My grandparents bought the 4Runner new in 1990, then passed away in 1991. My mother inherited it and it was her main vehicle until her death, when I inherited it. It has been garaged most of its life, so the paint has held up well. My mother added some crappy after-market stuff (like fake chrome and pinstriping) that I may have removed someday. Overall, it has been a great vehicle. It has a lot of cargo space and the rear heater is nice in the winter. I have learned how to drive it. It isn't very powerful, so I have to take it out of overdrive to climb hills and I can't count on just pulling out in traffic (it doesn't accelerate well). The gas mileage is surprisingly poor: 13-17 mpg. I need new seals in the engine as well, but that's just age. It is pretty reliable, though, and I am glad I have it. It is paired with a 1995 Toyota Corolla, my main vehicle. This 4Runner was built during a time when Toyota stood for quality! Twenty-five years old and running strong.
The 3.0 L V6 is one of the worst engines ever made there are serious problems with the head gaskets. I own one and it has gone through 2 head gaskets in less than 200,000 miles at a cost of $1500 to $1800 each time. Do not buy these vehicles! Toyota will only replace the gasket one time but refuses to accept that it is a design flaw not only a gasket problem.
I have had my 4Runner for 10 years now having bought it used with 75000 miles on it. It scared me at first because I thought I was driving a truck after owning a small Honda Civic. This baby has been through thick and thin with me. I have used as a true SUV and not a show car like I've seen in California. Some have complained of now guts or power. I have the V6 engine with a 5 speed and have NO complaints. The 4 wheel drive works like a charm. I wouldn't own an automatic in a SUV (show car) and I have 250,000 on it and I'm considering a rebuild before it dies. I love this car!
Fun to drive, excellent body style compared to the newer ones. Great engine and can definitely tow as I have. Virtually maintenance free and did I say she's beautiful to look at!