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3rd Generation Toyota 4Runners 1996 to 2002



  • Check my post above, the exact same applies to you.

    As for the cup holders, check out a local junk yard. Call and see if they have your part, theyll probably even pull it out and ship it to you, but if not, pick it up. Unless that drive would cost more than the part at a local dealer. Or try online or may work.
  • Just bought an 02 Limited 4WD w/102k. I replaced the timing belt, water pump, thermostat, hoses, tranny and all gear box fluids, seems good to go
    3 probs: The clock no work so I pulled the trim to find NO CONNECTOR anywhere, the clock was not connected and none to be found anywhere!
    The trans kicks into D fairly hard, from say R, and it sure rides "bouncy"
    my 48 year old wife no likey ride (we went from a minivan ouch). also wierd. The 4wd selector and trans gear selector "move" as I hit bumps.............
    Please advise!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks guys
    U. S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, Retired
    22 years service to my country
  • Greetings all. Can't believe it took me so long to find this forum. I have a 1997 4runner that I purchased new. I'm the only owner and I've put all the miles on it, which currently is 340,000 miles and running strong. No engine or transmission work and just had the rear brake drums replaced this past weekend for the first time. I live in Ohio and the Winters are tough on cars, but this vehicle just keeps on trucking. Best I've ever owned. I'm hoping to keep it for another couple of years and then pass it on to my son who is currently in college. He wants it for hauling his kayak around the country. Anyone currently have a higher mileage 4runner on this forum? Thanks. J
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    340,000 miles and running strong

    Wow! That works out to about 26,000 miles per year which is twice the average mileage of personal vehicles. You must have a long commute. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • You shoulda bought a 97. Can't go wrong. Ever.

    ...Sheesh, Navy guys...
  • Yeah, I got 340,001 miles on mine! Nah, just kiddin'. I only have 153K and counting. But now I have an idea how far I can go. I bought it because we had a baby coming, and last week I told her it'd be the car she takes to college with her since it's running so great and I don't need to get her anything new as long as this one was still going. How cool is that?

    Keep on pressing yours on down the road.
  • Your right, I do have a long commute, about 72 miles a day. I've also taken it across the country twice - from Ohio to Taos New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado, etc., Been the most reliable car I've ever owned. I just had a tune-up and all the fluids changed, rear brake drums replaced (first time) and emergency brake (all parts replaced). A small section of brake line and that's about it. Never had the engine or transmission cracked open, replaced two starter motors, two lifetime batteries, I'm on my 6th set of tires though, even though I've kept alignment up, it seems to chew tires up, I still have plenty of thread, but they cup badly. Oh well, small price to pay. I plan on keeping it until my youngest graduates college - in two years and then give it to him.
  • I have a 97 4Runner and when sitting overnite when it is cold the front breaks seem to stick in the morning when I put the vehicle in drive. If I back up the system seems to release and I can then go forward but the colder it is the harder it is to go forward. Any idea what the problem may be?
  • I have 1998 4-runner and noticed the other morning that it sounded like I had a hole in my mullfer. I went under the truck and discoverd that it was the o2 sensor was not tighten to the exaust pipe because the 2 bolts were missing. I found this odd and when I looked closer the one bolt looks like it had melted and I would not be able to put a new nut on because there are no threads. In the meantime I used a wire hanger and tighted it around the sensor and the sensor is secure to the pipe and the noise is no more. What do I have to do to replace the unthreaded screw so I can install new nuts and tighten correctly ? And what size bolt threads and nut should be used? Thank You
  • pleeppleep Posts: 1
    I was considering buying a 1997 SR5 4WD 4runner soon. I have heard that this year has had lots of problems with the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor and also the TPS (Throttle position sensor). Has anyone else experienced this problem too, or is it something I should not be very worried about? Thanks friends.
  • bman01bman01 Posts: 2
    My 97 SR5 has 122,000k. No problems since buying back in 2006 with 80,000 until recently. About 6 months ago I started noticing that the car makes a loud clunking/ thud noise when I have the clutch in and I'm coming to a stop but not pressing the brakes to stop. I that it was the brakes sticking but not according to the mechanic I took it too. This problem does not occur all the time. Mainly when the car is still cold or not driven for more than a few minutes. So has anyone had this problem??? Is it the clutch, trans, rear bearings ??? Would really like some help or suggestions if anyone has experienced similar problems with a manual 3rd generation. Thanks!
  • I just purchased my 6th 4runner, which is my 3rd - 3rd Gen. It's a 99 SR5 6cyl. I got it from Ohio, it has alot of under carraige rust. I've researched some rust inhibitors...has anyone had experience with under carriage rust....thoughts?
  • hdk82hdk82 Posts: 1
    Much like the 2000 4runner has a continuous 20"+ section on the bottom inside edge of the frame completely gone. It is as much as a half inch tall as well. This is on the right side, just in front of the rear springs. As far as I can tell it is the only location on the frame where it is occurring. I stopped by a couple dealers and they said there is nothing in the way of recall for the 4runner and after filing a complaint with Toyota, they told me the frame warranty is only good for 3 yrs/36k miles....apparently nothing they can do. Unreal.

    Who else has their frame rotting on their 4runner? Have you had any success in having it remedied by toyota?
  • bmcnuttbmcnutt Posts: 2
    Did you get this resolved, I am having similar issues
  • bmcnuttbmcnutt Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 v6 auto 4runner, works great up to 3000 rpm, thens it shakes & stutters & won't go past. The exhaust is really hot, but I told the converter is ok. Its dumping raw fuel as far as I can see. Changed the MAF, o2 sensors, but to no avail. I see other posts with similar issues, but none ever give the final results. Please Help.
  • g2a79g2a79 Posts: 2
    I never got it resolved. I traded it in. The only things that I tried were new spark plugs and ignition coils.
  • We have a 2001 4runner V6 which has overall been a great vehicle. Unfortunately we didn't realize we bought one made to California emissions standards, which has dual catalytic converters :-( so it's more than twice as expensive to replace them, it was almost 2000 just for parts, maybe more now.

    We've replaced the cats along with the O2 and AF sensors 3 times already - first was expensive as heck, OEM, and went out while under a 2-year warranty, was replaced with an aftermarket set to save $ but we had to pay labor. That set went out a year and a month later. We again replaced and again, they went out a year later in late 2010. Our mechanic replaced the sensors and blew out the system and got the check engine light off long enough for us to get to emissions and pass and then believe it or not - the light came back on, on the way home.

    Meanwhile the check engine bulb must have burned out recently, it's been on so long, so even though the light's out I know we've got to address the cats again as it is annual emission time once more. We can't afford this every year, the state could care less about the financial burden, and we'd like to keep the vehicle (can't sell anyway without an emission sticker in-state). Why is the cat going out every year when we're replacing the sensors and keeping up with tuneups and maintenance? We've had a nasty sulphur smell too the last year. (I read that thread btw).
  • udiudi Posts: 1
    I misplaced my back sliding cover and went to a Toyota dealer ship to order a new one and WOW, 618 dollars? Does any one know where I might be able to buy one? I don't need the whole installation kit, just the cover. I really enjoy having it since its great for covering any expensive items, etc.
  • Some ideas here.

    We misplaced ours too -- must have left it at a carwash or campground or something.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I used to see cargo covers in the thrift stores in Boise all the time. Usually the were for Subarus, but if you're in a larger area, you might get lucky. Haven't seen one since I moved to a less populated area.
  • Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been looking for a 2nd vehicle w/awd or 4wd for winter/going to the mtns in WA State. I had wanted a 96' thru 99' 4runner but, wow the used prices for these are higher than any other like vehicles. Anyhow, after a long search I bought a 2-owner 98' SR5 w/just under 190k miles. The timing belt was replaced at 157k. The overall condition is great. The interior is leather and in excellent condition. Outside has a small dent on top of the hood about 3" in diameter. It has a moonroof, roof rack and rear air deflector, tow pkg, running boards. It has the 3.4 V6 w/auto. I also own a 93' Lexus SC400. The two compliment each other very well, LOL. I got inside the 4runner and felt immediately at home.

    -Stephen in Seattle
  • I replaced both cats in the Spring of 2011 on my 2001 4Runner with 199K miles. The independent toyota mechanic advised against the cats coming from chain auto parts stores - will only last a year to 18 months and still cost $400+ for just the parts. The Toyota OEM cats were close to $1200 - too much for an old car. I actually purchased mine directly from a cat manufacturer in New Bedford Massachusetts who had 2 versions (auto parts store quality or a better quality). I went with the better quality and have had no problems for 18 months and the car now has 220K miles. The cat manufacturer recommended replacing Oxygen sensors as they said Toyota cats only go bad because something else isn't working right.
  • hey, did you ever get anywhere with this problem. Mine is the same way in approx the same spot. any suggestions?
  • OK so the 3rd generation 4Runner is my favorite generation and I like leather seats in it. What I DON'T like is the power antenna. Now say I was getting a 4Runner from the factory. Was it possible back then to get a 3rd generation (1996–2002) 4Runner WITH leather interior but WITHOUT the stupid power antenna or is it a packaged deal?
  • BenthereBenthere NorthwestPosts: 1
    I have a 97 4 runner ltd.
    lately i can be driving around with several stops and starts. Randomly when I get back to the vehicle after opening the door with remote / keyless, there is no power to anything, including the ignition, radio, door locks etc. So far, after about 20 minutes, it starts and works for hours or days without doing the same thing then it will happen again.
    I am thinking that it is either a malfunction in the remote/ security system or in the ignition switch. Any body have anything similar?

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