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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Toyota 4Runner Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 183 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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  • Pros

    Great looks and ground-pounding performance make the 4Runner an ideal choice for people who love the great outdoors as well as those who just want to look like they do.

  • Cons

    Steep price and choppy highway ride temper our enthusiasm for this otherwise outstanding truck.

  • What's New for 1998

    For 1998, the Toyota 4Runner gets rotary HVAC controls, a new four-spoke steering wheel and revised audio control head units.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Just bought it and love

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

I used to own a 2000 BMW for 3 yrs. I never thought I would love another car but I must say for a old big suv, I love already. I sold the BMW cost me way too much to fix and broke down on me all the time. I've had my 4runner for about a month and it's sooo fun to drive and runs great! Even tho it has 165,xxx mi the ac is icy cold and with my kids they have ample room to grow in :) I love that rear window that rolls down and its classic look. I put a new timing belt in so I hope shell last me a life time.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1998 4runner has rusty frame

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

I just discovered the frame on my 4-runner is rusty just like the Tacoma's. It is rusted on the drivers side rear wheel where the leaf spring "A" bracket is welded to the frame. The bracket is structurally sound but the frame, not so much. Serious safety issue! Emailed Toyota a week ago and my email has been pushed to management review. The frame is the same frame as the Tacoma and it has the same results but no one else seems to be bringing this issue up. Please examine your vehicles as this is a potentially deadly situation.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Most favorite vehicle i have

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

I bought this 4runner new and just hated the 33K plus change sticker but have never regretted the purchase. It has around 114K miles and is just as tight as it was the day I bought it. It is easy to drive and I think the perfect size and does everything well. I can tow, take a trip, or buzz around town comfortably. It just feels like it will run for ever. I considered a new 4runner 2010 or newer but after reading the reviews on Edmunds have decided to keep what I've got. Newer models do not have the quality of other generations. If you can find one of these in good condition-buy it.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Twelve years out

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

Loved this car from the day my parents got it new; I took over in 2001. For its time (gas near $1/gal, economic boom, popularity & size of SUVs exploding, but before "green" went mainstream), it got good MPGs (few less than 1998 Camry). I get close to 15 MPG with a lead foot in city driving. I've found acceleration from a stop or from merging excellent (V6). I even contemplated putting weight in the rear to improve takeoff handling. Interior fit still tight & looks better than Tahoes up to 6 yrs newer. Only standard, elective maintenance. Bottom line: I could be driving a higher-end new or nearly new car, but this is still my first choice; & dad wants first dibs on buying it back.




My 1998 toyota 4runner sr5

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

I've had this SUV since new. The only thing needing replacement was the Antenna Mast. (TWICE} I just can't imagine with all the quality of this vehicle, the the Antenna Mast is a piece of junk. I know I'm not alone, because I belong to a few Toyota 4Runner SR5 sites and almost every person has had at least one or more Antenna Mast replacements. For a 6 cyl. engine it has great power. And comfortable ride. But for a 6 cyl. the MPG. is terrible. 15MPG City 23MPG Hwy. I've never towed anything with this SUV. I'm sure it would hold up to the task. Every 3 years I have the Transmission Fluid Drained and Filled thru the Coolant lines in and out of the radiator. I live in very hot climate.




My toyota 4runner sr5 2wd

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Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

I was pleasanly surprised with this 4Runner. Rides smooth, no interior or exterior rattles. Steering is great in town and on the freeway. I feel the 3.4 engine has more than enough power for my needs. The A/C is great and all passengers get the cold air. The fuel mileage could be better. I get 16 mpg in the summer months with the A/C always on. In cooler weather without the A/C on I get 19 mpg. This is all city driving. On the freeway 24 mpg is the norm. I do use an K&N air filter, and synthetic oil, and Toyota oil filters. And 87 octane fuel. It's great SUV. I plan to keep it many years.



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Full 1998 Toyota 4Runner Review

What's New for 1998

For 1998, the Toyota 4Runner gets rotary HVAC controls, a new four-spoke steering wheel and revised audio control head units.

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Talk About The 1998 4Runner

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bigjoe5
bigjoe5
06-18-2002
Looking for advice on purchasing a used 4Runner !!...


beachbuggy
beachbuggy
12-01-2005
Do the older 4Runners (1998-2001) have three shoulder harnesses in the back seat? I know they are listed to seat 5 but if they are like our Jeep it is two shoulder harnesses and a belt that goes arou...


quarkster
quarkster
03-24-2013
gets fully broken-in. On our 1998 Camry and 2000 4Runner, fuel consumption continued to gradually improve until full break-in was achieved at ~6-8k miles. 270HP V6 acceleration is shocking in a vehic...



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