1987 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

1987 Toyota 4Runner 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance364000 miles

Faults:

Clutch cylinders 10,000 miles ago.

Fuel injectors 20,000 miles ago.

Driver's seat is worn.

Rust around fender wells.

Plastic grille cracked (my fault).

I need a new A/C.

General Comments:

I wish I could find another one for a future spare, as mine keeps running and running etc.

Only one time stuck, high center on a four foot cube of ice in five feet of snow. I chiseled the ice and drove away.

Hard to find replacement outside mirrors; I have a habit of squeezing through things too narrow for my mirrors.

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

Review Date: 23rd May, 2013

1987 Toyota 4Runner DLX 2.4 22RE from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 22RE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired169855 miles
Most recent distance179565 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Not even a blown oil pump could kill my 4Runner

Faults:

At 174K miles the timing chain guide failed, so I had to get a new timing chain, oil pan gasket, and other seals on the engine, seeing that basically the long block was the only thing not taken out of the engine bay to do the work on the timing chain.

At that time, also replaced the radiator, which was from 2001 (subject to Fresno 100+ degree summer weather).

Also replaced the water pump as a precaution.

The car began to leak oil soon after, but didn't get around to taking it in, as the car is my daily driver, until 2 months and 4,000 miles later.(kept up with oil level in engine however).

When I finally got it to the shop, the mechanic discovered that the truck had sheared off the gear in the oil pump, creating a hole which the oil was leaking out of, and no oil was being pumped through the engine... FOR 4,000 MILES.

Have my truck back, better than ever. Going to start with replacing the seats with the SR5 seats, mild 2 inch lift, 33" tires, new paint, new dash, and this thing will be on the road for another 20+ years.

General Comments:

When I first purchased the truck, I was kind of mad at myself, as I had had almost the exact same truck a couple of years earlier, when I had an '89 4Runner that had an astonishing 332,xxx miles on it when I sold it for $3000, and I still see it from time to time on the road where I live.

I have actually had 4 other 4Runners, all 1st generation, all reliable as anything (except for my '88 SR5 3 point slow. You guessed it, blown head gasket at 220K).

The other 3, 22RE powered, all over 200K, all never broke down... EVER.

It's just a pickup with a rear bench, and a camper shell, so it rides as such, and may be a little underpowered, but as far as a daily driver that's fun to drive, decently sized, and gets good fuel economy, and is cheap as anything to insure, operate, maintain, this is the perfect "fun" truck. Hence the draw and value increase the remaining 1st Gen 4Runners are experiencing.

Stay away from the '88-'96 3.0 6 cylinder powered 4Runners, the engine is junk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2010

1987 Toyota 4Runner DX 22RE fuel injected from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 22RE fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired450000 miles
Most recent distance520000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Old reliable, on-road or off!

Faults:

The drivers seat has worn poorly.

Front manual locking hubs needed to be replaced.

Front drivers side CV shaft needed to be replaced.

Leaks oil.

Rear drivers side wheel cylinder needed to be replaced.

Minor shake at high speed (65mph).

General Comments:

This vehicle thrives in an OFF-road environment. I've spent many days out camping in the twin-bed sized cargo area.

The seats are a bit small for me (5'10"), but it didn't feel really cramped inside.

Getting things out of the cargo area can be a little annoying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2009

1987 Toyota 4Runner EFI from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission EFI Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance218000 miles

Summary:

The best thing ever built

Faults:

The radiator went out.

Due to rough use, the timing chain. Which is just routine maintenance.

The inside is perfect. Seats hold up after constant use after 22 years.

General Comments:

If you do not have one, get one. This car has put everything it has come in contact with to shame.

It does great on beach, and will drive by full size trucks like the 4runner is on pavement.

It is light, which makes off road great. Have been mudding in this for about 3 years now, and have had no problems. although I did back into my mail box; not the car's fault.

The car is wonderful. I would not trade it for anything. It has been in my family for 3 generations and we will not let it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2007

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews