Part of the reason you never see Toyotas trucks of that vintage is because they never sold in huge numbers in North America. The diesel ones weren't even really sold at all, except in short, intermittent spurts.
The other problem is that their one weak point is rust. Once it gets in, it'll eat a truck inside out.
CSB conversions are popular because the vast majority of those trucks came with the 22RE I4 which, while nearly indestructable, isn't exactly a tower of power. You see them for the same reasons you see CSBs replacing Jeep I6s.
But go overseas, where Toyota is the dominant small truck maker in most markets, and you can't throw a rock without hitting one.
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When I first read this thread I searched e-bay for a diesel Jeep found two and posted them here thinking I would talk myself in to buying one, now a couple months later I come back and read the thread again and I start seaching local CL for another diesel alterative and find a '88 Isuzu pick up 4x4 and I want to see if they'll trade for my YJ...
CL link:http://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/2981386044.html THIS thread is UNHEALTHY!
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What kind of power and mileage are you getting out of that 'yota 4.2 diesel? As for reliability for Land Cruisers, I know at one time they say that's the only thing anybody would drive in the Aussie outback. If a car breaks down there, you are buzzard food.
We had an '01 4-runner for a while, we gave it to some descendents. I think it has about 175k miles now but the odometer broke 2 or 3 years ago so nobody knows. It has had several issues that my son-in-law fixed himself because he had no other choice, but nothing too major, maybe a head gasket but I don't remember for sure.
My wife has a 3.0l turbo diesel in her SUV and I love the engine, but I really like my 3.6 gas six banger in my new JK too. I put on a Banks intake and Magnaflow exhaust and I guess it is putting out about 300 HP. I get pretty close to the advertised mileage. Plus it sounds pretty nice IMO.
I get about 25 USMPG highway out of my engine (considering the truck weighs about 6,000lbs, I'm fine with that). Power wise, it's something like 165HP and 265lb-ft of torque. Of course, being a diesel, I hit peak torque at 1400rpm. Despite the somewhat low HP output, it doesn't feel sluggish in the slightest and it will tow 7,000lbs (limited by a coil rear suspension). It's also different from many other older diesels in that's it's smooth and somewhat quiet (even with no mufflers).
If I ever feel the need for more power there are all kinds of turbo upgrades, IP upgrades, and intercoolers that can be added, but at this point I don't feel the need.
There is nothing more that I want besides a FZJ80 Land Cruiser... You really can't beat their reliability and durability. Plus, parts are able to be located anywhere in the world. Toyota is in more countries than any other car company out there!