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1994 Toyota T100 Truck

T100 Std 5-Spd

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1994 Toyota T100

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Overview

Early advertising and promotional efforts proclaimed the T100 to be Toyota's entry into the full-size or "big" truck arena. The T100 has a 121.8-inch wheelbase, 209.1-inch overall length and an eight-foot cargo bed. While that represents a substantial step up from a compact truck, a big rig it ain't. Instead, the T100 finds itself competing with popular midsize domestics such as the Ford Ranger, the new Chevy S-Series and its GMC counterparts, and the increasingly popular Dodge Dakota.

Base retail price for our T100 SR5 test model was $18,168, which places it on the high end of other midsize truck offerings. Ours was loaded with creature Pleasers such as automatic temperature control air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with tape and CD players, and power windows and door locks for a substantial bottom line of $23,715.

Walkaround

Our Nordic Blue Metallic T100 SR5 test vehicle greeted us with a refreshing and unmistakably Toyota front grille and bumper configuration. The center-mount chrome grille was backed by black crack-resistant plastic and flanked by dual halogen headlamps and wraparound amber side marker lamps, both covered by crack-resistant plastic lenses. The chromed front bumper was centered vertically and horizontally on the front facade and displayed integrated amber turn signal lamps. Aerodynamics include a large black air dam underneath the bumper and rounded front fenders flowing back to the most distinguishing characteristics of the T100 SR5s profile: boldly flared fenders with wheel openings that reflect truly inventive use of the designer's curve. That flaring and unique curvature are carried through to the rear fender treatments. Standard, monochromatic, styled aluminum wheels, chromed wheel opening lips and bold, raised-letter "Toyota T100" chrome insignia complete this pickup's eye-pleasing appearance. Our T100 SR5s cargo box was covered by a standard vinyl liner as was the detachable tailgate. A chrome bumper includes provision for a light-duty tow hitch. Rear mud flaps are standard.

Interior Features

Sliding in through the seemingly oversized door opening, it became apparent that Toyota has gone out of its way to avoid the boxy, klutzy look and feel of more conventional truck designs. The instrument panel and dashboard were curved and flowed smoothly to the windshield. Analog speedometer and tachometer displays were easily readable through the steering wheel and were flanked by temperature, fuel, oil pressure and battery gauges.

Alongside, perfectly contoured armrests stretch nearly the full width of the doors and feature strategically placed finger inserts for easy door opening and closing.

The power door locks and power side view mirror controls of our fully equipped T100 SR5 were positioned on the front of the driver-side armrest. The same level of thoughtful placement applies to all of the controls as well as the bevy of map pockets and storage compartments. This includes the reasonably sized covered compartment in the fold-down center armrest of the 60/40 contoured bench seat.

Seats are comfortable and on the firm side, with good lumbar support and integral contoured headrests. Visibility all around is excellent. Map, entry/exit and overhead lighting is ample and nice positioned. Under way, the virtual absence of wind noise pays tribute to the quality of soundproofing and interior materials as well as to the integrity of the design and manufacture of the T100 SR5.

The capacious box affords 49.2 inches between the wheel wells so, yes, it will consume the benchmark 4-by-8 panel. Loading can be a two-tier affair and as mentioned earlier, the cargo box and tailgate are protected by a standard factory-installed liner The detachable gate also features an outside locking handle so lads can push right up against the inside of the tailgate without impeding opening.

Driving Impressions

Thanks in no small part to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension, the Toyota T100 SR5 handled and rode-around town and on simulated light off-road terrain-better than most midsize pickup models we've driven.

Around town, the 3.0-liter electronic fuel injection V6 and four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission met all our demands. This engine generates 150 hp at 4800 rpm and 180 pound-feet of torque at 3400 rpm. EPA fuel economy is 14 mpg city, 17 mpg highway. Lower-speed acceleration, engine response and transmission shift points were precise and extremely smooth.

Picking up the pace brought on some disappointment, however. Freeway passing and merging made us wish for more power. Engine performance peaked early in high-speed acceleration, and we detected a bit of chatter from the transmission as it dropped down two gears when we prodded the gas pedal.

On-demand, shift-on-the-fly 4WD is where the T100 SR5 delivers a world-class, state-of-the-art performance. Toyota's automatic disconnecting differentials took us in and out of the 4WD mode quickly and quietly. You almost disbelieve the 4WD indicator light the first time it comes on.

Our T100 SR5, with standard front ventilated disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system in the rear, proved to be sure and steady in stopping, further increasing our confidence in this pickup. There's a driver-side air bag imbedded in the impressive cushy steering wheel, plus lap belts and harnesses for three front seat passengers. Don't plan on anyone larger than a small child in the middle, however.

Summary

Though we feel the T100 SR5 is incorrectly positioned as a full-size pickup, it is a highly suitable, uniquely styled and desirable midsize. The legion of true believers in Toyota's consistently high standards of overall quality, fit and finish won't lose one iota of faith. In virtually every category except high-speed and/or heavy load performance, the T100 SR5 represents a quantum leap up for a compact truck owner and a ,"must see and drive" for anyone in the market for a midsize pickup.

Off the beaten path, the solid, nimble, independent front suspension and Toyota's innovative four-wheel drive system should provide more than a few very pleasant moments. If Toyota had opted to put a little more muscle under the hood and perhaps consider an extended cab version, you'd quite likely find the T100 SR5 considerably higher on the sales charts.

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Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

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12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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