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Almost 160,000
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By playboy3484
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1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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This is the first car I have purchased and I love it!! It has a lot of miles on it but it still rides smooth and performs great. I did get a tune up and replaced the starter but that was it(which wasn't bad considering I paid $6900 for it). My insurance company said the value is at $12,500 so it really keeps its value. Just keep the oil changed and it will love u back. I'm driving it until the wheels fall off!!


Best Features

The design inside and out, automatic rear window, DEPENDABILITY, decent power, ride height, plenty of space, off-road capability, like it better than the newer models.


Worst Features

I understand why the cup holders are designed that way but its still uncomfortable, could drink less gas(especially for a college student budget)


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LOVE it !!
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By Romer
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1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought my SR5 4WD 4Runner new in '97. 8 years and 88K miles later, only the antenna has stopped working. I have done all of the scheduled maintenance on time and 8 years later, I am averaging 20 MPG. The ride is fair for a truck based SUV. The power is also fair but not enough when I was towing my boat. Would not trade it for any other SUV.


Best Features

Reliability, Reliability, Reliability


Worst Features

Sound system could be better.


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238,000 miles and still going strong!
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By DeFoor
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1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


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This is my 2nd 4 runner. I have only replaced the water pump and timing belt. The truck still looks great inside and out. If you want reliability Toyota trucks are the way to go. I expect to get at least another 150k. I don't drive like you mamma either, these are hard miles. The 4 wheel drive is there when you need it, it will climb some steep hills. If you are worried about good dealer service- don't, you will not need it!


Best Features

Sun roof, leather seats, Stereo, 4 wheel drive


Worst Features

Don't Change a thing.


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238,000 miles and still going strong!
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By DeFoor
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1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

This is my 2nd 4 runner. I have only replaced the water pump and timing belt. The truck still looks great inside and out. If you want reliability Toyota trucks are the way to go. I expect to get at least another 150k. I don't drive like you mamma either, these are hard miles. The 4 wheel drive is there when you need it, it will climb some steep hills. If you are worried about good dealer service- don't, you will not need it!


Best Features

Sun roof, leather seats, Stereo, 4 wheel drive


Worst Features

Don't Change a thing.


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Reliability
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By clow
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1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV


Review

After having my 4Runner for 3 years, I can say that it is a very reliable SUV. I purchased it with 101,000 miles on it in 2002. I am now at 161,000 miles. Other than changing the usual, such as oil, filters, etc. I have recently replaced the shocks, struts, and battery(the old one was the original). The truck starts at the turn of the key and eveything still works, including the air conditioner. I have nothing, but good things to say about Toyota.


Best Features

My truck is equipped with the power moonroof, which I enjoy very much. It also has the premium sound system with the mirror mounted tweeters.


Worst Features

Nothing.


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