I bought this car new and took great care of it. With 85K miles on it, an electrical fire started behind the dashboard (probably inside the instrument cluster) causing massive damage. All wiring was factory and no work had been done on the electrical system. Otherwise I really enjoyed the car until it caught fire on me.
I've owned this 4 runner for 8 months
now & have enjoyed every minute of the
This is the perfect vehicle for me as I
love to camp/fish,etc so there's plenty
of room for all sorts of equipment.
(I've only used the roof rack once.)
This vehicle performs great on mountain
roads,on dirt tracks & in wet/snowy
conditions, giving confidence to the
driver. Very dependable too, I've had
no problems thus far with just
basic "do it yourself" maintenance.
In my humble opinion,you could do a
lot worse than buying a Toyota 4 Runner.
Spacious interior, large mirrors &
higher ride for observation, responsive
a/c & heater, on command 4WD & overall
If Toyota could improve the mpg I think
this vehicle would be even more
attractive to consumers.
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 have 79K mi. on my 4Runner and it's
been somewhat reliable, but not what I
was expecting from a Japanese vehicle.
The MAF sensor had to be replaced at
65K and I've had to replace the front
brake rotors several times due to
warping. The seats are horrible on long
road trips as there's no thigh support
at all. The rear suspension is too soft
and it wallows and pitche with even
one person in the back seat. Replacing
the springs/shocks with an aftermarket
set VASTLY improved the handling/ride.
Acceleration is OK but highway passing
could be better. The ground clearance
and 31" tires are great. Fuel economy
is OK for an SUV-21mpg highway.
Exterior styling, ground clearance, fit
& finish, cargo room, resale value
Better seats!! Stiffer rear suspension.
Redesign front brake rotors. Needs a
larger engine. Selectable,lockable 4WD
should be available with a manual
transmission. Frame-mounted body
protection instead of the fragile body-
mounted running boards.
This is one of the best vehicles I have
owned. The SUV looks awesome, the
relibility is top notch and it's a very
comfortable family cruiser which handles
the road very well whether it's in the
city or on the highway. The climate
control in this vehicle works extremely
Looks, comfort, handling (smooth ride)
and the fact that it's a very practical
More power, which has been resolved in
the newer models.
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