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You can’t men­tion the en­gines with­out rais­ing the is­sue of cylin­der head gas­ket fail­ure. It re­lates to a prob­lem dur­ing pro­duc­tion where the torque set­tings for the head bolts were rated around 56lb ft in­stead of 72-75lb ft, lead­ing to leaks. Most will have been sorted but it needs do­ing prop­erly, so check the pa­per­work for ev­i­dence that an up­rated gas­ket and bolts were used. Skim­ming the head and block be­fore re­assem­bly can help, but a healthy cooling sys­tem is vi­tal so look for leaks and grotty coolant.


Typ­i­cally strong Toy­ota build qual­ity means that in­te­ri­ors last well, so look for the usual signs of scruffi­ness and abuse. Seat bol­sters end up thread­bare on both the cloth and leather-trimmed pews and it’s worth en­sur­ing that ev­ery­thing elec­tri­cal is ship-shape, be­cause there was plenty of kit and failed items may sim­ply have been ig­nored. Bro­ken heater con­trols are a par­tic­u­lar bug­bear. Lastly, some models were equipped with lift-out roof panels, and as is com­mon with such things they can be prone to wa­ter leaks.

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