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1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 3.0 Ltr V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Ltr V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Rabbit

Summary:

Worth the money paid for it

Faults:

Water pump leak at 13,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 65,000 miles.

Brakes replaced at 60,000 and 130,000 miles.

Air Conditioning hose leaked at 145,000 miles.

Power Steering pump leaking at 155,000 miles.

General Comments:

The truck has been extremely reliable. All the earlier problems such as the water pump leak and head gasket leak were fixed under warranty.

The cost of repairs are generally more expensive than other cars but they are few and far between. Good maintenance is the key. I replace the transmission and differential fluid every 25,000 miles. The belt and hoses every 4 years. The radiator coolant every 4 years. The fuel filter every 25,000 miles.

I intend to keep it till it falls apart.

The rest are just age-related.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance364000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Virtually unstoppable!!

Faults:

Clutch assembly@ 300,000.

Wire from fuel pump corroded causing car to stall (second time this vehicle left me stranded in 10 years)

Wheel bearings.

Gas tank, fuel filler neck.

Alternator replaced twice most recent at 352,000.

Tie rod ends, stabilizer links, idler arm.

Water pump died at 345,000.

Wire from EFI grounded on front fender causing fuses to blow constantly-this was a perplexing problem, but my mechanic neighbor helped me sort it out.

Rear window track corroded, and wiring got ballsed up, so I hooked up a direct wiring system in order to use the window. This apparently is a problem on all older 4 Runners in places that have snowy slushy winters.

General Comments:

Most problems I have had with this vehicle are age related. This vehicle has been to the depths of hell and back and has given me very few headaches. The 2 door model is a bit cumbersome for passengers. I have a newer 4Runner now, a 1995 with 263,000 (I plan to drive this one until 500,000) -nice vehicle, but have had a few minor problems with it already, such as heater relay switch, head gasket. Would love to be able to afford a brand new one, but they cost $$$$$$$$.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Clumsy and used too much gas and had no power

Faults:

Brakes.

Wheel bearings.

Paint.

Transmission didn't like to shift from park.

General Comments:

When my 1988 Buick LeSabre was stolen, my parents insisted on buying me a Toyota 4Runner. I was totally against it because the old versions were slow and clumsy. They bought it anyways and it turned out to be a big mistake. We would have been better off keeping their 1991 Plymouth Voyager.

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

Review Date: 8th March, 2001

11th Jun 2001, 08:13

The reason you got such bad gas was because you had a automatic they suck up more gas and have less take off than standards.

11th Jun 2001, 14:37

Occasionally a lemon may roll off the production line, this is a unfortunate truth of mass production. But I've got to say that your comments are totally unfounded. These are some of the most reliable vehicles out there, and with regular maintenance and care they will run forever. You can't compare a car to a truck, that should be obvious. Of course it is heavy and clumsy, it's a truck. But will your old Buick get you to the top of a mountain? Will it get you through a snow storm safely?

1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

After 325,000 miles, I needed an engine overhaul. Only once has the car not started and that was because of a dead battery. I needed to replace the motor that provides power to the rear window. The cassette died after 300K. The CD is erratic now. The power antenna sticks sometimes when it retracts. Except for the CD problem, this car was problem free until 300k miles.

General Comments:

Before the engine overhaul, I never had any problems with the power train. The transmission may need to be replaced in the next 25,000 miles. After 320,000, the SUV passed the California smog test easily. I will keep this truck until it literally dies. This is the best and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I am 50 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

26th Aug 2002, 14:03

Lucky You, I have a 1990 4rnr with 116,000 miles. So far; Radiator installed wrong, replaced. Blown head gasket - replaced. Blown engine- replaced, 2 repair jobs on front differential, ABS system replaced, Power steering pump replaced, heater switch/resister bad- replaced, power sun roof broken (est 1379.00 repair), waiting. Constant alignment problems - on-going, rust in rear wheel wells - fixing, lights stopped working - short due to dealer installed alarm, 9 years of problems with not starting when hot - dealer alarm caused problem. Bummer!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 18 reviews