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#1

How Much is a 1984 toyota SR5 short bed, regular cab, pickup with 289K Miles worth (overall good condition)?

Wish I could say more.


#2

check out values at nada.com; edmunds.com and kbb.com. That will give you a feel for what it may be worth.


#3

289K miles? It’s worth whatever some poor sucker is willing to pay. Once you get to this mileage, there’s no such thing as “good condition.”

In real life, it’s worth a (very) few hundred dollars, at most.

If you’re talking about a daily driver, I wouldn’t give a nickel for this truck.


#4

The trucks were very desirable at one time. I have a rule for taking on high mileage vehicles, one of three things must be in exceptional condition,the powertrain,the body,the interior. If one isn’t great I won’t even consider it.


#5

If this engine was properly maintained then it could easily last another 100k miles…However you have no idea if it was properly maintained or abused.


#6

I think that there are two things you need to consider: 1) how will you use the truck; and 2) what is the price?

This truck isn’t the vehicle I would want for a coast to coast trip, or to commute any distance. However, it might be o.k. for around-town use for light duty hauling.
I wouldn’t want it as an only vehicle if I had to depend on it.

For me, the price should be priced as a disposable vehicle. If you bought the truck for $500 and ran it 2 years you probably would do o.k.

Back in 1972, I bought a 1950 Chevrolet 1 ton pick-up for $110. We had just moved to a 5 acre plot in the country. The truck was great for hauling fencing supplies, building materials, sand and fill dirt, as well as hay and straw. I even used the truck to stretch fence. I sold the truck in 1975 for $105, so I didn’ take a big hit on depreciation.

If you are considering the truck for light duty use around town, you may be fine. If you are expecting more, pass this one up.


#7

Having owned both a '79 and an '89 version of this truck (without the SR5 accessories, just straight 4- speeds), if this is in decent shape I’d fork over $700 for it. The engines, chassis and drivetrains were pretty bulletproof and very easy to work on. The '79s had frame rust issues due to a poorly vented full-box frame, but the '84 had the issues solved.

One thing I’d suggest, however, is getting a good look underneath. Especially at the frame crossmembers. Rot has been known to develop there when they get very old.