One Owner 1993 Toyota SR5 Xtra Cab 4×4

It’s hard to believe that 1993 was already 26 years ago now, maybe older than a decent percentage of Barn Finds readers are. This one-owner 1993 Toyota SR5 Xtra Cab 4×4 pickup can be found listed here on eBay in Aberdeen, Maryland. Bids are at $5,100 so far

What a nice truck. These things are amazing and they seem to last forever. This fifth-generation Toyota pickup (1988-1997) is no low-mileage trailer queen, it has piled up 122,374 miles and it should easily have double that left in it without blinking. Just keep it maintained and enjoy it. This example is not only an SR5 which brings some nice features, but it’s also an Xtra Cab which brings some nice extra space behind the front seats. The seller has added a ton of great photos including several underside shots showing the incredible condition of this truck.

The original price of this truck, according to NADA so it’s a rough estimate, was in the vicinity of $18,000, not counting options or the topper or anything else that may have been extra. $18,000 in 1993 dollars would be around $32,000 in 2019 dollars. I just priced out a 2019 Tacoma SR5 with “Access Bed” which is similar to the Xtra Cab and the base price was $28,000. Once I added the V6 it jumped up to $34,000! So, $35,000 2019 dollars will get you a brand new Tacoma 4×4 Access Bed and I bet with wheeling and dealing you may be able to get it for $32,000. That just shows that $35,000 is the new $18,000.. or somethin’. I prefer $18,000 myself but my wife paid $35,000 for a Subaru Crosstrek so what do I know.

As you thought, the interior looks almost perfect. This truck has the optional automatic which in 2019 isn’t even an option, it’s standard. Nobody wants a manual anymore, even Ferrari, Lamborghini, and I bet very soon Porsche won’t offer a manual transmission anymore. It’ll be a sad day, but that’s the beauty of owning old vehicles! The seller has included just an absolute ton of fantastic photos, so thanks for that, seller! Here’s a photo of the Xtra Cab area, it would very much do in a pinch for carrying passengers, but not on cross-country trips unless they’re on the smallish side.

This complicated-looking but somehow still tidy and clean engine compartment holds Toyota’s 3VZ-E which is a 3.0L V6 with 150 hp. Unfortunately, there isn’t one word on how this truck runs or drives or operates, in general. Maybe they think that the Toyota faithful will know that it’s just absolutely ready to jump in and drive for another 26 years, and I think they may be right. I wouldn’t hesitate to take fly in and drive this truck home from the east coast. Have any of you owned a fifth-generation Toyota pickup?


  1. Sam

    Although Toyota doesn’t have a bad history of making powerplants for their vehicles, the 3.0 may well go down in history as one of Toyota’s worst. Notorious for eating head gaskets, and not being able to make much horsepower, even with adding a TRD supercharger. The redesigned 3.4 in the Tacoma’s is a much better engine and proof Toyota learns from their mistakes.

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  2. DAN

    tacoma came out in 95.5
    this is a 3rd gen toy pu
    79-83 1st
    84-88 2nd
    89-95 3rd
    then tacoma with better 3.4L motor

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Dan, I went by what the seller had for the listing which is incorrect. This isn’t a Tacoma, it’s a fifth-generation Hilux pickup, made between 1988 and 1997. The fifth-gen Hilux evolved into the Tacoma in 1995 which was after this truck was made. My mistake for typing Tacoma on the title.

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      • Miguel

        Scotty, the truck was never called Hilux in the US.

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    • Bluetec320 Bluetec 320 Member

      Come on, guys. Take it easy on the writers. These people do an EXCELLENT job. I enjoy every article that I read here, and that is almost all of them :-) We should ALL be happy that we have this site to go to. People DO make mistakes sometimes, I know I do, so please stop being so critical. Sheesh!

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        You are too kind, Bluetec 320, thanks for the kind words.
        My brain automatically typed Tacoma even though I knew that it wasn’t one, ugh. It’s good to know the truth and we appreciate when someone has the correct info and can relay it back without being too harsh. As I’ve said before, none of us are professional writers and none of us make a living here but that doesn’t mean that we don’t love what we do and strive to always be 100% correct. Surgeons now have to mark an “X” on which appendage to operate on so even they make mistakes!

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    • Chris

      I was going to pile on but… I owned a 1994.5 Black Std cab 4×4 with the 2.4 complete with the tacked on after thought of a 3rd brake light on the cab roof. Only vehicle that I wished I still had.

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  3. DAN

    3rd gen 4×4 :)

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      I like your style, Dan!
      I found this info on several websites:

      “1 First generation (N10; 1968–1972) …
      2 Second generation (N20; 1972–1978) …
      3 Third generation (N30, N40; 1978–1983) …
      4 Fourth generation (N50, N60, N70; 1983–1988) …
      5 Fifth generation (N80, N90, N100, N110; 1988–1997”

      I mistakenly typed Tacoma even though I knew it wasn’t one, my brain derailed on that one for sure.

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  4. Jett

    I’m confused—is a ‘93 toyota pickup a classic or a muscle car?

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  5. Bakyrdhero

    Definitely a classic @jett. In my state it would be considered an antique.

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    • Jett

      Technically, 25 years is considered a “vintage” vehicle, but I’d never consider it a classic…

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  6. Plyguy

    I had a ’93 that I picked up second hand and the body was pristine, much like this one. The frame, however, looked like someone dragged it out of the ocean. It was horribly corroded. I was shocked!

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  7. Jeff

    Wow, the frame isn’t swiss cheese. I had a 94 where even the lower A frames rotted out and tore apart.

  8. 38ChevyCoupeGuy

    Why the confusion about whether it’s a classic or muscle car? BFs don’t necessarily have to be muscle cars, nor classics ,just found in a barn, which isn’t always the case with each ad here, but oh well, kinda cool to see it.
    The writers typo… No biggie at all in my opinion. Scotty probably has more than a full plate. Easy on the fella guys, I can’t imagine all the emails he receives on a daily basis with cars here, cars there, deciding which ones to feature, etc, etc, etc. He does a fine job at it,regardless of the grammar nazis’ criticism . I would like to thank you for something to read that interests me. Just my humble opinion of course. Keep up the good work Scotty!

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  9. DAVID6

    😲keep up the👍 good work😎

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  10. Paul

    I had a ’91 2wd 5 speed extended cab Toyota truck. I named her Squeakers as the front steering and suspension was sealed, but squeaked from age. Drove across country from coast to coast and all over the place. I loved that truck. Powder blue with the swooping racing stripe down the side of it. Still was running great at 188,000 miles, and then it got demolished in a chain reaction accident on the I-465 loop in Indianapolis. Still miss my faithful companion.

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  11. Doug

    I’d be much more interested in a truck with the 22R engine – basically Japan’s answer to the Volvo B18 / B20 . If given reasonable maintenance, they will run for many more miles than the V6.

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