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1998 Toyota 4Runner

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98 4Runner SR5 4WD
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By lindeman23
on

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought the car thinking that I would
get around better gas millage than my
V8 Grand Cherokee and be able to pull
a trailer similarly, but not even
close. I'm very dissappointed in the
power. A downshift is the responce to
even the smallest hill empty. I pull 2
Sea Doos (2200 lbs) and it struggles.
Have replace both O2 sensors (aren't
cheap) and the battery. But it is a
toyota and I now that it will last
forever, I just wish it has a smoother
ride and more power.


Best Features

Great looks, ground clearance, roll down back window, A/C, big tires, reliability, Turning radius, dynamics


Worst Features

MORE POWER 3.4Liter V6???, smoother ride, better gas millage, Better brakes


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Reformed Toyota Buyer
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Run Away
on

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV


Review

Mine needed an engine rebuild with less
than 60,000 miles on it. The car was
gently driven and well-maintained,
using only synthetic oil. I was on a
road trip, seven months pregnant, and I
got stuck 750 miles from home with few
options. The dealership charged me
$5500 to replace the short block -
$4000 in parts alone. There is more to
say about the conduct of the dealer,
but I don't have the space. When I
called Toyota to complain, the company
told me I was welcome to take my
business elsewhere. Toyota would not
stand by its product and did not care
about how the dealership treated me. I
have owned Toyotas all of my life but
will never buy another.


Worst Features

An engine that can take more than 60,000 miles of use might be nice.


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Poor Water Pump Desgn
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Frank713
on

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

59.5 K miles and noted the coolant
reservoir was dry just prior to long
trip Denver to Grand Canyon. Water
pump was leaking and very expensive to
replace...similar to changin timing
belt laybor. Was out of warranty by
time...but I called Go Toyota and they
agreed to pay for the pump, but not the
laybor. I'm happy with the truck, but
dissappointed with the failed water
pump with so few miles...no off road.
Mechanic told me pump was a bad design
by Toyota and it is a common repair for
this truck.


Best Features

Good looking and sturdy.


Worst Features

Toyota should have done a recall on the water pumps.


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98 4 Runner Review
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By brian9123
on

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Just change the oil and keep going.
This vehicle is the standard of
reliability.


Best Features

Shift on the fly 4-wheel drive is a big plus during the winter months.


Worst Features

Toyota has a tendency to stick with what works. As a result, the interior design sometimes falls short of expectations. For example, the in dash clock in the 98 4Runner is the same clock my brother's 86 pickup had.


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Still a great runner
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By RunnerUP
on

Vehicle

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

This is our third one. Last two
were '92 and '95. Good looking truck
but is somehow missing the quality and
content of earlier models. Interior
carpet wore through, leather seats
started to tear. We treat our cars
great, but the '92 was immaculate even
after ten years. Did Toyota think we
wouldn't notice the drop in quality
materials?? Motor is strong. Oil
filter is in a stupid location
(again!). Paint isn't holding up as
well either...lots of hairline
scratches. Seats are not nearly as
comfortable as the old '92 model. Much
smoother though on the highway. Love
the rack/pinion steering, longer wheel
base & smoother transmission.


Best Features

Toyota reliability, and fit/finish. Love the stick shift, rack/pinion, smoother suspension, lower liftover for the hatch, clean beautiful design, wife loves the height (shorty) and the safety. Not one single mechanical problem - Go Toyota! Won't buy the next model-too damn ugly!


Worst Features

Same crappy sun visors (this is not 1983 anymore!!!). Gutless stereo (Alpine fixed that). Cheap leather interior (falling apart/vinyl sides). Truck dives too much when you step on the brakes (new bilsteins should fix that). Damn those cup holders!


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