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TOYOTA HEAD GASKET (WHY)

ToddpToddp Posts: 4
edited March 1 in Toyota
IT SEEMS LIKE TOYOTA HAS NOT SOLVED THE HEAD
GASKET PROBLEM. IS THE FAILURE DUE TOO HARSH
CONDITIONS. OR A SERIOUS MANUFACTURING DEFECT.
I HAVE A 90 4-RUNNER W/200,000 CITY MILES ON IT
IT FALLS UNDER THE RECALL. BUT NO PROBLEMS. I
DONT BABY THE VEHICLE BUT I DONT ABUSE IT EITHER.
I HAVE PULLED A 3800 LB SAILBOAT OVER 150 MILES IN

AUGUST W/AC RUNNING A NO PROBLEMS. LAST YEAR I
MADE A 1200 MILE NONSTOP TRIP FROM HOUSTON, TX
TOO ROCHESTER MN. IN 18 HRS IN AUGUST. AGAIN NOT
EVEN AS MUCH AS A WIMPER. I AM IN THE MARKET FOR
A NEW TRUCK AND WANT A TOYOTA, BUT WANDER IF I
WILL HAVE THE PROBLEM THIS TIME.

TODD
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Comments

  • MotormouthMotormouth Posts: 99
    If you have 200,000+ miles on it and have done all that with "no problem" as you indicate, what are you complaining about?

    Also, please use lower-case. Using all upper case gives the appearance you are SHOUTING.

    Personally, if I got 200,000+ miles out of my vehicle the way you describe, I'd rush out to get another one. Just make sure you get the same warranty as before.
  • smismi Posts: 13
    I think Todd's question was if the head gasket problem was design or harsh conditions. If design, and it still has not been corrected, then he may not be lucky next time and probably would not want to buy another. Me either. Or, maybe his application just doesn't cause the design flaw to manifest itself. Has it been fixed???
  • jholcjholc Posts: 25
    My 97 V6 Tacoma had the head gasket replaced at about 13,000 miles. I just took it to the dealer for routine service. They discovered it themselves and replaced it under warranty. The dealer said it is affecting enough pickups that Toyota may do a recall. The truck had not been driven under severe conditions so I assume it's a design flaw. Other than that, I've had no problems and love the truck. My brother-in-law has a 96 model with no head gasket problems.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The head gasket problem reared its ugly head in the 96 4Runners with V6. This was a design flaw and has been corrected in later models. No need to worry about it anymore.

    Mackabee
  • sundawgsundawg Posts: 1
    I just had my 1993 T100 3.0 V6 head gasket replaced which was under warranty - My old Toyota dealership discovered that it hadn't been done since the recall by checking out it's VIN number - 2 days after I had just bought it from another dealer! It worked out - I replaced the timing belt at the same time - saving me a bundle, later,
    and according to the mechanic - I now have a very good pickup truck!
  • roymroym Posts: 8
    just bought a '96 t-100 4x4. no problems so far, but you guys are freaking me out re: this head gasket business. should i extend my warranty to cover this potential problem? anyone out there have problems with their head gaskets in their t-100's?
  • bbpeters1bbpeters1 Posts: 1
    my 96 t-100 v6 blew head gasket at 23,000 miles. Dealer blamed sticking thermostat. Has Toyota extended drivetrain coverage on headgasket to 100k?
  • reddfinreddfin Posts: 5
    I paid to have my head gasket replaced at the dealership. My truck is a 93 3.0 V-6 4X4. I paid for the repair at about 6400 miles. It was done in 96. Do I have any recourse? Please help.
    Reddfin
  • reddfinreddfin Posts: 5
    I paid to have my blown head gasket repaired at the dealership. My truck is a 93 3.0 V-6 4X4. I paid for the repair at about 64000 miles os it was not covered. It was done in 96. Was there a re- call? The dealer did not mention anything to me. I was perticularly upset since I have rarely heard any negative responses by Toyota truck owners and have had nothing go wrong before or since. Do I have any recourse? Please help.
    Reddfin
  • GAleoGAleo Posts: 2
    Reddfin-
    I had to have my head gasket replaced in my 95 Tacoma after only 23,000 miles- I was told it was a recall- They did mine for free- I would check in to it
  • rpgrinrpgrin Posts: 1
    I have a '90 toy 4x4 3.0 V6.with 150k on it. no problems with head gasket. a caller to a radio talk show has his 94 3.0 head gasket replaced by dealer with recall. I called dealer, he said they would do it now or when/if a failure occurs. there IS a recall on this, though I was never informed either.
  • FoxbatFoxbat Posts: 1
    All of these problems seem to be related to the V6 engine. Does anyone know if there has been any head gasket problems with a 4 cylinder?
  • stan11stan11 Posts: 12
    Foxbat:

    Spoke to friend who is a service writer at a Toyota dealer. He said the head gasket problem is isolated to the 3.0 L and 3.4 L V6 engines only.
  • lonmtnlonmtn Posts: 3
    Sounds like the V6 headgasket problem may be limited to '96 and earlier models. Anybody have trouble with the 97 or 98 V6?
  • lonmtnlonmtn Posts: 3
    Just saw that jholc had a head gasket replaced in a 97 Tacoma. I have a 90 2WD pu w/22E engine that has 175000 miles on it--uses no oil, has no problems ever--I just do routine maintenance. I use it like a 4WD (I do a lot of back country field work but I can't always get through with a 2WD, plus I carry a hand winch) but otherwise it just cruises along non-stop. I want to stick with Toyota, and am looking at a 98 4WD Tacoma V6 but don't like the idea of potential gasket problems when in the field. If the problem hasn't been rectified by the engineers, then does anybody have any idea how common it is for the V6 gasket to fail?
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Toyota changed designs (and suppliers) starting with the 1996 model V6 truck engines. The problems and the warranty extension covers some 1990, all 1991-1994, and some 1995 (which is actually when they made the switch) models.

    If you have Usenet access, you can find more information in the alt.autos.toyota newsgroup.
  • lonmtnlonmtn Posts: 3
    Thanks to eneth; this puts my mind at ease again. Seems like some people have trouble with Toyota pickups but I've never known anyone with anything but stories of mechanically indestructible vehicles.
  • DoccersDoccers Posts: 16
    That's the 3rd time they've "Corrected" the gasket problem however. I still see 97's and now 98's losing their gaskets.
  • polsenpolsen Posts: 25
    My step-daughter's 96 4 cyl 2x4 toyota truck blew a hole in the oil pan at 44,000 miles. It got replaced under warranty but I heard no explanation about what happened, filtered back through my step-daughter and wife. Has anyone heard of a similar problem?
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