It has an extensive Carfax service records and runs and drives great. Looking forward to off road this thing very soon. I converted it from a surf-dude-van to a racer-dude-van. One survived 3 flips on a wet road. It was mint at that time. By perfectly, I mean just barely, which of course in the mind of any good engineer is the pinnacle of efficient building.
Yes Review Date: 12th May, 2014 Faults: At 90,000 miles, the steering rack needed replacing. After hunting season a rather peculiar incident occurred which was to lead to us being less one Toyota van. So I put it into four wheel drive low and headed out to the back forty which was pretty nasty. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. But once the downhill slope started, things changed. It was the worst color combination, a maroon and gold two-tone, but it was in great shape and had the elusive 5 speed manual 4X4 drivetrain.
I have maintained the mechanicals tune ups, compression checks, new shocks, lubes, etc. I did several hundred thousand km in it. The 4Y engine is actually originally a forklift motor still in production today for forklifts and such a heavy duty engine is the reason the Van can endure half a million miles or more. Gonna take it to a fabber in Arlington to jack it up and redo to hubs. Fact was the maintenance was hard was to do on these vans comparatively speaking and the cabin could get hot sitting on the engine and sales declined for these reasons.
Took me all but 10 mins. Love it so much that I found another1 on Craigslist. Similar ability to degrease, without all the suds. These vans are the best. All is in fair condition, some stains but no rips or burns in seats or carpet. And inspection of the cooling system found it clogged up with oil. Michelle was in the van with all of the children and I was in the new vehicle.
American made Pathfinder trasfer case. She turned on the heat full blast and that cooled it down a little. I did replace the radiator with new one from the factory. I'll install a tranny cooler just in case should have done that anyway! I was amazed at how the van had survived the horrible attack on its life. But of course I am not even close to the size of an average Asian adult, maybe two put together. Here is a quote or information from a very knowledgeable gentleman here on Ebay who has owned many over the years and is considered an expert on them. You can drive anywhere you want.
You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Technically it just had a pretty bad rod knock but having done a number of years as the family hauler it was pretty beat up so not really worth reparing considering how the engine is shoe horned in there. The fact that I happened to get it pre-owned with rear-wheel drive, 5-speed and a base cargo model was an absolute bonus. I would buy of any Toyota Van of that Era! The Van 2 or 4wd is one of the vehicles on my list whenever I have to car shop, but so far none have made it. When the engine goes bad I will build a new one with more power. Obtaining one in good condition was not easy or cheap. They are hard to find but do pop up on ebay.
I am the second owner. A few stains on the carpet here or there and the cloth has come apart on one of the arm rests. Incredible inside room and comfort for a little van. The air temperature that day was hovering around one hundred and the van was starting to get hot. Fact was the maintenance was hard was to do on these vans comparatively speaking and the cabin could get hot sitting on the engine and sales declined for these reasons.
I own a Porsche 944 and I would say that the van is way more comfortable and reliable. This time the rarest of the rare. But then I noticed something: the cooling system was full, but there were gallons of goo coming from the bellhousing. It was mid summer and the traffic on highway 217 was backed up as usual. So I could see a few modifications were in order. A friend was off-loading it, so grabbed it as stop-gap. Description for Toyota Van Wagon 1987 Hello! It has an extensive Carfax service records and runs and drives great.
I let the engine drain for several days with the oil pan removed and scrapped all the goo out of the pan. My Harley chopper even fits nicely in the back. Our criteria were pretty stringent: true four wheel drive, seats seven, at least twenty mpg, reliable. However, a very helpful community of folks over at helped me out. It was good looking for a van with some really nice subtle detail design in the styling.