1998 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: Still a great runner
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1998 Toyota 4Runner SUV - Consumer Review

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Still a great runner
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1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD

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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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