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!!
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.