I found this vehicle to be tough and dependable. The roll rate is a little
excessive, but this is probably more due to the progressive rear springs and
oversized 31" tires. Also, it couldn't move out of it's own way. But as a tough
vehicle for work or play, it's an excellent choice. My sister backed into me
with a Corolla, which suffered $3000 in damage, while I took less than $100
worth of damage. This vehicle is TOUGH. The downside is that the old
4Runner's had a few mechanical flaws, such as a problem with the rear
window mechanism and back end sag.
Tough transmission, good 4 wheel drive system, can really feel the road.
Back end springs will probably need replacement, tailgate window will need
I bought the vehicle from a Toyota
dealer at just under 100,000 miles.
It never had enough power. The 4WD
system never worked right. There was
always a loud banging sound and a
lurching when the 4WD was disengaged,
even after only 5 mins of driving.
The passenger cab was cramped. After
about a year and about 10 to 12
thousand miles, the engine blew a
rod. I thought Toyotas were supposed
to last forever. Or at least 150,000
miles. I've owned Chevy, Acura, VW,
and Toyota. It doesn't matter what
you buy, you may or may not get lucky.
It looked really cool.
Just a little more leg room. Is it
possible to drive with the rear window
down and not die of Asphyxiation?
The 3.0 L V6 is one of the worst engines ever made there are serious problems with the head gaskets. I own one and it has gone through 2 head gaskets in less than 200,000 miles at a cost of $1500 to $1800 each time. Do not buy these vehicles! Toyota will only replace the gasket one time but refuses to accept that it is a design flaw not only a gasket problem.
Good car for smaller people, would love
more leg room. Have had mine for 5 yrs
now, bought used. Have had some major
repair bills mostly with a/c and fuel
injectors. Still a great looking car
and built like a tank have been rear
ended 3 times with no damage! I feel
very safe when I can keep in
more leg room in back seat, mostly for
growing family. CHEAPER prices for
dealer repairs. Its crazy the amount
of money they try to charge....
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