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Is my 4Runner a clunker? Help me decide.
I have a '97 4x4 4Runner with 230K miles that I bought used at 180K miles with a completely unknown maintenance history . It is actually a pretty great vehicle, but I am looking at the following in the next six months: brakes($200), tires($700), windshield($200), shocks/struts($450), timing belt($600). In addition to the maintenance, I have a miss that I believe is a plug wire, and my transfer case is leaking, which my mechanic says is probably $300. So, it you add it all up I have at least $2500 worth of fixing to get it to go another 50K miles. The other big ticket item I am worried about is the clutch. It feels fine, but I have no idea if/when it has been replaced.
I live in CO and 4Runners sell for a premium here, but even at that, if I sold it private party I'm guessing I'd get $4000 at most.
A wild card in all this is that my son also has a '97 4Runner, and we could swap several parts off of mine onto his before clunkering mine out. His crossover exhaust pipe is leaking, and that part is $400 from Toyota. He could also get my stereo and front and rear bumpers (his have small dents, mine are perfect).
If I could find another '96-2000 five-speed 4Runner with under 100K miles, I'd just take what I could get for mine on a sale and buy another, but low mile 4Runners of that era are really hard to find now. I refuse to go with an automatic, so the newer ones are out. Toyota killed the 4Runner when they killed the 5 Speed, IMHO.