1997 TOYOTA T100
Nice truck for my needs, occasional heavy loads over 1,000lbs, hauling tools, hay loads. Nice size, bigger than the Tacoma but simular fuel economy from my experience. Not so great on fuel economy for a 3.4 liter V-6 engine: 16 city, 19 hiway, it's an automatic transmission so I guess it's average. Has lots of get up and go for the weight/engine output, differentials are 4.30:1.
Weak points to look for are ignition cylinders, fuel door lock finger breaks, frame rust thru on salty winter roads, Front brake rotors tend to warp with regular usage, seems to be a design issue; rotors too small for the weight of the truck? 5-speed models have had clutch linkage firewall mount cracks/breakthrough where the clutch will not release, happened on my 1992 4Runner too. Clear coat paint finish flakes off after ten years. Seat belt retract mechanism gets dirty after so many years and needs a good cleaning out to function. There are fixes for all these but consider them when buying, frame rust thru is a very costly repair, not worth the value/hassle of repairing the truck.
There is a supercharger for the 1997-98 models for those needing better performance at higher altitude, better towing performance, or continuous tire burnouts at sea level(Lol).
Rock solid truck all things considered; average fuel economy, above average performance, fit/finish very good, longevity if well cared for is excellent; expect 300-400,000 miles, sound system in the SR5 is very good considering your in a truck driving in traffic. I bought mine because I didn't see a point in spending $30,000 to 70,000 for a new truck when this one does the same job for $3,000. Can't see the value in buying a new vehicle. With auto ownership getting more and more expensive, where are we heading? Getting taken for a ride...