1999 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: Mixed Emotions

1999 Toyota 4Runner - Consumer Review

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Mixed Emotions
By Juffowup on


1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD


Bought with 20k miles now have 155k. I would buy a Toyota again. Probably not a 4runner just because of the gas mileage 15/18. My water pump went out twice before 100k, dealer said it was a common failure. MAFS went out around 140k. Around 120k the radiator failed internally forcing coolant into the transmission (rare failure), $4500 for new tranny and radiator. Power antenna went out, common failure. Starter contacts wore and needed to be replaced. Coolant line to rear heater broke. Even though it sounds bad, I still like my 4runner. Most failure can be resolved by do it yourselfers with a little research.

Best Features

The 4 wheel drive is solid and has served me well in Minnesota winters and driving to the hunting shack.

Worst Features

The oil drains on the splash/brush guard when draining, causing oil to run everywhere. I removed the lower portion of the guard.
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