Bought mine second hand at CarMax.
Love its all around usefulness plus
the confidence that the wife and kids
are safe driving it. Have had brakes,
many batteries, starter, belts and
hoses, wipers and tires replaced since
Rear wheel drive vehicle. Fuel economy
compared to same genre gas guzzlers.
Best looking SUV style until Lexus
RX300 came around, IMO.
Newest model 4Runners are just butt
ugly. I suggest keeping the older
models exteriors and just improving the
I loved my 4Runner. Dependable, fun to
drive, offroad capabilities like a
champ. Bought it with 150000 miles and
it was still running like a champ when
a Dodge minivan ran a red light and
smashed me. Totaled it but I was very
impressed with how it took the hit.
Some minor problems like a power
steering fluid leak and the seal
between the transmission and the
transfer case was leaking tranny dope
but not enough to ever run out or fill
it back up. Also burned oil at
somewhat of a rapid rate, about a
quart every 2-3 weeks but other than
that it was cherry. Anybody who says
its underpowered probably has never
taken it seriously offroading, its
just geared low. Hope I'm lucky to
find another one
Aggressive stance. Good interior with
plenty of room I thought. Good high up
ride and good visibility. Very sturdy.
Enough space for large tires with no
need for a lift.
Gas mileage of course but lets be
serious, nobody buys an suv for the
gas mileage, leave that to the hybrids
and lets go offroad. Cup holders too
but if people didn't buy supersize
drinks it would be alright.
I have been more then impressed with
the capabilities of this vehicle. The
only downsides is it is a bit
underpowered, but it has never held me
up on or off road and the sagging rear
end which was fixed by some Downey HD
springs. The interior is tuff. The
exterior is tuff. The engine keeps on
a trucking and has been very trouble
free. I plan on keeping this vehicle
a very long time.
Stock ability to drive through
anything! With the added springs and
Bilstein shocks it is the best
handleing SUV for on/off road driving
I have ever experienced. Smooth car
like handleing on road. No blind
spots. Last but definately not least,
durrability of the overall vehicle.
After you drive the engine into the
ground (which will take a looooong
time) swap it out with the newer 3.4L
supercharged block they offer in the
newer Tacomas and 4Runners. It is an
easy replacement. Also get the
Bilsteain shocks and Downey HD coil
springs to lift the rear end.
I love to drive this truck, it's
comfortable, but lacks power. Being
6'4" it could use a little more leg
room. Gas milage could be better. Also
had a blown head gasket while going up
a grade on the freeway, temp. gauge
never moved off normal, so cracked the
block. Toyota claims that the head
gasket recall of earlier engines was
fixed and I was stuck with the cost of
a new engine.
Very reliable, especially since I'm
discovering first owner didn't
maintain it. Is great in snow and mud,
handles lots of cargo without
Toyota needs to step up to the plate
and admit a problem with these engines
and reimurse those of us who had to
pay ourselves for their problem. Could
use a little more power.
Great engine, sturdy suspension, decent
interior, but it's rusting away at 9
yrs old w/103K mi. Expected better
durability from Toyota. Power antenna,
windshield washer motor both quit, and
tailgate key cylinder is frozen with
rust. Better rig for dry climate,
Indiana humidity & road salt eat it up.
Pulling, climbing power, esp. in 4WD.
It's NOT underpowered, just geared low,
therefore seems sluggish on the freeway.
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