1991 Toyota 4Runner LN 130 2.4 turbo diesel


If you get a good one, these things are allround gems


The head went about 1 month after purchase... suspect head bogged up for sale re; Chemiweld.

New 3L head now on 3 years later truck running really well.

The alternator looks like it's failing at this moment!

Apart those problems it's very good.

General Comments:

Great to drive off road on dirt etc, but can wander a tad on the bitumen.

Wheel alignment checked out; spot on!

Generally a very safe tough machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2008

1989 Toyota 4Runner KZN61 1KZ


Buy Toyota


Minor electrical stuff; mostly due to deep water (1 - 1.5 metre) fording.

Seats wore out.

General Comments:

Totally indestructible. The door seals still seal and nothing rattles despite probably 800000 ks of hard river off roading. It has carried 1000s of pigs, deer etc, and never complained.

Goes wherever I want it to. Tows whatever is hooked on. Top family recreational vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

1988 Toyota 4Runner SSR 2.4 turbo diesel


It looks great, extremely reliable and economical - buy one!


My car has independent front axles and unfortunately the front right axle has lost some bearings and thus is slopping around in its casing.

Rear window and wiper are causing several trademark 'clunky' faults. Drivers electric window stops halfway up.

General Comments:

My car is actually a Surf, but they are practically the same. Overall I love my Surf, great little Turbo Diesel engine.

The plastics are typically 1980's quality, but is is my favorite car.

I sometimes drive it like it's a sports car, which I shouldn't do I know, but it goes really well.

I am a big fan of the really tight steering.

All things considered, for the age of the car and all, I would rate the car at a 9 out of 10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2005

1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2.8 diesel


A great buy


Front stub axle was dry, just needed greasing.

General Comments:

This car took a while to get used to power wise after driving a 6 cylinder petrol. It goes OK now, but it really needs a turbo for overtaking etc.

It is a tough car and goes any where I want it to, I have fitted an overhead console for my 6 stacker and UHF. Its got a snorkel, bullbar and side steps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2005

1987 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2.4 EFi


You should definitely buy one of these


My oxygen sensor has just started to play up after 264000 kilometers.

General Comments:

This car is the best 4x4 I have ever driven (having driven Suzuki Sierras, Toyota Land-cruisers and a couple of Nissan Patrols)

The car is very, very impressive on and off the road, but it feels much more at home when off road.

I have had this car airborne 4 or 5 times now (on trips to the sand dunes) and it still lives after much abuse - however now I am trying to cut back a bit.

The only thing I have done to the car is putting on a set of 32" BF Goodrich All Terrain tires - the car goes anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2004

1992 Toyota 4Runner Wagon 2.4ltr 4 cylinder petrol


All up best 4x4 built


The clutch burnt out at 195 000km.

Suspension crunches on full lock.

General Comments:

The 4runner is a great 4x4, go any where and not get stuck.

They can get a bit squishy on country trips when the cabin is full and large amounts of luggage.

They are carbied so if you get that tuned and put on extractors and a high flow exhaust the power increase is huge.

Power Steering is a bit too light, seems floaty at times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

20th Mar 2006, 17:40

The suspension crunch you noted is actually the steering stops rubbing up against each other with the wheel moving up and down. Just lube them up and it will disappear.

1988 Toyota 4Runner SSRLtd 2.4 turbo diesel (2LT)


Great Truck!! Beware the Turbo Diesel..


Replaced the broken automatic hubs with manual Super-Winch hubs. I've found it's much safer to replace any auto hubs with manual ones regardless...

Electric door lock and passenger window switch contacts.

Rear window motor sprocket stripped its teeth. (hard not to find an identically stripped motor)

Rear leaf springs sag. Fixed by fitting extended shackles.

What's really sad is this particular Turbo Diesel (2LT) engine has a reputation for cracking its head. As a result, I am having a bit of a challenge finding a replacment...

General Comments:

Over all, this has been a great on and off-road truck. When it was running it was very economical. It'd be on par with, or do better than the Mrs.' little hatchback...

In my research, everything that has ailed mine seems to be the standard traits of this model (LN61 '86 - '88). It's just a shame that this includes the lack of integrity of this turbo diesel engine.

Otherwise Its been an awesome truck... I wouldn't buy another with the same engine again, but it may just be worth upgrading it to something more powerful anyway, could be a blessing in disguise...

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

Review Date: 8th July, 2004

4th Jan 2009, 21:15

Weld the regulator teeth, then use a dye grinder to reshape the teeth.

I had motor brushes custom made for the window motors. Are you interested?

I wish we could have gotten the diesel turbo in America.