1999 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4

Summary:

I will always stick with the 4runner

Faults:

In 2018 I put brand new:

- Front shock & coils (struts).

- Rotors, calipers, pads, flex hoses.

- U joint at diff.

- Lower ball joints.

- Outer tie rods.

- Rear bumper ends (2).

In 2019 brand new:

- Injectors (6).

- Plugs, wires.

- Fuel filter.

- Coil (middle).

- Coolant temp sensor.

- Timing kit (entire kit with water pump).

- Thermostat.

- Engine belts (2).

- Rad hoses (2).

- Radiator.

- Muffler.

Considering I bought this very cheap, it's not too much and now its all new.

General Comments:

I bought this as cheap as I have seen in 4 years+ of watching for deals.

The AWD works.

4x4 low/high works.

Rear diff lock works.

Trans shifts awesome.

Engine has zero blow-by.

I'm into it for approx 1/3 what a good one sells for.

Next one I buy I now know how to fix everything. I plan to stick with 3rd gens for as long as I can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2019

1999 Toyota 4Runner SRT V6

Summary:

Amazing reliability

Faults:

My 4runner is now 19 years old, so certainly things have worn out and needed to be replaced. Two clutches, one catalytic converter and muffler. I replaced the shocks only once in 19 years, which is probably wrong, but the factory shocks never seemed to have issues until the truck was 17 years old. Amazing.

Other than that, the usual parts that wear out: batteries, brake pads, spark plugs etc. All the usual stuff.

I have always pre-maintained the truck to avoid any catastrophic events (to the degree this is possible) and it has never ever left me stuck at the side of the road.

General Comments:

With 380k miles on her, I now just keep my 1999 4-runner because I want to see how long she will go. When I was a kid, a car getting to 100k was astonishing. This thing is almost 4 times that and it still starts up every time I turn the key. She is old, has her scratches and dents, but just keeps going.

I was hit from behind by a Honda Accord at about 30 mph and the truck didn't even show a dent. The rear tow hitch took the hit and got paint from the Accord on it, but that was it.

I will say that even though I have owned it for almost 2 decades, I never thought it was a great looking car. Has some plastic details that I think look bulky. The gas mileage is just so-so, averaging at 17 MPG.

But I have used the crud out of it. It has spent many winters navigating deep snow. I have taken it on many camping trips on fire roads; some very rough. I have not pushed it off road over huge boulders, mud bogs etc. But I have used the 4x4 to get places and keep my family safe regularly.

And after that, it is my daily driver and gets 100 miles a day for my round trip commute.

I am so impressed with the reliability of the beast, that I am a 4Runner owner for life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2018

1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4

Summary:

A very impressive vehicle, that will last a long time if cared for properly, and easy to maintain

Faults:

Mostly general maintenance issues from the previous owner.

I have replaced the following:

Fuel filter, 3 fuel injectors, rear axle seals, all brakes, valve cover gaskets were leaking, radiator, all lubricants, lower ball joints, tie rod ends, spark plugs (needs dual ground NGK plugs only), plug wires, PCV valve. I'm sure I've missed a few.

That said, this truck runs like it is new, even with 160,000 miles. Many of these go well over 300,000 miles. Here are some special notes that I wish I had known about before buying this truck.

* Please be aware of the strawberry milkshake. It is a big problem, but completely preventable. Please note that the radiator is directly secured to the truck body, and not isolated with rubber like a typical car would be. The truck's stiff suspension will shake the radiator hard during its lifetime. The transmission fluid cooler, which is integrated into the radiator to maintain proper transmission temps, can break inside the radiator and mix with the coolant. The transmission will be ruined if this happens. Spend $120 and replace the radiator every 100k miles. You don't have to do it, but if it fails, it will cost you thousands $$.

* Also, these trucks have a known lower ball joint failure issue, which will also be catastrophic if it fails. The design on these has the stud pointing down with constant separating force applied to it. Newer T4r have fixed it by orienting the stud upward. Again, replace the lower ball joint every 100k miles. It won't give you warning before failure, and is difficult to test for slop.

* The rear axle seals were redesigned in 2003, and are difficult to get to seal properly. Make sure you check the rear brakes for signs of gear oil leakage. If you can't do this yourself, only let a Toyota dealer do the repair and get a warranty on their work. It sounds worse than it is, but otherwise these are great trucks. I speak from experience with my new to me '99 4runner with 160,000 miles on it.

* You can upgrade the front brakes to the 199mm Tundra calipers and rotors if you have 16" wheels. The bigger brakes will get rid of the shake when applying the brakes. These are the biggest weakness of this truck in my opinion.

General Comments:

I really like it. I bought this for my daughters after their Honda Civic was destroyed in a minor collision. MPG is around 17 city. A small price to pay for safety IMO.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2012