Originally Posted by ppham444
Yeah, I had a 96 and could tell right away when I bought my 2010 that the sheet metal is thinner and more flimsy. The effect of cost reduction.
-The paint finish on most vehicle's engine compartments are not a sealed and glossy finish like the exterior, but more of a covered and almost a stain finish or a slightly covered glossy finish on the inside areas. Simply stated, it appears to be normal. Bent and/or fresh painted metal is not, but wrinkled or creased and formed parts will seen on the inside.
Toyotas have always been thin metal, and our current truck's sheet metal seems to be thinner then ever, I agree. But that means better MPG, and if you get banged up, the thin metal will be useless and you will always get new parts on a re build. No Bondo... Thats the good news...