This is my 4th Toyota and may prove to be the best vehicle I have ever, or will ever own. Make no mistake, this is a light truck chassis. It rides and handles like a box on frame pick up truck. I had to replace the starter motor right after the warranty ran out. Irritating, but that's the only problem the thing has ever had. A service at 78K miles indicated that the original brake pads and shoes were only 40% worn, and I drive hard. It would be a fine family hauler with its stock 180 or so horsepower as long as you don't mind the truck like ride. I added a TRD Supercharger and Exhaust System which has made a huge difference when entering the freeway.
With the back seats down, you have the equivalent of a 6' bed. It's amazing what you can fit in the thing. The electric rear window on the tailgate is a nice feature (I don't know whay more SUV's don't have that).
I leased this suv new in '99 and wound
up buying it. Got stuck with Toyota's
wonderful 5yr lease and racked up the
miles. Anyway, its been a great truck.
All I've really done is keep up on
regular schedualed maintenance. The
design is nice. The power rear window
is great for dogs. It handles a lot
better with larger tires then the stock
225/70's it came with. It runs great
and I still get compliments about its
design and looks. It's an excellent in-
Rugged style. Ground clearance. Power
rear window. Reliability. Overall
handling and stability for an SUV. Ease
Gas milage is dismal for a 4-cyl. Not
much highway power. Accessories are
still overpriced. During highway
driving on cruise control transmission
has to downshift going up minor hills
to keep up the speed.
I bought my 99í 4Runner for two
reasons: 1) Looks and Reliability. I
bought it with 160 miles from a
dealership. 115,000 miles later, I am
not disappointed. All the maintenance
I have done to this truck is change the
oil (every 7K miles). I havenít had ANY
problems with it. This truck was build
to last. Engine is solid with respect
Looks and Reliability
More horsepower please!!! and better
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