Times they have changed.
1985: Purchased a Toyota Pick up Truck 4x2. Drove it of the lot drove it back in 1988 to custom order my Toyota 4Runner. NEVER a problem. It was dependable the quality was second to no one. Was a great truck
1988: Toyota 4Runner 4x4, the only issue I had with it was the head gasket failing after warranty and it cost me 400 clams, other than that NOT ONE ISSUE. This truck to this day, is mechanically sound it runs like new, NO leaks plenty of pep. 100,200 miles.
I planned on keeping this truck til kingdom come so I purchased the Rusty Jones rust proof package, no one told me they were at that time in bankruptcy court, I never asked who does? 3 months later they went out of business, I lost 300 clams and despite my outrage etc I was out that money.
I also had TST 5000 Teflon paint sealer applied to it, I credit that for making the paint shine for the first 13 years. Now, its rusting apart. It is a back up vehicle for my boys and me. Both want it, I have had no less than a dozen people over the years knock on my door or leave a note on the truck expressing interest to buy it. I just cannot bring myself to sell it. Its only worth on paper about 1K. I thought about restoring it, it will take in my estimation a good 8K in body and paint, its just not worth it for a 1K valued vehicle. I am at a crossroad with it and will sell it come spring. I was just offered 2K for it last week. I want more than that. Piece mealing it will yield me more but I have no place to tear it apart. The 22R motor is outstanding along with the rear end and transfer case. I tried many times to get this stuck in snow and it just plowed through, 2 feet of snow was nothing for this thing.
I don't think anything Toyota makes now can compete with that vehicle, they had a desire back then and were driven to become the best, once they got there I believe complacency took over and look at them now. I agree with Ferg.. they are GM 25 yrs ago.
I can vision John Belushi portraying: Samurai Toyota CEO as he did with Samurai delicatessen owner and Samurai Night Fever. Now that would be hilarious.