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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Just bought it and love it already!
By paige808 on 08/18/12 11:33 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

Review

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.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
1998 4runner has rusty frame
By executor on 10/30/11 11:20 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

Review

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.
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Most favorite vehicle I have had-14 years and counting.
By 4runney98 on 10/03/11 20:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV

Review

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.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I miss it
By joetyler69 on 06/17/11 17:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I had my 4runner for a little over a year, and i just recently lost it to a telephone pole... this car was great to me. it was powerful, fun and east to drive. i didnt have one complaint. it even saved my life in the wreck. i put a new meaning to wrapping a car around a telephone pole. the highway patrol declared me dead as soon as they arrived cause they didnt believe anyone could have survived anything like that. but the 4runner saved me. i was trapped and had to wait to be cut out of the car, but i will always be grateful i wrecked in that car. cause nothing else could have protected me like it did
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I named her Baby
By Marcy on 10/06/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4dr SUV

Review

I purchased this vehicle because I always wanted an SUV, but I wanted something reliable! I looked at the Honda CR-V, but being a tall woman 6'0", I wanted something a little roomier! I Loved the 4Runner as soon as I drove it! I know it was overkill to get one so big but oh well! I'm a nurse,so I travel sometimes and need safe/reliable transportation! And this is so it! What can I say, I love it!
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Over 400,000
By Roman on 08/28/10 16:12 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I finally gave up my 1998 4Runner this week. I had 433,000 miles on the car and drove it for 10 years. This was one reliable vehicle. I traded it in for a 2006 4Runner limited with a V8. I don't expect it to last as long but I hope to get 10 good years out of the car.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Just Keeps on Runnin'
By Larry on 08/03/10 12:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I purchased my 4-Runner new and still have it today. I have not had any major problem with it. I had a water pump replaced at 238,000. I take it to the Toyota dealer for regular service only when needed. As of this writing, the vehicle has 259,312 miles. I will be leaving in it next month for Arizona from the Midwest. My only suggestion is, that if you take care of it, it will take care of you.
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Great, Dependable SUV
By UsingCommonSense on 05/19/10 22:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I have owned my 4Runner for almost 12 years. It has been an extremely reliable vehicle. The only problems I have had are the "junky" stereo and the retractable antennae. These are obviously very minor problems. The car just won't die. The V6 is a little on the weak side, but its not too bad. The interior is a little cramped. But, this SUV is a monster in bad weather. In 4WD this vehicle can't be stopped. I can't say enough about how great this vehicles is in the snow. Overall, this is a great vehicle to pick up even after 12 years. If you can find one with modest mileage and a clean title, you will not regret your choice.
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Just can't get rid of it
By barvaz on 04/09/10 11:18 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

Bought it new and have loved owning it. I keep looking to replace it but I just can't. New versions are all plastic. I like steel bumpers. It meets all of my driving needs perfectly. Has manual tranny, sunroof, towing pkg. Repairs through the years include: Antenna mechanism twice. Drivers door mechanism. Clutch. Trailer light converter box. Breaks as needed. Price of gas hurts but it's worth it. I'd buy the exact thing again new if they were available.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
231K miles and counting
By howie b on 03/04/10 18:23 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

I bought this new in 98 and it has served me very well. I drove it 231K miles and now I have handed it down to my son and I got a new (well, an 07) one. One brake job at 185K, no repairs to speak of other than a starter motor. GREAT vehicle. Totally dependable and a monster in the snow. This has been a great vehicle and will continue to serve my family well.
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