I have trusted it and it broke down once because of a starter that i did not change which is suppose to be changed every 10 years. And since then i haven't had a problem great car. Going to give it to my 16 year old.
I love how reliable it is. I am never scared it has never broke down only one time when i forgot to change the battery. But i love the 4wd!
This is the most dependable vehicle I've ever driven. When we evacuated NOLA during Hurricane Katrina, we left the vehicle parked in our driveway (we evacuated in my husband's newer model 4-Runner). Mine sat in over a foot of water for at least a week and was hit by flying debris (probably part of our roof). When I started it up three weeks later, the engine turned right over; I was one of the only people on my street who just got in the car and drove it away. Since then, we've dealt with canyon-sized NOLA pot- holes, street debris, and true off- road conditions every day. Not a problem. She has cosmetic battle scars, but not a single rattle. 113,000 miles and going strong.
The ride is rough, but then again this is basically a truck. I'd like a smoother ride, but not if I have to give up the off-road capabilities and general "tightness" of the vehicle. Another miscellaneous junk (cell- phone) holder would be nice; I use the cup-holder for that purpose.
I owned a Ford Explorer prior to this
4Runner, and while it was a good SUV,
it just isn't in the same class as the
4Runner. This is a great looking,
well made SUV. There are no squeaks
or rattles - the truck is tight, even
after 50,000 miles. The steering is
very responsive. While the engine is
fine, more power would be appreciated
(and is now offered by Toyota).
This is a surefooted, good looking
SUV, and I can go anywhere I want to
go, and be comfortable getting there.
This SUV sorely needs and upgraded
stereo. It is a "vanilla" sounding
unit - probably due to the cheap
speakers in the doors. Even though you
can adjust treble, mid, and bass, it
just never gets to the place where you
can lean back and say "that sounds
I loved my 4-Runner until the right
front wheel sheered off at the axle at
50mph, the truck then veered to the
right and rolled. I guess it's a
testimony to the truck also that my
passenger and I walked away from the
accident. $14,000 in damages, I don't
want to drive it any more.....