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Old 09-28-2017, 11:17 AM
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Default Whats everyones opinion on the 3.0L

Looking at a 3.0L truck for a daily. Whats everyones opinion? 235k on the clock.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:21 AM
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It doesn't have a good reputation. I'd rather drive a four cylinder from the same era
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:35 AM
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Whats not to love?

It's underpowered.
It uses more fuel.
It is a pain to work on (not much room in that engine bay for the V6).
It's not as reliable as the 22RE.

I think I hit all the high points. But if cheap enough.... why not? Then you could save your scheckels for a 3.4 swap when the 3.0 dies, or go really awesome and figure out how to 1KD-FTV the thing!

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:41 AM
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Yeah, sure, it's not as reliable as a 22R-E. So it's only a 200K engine between service intervals. To be fair once Toyota figured out the headgasket situation there's not really anything else wrong with them. The 3.4L in the Taco and 4Runner is the same family, so the bottom end is fine. Do headgaskets and a head refresh once in a while and you're good.

The other points, true. It's got the same power as the 2.7L 4 cylinder in later trucks. But there is more than a 22R-E, which is a low bar to jump. Neither gets great mileage but the 3.0L would be considered lousy (but still better than my 4.0L Tacoma, really).

I wouldn't be too concerned about a 3.0L with 235K but I would just plan on doing HGs sooner rather than later, if they haven't been done recently. The ease of swapping in a 3.4L is nice but for a DD beater I'm not sure it's necessary. If you're taking it up to the Tunnels a lot, then yes, do the swap.

God, I wish I had a diesel in my truck.
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Hahah. I think I will pass on this one. Anyone have a 3.4l powered toyota forsale? Sold all my practicle cars and am need of a winter vehical.
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I think you made the right choice to pass. From what I understand many parts are discontinued on the 3.0 so maintaining it will continue to get harder just like my 1FZ.
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