1994 Toyota 4Runner Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1994 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Reliable, well thought out vehicle

Faults:

Brakes were bad when purchased.

Small nut behind transmission corroded and created coolant leak. had to drop transmission to fix. $405 in labor for a $5 part install. Ouch.

Oxygen sensor is slowly going.

General Comments:

Overall this is a very comfortable, useful and well laid out truck.

It handles fairly well, has a pretty comfortable ride, and compared with friend's trucks from other manufacturers, I'd say it's definitely my preference among mid-size SUVs.

The only running issue I have is the poor gas mileage. Less than 15mpg in town. I know it's a truck, but it's a smaller one, and I would like to see more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2003

1994 Toyota 4Runner 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

It's an awesome ride.

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 110,000 miles.

Recored the the radiator with 4 rows instead of 3 rows at 118,000 miles.

Replaced O2 sensor at 118,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love my 4Runner. It always gets me where I'm going.

After installing headers and K&N air filter, I can hold my own on the freeways.

It's great off-road and my truck is stock.

The ride is quite comfortable and the leather interior has held up well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

1994 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carLincoln Continental

Summary:

We love it

Faults:

The front end is starting to shake on the highway over 60 mph.

The rear bumper extensions are rusting out.

General Comments:

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I put gas in it, change the oil & that's it. The 3.0 V-6 is poorly under powered & gets horrible gas mileage. And it could also have more front leg room (I think the newer ones do.) My next purchase will be a new 4x4 4 door Tundra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2002

22nd Dec 2005, 16:51

Awesome!!! I work for Toyota, I would reccomend the new 4Runner to you with the v8 over the tundra. Reason being the tundra has an awfully small back seat really only good for Kids, but that's awesome!! Glad to hear it.

1994 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Service Manual Adder - Change head gaskets every 50K miles

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 108,000 miles. After inquiring with the dealership about the history of this vehicle, found that there was a head gasket recall for this year/model's engine and gaskets were replaced, per recall, at 70,000 miles. Therefore, only 38,000 miles on new set of head gaskets. Expensive repair with no identification of the problem or confidence of the fix.

General Comments:

I don't understand the "love affair" with Toyota vehicles. I have owned four, two camerys and one pickup, with poor reliability and high repair costs on each. I think I have had enough.

The most recent is the 4-Runner. It is a beautiful vehicle in appearance, but severely underpowered. Pedal to the metal if driving into the wind at 70MPH highway speeds (not to mention how thirsty the engine is for gas).

The head gasket problem convinced me that Toyota Customer Service could care less about my problem. I just wanted to be sure that Toyota knew why the gaskets were failing and that they implemented a fix! After a letter and many calls with no help I finally got a call from an engineer who essentially said I have a fine vehicle with unsurpassed reliability and not to worry. Boy, did that make me feel better.

On the positive side, most of the controls continue to work and the engine is very quiet in idle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th June, 2002

21st Jun 2002, 11:38

Likely this toyota owner has abused or bought poor used units or lack of proper maintenance. The love affair he does seem to understand is the majority of toyota owners more than pleased with the cars and trucks built. Sure, I would love to buy a Chevy and will when GM finally decides to make a quality truck built to last beyond the payments.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 19 reviews