What to look for
a ToRQuing PoinT
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.
SEaTS anD SWiTCHES
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.