Growing up, i was around two 4runners- a 99 limited and a 00 SR5. The 99 made it to 200k without a hiccup. The 00 had the piss beat out of it- used for manual labor jobs- and made it to over 300,000 while still going. Today I bought my aunt's 99 sr5 with 198k and basically a new everything on it- the family was great about maintenence and had owned it since 56k. I know that my girl will be good for many years to come.
I purchased this vehicle from the original owner with 90k on the clock and currently have 150k on it. In the 6 years and 60k miles I've owned it has given me ZERO problems. Starts up every time, runs quiet, shifts smooth...runs like a top! Not to mention the resale on them is insane. My 1999 is worth more in 2018 than a 2006 Xterra. Ive owned 4 4runners in my life (87, 93, 99 and 00) and in my experience the 3.4 is the BEST engine Toyota ever put in the 4runner. Its a little under powered (as is every 4runner made until 2003), but if you are looking at this vehicle, you are probably more concerned about reliability than 0-60. Ive seen them on craigslist with 300-500k miles on them, and as long as you keep up on routine maintenance. If you love them, they will love you back. Even if you don't love them....they will still love you back
Bought my 99 4runner limited 4wd a couple months ago with 210k on the odometer. Will get over 300k with basic maintenance. Runs and drives better than my wifes 2015 CRV in my opinion. 4wd works great and wont allow you to get stuck anywhere. Love this BEAST!
Excellent value. Just sold the car with 208,232 miles, no reason to believe it won't reach 300K or beyond. The timing belt is expensive to replace, right at $1K every 90K miles, but other than that, general maintenance is all it ever needed.
UPDATE 1/2018: Crossed the 200k mark and this sweetheart is running strong. Fuel mileage is consistent and single digit temps in January didn’t phase it a bit. Put new Kuhmo 265 Crugen HT51’s on and the handling is great. Will be replacing rotors and pads up front soon to deal with a clunk and grab I think is due to slightly stuck pads - only occurs occasionally. Every feature/function on this vehicle works properly as well. Besides that, there’s nothing to report. Still seeing a lot of this generation 4Runner on the road.
Bought this gem in October 2015 with 184k on the clock - one owner, all dealer serviced, etc. A rather rare find. After some back and forth with the dealer, I was OTD at $6800 including taxes, registration and a full tank. Came with Michelin LTX M+S in decent shape - still riding on them at 197k with no appreciable wear. Besides new brake pads/rotors, Bosch 27F-size battery, NGK wires and plugs and a Kenwood Excelon radio, I've done just a little intake and electrical modding to this vehicle. Needs the Tundra brake upgrade - about $300 in parts. Everything works like it should - love the AWD mode for rainy days and have yet to use the 4WD in Low range. Drives beautifully. Fuel mileage varies from 15-19mpg. Comfortable but snuggish, even with my average build and height.