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Old 05-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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1991 3.0 question

Are the 3.0 v-6's pretty reliable? Not going to be hotrodded or modded, just daily driver. Has 181k on it and everything looks good
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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They have head gasket issues.
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Lots of guys don't like them. If properly maintained, they can be good motors. Mine has over 200k miles on it and is going strong. I love mine and when it dies, I will replace it with another 3.slow. Here is a link to more info: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/80...e-posting.html
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I had an 89 that I bought with 186k on it. Ran like a top, until 212k, when one of the intake boots cracked from being dry and it sucked a bunch of dust. Had it not gotten dusted I think it would have lasted longer than I had the truck for sure. I had it rebuilt and it ran great until I sold it at 246k. The kid I sold it to totalled it about 6 months after he bought it. I dont know where it is now. Also 180k should be the second timing belt change, IIRC.
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Head gasket probs nd they are sluggish 3.slow
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Are the 3.0 v-6's pretty reliable? Not going to be hotrodded or modded, just daily driver. Has 181k on it and everything looks good
My buddy had a 91 for awhile. The original engine blew the headgaskets at 75K. The headgaskets were changed, it happened again a week later. Turned out that the block was warped and the new gaskets wouldn't seal. New shortblock, and another set of headgaskets later, and it ran fine till around 130-140K when he sold it.

If it's had the original headgaskets replaced AND it's been well maintained after that, then it may be okay. I personally wouldn't buy one that's all original. Too big of a risk.

My buddy's truck did run really well when it was all fixed up. Slow to accelerate, but smooth. Once it was on the freeway, no problems holding 75 mph.
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Guy at work is wanting trade his 92' f250 7.3 IDI for my Yota. Both trucks are equally clean and condition. I have the need for a bigger truck, but I hate to get rid of this little jewel.Dont very many trucks this old in this good of shape.
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