What to look for in a 4Runner
vdubchandler Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Toyota
So I finally decided I want a 4Runner, after looking all around for price/look/style I think I would like somewhere around a 94/95/96 are there any major things to look for when buying a 4Runner, any pros/cons to buying one?
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To do that you need to decide what kind of driving you'll be doing. T4Rs are great off-road vehicles. If you plan on doing heavy towing, you'll need the V-8.
The biggest pro of buying a T4R is Toyota reliability. This SUV is built entirely in Japan and is on a real truck ladder frame. It is not a crossover. Very solid and sturdy.
If you're used to gas mileage in the mid to upper 20s, then this isn't the vehicle for you. But it does get decent mileage for a SUV, especially compared to its competition. We have an '08 and our experience has actually been better than what was posted on the window sticker.
The biggest con would be the amount of scheduled maintenance, especially if you have the 4-wheel drive version and tow a lot.
Most everyone I know who has a 4Runner loves it.
also maintenance wise are we talking about high priced maintenence or just the usual oil change/tire-engine check?
4WD maintenance includes inspecting drive staft boots; and inspecting, lubricating and, if you tow, re-torquing the impeller shaft bolt. Nothing too serious, but items that need attention nevertheless.
PS- Any information will help me big time, seeing that I got screwed on my last deal.