1990 Toyota Pickup (Hillsborough, NC) $750

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Old 28 May 2010, 02:46 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1990 Toyota Pickup (Hillsborough, NC) $750

This is a relisting of a post I made a couple months ago. If you responded the first time and I never got back to you, I apologize; my schedule became very hectic and I was unable to respond. I will not be contacting people who responded to the first listing, so please respond to this post and I will get back to you. Please include your number and a time range when it's okay to call, as my schedule is inconsistent. I took the truck out a couple days ago (May 24) and it worked exactly as described below.

1990 Toyota Pickup Truck
192,000 miles.
4 cylinder, 4 speed manual transmission.
I have owned this vehicle for 9 years. It runs. I got a new vehicle a couple weeks ago, and was driving this one every day up until then.

Problems:
Engine is running very hot; the vehicle burns oil and coolant. That's the biggie.
Speedometer does not work: it redlines immediately.
No Air Conditioning (never had it).
Tailgate handle broken, though you can still raise and lower the tailgate; I can show you how.

CD player and speakers work, as do all lights and lenses.

Here are a few more details and answers to everyone's questions:

The truck has always run a little hot. For years I've had to put 2 quarts of oil in the engine every 1000 miles.

A couple months ago, the truck overheated on my way into work. I took it in and had the radiator cap and the thermostat replaced. My mechanic told me that there a valve in the engine which just barely passed inspection, and which was not regulating the coolant flow properly. When asked how much it would cost to fix that, he told me that for a car this old, it probably wouldn't be worth it. I drove it for about three weeks after that, and every 3 or 4 days, I put more coolant into the engine, because the engine's temperature would rise to near- overheating levels again.

So far, it has continued to run. The evening of Wednesday, March 20, I filled the radiator and reservoir with coolant, and took it for a ride around the block. It drove like it has for years: it's an old truck, and it's not smooth, but it ran.

So, if you want this for a parts truck, great. You should have no complaint. If you want it for your primary means of transportation, be aware that it worked today, but I have absolutely no idea if it will work tomorrow.

Please email to make an appointment or ask questions.
Thanks!
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