Six Fun Facts about the Toyota T100
- The Toyota T100 is the first full-sized pickup truck offered by Toyota in North America. It debuted in 1993 after much anticipation by many automobile critics because of the automaker's good reputation in the compact truck category. The truck boasts of an 8-feet bed but retains the engine and suspension performances of the make's famous compact trucks.
- In 1993, during its first year of availability in the market, the T100 already received awards such as "Best Full-Size Pickup" from the JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey and Popular Science magazine's "Best of What's New." This makes the model the first automobile to receive an Initial Quality Survey Award during its first year of production.
- The Toyota T100 is the last Japan-made pickup exported to North America. In 1996, the production of the truck is moved to Toyota's new plant located at Gibson County, Indiana. Even after the discontinuation of the model, following Toyota pickups such as the Toyota Tundra are produced in this new plant.
- Twilight star Kristen Stewart owns a 1995 Toyota T100 with which she is occasionally seen driving around Hollywood. The truck was reportedly seen by Stewart on the set of Twilight where she decided to buy it right then and there. The Twilight Saga is a series of five romantic fantasy movies based on the Twilight series novels written by Stephenie Meyer. Stewart plays as the main female protagonist in the movies.
- The Toyota T100 is not a favorite vehicle to be used on movies and TV series. However, it still has its decent lineup of cameo appearances on films such as the musical movie Joyful Noise, action drama Driven, and the drama thriller Death Sentence.
- In the fifth episode of the fifth season of Pimp My Ride, a completely stripped down 1994 Toyota T100 was brought back to life by Xzibit and his crew. According to the owner, Jason, almost all the parts such as the doors, the seats, and even the bed were stripped and stolen from his pickup. Later rumors state that he merely bought the stripped-down truck from a junkyard, and he scammed the show to sell the "pimped" pickup on Ebay.
Toyota T100 Problems
The Toyota T100 is the first full-size Toyota pickup truck offered in the US. Introduced in 1993, the truck made quite an entrance as it already received recognitions such as "Best Full-Size Pickup" from JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey as well as "Best of What's New" from Popular Science magazine the same year. However, various criticisms are thrown against the T100 because of some common problems shared by most units. Owners should be aware of these issues to better prepare themselves of the issues they are more likely to encounter with the truck.
Vehicle speed control
One of the most common issues with the Toyota T100 is the speed setting of the cruise control system. Toyota T100 owners from the past complain that even after setting the cruise control, their pickups still tend to accelerate at higher speeds. This makes them panic because it increases the possibility of an accident.
In 1996, Toyota made a recall of the cruise control assemblies where 5,145 units were affected. The dealers replaced the cruise control parts of the affected trucks to fix the problem.
Another known issue with the Toyota T100 is its steering relay rod. This particular part is reported by owners of breaking, making turning and handling very difficult. The breaking of the part is caused by excessive stress and force used on the steering wheel while trying to maneuver the truck. Such damage occurs especially during fully turning the steering wheel while the automobile is in a complete stop. This results in a crack or a total break in the steering relay rod.
In 2005, Toyota made a recall regarding this particular issue. An estimated 977,839 units were affected where the steering relay rod was replaced by dealers.
The clutch pedal bracket is also an infamous part which is commonly reported by owners of Toyota T100. The pedal bracket tends to bend, making it difficult to engage or disengage the clutch of the vehicle. In some severe cases, the drivers are not able to get out of gear at all. Needless to say, this is a safety issue, so the dealer should immediately be notified to address the problem. It is also advisable to have the clutch pedal bracket replaced or fixed before hitting the road again. To avoid the issue, drivers should be more conscious in pressing any pedal in their trucks.
I replaced the A/C blower switch on my Toyota T100. The system works but the switch is not staying in place. How do I get it to lock in place?
The A/C system has two clips—the first is at the front by the A/C switch, and the second is right on the blower speed control, which are both removed when you have to push out and remove the blower speed control. Your Toyota T100 might be missing one or both of the clips or you haven't put all the screws back in. Look for both of these clips and check if all the screws are in place. You may have to replace any missing pieces in order to lock the A/C blower switch in place.
How do I get rid of the dog smell in my Toyota T100? I tried using industrial odor remover, which worked well on the carpets, but the dog smell is still emanating.
It is most likely that there are dog hairs stuck in your Toyota T100's blower cage fan, heater core, and other places. Thus, the only permanent solution to get rid of the dog smell is to take out the A/C and heater assembly, take it apart, and clean them individually. You should also put deodorizer down the fresh air intake and make sure you have the fan on high speed while you do this. If you don't have a deodorizer, you can use things you may find around the house like a small bucket of barbecue charcoal. Just place it behind the passenger seat and keep it there for a few days until the smell is gone. Mothball crystals will work too. If you want the smell gone by morning, leave a tub of vinegar in the footwell of your truck overnight.
My Toyota T100's blower started shutting off at random times, but now it just stopped working. Any ideas on what's causing this?
The most common cause for the Toyota T100' blower motor to fail is electrical problems. First, check the load of the blower motor then work your way back through the circuitry towards the battery, making sure that there are no short or grounded circuits. You should also check for any burnt fuse and replace any that you find. If these did not help, test the entire A/C system. The blower motor might have been blowing too much amperage or there is a problem with the resistor. If you have a test light or an automotive meter, use it to verify good power and grounds at the component. If the test light reveals no voltage on the fan, look at the resistor block assembly and check for power going in to the resistor. If nothing is coming out, then the resistor is the most likely cause for your blower motor shutting off. You can verify that the resistor block as failed when you find melted spots on it. Simply replace this component and the blower motor should start working again.
Toyota T100: A Short but Well-Lived History
The Toyota T100 has only been around from 1993 to 1998 but it has firmly established itself in the compact truck market since its debut. With its 8-feet full-size bed, the T100 was Toyota’s first big truck known for having the engine and suspension characteristics of a compact truck. In spite of its short-lived history, Toyota’s T100 was still able to make its mark on the lucrative truck market.
1993: The new truck in town
The Toyota T100 was introduced in 1993 as a new full-size pickup that came with a standard cab designed to compete with the Dodge Ram, Chevy C/K, and Ford F-Series. The first T100 featured a 150-horsepower 3-liter V6 engine with a towing capacity of up to 2,570 pounds.
1994: Safety upgrades
The following year saw major changes for the Toyota T100. Some of the improvements included an airbag for the driver, cargo tie-down hooks for the bed, side-door guard beams, and a center high-mount stop lamp. All base models got a 2.7-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower while the formerly standard rear ABS became optional on base and DX trucks.
1995: Even more upgrades
The T100 pickup went through more changes in 1995. Toyota finally added an extended-cab body style to complete the T100 line-up and the four-wheel antilock brakes were made available only on DX. Additionally, both DX and SR5 grades got the new Xtracab which provided 21.7 more inches of space. The extended cab also featured a front bench seat split in 60/40, forward-facing split jump seats for three in 50/50, and safety belts. Also for this model year, the 3.0-liter V6 engine was discontinued and replaced by a 190-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 with 220 ftlbs. of torque. This was also the last year of the regular 4x4 cab model.
1996: A shade of red
In 1996, a few color changes gave the Toyota T100 a new look. It was offered in a new shade of red and a wider variety of trucks came in tan interiors. For this model year, the regular cabs can no longer be equipped with cruise control. It was also the same year when the DX models were scrapped and the T100 One Ton with a 2480-pound payload capacity was discontinued.
1997: More color choices
The T100 came out in two new colors for this model year. The optional wheel and tire packages were also larger in 16-inch diameters. Toyota’s nearly full-size pickup also had new bucket seats and a 3.4 liter V6 supercharger engine with approximately 245 horsepower and 285 ftlbs of torque. Other changes include radio pre-wiring for the standard models, fabric door panels for the midlevel models, and chrome wheel arches for the SR5 models.
1998: The Tundra takeover
Aside from another few color changes, the Toyota T100 didn’t change much in 1998. It was, in fact, the last year of the T100 which was eventually replaced by the larger V8-powered Tundra.