Just bought my 4 Runner SR5 4wd a couple of weeks ago but now drive it all the time everywhere. Friends are astonished that this is a ten (10) year old vehicle! It has logged 115,000 miles in Canada and was used all year in all weather conditions. Granted the first owners took good care of it but I seen many GM's, Fords and Nissans that were babied but notwithstanding the care, still turned to junk. Matter of fact I previously owned an Explorer and Pathfinder. The SR5's interior is like new and except for a few minor wee dents the exterior and black paint are perfect! The 16 inch alloy wheels have some very minor corrosion but way less than one would expect for enduring ten winters.
Ride comfort and handling in city and and on the highway, roll down rear window, decent gas mileage, full auto front windows,storage capacity, build and finish integrity. Still looks great. Historical reliability. (Bonus, my wife loves it too and she is used to a Lexus LS430)
Nothing that hasn't been taken care by Toyota in subsequent iterations since 1999.
Bought off ebay 7/2007 with 100k, did all of the deferred issues,+ new springs, shocks, 1 " lift, changed all fluids, cold air intake. Great quality (mini Land Cruiser) same looks, better mileage. Better 4 wh drive system. Power is a little weak, gas gauge reads empty with 5 gal. in tank (common) this is a true 300K truck with the right mechanic working on it, 1999's are the year to buy, they sit an in. higher than all the other years. Had a 1993 land cruiser for 14 years, great but sucked gas. This 4run get 17 21 town/highway. Will cruise 90 mph all day long. No oil usage or leaks 285.75 /16 tires & spring spacers & it looks ready for anything, great for anywhere.
Build quality, reliable, go anywhere 4wh drive, ok on gas, tons of aftermarket stuff, I see trains of them headed south of the border all the time, 4 mode drive train 2 wh, full time 4 wh, 4 high lock & 4 wh low lock + neutral for a PTO winch. Bank vault quality for way less than $10,000.
California exhaust emissions is pricey, air box & air flow is wasteful, cheap cold air intake available.
I've owned this vehicle for nine years and 165,000 miles so far. The only habitual problem with this truck are its front disks - they warp much too quickly (on third set). I, also, get around 18 mpg in mixed driving (20 on highway trips), but this vehicle is made for off-roading so its suspension and drive train are beefy. Handles snow great (4WD), but squirrelly in rain (2WD). Very tough truck. My wife was in an accident, ended up going down an embankment, hitting a tree and bending the frame. Not hurt. Through it into 4WD, drove back up the hill and drove home. You can add a lot of gear in back without throwing off its handling. Very comfortable on trips. Well designed dash and console.
Interior design. Retractable rear window. Storage room. Nice room for rear seat passengers. Electric rear heater (very nice in the winter). Heated side mirrors. A/C and heater work quickly. Exterior doesn't look dated.
Front disks warp too easily! Not a good choice for very tall people. Older people have a hard time climbing in.