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4.63 out of 5 stars

247k miles and still kicking!

jnp16, 08/01/2012
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV
17 of 17 people found this review helpful

I got this car 7 years ago at 150k miles. I'm now nearing a quarter of a million mi (247k). I've had to replace several things, but nothing unexpected and this car has only left me "stranded" once (hole in radiator, so if you count pulling over to put water in as "stranded"). This thing takes a beating from me--I offroad often and it takes 300miles trips constantly as I go back and forth from school (for 6yrs). Couldn't ask for a more fun, better looking, more reliable car! I plan on running this thing into the ground, and at 247k that still seems far away! Things changed: o2 sensor, radiator, timing belt, rear axle seals, booster, ignition, 1 fuel injector. Spread out over 7yrs, NOT BAD

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5 out of 5 stars

Great SUV

Andrew, 01/11/2018
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
13 of 13 people found this review helpful

In the 80's when the 1st generation Toyota 4Runner came out I want to buy one but back than it was too expense and I cannot afford to buy one. I waited and waited for a long time until 1998 I finally afford to buy me a 1996 4Runner. I own this vehicle even since I bought it from a used car dealer. The SUV still running today. All I did is changed oil every three months, replace spark-plug, wire , buy new tire and do alignment that's it. This SUV is 22 years old and still running like new. I own this 4Runner for 20 years now and I still love it. One of the thing I need to do next is to put a new paint on since the car is 22 years old and the original paint is fading out. Every pieces of the car still have the original factory stickers on. If you are looking for a SUV Sport, I suggest you buy 4Runner. I told my wife I will restore this vehicle and keep for a long time. I also own a Acura MDX 2007. Compare both to each other the 4Runner is better then the MDX.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Great SUV

Picky, 10/12/2002
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

I drove 3 Cherokees over 200,000 miles each, but wanted even better reliability since I drive 40,000+ miles per year in sales. I looked for 3 years until I found the 4Runner I was looking for. The reliability factor was just as great as the reviews said. All I have had to do is change the oil and struts. I have already driven it 120,000 miles. I would definitely buy another.

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5 out of 5 stars

Beat This At 350K and Still Kicking! One Owner

KKSnowTravel, 10/26/2019
1996 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV 4WD
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Everyone told me a Toyota will go to 300,000 miles if you take care of it. I vowed to make it to the 300,000 miles. Now I am on bonus miles. I selected the options I wanted and purchased brand new in September 1996. Everytime this vehicle made a noise I replaced the parts to ensure this vehicle would make it over the mountain passes without breaking down. It never has broken down. I cleaned and vacuumed it once a week. To top it off - after 23 years the everything works on this vehicle and it is pristine inside and out. Everyone wants to buy this vehicle from me, even my mechanic. I wonder how many miles it will really go - I plan to find out.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

158,000 mile 4 runner

AAW, 11/07/2003
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Except for a head gasket recall paid for by Toyota this vehicle has been great. The rear seat is uncomfortable for adults & teens on long drives. Rear seat riders cause a harsh ride over bumps as well. With AC running gets 18/21 MPG. Without AC gets 19/24 MPG. No problem driving around in 20 inch snow. Pulls my 2,800 lb boat/trailer OK. Pleasure to drive. Don't like the unconventional tail lamp bulbs - (expensive at dealerships). Too bad Toyota hasn't got the Jade Green Metallic paint and good intruments on new 4runner models.

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