2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
I bought this truck used in 2011, with 138k miles. Yes, you read that correctly: 138,000 miles! Everything had just been 100% serviced and it was like buying it brand new.
In the 30k miles I have had it (including driving halfway across the country), I have only had 2 issues.
1. I have had the driveshaft (?) lubricated twice due to a "thunk" sound and small lurch when stopping - no charge by the dealer; apparently it is common.
2. This winter, the back hatch has begun to freeze when it's below 30° outside and becomes impossible to open (at least for this gal!). Sort of a pain.
Of note: the paint scratches relatively easily, but I haven't noticed any rust issues. Just irritating.
• Seats are easy to fold down, yielding tons of room - and the cargo area is a great size even with the seats up!
• Excellent interior fabric and carpeting (soooo easy to clean - and that says a lot coming from a dog pro)
• The rear window is fabulous for my dogs to enjoy
• The factory window tint is perfect depth
• the 4WD would climb a tree
• Decent MPG for a V8 4WD vehicle. My vehicle says my "average speed" is typically in the low 20s (small town life) and my MPG varies from 16 (cold months) to 18 (warm months).
• Paint scratches too easily
• Rear gate design - when the rear window is lowered, if it is not lowered all the way or not in a magical configuration with all of the other windows or you are not driving at the correct speed, there is an issue with exhaust entering the passenger compartment. Ick.
• On-the-fly 4WD. Enough said.
Check out the 4runner forums for tips on how to keep up your ride. Lubing the drive shaft is a regular step for us owners and done typically around the oil changes. Also, the rear latch will rot away. Get some silver duct tape - the $$$ kind and cut a piece to fit over the rot and you are good to go.
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