Classy, Tough, Reliable
By Gregorio Franko on
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
138,000 miles to date, and plenty left
on this truck. Have commuted 100 miles
round trip the past 3 years, and never a
worry in any weather. Head Gasket
replaced at 30,000 per "recall" notice.
Around 100,000 miles finally had the
brakes replaced. Rear wheel bearings,
too. Other than that, smooth sailing.
Still has the original exhaust! Some
small rust spots finally showing under
the window weather stripping, and the
bottom of the rear window. The rear
hatch latch is getting pretty rusty;
might soon it won't operate. But the
truck has operated like a champ through
thick and thin. 96 was the last year
the 4-runner's style was best in class,
in my opinion.
A real truck chassis, reliable, strong
V-6, and an interior perfect for both
out-on-the-town dinners and 4-wheeling
deep into the Adirondacks.
Stronger shocks (although lived with the
originals for 100,000 miles). Other
than that, a real masterpiece!