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Corrosion can be a huge headache. Check the usual under-body weak spots, plus the sunroof, doors and bonnet. High quality replacement panels are available from UK and Ireland specialists.
Check for thorough maintenance, with regular coolant and oil renewal, as many are routinely pushed to their 7500rpm redline. Look for leaks and exhaust smoke, and listen for internal wear.
3 MANUAL GEARBOX
The original clutches were a weak point, so look out for difficult gear selection or spongey action. US SR5 models had an automatic ‘box, while GT-S models had an optional limited-slip differential. Check the gearing – drifters sometimes fit higher ratio diffs.
4 RUNNING GEAR
Worn bushes/ dampers, wonky wheel alignment, or simply poor modifications can lead to wandering or tracking problems, which should be obvious on the road. Suspension that bottoms out over bumps usually requires new springs to fix.
INTERIOR AND ELECTRICS
Roll cages are common, as are aftermarket seats, which are often frayed. Interiors are frequently stripped for weight reduction and splits in the dash are the norm. The electrics are simple, however – dry climate cars shouldn’t have any serious wiring issues.