1993 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0 from North America
Just because you buy a Toyota, doesn't mean it's going to be a good vehicle!!!
Brake calipers keep sticking and warping my rotors. Replaced calipers and rotors. The problem will not go away. At first I thought it was my driving habits, but this has never happened on any other car I have ever owned. Toyota brakes are hard to work on.
The power steering pump has gone out twice. It is impossible to remove the pump without first removing the pulley; ridiculous! There is no easy way to get the pulley puller in the engine compartment. I had to use a few tricks to pull this one off.
The interior plastic quality, in this vehicle, is poor! My dash is beginning to crack. I have never ever had a dash crack on my American cars! Not to mention the various other plastics around the car that are showing ware. I am not very hard on my vehicles so I think this is a weakness.
Overall, its not a bad... Car. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a truck. Its just not robust enough.
I have to say, the paint for a 1993 Japanese car is outstanding. My 4runner still looks brand new. The Germans didn't even have the paint process down in 1993. The seat material is tough too!
The other cool thing about this vehicle is if you are into off roading, parts are very inexpensive. Used parts are easy to find and cheap too! Just hope you do not have to fix anything internal to the engine or drive train because parts (quality parts from Toyota or NAPA) can get expensive. Toyota's can be great if you are savvy enough to do automotive repair yourself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st April, 2007