last two quarters. Remember a company lives and dies on its products. If you make good quality products you will survive, if you make crap you will have to run to the government for a bailout!

Oh and Toyota needs to start laying off soon but their stubborn pride keeps them from doing it. Do you know how many Tundras they are building a month at their truck plant? Just enough to break even...

Please STOP!!!

Trucks are made to be worked not pampered. All you have to do is go to any construction site and take a look around and you will see the most reliable trucks ever made. Well over 99.5 percent of them are American steel and there is a reason for it.

You can not make money with a metric truck when you have to haul a full payload pulling a trailer filled with equipment that will put bread and butter on your table. GM, Ford and Dodge will out work out haul and out perform any truck that is built on this planet. Fleet truck owners that do heavy hauling depend on GM, Ford and Dodge to get the job done! American steel is worked harder and has made more money for their owners than any metric truck ever built.

Metric trucks are made to haul small payloads and if you make money hauling lawn mowers or auto parts without having to do it with a trailer attached at the same time they will work just fine. Metric trucks are made to put-put around in save gas and not much else and they ride like small tanks because of the short wheel base. Many people like them and that’s fine however they don’t compare to American steel.

The comments about more of the big 3 in junkyards than metric trucks when was the last time you ever saw a metric truck with a half ton or more of construction materials in its bed and hauling a trailer with a backhoe on it?

By the way don’t complain about the economy if you bought a new metric car or truck and your children can’t find a job, you don’t have to look any farther than your driveway to find the problem.

1996 FORD F250 DURAMAX DIESEL- over 350,000 miles nothing but oil changes

This truck was made to do whatever you need it to do come hell or high water.

-NUFF SAID

In my opinion, I think that you're absolutely right. The only reason most trucks don't last 250,000 miles is because the driver hot-foots it most of the time because of the big, beefed-up engines. The 4 cylinder of the pickup was reliable, fuel-efficient, and didn't have enough power to be rowdy with. Most of them are still on the road because of that key quality that most other trucks/ pickups don't have. Power= poor everything (except power) Economy= long lasting, gas sipping, just what you need, all around, everything!

well i have a 1997 S-10 4.3 v6 stepside, it has 244,000 miles on it now yes ive had a lot of electrical problems with my truck but that engine being casted from the 350 and only 2 cylinders removed is great. Aside from the head gasket they put on it , it still does not use any oil , in fact it uses less oil than my 05 colorado with only 65000 miles on it . I'm a huge fan of a 350 and any engine in its family if you take care of them and use good oil in them those good ole cast iron engines will last a very long time.
Btw i use Mobile 1 full synthetic in all my vehicles

Lol that toyotas nothin. Have a 95 cherokee sport with 321K. Daily driver....no mechanical issues besides the 4X4 being shot. Still going...it might see 400k if the good Lord permits. Not many light duty trucks can say that.

Toyota makes a dependable truck but so does Ford, Chevy & Dodge. You can get high miles on ANY vehicle if properly maintained. I was never a big fan of the high compression Toyota engine though. I think one could eek out a few more miles on the Ranger engines which would be my preference. The Rangers are tanks, thicker steel, stronger design and the V6 is pretty bullet proof. Weak links on the Ranger (or any American vehicle) would be brittle wiring as they age so keep on eye and replace wiring. Weak links on the Toyota would be steering relay rod on over a million Toyotas, higher injury rate if in an accident, rust and body/frame weakness over S10, S15, and Ranger bodies/frames.

I grew up in some of the most extreme conditions ever, In Alaska, My father was stationed up there for over 30 years, and has always relied on Ford trucks, Why? Cause they always had the best frames. In his opinion a trucks soul starts with a frame, They simply cannot be real trucks with out this important part. In Alaska you have to have a truck you can depend on, and that simply isnt a 1980s Toyota. Toyota pickups are great cars, but not great Trucks. They rust out fast in Alaska and there little 4 cly engines blow head gaskets when pushed really hard tring to hall heavy loads. They also have suspention problems and broken frames from the bad metal they use. This is a very true fact. Ive seen it first hand in harsh climates they just dont hold up, Watch Ice road truckers, what do you see, Ford trucks doing heavy hauling. Not Toyotas, Toys are great city trucks and great highway trucks were they dont need to haul lots of stuff or tow. Sure some people in Alaska use them every day and have great luck with them, and thats great, but I want a truck that dosnt compremise. Ive just not had good luck with Toyotas in harsh enviorments.

i have a 1995 chevy 1500 with 326,000 miles with no major machanical problems and its still runnin great

There are no "bad" trucks. The market is too competitive to allow any inferior products to survive.

That said, No one builds reliability as well as Toyota does.
Toyota makes the best truck at this point in time.
Can's say about tomorrow. But today, and since 1975, the most reliable trucks are built by Toyota.

Now this aint US pickups but Yes the Toyota Hilux 2,2 petrol. Toyota 2,4 diesel put good miles onthem without any mayor complications. Know about some of them that put on more than 600 000 kilometers without any problems.
Then a heavier duty pickup is the Toyota Landcruiser wich we use in farming and offroad applications, they got a lazy ol 4,2 6 inline diesel or a 4.5 I6 gas engine wich got good kick but is too thirsty. Sum of these pickups I have seen with 600 000 km on them "all hard dirt field driving conditions" they are tough as nails. But I guess there is older Dodge Cummins pickups out there with just as many miles on them...

my 6.5 diesel has 276,000 miles on it. Original transmission. Original engine and turbocharger. Only things replaced other than the necessary fuel filter, oil filter, air filter, etc. were the a/c compressor and injection pump. It runs, drives, and looks like new. I've seen many chevy's on youtube as well as some Ford products that made it over 1,000,000 miles. There is a Lincoln out there with over 2,000,000 miles on it. Toyota does not cut it for me at 250,000 miles. Surely the best pickup is a diesel at least: power, reliability, better fuel efficiency...

I had 2 80's toy trucks(an 89 & 84) And they were the worst trucks I ever had!!! Driving on the freeway they felt shackey at best, never solid. Always had them in the shop( plenty of overheating ploblems) and was stranded on the side of the road numerous times( bad fuel pumps, runnig hot, ect..,) In 2006 I got a brand new GmC1500 sierra. By far the best truck I ever owned . Never any problems, felt like it was built like a tank, great milege for a V-8(avg 22-24 hwg) I'll never buy another toy again. If you want a great truck, buy a GMC or chev.

a 83 chevy 4x4 it has 600,000 im still given the truck hell with orgenal motor

I have a 93 chevy cheyenne extended cab long box with 343xxx miles on it and still running strong the body is in good condition except for the rear wheel wells are rusty. It is a very reliable truck and intend on going another 343xxx miles with it!

I'd like to say I have an 86 almost identical to the one in the picture...bought it last summer, has almost 200K on it, and I drive it daily...in winter...in maine....I'd also love to state that there is a 1980 model as well in the yard 700K miles (that is not a typo seven hundred thousand) that still drives, the mate to it had to be hauled off last year at 800K miles because the frame gave out...but I can speak from experience on these that they seriously never die

my dad has a 1994 or something around there toyota tacoma with 300000 miles on it. he used to have a late 80s ford f150 xl with over 1 million miles. The only reason he doesnt have the ford anymore is the steering fell out and we didnt have the money. the toyota still chugs on though

Diesels are usually more reliable than gasoline engines. I think Fords and Chevy's made in the last 10 years are extremely reliable. But it's a loosing battle if you're going to argue that American made trucks are as reliable as a Toyota diesel Hilux. It's just not going to happen I had a gasoline Toyota truck with 650,000 on it and everything but the engine started to go. It sat for 3 years, was vandalized, animals living in it, windows broke out. I forgot about it since I was living 1200 miles away, my grandpa was bitching about it sitting on his acreage when I came back to see family, so I put some new gas in it filled the tires with a little bit of starting fluid drove it to the junk yard about 2 miles away the brakes went totally out on the way, pulled the emergency brakes and the cable actually came out with the handle, that's a whole other story. Well I guess the diesels are suppose to be even more reliable than that one was.

No offense to anyone but that doesn't even look like a pickup truck.

All you hillbillies who own American trucks... get off your high horses. American trucks SUCK for reliability. I own a 98 Chevy S10, that needs vacuum lines and barely runs... in other words, it's scary to drive on the highway. While, I also own 2 old school imports, both RWD... a 1987 Nissan 200sx and a 1981 Toyota Corona(with the same bulletproof engine as the Toyota pickups... the 22r). My Nissan only has 80,000 orig miles and runs GREAT and needs NOTHING. The same with my 81 Corona, with 171,000 miles... it has a GREAT running 22r that won't quit. My Chevy S10 is a lil over 10 years old and runs like CRAP. While my Nissan and Toyota are around 25+ years old... and run like a DREAM. Now, tell me American cars and trucks are reliable. BULLSHIT, I own unbiased proof of the imports outperforming the domestics in reliability.

Sarcasmo-

You had one bad experience with an American vehicle. Likely because of the way you care for your things but we will not get into that. Enjoy your soy sauce pumping, rice burning, jalopies. I think I hear your tea kettle whistling, that you have warming up on your hibachi grill, so it must be time to eat your Top Ramen. Arigato!

cummins power. nuff said.

The toyota hilux wins in this case. Call it a toy all you want, it's the vehicle most commonly used by dictators and militias looking to outfit an army with reliable weaponry. They're used extensively in afghanistan and iraq for this very reason. When asked which truck is the most reliable, I have to go with the one that is most often used in situations where it takes bullets and keeps running.

I do laugh at the rust comments , there's a reasOn I would never buy any rig that comes from a area that salts it roads all the trucks rust dosent matter what it Is. I say learn how to drive in it and save everybody body paint and undercarriage

Toyota are deffinetly at the top in reliabilty( minus the pos 3.0 v6) and yes you can use them and work them hard every day and they keep comming back for more

a cummins powered dodge would be next ( I think any rig you put a cummins in is reliable ) the rest of the truck is crap but on the plus side all the int pieces falling off makes it lighter :-) I've had a couple with over 200k one that regulary went over the scales at 26k and had 315k on it when I got rid of it .

A small block chevy powered truck can't be beat and if it does break who cares it cost nothing to fix . I could build a Healthy small block for what a normal rebuild would cost on anything else and they always seem to get 11 mpg no matter what your doing ..... Wierd

Fords are good looking but ride like crap and you have to know the time of day it was produced to get the right part cause they change motor design so often and you have to buy a specialty tool to fix anything .

I haven't seen many nissans on this post they run forever to , every trim piece and int panel will fall off it ( have you ever noticed that the late 80s mid 90s ones all are missing that grill that covers the fresh air cowl under the wipers?? Go look you'll laugh . They run forever because they don't have enough power to break themselfs lol.


For the most part its all down to what you like everything breaks eventually . I've seen the crappiest cars and trucks run forever with no maintenance and some of the best one with great maintenance be total crap, they are mass produced things that always have the chance of having a couple lemons .

The old Toyota by far is the most reliable. I base this on some real life observations.

A friend has a body shop with a state of the art frame rig. He hates the old toyotas as they take the maximum power to straighten the frames. The steel is is very tough and over engineered. The chassis is basically a land cruiser with a 4 cylinder.

My wife used to work in a print shop where they regularly loaded 2 pallets of paper and tore ass around town delivering work. The loads were well over the rated capacity.

If you watch the news, check out what the folks in the middle east are using for mobile rocket launchers and mobile cannons. yes a Toyota pup. You bet they want reliability when they know as soon as thy fire a rocket, a drone is going to fire back. And these live they're whole life off road.

I have just resuscitated a old toyota 4x4 for my sons first vehicle. A hillbilly hunter had used it off road for the last 5 years. It was barely alive when i bought it as he did no maintenance. A quick tuneup/lube job, some vacuum hoses, a drag-link rebuild and he now has a good driving pup with 230k+ miles. starts with a touch of the key. Yup with a rusty bed.

I have a 97 Toyota Tacoma standard cab with nothing special in it except the fact that it's automatic (I live in SF so a stick is not practical.) I just got up to 280k a few days ago same trans and motor plus it's been in a wreck and I did my first weld job in the front. I'm no car expert, but I've replaced the radiator, (twice, I mess up doing it myself so I had to take it in.) the alternator, dropped a k&n filter in, put a tonneau cover over, replaced the ball joints, (professionally and I'm lucky I didn't die when those broke.) changed the tires 4 times, changed the oil who knows how many times. For what it is I guess my Toyota in hanging in there I heard about the rust issue so I coated the bottom with some of that rust paint at Kraggen's or now it Oreilly. I drove it 6 times from San Francisco to Vegas, and twice to Mexico. I fear everyday if my truck is just going to go out because it's probably just a ticking time bomb right now and kind of scared to drive it really far. Just wanted to share my story I'm not saying it's the best but for the money it's been worth it for sure I bought it for 5000 back in 2003 because it was wrecked but only had 50k on the motor. I average about 400 in repairs about every 3 months like I said I'm no pro at fixing it some things I change but some I bring in. I wish I had more comfortable chairs They kill my back

I bought a 86 toy ,new 26 years later , after working it hard, beyond its recomended loads,, with r/r ties , huge tree rounds, fire wood , massive loads of rocks, over 1.3 tons in a half ton truck. in the mountains , over 450k no major problems , orig. eng. trans. rear end , etc . now i change the oil every other year , if it needs it or not. i dare it to break just so i can work on it , like any normal truck, but i am convinced , this thing , is not normal at all!!! it looks exactly like the one in the photo , just more beat up.every body else has gone through 2 or 3 trucks and are starting to ask me about my mirical toy. they are just jelous if they talk bad about them .

the 22-r eng. in my 86 blue toy is indestructable . after i took the belt off to drive it frozzen solid. and after getting hot i put it back on and watched the temp. go up and down as it chopped up the ice. it finally blew a head gasket a year later. i drove it for over a year , up and down the mountains running it completely out of water many times. redlining it until it would not regester due to no coolent. the guy at waynes eng told me to take the head home and put it back on . quote, Its a toyota take it home and put it back on,,, that was 10 years ago , it runs like new at 450k. now i chalenge anybody to tell me any other truck made could have done that. or even half of that ??? i deffenetly did not get a lemon from toyota of orange.

i owned a 94 toyota 2wd. bought with 145000 miles, drove it like no vehicle should be drove for 4 years, absolutly abused the truck, didnt change oil, constantly smoking the tires off of it, mud riding, jumping it off of pond dams, street racing(was a mustang and camaro killer up to about 50 mph) and sold it at 240,000 miles. i changed plugs and wires once.
nobody can tell me that toyota's 22re motor wasnt the best ever. unfortunatly for me i thought i should buy a full size chevy and dodge since then and dodge needs new motor, chevy needs transmission work.

I have a 1969 Dodge Fargo that has three owns, my self and my father included that has well over a million miles on it's original drive train.... nothing runs like those old carborated 318's;. when every other vehicle failed.... all dad needed to do is run outside with a gas can and a batter in -40'C weather... and it would fire up after two pumps of the gas pedal, and a turn of the key. We also have 3 slant 6's with well over 250+ kilometers. We've had 2 84 dodge half tonnes, and one 1990 since 1994. Then there is the fargo which still runs.... hell i drive it at least once a week.,

some of the readers here say there are Ford, Chevys, & Dodge trucks that have over a 1,000,000 miles - yeah right - with rebuilt engines and transmissions in them. Another says the pictured small PU can't do REAL work, so hauling construction equipment and materials to build my new mother-in-law (bed & bath), and build a new garage and all that roofing material is NOT real work? I also have a Toyota PU, but is a '93 with 204,000 miles on it and it still drives great. I plan on adjusting the valves and check the timing belt in the next month - but otherwise it is good enough to teach my son how to drive this stick-shift truck. My dad was a Chevy guy and brother a GM guy. I've tried Fords, GMs, Datsun, VWs, BMWs, but have been very happy with my first (1993) Toyota PU - that keeps on driving well. My "GM" brother had an '85 Toyota PU SR5 that he put >250,000 then bought his current GM, that he's replaced his trans on...

Any truck built in the 80s to early 90s is the most reliable. The key is how it's optioned.

Toyota: Get it with a 4 cylinder (20R, 22R, 22RE) or better yet a diesel and a 5 speed (4 Speeds will work too, but more gears=better), basic options like AC and power steering are OK too. If you are getting a 2wd, get it with the 1 ton chassis if possible (bigger brakes, stiffer springs, 2,240 Lb payload capacity).

All other Japanese trucks: Optioned as above (I know Toyotas better than the others).

Ford Compact (Ranger): Get it with a 4 cylinder or the 3.0L V6 or if you can find one, a 4 cylinder diesel (Perkins/Mazda engine), and a manual transmission. Basics like A/C, Power Steering and you are good.

Ford Full Size: Get it with an Inline 6 and a Heavy Duty 4 speed (or the Heavy Duty 5 speed if you find that rare transmission). Also, Diesel is a plus (3/4 ton up) if you get the older IDI 6.9L/7.3L Navistar engines. Basics like A/C, Power Steering and you are good.

GM Compact (S-10, S-15, Sonoma): Get it with a 4 cylinder or the 4.3L V6 or if you can find one, a 4 cylinder diesel (Isuzu engine), and a manual transmission. Basics like A/C, Power Steering and you are good.

Chevy/GMC Full Size: Get it with a 250 or 292 Inline six or Small Block V8 and a manual transmission or a THM-400 3 speed automatic. Also, Diesel is a plus (even available as a 1/2 ton). Basics like A/C, Power Steering and you are good.

Dodge: Get it with a 318 V8 or if you don't need to go fast and don't tow much, the 225 Slant Six and a manual transmission or a Torqueflite 727 3 speed automatic. Also, Diesel is a plus (3/4 ton up). Basics like A/C, Power Steering and you are good.

For ALL vehicles listed above: if you buy it 4WD make sure it has a MANUAL transfer case and MANUAL hubs. Also get manual windows for the utmost in reliability. Carpet is for cars, so get the rubber floor. Buckets are for dirt, you need a bench seat. Stock or slightly larger than stock size tires are better than monster sized ones because they put less stress on the axles, steering and brakes. Do your required maintenance on time and keep the chassis greased up really good. Wash them and wax them frequently and if you used "diamond in the rough" isn't suffering from too much wheel well or cab corner rot, get roll on or spray on bedliner and liberally undercoat these pretty much universal problem areas on all of these trucks.

When you are through, and you've refreshed and rejuvenated your trusty older ride, you'll have a truck that is tougher, stronger, more reliable and more capable than the newer late 90's up pansy "carified" versions of any of these rigs. Plus you will have a truck that you won't be afraid of actually using like a truck!

Supreme Automotive Overlord-

Well thought out list!

I hope that my "pansy carified" 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon stands up to the test of time, even half way, as the pickups you listed.

i have a 1985 toyota hilux with over 200,000 and its still kicking.i rather have my toyota than a nissan,ford,dodge or chevy.like it says in the commercial toyota leading the way everyday

My dad has 1996 Nissan Pickup with 290K on it. He changed the oil, put in several batteries, many sets of tires and put gas in it. We changed the plugs at 250K, and put in a radiator when the old one busted from hitting something in the road. Recently just replaced STOCK brakes, accessory belts, and radiator hoses. This was all maintenance. The only mechanical issue we ever had was from washing the motor. The stock alternator had to be rebuilt then replaced from water damage. So all in all, the truck has had no issues that we didn't cause. And yes the brakes lasted that long as it was all interstate miles and a 5-speed, so you could engine brake. I own a 1997 and have 222K on it and i needed a MAF, but the previous owner drove it offroad a bit judging from the mud under it, so this is acceptable.

But these or those toyota pickups are the best.

the best truck i belive ,and owned a many!!is my f350 ,,its a classic 91 and is in xcellent shape its got all options and the xlt LARIET trim is nice allso,,trucks today dont have wind wings,, on side windows anymore ,,my truck is so comfortable its funny and wife loves the stiff yet nice ride..money isnt allways everything.

greg berlin-

Sounds like the makings of a nice classic.

I'm looking for a great quotes that i can use on my everyday task and duties. Lucky enough to drop by on your blog. Thanks.

Well, when it comes to trucks, let's just say that everyone has their favorite brands and no wonder...if it's a work truck it's probably done a lot for you. And because trucks typically last so long, people do grow emotionally attached.

I'll just say this...as far as work trucks go, get any US Truck after 1992 with a V8 in it and it will last a lifetime if you keep it well maintained. With today's metallurgy, ECU's (computers) and fuel injection and years of experience making these engines reliable...they just last a long time. I know a number of friends who have orchards and have over 400,000 miles on the same 150/250's The trucks are beat to hell and yes, they've changed some batteries and tie rod bushing and maybe even a shock here or there but the engine keeps ticking.

Toyota Tacoma's are notorious for lasting for ever..they just aren't work trucks.

With a Cummins in a dodge change the oil and forget about it. The whole truck can fall apart. The frame can rust away till there's nothing left of it. But that cummins will keep going. It's not uncommon to hear of a 5.9 Cummins reaching and exceeding a million kilometers. I think a 5.9 12valve Cummins has to be the best engine ever built that was put in a pickup (for a diesel anyway). It's more common to hear of a Cummins hitting the million mile mark than it is of just about any other engine. They also get pretty awesome fuel mileage too. I think the most i heard someone getting out of these engines was 1,450,000 km's on an original engine. He was from Idaho or something. Lets see your Toyota or Honda match that!

I have owned Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Nissan, and Toyota trucks. I have never had a Mazda. I would have to say the most reliable have been my Toyota's, but the toughest was a 79 Ford F100 with a 3-on-the-tree. Sure, it leaked so much oil it needed a blow back filter, but you could not kill that 302. The least reliable was a Chevy S10. All kinds of transmission problems and the water pump went out at only 45K. I am looking a buying a newer model truck to replace my 94 Toyota. I am digging around to find the right one.

I have a 3l ranger with 600000kms and still goin strong. cheap truck and reliable.



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