1990 Toyota 4Runner Delux 2.8


TOYOTA built to last!!! 4runner on and off road, no problem!!


This is the my first 4WD, and so far I am pleased with it. I take it to camping and fishing, and have never had a problem.

The manual gear box is tight and the steering is fine. I've replaced all the oils and idler arm.

General Comments:

Great car. Toyota is not about performance and power, it's all about reliability!! The car is slow at traffic lights, but as soon as it takes off, no problem setting at 110km/h for long distances.

Change your engine oil every 5000km, and the rest of the oil every 10k, and you will have a very reliable Toyota for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

7th Sep 2012, 12:55

I had my head gasket changed on my 1990 Toyota pickup. Still can't believe Toyota did it. The truck is sooo old. A 2 day job. It's got 338000 km. The V6 still ran good; was using it as a plow truck, but the brakes went on it and power steering fluid was leaking, so it's now been parked for two years. Still no time to fix it, but I don't have the heart to scrap it, as I know it's still good.

1986 Toyota 4Runner LN61 2.4 diesel


If maintained, will last a lifetime


Had to replace rear exhaust flange on the first day.

Had Steering alignment first day as wheel shuddered while driving.

Had rear diff seal replaced in a week of owning it.

Had the injectors and injection pump replaced 2 months after purchase (would have done sooner but had to save the $3000 required).

Had to replace CV joints at start of the year ('09). Passenger side snapped, but replaced both.

Replaced rear tail-shaft uni joints.

Rear window control switch (internal) stopped working.

Head reconditioned 5000 K's before I bought it.

General Comments:

This 4x4 has had a few problems, but I expect that with the age, and I have never had the same problem twice.

Very reliable and with some preventative care and regular maintenance, this truck will last over another two decades.

Bought the truck for $4200, but have easily spent a further $10,000 on it with upgrading, for example, heavy duty clutch, extractors and a 2 1/4 inch exhaust system, K&N filters, snorkel, dual battery system, diff breathers etc.

But that $10,000 also include engine oil changes every 5000 K's, other drive-train oils every 20,000, new brake pads, new shockers, radiator flushes and new coolant.

Plus correcting any of the "Whats Wrong" problems as well.

Basically the previous owners didn't look after it, but with a bit of TLC it runs as good as the day she came off the floor.

The body and interior are not in the greatest shape, but I find it to be a tough and capable truck and would recommend it to someone after a 4x4, but not wanting the big size of a 'Cruiser or Patrol, no need for the Ute capability of the hilux (although spacious as a wagon), and want Toyotas reliability.

Only other thing to say is don't expect to win any drag races with it, unless ya up against the same car, the diesel is particularly a bit of a slug up hills, but that aside I find it great to drive, perhaps I just like living at a slower pace and driving a little slower then everyone else though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2009

1986 Toyota 4Runner 2.4? petrol


Don't waste your money on this model, get a Landcruiser


Well, sorry to rain on the good parade. I had nothing but trouble... I bought the car, on the road, for $5800.

List of things that went wrong:

1. Power steering box reconditioned ($700 approx)

2. NEW LONG MOTOR (crankshaft went)... fitted & installed for $3500 approx. Both these happened 2 months after purchase.

3. New master cylinder, drums, shoes etc for back brakes... approx $800.

4. Electrics in the car are a mess, to say it politely.

5. Exhaust manifold, fixed twice... both came to approx $1500 ea.

6. TPI switch (throttle positioning) CONSTANTLY playing up.

7. Various bits & pieces to fix etc.

8. Fuel regulator, fuel sender, fuel pump, & fuel lines needed replacing... approx $500 total.

9. New master switch for electric windows & heater fixed... approx $500.

10. Upper & lower ball joints replaced, approx $500.

11. New radiator...

12. FINAL STRAW... head gasket/cracked cylinder, dunno which, cause I don't give a rats about it anymore.

I poured over $13000 dollars into this 'car'. What a spectacular waste of money!!

General Comments:

It was great in the bush & on sand after purchasing decent Simex tyres for it.

The very few good things on the car that didn't play up... the transmission, turned on a 10 cent piece, zippy off the mark.

Serviced it regularly (every 7000kms).

All in all, I MAY have just got a 'lemon', but after consulting with a few 4Runner owners here & there... some of these problems seem to be common.

I can't say that this is a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th November, 2008

17th Nov 2008, 09:01

Okay, so you purchased a 20 year-old vehicle with high mileage, and you're complaining that it needed a lot of repairs... Are you surprised? You shouldn't be.

The vehicle was old enough to vote!

22nd Jun 2009, 01:53

Heh, My family owns a 1986 4runner, one breakdown since, only having problems with the ignition. 600,000 kilometres.

9th Jul 2009, 17:11

It sounds like whoever you had fix it was more of the problem. That was way too much to pay for those repairs. I think that you either love or hate Toyota. I have two that are broke down more than they run, but I still like them. My only vehicle that has never left me stranded or stuck, believe it or not, is my 1978 GMC Jimmy. I like my Toyota trucks when they are running right. Sorry you had such a terrible experience with yours.