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1997 Toyota T100 Reviews and Owner Comments

 
1997 Toyota T100
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1997 Toyota T100 Owner Reviews (12 reviews)
  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Hampstead, MD, March 01, 2014 07:50
    my t100 has 173.000 miles on it bought it brand new...reg.t100 problems..only thing I wish I what have done was get an stainless stell exhaust.. I want thru 4 so far...still runs like brand new...only one front end all. because I had to replace a tie rod end..but over all I got my money worth I think...I hate to guess how much I spent in gas the lat 17 teen yrs..lol the truck is really rusting out bad..i guess when the wheels fall off I get another car or something..that get good mpg...people stop your bitching about how your t100 frame rails have rust on them...if you were this old on the east coast any truck would hsve rust...doug
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Fort Collins, CO, July 17, 2013 17:34
    Great Truck. I did a bunch of research before buying my 97 T-100 4x4. It is rated one of the most reliable and solid trucks ever built. It had 112k miles on it and now has 212k. I have had to replace the transmission at 190k, which is about the breaking point, but other than routine stuff like brakes, battery, front axles, and fluids, I have not had to do much work on it. It always starts right up, the oil stays clean and has plenty of power for a v6. It's not a hauling truck but a go anywhere kind of vehicle perfect for an outdoorsman with gear and has plenty of room. It's my third toy truck. I had a 86 truck (22RE) I drove for a while and sold, still running great with 375k on it and a 88 4runner (3vz) I drove and then sold still in great shape with 280k on it. Kinda wish I kept them. Rock Crawler projects!!
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, New Bern, NC, November 18, 2012 18:49
    i bought a 97 t100 sr5 2wd 5 speed about a month ago it has 195000 as of now. i have put 5k on it myself. I really love this truck its small enough to go anywhere but big enough to tow and haul. the engine runs really well. i have had to put some money in to it though, and let me tell you these parts arent cheap and thats if you can find them. autozone only carries about half of what you need including wheel bearings and a number of other things that should be supplied. I am having real problems with my 5 speed trans. front input shaft bearing is going bad witch is going to be a 1000 for a rebuilt one. clutch pedal broke though firewall had to make my own bracket to stop anymore damage. drained rearend today and it was full of water. these trucks where cheaply made but there are some great ones out there just beware of the bad ones.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Gardner, MA, March 04, 2012 13:42
    I purchased a 1997 T-100 in 2003, it had 100,000miles on it then ,now it has 165,ooo,on it ! I have installed a new clutch kit and gas tank also a new outer rear wheelbearing and I did all the repairs myself , so I know this truck pretty well ! However , now the truck turns over many,many times befor it finally starts if it does and I would like to know why ,and if any other T-100 owners have experienced this also ? I put in a new battery and added injector cleaner ,the truck runs great but starts with much difficulty ,this has been happening for 2 months now ,I am stumped , here in G. Ma. Ed
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Beaufort, SC, August 06, 2011 13:37
    Go this truck about four years ago and hasnt let me down yet. I know I havent had it as long as some others but its been driven between South Texas and South Carolina a few times and its about 1000 miles between the two.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, San Jose, CA, April 12, 2011 17:16
    Build quality of these trucks are incredible. The engine and transmission after 185,000 show no signs of wear. It is still a machine and here are the problems I experienced: -The starter gradually wore out -The GM radiator cracked -The front brake rotors warped. They were designed in the early 90s peeps, so remember that 55mph speed limit? My 4speed auto is geared to run around 60mph at 2500 rpm so when you want to cruise fast you will be going through the gas! Great resource: http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=UBB78&page=0
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Chagrin Falls, OH, April 03, 2011 09:21
    Bought my 97 t100 new. One of the few with factory 2-tone paint. have replaced all 4 wheel bearings, two clutches, some front end parts like tie-rod ends. At 276,000 installed new motor due to blown head gasket. Just replace original gear oil in Differential. Best vehicle I have ever owned (45 with 18 being new). Dont want to give it up.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Morrison, IL, December 01, 2010 21:44
    After 13 years and 339,000 miles this truck is more like an old friend than a vehicle. It has been very reliable and still gets over 20mpg. It is one of the best values that I have ever bought.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    drkwiat, Kailua Kona, HI, September 18, 2010 17:05
     Rookie
    Very reliable. Absolutely the best vehicle I've ever owned. I plan to be buried with it.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Visitor, Saint Petersburg, FL, May 08, 2010 15:36
    The automatic transmission started slipping after owning this T-100 and towing boats all over the Eastern US but considering it has 478,065 miles it was not really a surprise. Engine seems fine so will replace or rebuild and keep going. Great truck
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    Jamie Milgrim, Charles Town, WV, April 04, 2009 06:10
     Enthusiast
    Just turned 185000 on my 1997 Toyota T100 and it's solid as a rock. It has received regular maintenance and as a result no major repairs. I also had the dealer install the TRD Supercharger at 80000 miles and the response is amazing. MPG 21 Hwy. 1997 T100 SR5 4X4, Automatic Trans.
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  • 1997 Toyota T100
    rhino, Costa Mesa, CA, December 02, 2008 08:05
     Rookie
    This truck has been extremely reliable in the 165,000 miles I've put on it so far. It has been perfectly dependable. It has received regular maintenance and the only repair was a recall for the replacement of the steering relay rod covered at no charge by Toyota. 1997 T100 SR5 4X4, Automatic Trans
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