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.
My favorite features is the rear window that rolls down, and classic power antenna
Stronger body, dents real easy. Rear main seal seems like a pain to fix I gotta do mine soon. Battery dies easily too, make sure it's secure tight or you'll keep dying out like me :)
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.
Everything except the clock and antenna issue.
Build a frame that can withstand road salt.
Build a quality product with adequate corrosion protection so you don't have these issues.
Cutting corners only hurts everyone in the end.
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.
The comfort of the vehicle and I love the sunroof and being able to drop the rear window for plenty of air on warm days. Also has a great air conditioner. I like being able to see ahead from sitting up high. Is unstoppable in snow and bad weather.
Can be annoying on interstates when there is a crosswind. I would like to run regular fuel but
the valves ping if I do not run premium. Manual says minimum 91 octane for V6.
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.
I love the slimmer, nimbler exterior design of the 1996-99 4Runners. When it is fresh and clean it still draws the occasional compliment. Steering and handling of comparable quality to newer sporty sedans. Good ground clearance. All electronics still work. Very reliable truck.
Cupholder placement and design are unfortunate. My design complaint is it rattles (if extended) if you only use one side; also rattles with slimmer bottles or half-empty drinks b/c it doesn't get snug grip. Ride rougher & interior not roomy for those used to newer cars, but that's apples/oranges.
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.
Sits high, offering great visibility. Brakes very well. Seats are comfortable. Nice head room. Love the lowering rear window. And sliding Sun Roof.
Find a reasonable place to put the CUP HOLDERS. Not on top of the CD-Stereo and A/C Controls. I've never used the cup holder because of the DRIP factor on my electronics. And find a way to get better gas mileage. I use K&N Air Filters in all my cars, and my Harley comes stock with a K&N Air Filter.