1998 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: Still a great runner

1998 Toyota 4Runner - Consumer Review

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Still a great runner
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1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


This is our third one. Last two
were '92 and '95. Good looking truck
but is somehow missing the quality and
content of earlier models. Interior
carpet wore through, leather seats
started to tear. We treat our cars
great, but the '92 was immaculate even
after ten years. Did Toyota think we
wouldn't notice the drop in quality
materials?? Motor is strong. Oil
filter is in a stupid location
(again!). Paint isn't holding up as
well either...lots of hairline
scratches. Seats are not nearly as
comfortable as the old '92 model. Much
smoother though on the highway. Love
the rack/pinion steering, longer wheel
base & smoother transmission.

Best Features

Toyota reliability, and fit/finish. Love the stick shift, rack/pinion, smoother suspension, lower liftover for the hatch, clean beautiful design, wife loves the height (shorty) and the safety. Not one single mechanical problem - Go Toyota! Won't buy the next model-too damn ugly!

Worst Features

Same crappy sun visors (this is not 1983 anymore!!!). Gutless stereo (Alpine fixed that). Cheap leather interior (falling apart/vinyl sides). Truck dives too much when you step on the brakes (new bilsteins should fix that). Damn those cup holders!
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