There were Manual Turbo trucks out there so whoever said that there weren't is wrong. It had the ever impressive R151F 5Spd... But that's a moot point because the Turbo you're looking into has an Auto...
Personaly I would rather have the Turbo even with the Auto tranny because the 3.0 is a poor motor even with a manual transmission behind it. The RTE's are fun little motors adn definatly pull harder than my standard 22RE and the 3.0. Biggest issue was oiling issues with the turbo causing them to go bye bye fairly early in life(for a toyota) that and HG issues with the Turbo's too... BUT, the 3.0 had more issues and in the end is a less reliable, less powerfull motor. Thing about the turbo is, that while it may not be exactly like the 22RE, the block is the same and it's a good mtoor in general. Just don't get too crazty with it, keep an eye on the temp. etc and it should live a good life.
Good luck with whatever you choose, the 1st Gen 4 Runner is flat out one of the coolest Trucks Toyota ever made IMO and I really love mine. Be aware, they do have rust issues, so check the frame out very closely. If it is in good shape however, you're in luck, there's nothing in this size range that is buolt anywhere NEAR as tough as an early Mini-truck. The only thing I'd rather have... A Landcruiser... KC knows what I'm talking about
Cheers and happy hunting mate.
Last edited by 4Rescue; 04-16-2009 at 11:14 PM.
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-89 Toyota 4Runner dubbed "Project 4Rescue"
Stock 22RE, 5spd, 33x10.50 BFG At's, Marlin rear Bumper, OME Dakar / BJ Spacer lift + OME Shocks all around (and the SS),4.88's coming soon...
2002 Norco 4x4 Romic T2 Marzo 55 -Soon to be replaced by a Trans. Bottlerocket or maybe a Spec. SX trail....