Decent, but Overrated SUV
By workinonjunk on
1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
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.