Don't trust everything you read in
Conumer reports about this SUV. I
purchase my 1997 4runner in August
2002. Vehicle had 57,000 miles and was
a Toyota "Certified" Used Vehicle. Two
months later I noticed a heavy shimmy
when I applied the brakes between 40
and 50 MPH. Then on cold mornings the
transmission wouldn't shift into drive
until the engine warmed up. Took it to
my dealer, $800...!! to replace front
rotors and rear brake drum which had
cracked (still under Certified warranty
but brake parts not covered). Tech
couldn't figure out why the
transmission won't shift when cold...
Smooth, quiet ride for SUV
Better reliability! Seat should go
lower to accomodate 6' plus drivers.
Not much headroom for tall drivers
This thing is awful. Your feet stick straight out in front of you, putting your legs to sleep in the front seat, your knees are in your nose in the rear seat. It's a gutless wonder, with no power. In the shop all the time for piddlin' little things like wrinkling rubber on the running boards, peeling paint, sticking sunroof, you know Toyota stuff. And the parts are outrageous! A new ignition tumbler cost me $120 bucks! It's like driving a two story house down the highway - tippy around corners. It's a wonder my wife hasn't rolled it. It's a pig in the woods - no diff locks=stuck lots. And be careful if you take it off road, it's fragile. I'm going with a Suburban next.
It's got a couple of stripes. Seriously, my wife likes it, so I don't have to drive it. It is really fragile for a 4X4, though.
Boy, where to start? Better fuel mileage. Reduced body roll. Better plastics inside. Better paint. More corrosion protection. More power. Better seating position. Stronger interior and exterior components.
Purchased 4Runner used (w/ 75K miles) from a dealership with high expectations regarding the quality and realibity of a Toyota. At 146K the Transmission went out which is not much better than the Ford Taurus we owned. The cost to replace the Transmission was $4500, OUCH! We decided to rebuild instead which cost around $1800.
Great looking suv from the outside. Wife likes being up higher than the other cars for visibility.
Design a transmission that will live up to the reputation of a Toyota. Move the cup holders so they don't block most of the instrumentaion.
I purchased this with 111000 miles. It is now at 196,000 miles. I've only replaced timing belt, $900 brakes often (due to oversize tires and going up and down the mountain) otherwise just oil changes. One small problem lately is check engine light comes on when gas gauge shows around a quarter of a tank. Mechanic said it could be just the gas cap. I've been told the ride in the back seat is rough but I haven't replaced the shocks nor do I know if they had been done before I bought it. For the last year I have had the roof and hood area start to peel but I have never had it waxed either. I will probably end up painting these areas when they get worse.
Reliability, gas mileage is reasonable, 4wd easy to engage. Nice looking SUV.
1997 4Runner SR5 4WD. Bought it 7 yrs old with 103K miles. Replaced antisway bar link a year later and noticed a lot of new frame surface rust. 5 years since i bought it the frame rusted through. What a shame, it was a typical strong, solid Toyota. It would have run for 100K or more no problem.
Solid all around SUV. Find a clean well maintained and run.
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