Last post on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#52 of 60 Re: 2000 4 Runner [jen51]
Apr 14, 2010 (4:52 am)
Have some one turn the key while you check the exhaust upon startup - if you see a puff of smoke the rings are weak and I'd select another vehicle - A clean engine with no oil slopped anywhere on the engine, especially underneath, maintenance records/receipts, proof of last oil change, fluid levels in the car as should be the same as tidiness under the hood - does the battery posts look clean and cared for or neglected etc indicate whether someone has cared for the vehicle or not. Drive the car for awhile, shut it off and if it will turn key without problem and you are satisfied with the sounds it makes in the engine compartment then go for it.
#53 of 60 Re: 94 4runner loud noise from the motor when cold [b4viper18]
Apr 14, 2010 (8:41 am)
First off, get over to the board at Marlin Crawler. They know far more about these old 1994 and earlier Toyotas than just about anyone else. I'd recommend it to most of you here with first, second, and third generation 4Runners.
That said, an old 3.0 with that many miles on it that's making serious noises is likely on its way our or will need a large amount of time and/or money to fix. Maybe it's just a cracked manifold or exhaust leak somewhere. Or maybe not - I'm really not that much of an expert on the 3.0 (hence the recommendation of the other site) since mine's the 4 cylinder model.
Oh - my 4Runner has almost 400K on it. I'd rate these old 4-cylinder Toyotas as reliable as any of the older Mercedes or Volvos. The new ones are pretty reliable as well, though far larger and heavier that they really need to be.
#54 of 60 advice about buying a high mileage toyota 4runner
Sep 22, 2010 (9:51 pm)
I need a more reliable car or truck and my friend has a 2006 toyota 4runner 6 cyl..not sport or limited..it has 125,000 miles on it...new tires...one owner...she had a shop upholster it with nice leather seats....very clean and looks new...she said she had no problems with it.....she did regular oil changes...regular detailing.....she said that a dealer offered her $9,000 on a trade ....she was hoping to get about $14,000 (also, I am not sure how much my bank will finance) if she sold it to an individual...is this $14,000 a reasonable price for a 2006 basic 4runner? I was going to buy a new vehicle for security in not having any problems when taking long (2-3 day) trips as I am a single woman....but I have a farm and need something to drive around in the pasture in...so I want something more than a car......and to get something nice it will cost me twice the price of this vehicle...I saw that none of these sold on Ebay when I just looked at this model on the completed listings....but I thought that Toyota was a brand to trust for the long haul....any comments and advice from you guys would be beneficial.....or to put it this way...would you buy this for your daughter going off on her own and feel comfortable with it??? Thanks a bunch! k from texas
#55 of 60 Re: advice about buying a high mileage toyota 4runner [karinas]
Sep 23, 2010 (7:29 am)
If the vehicle was well maintained you should have no issues. As far as what the value is, try KBB.com. Just put in the needed information.
Please keep in the mind the vast majority of vehicles never sell on ebay. Ebay IS NOT a great place to buy/sell cars. You can look at the "SOLD STATISTICS" for just about any make/model and see the same thing.
Yes,I would buy it for my daughter going back and forth to school.
#56 of 60 Re: advice about buying a high mileage toyota 4runner [chuck1]
Sep 23, 2010 (4:30 pm)
My 4Runner has almost 400,000 miles on it and it's my daily driver. I figure it costs me about $1000-1500 a year in upkeep, but that's far cheaper than car payments. And it's got 4x4 and scares little Prius drivers, which is a plus Oh, and I can tow and haul stuff.
In fact, I'd not consider any of the older Toyota SUVs and trucks to be "high mileage" until they hit at least 200-300K.
#57 of 60 Re: advice about buying a high mileage toyota 4runner [plekto]
Sep 23, 2010 (8:00 pm)
Thank you very much for your message! I feel more confident in purchasing it now!
#58 of 60 Re: advice about buying a high mileage toyota 4runner [chuck1]
Sep 23, 2010 (8:01 pm)
Thanks! I feel more confident about purchasing it now!!!
Jan 20, 2011 (2:39 pm)
A good family friend wants to sell me his 1999 4runner for only 4500 with 165,000 miles. Im only 16 so my mother unfortunatly is all im my buisness and says it is to many miles. I need the car to last me at least 4 years and I only drive around town and dont do any crazy things. I didnt know if i should jumb on this deal or try to find another car
let me know
#60 of 60 Re: 1999 4runner [jarrod1994]
Jan 20, 2011 (11:57 pm)
If it's the 4 cylinder, it's nearly bulletproof. Mine lasted about 390K before I sold it - and it still is running somewhere in Northern California as I type this.
That said, your best bet for an around-town vehicle is a ~2000-2003 GM or Ford sedan. A Buick Lesabre or a Crown Vic come to mind. Just be 1000% sure it never saw rental or taxi use.
Something that is reliable, yet depreciates like a rock. I loved my 4Runner, but as a daily driver, it was constantly needing fixing and tweaking every couple of months. It wasn't much, but we're talking about $100-$200 in upkeep every month or two. About half the the cost of a new car lease for the most budget car on the market. Not bad, but not great either. Also, it got 18mpg. City. Highway. Uphill, downhill. Probably off a cliff, even 18mpg and no better.
I finally had to get rid of it as the electrical systems were corroding and falling apart. (it only was built to last 15 years, max, and 20+ is about where switches and electrical components start to fail due to age.
It's *awesome* for a DIYer and incredible off-road, but not a good daily driver if it's more than about 15 years old.