I got this car 7 years ago at 150k miles. I'm now nearing a quarter of a million mi (247k). I've had to replace several things, but nothing unexpected and this car has only left me "stranded" once (hole in radiator, so if you count pulling over to put water in as "stranded").
This thing takes a beating from me--I offroad often and it takes 300miles trips constantly as I go back and forth from school (for 6yrs). Couldn't ask for a more fun, better looking, more reliable car! I plan on running this thing into the ground, and at 247k that still seems far away! Things changed: o2 sensor, radiator, timing belt, rear axle seals, booster, ignition, 1 fuel injector. Spread out over 7yrs, NOT BAD
For such an old SUV, with so many miles on it, I definitely can't complain about the mpg (24 highway). Everything is built to last, stock radio, AC, transmission, the motor itself, etc is still working. Considering most cars have major issues at 100k
miles, and I got mine at 150k and have put nearly another 100k on it, I'm amazed at how well this thing still runs! I've put less money into this thing, and had less things replaced than people I know with cars that are 5+years newer than my 96 4runner. And it's still holding value!
One thing that bugs me which is really not a huge issue: the cup holders. The drinks hold suspended, and right above the shifter. Condensation freely drips down off the drink, onto my shifter.
Is this a real problem? No, but it's the only "improvement" I can think of!
This is my first foreign automobile. I
have to admit that this is the first
auto I've ever had that has been
trouble-free. I just love it and
wouldn't own any other auto. When I am
ready to trade, I'll get another 4
The only room for improvement would be
its fuel mileage and limited fuel tank
size. Otherwise this has been a
fantastic SUV that has done it all
from hauling family to towing boats
and carrying mountain bikes, or all at
the same time. I would trade my
4Runner in for a new one if it would
be offered as a hybrid.
Reliability and versatility
Fuel consumption could be better, and
range could be improved via larger
My 4Runner has 193,000 miles. I've
never had any problems with it at all.
In fact, more people buy 4Runners
because of the quality and durability of
mine than from teh commercials they've
seen. They can't believe I'm knocking
on 200,000 miles and still going strong.
I bought it in 2001 with 120,000 and
haven't looked back. I can't believe
how well these trucks hold their retail
value either. My next vehicle will be
This car is one of the best cars I have
ever owned - it saved my life. I was
in a major accident in my Toyota
4Runner. Hit a cement barracade head
on and walked away. The front of the
car was completely demolished, but the
inside wasn't even damaged everything
was fine - the seatbelt held like a
champ, the air bags deployed. The
police, the tow guy, the collision
repair guy, and even my car appraiser
were in awe that I walked away from it
with just a bruise and burn from the
seatbelt. I will never buy another
vehicle other than a Toyota - Thanks
Toyota for making a great car that
saved my life!!!
It's fun to drive.
How can you improve on a vehicle that
was made so well and that saved my