1995 Toyota 4Runner V6 from North America

Summary:

Doomed

Faults:

3 blown head gaskets. After my second blown head gasket, my mechanic (who is a Toyota specialist) informed me that there was a recall, but mine was not included. He also explained why it had happened a 2nd time. The head gaskets do not fit the head correctly. I have just blown another head gasket at only 131,760 miles! My current mechanic showed me a recall sheet that shows that Toyota knows there's a problem with the 1995s, but only certain ones were in on the recall, mine is 3 months short. It also states that Toyota says the problem was corrected in 1996. I called Toyota and was given the explanation that mine is not in the recall so I will not be receiving any help from them. I'm a 55 year old woman who does not drive like crazy! I feel Toyota knows they have a problem and should be liable for my cost of repair!

General Comments:

Other than 3 blown head gaskets???

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

Review Date: 3rd October, 2016

1995 Toyota 4Runner Limited SR-5 4x4 3.0 litre V6 from North America

Summary:

Good truck other than the motor & gas mileage

Faults:

Radiator, starter, RS brake caliper, battery, oxygen sensor, mass air-flow unit, rear springs, brake pads, small smog parts, and sunroof switch.

General Comments:

Too slow and heavy. Under powered.

Gas mileage not that good. Around 16 MPG.

Rear springs sag.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2015

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 22-RE from North America

Summary:

It's cheap on gas, reliable, and tough

Faults:

Since I've owned it: leaks at valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, exhaust manifold gasket. Sticky throttle body cable, hole in muffler. Rusted rear window carriers inside the tailgate.

In 2001 the engine overheated for the previous owner while towing, resulting in an engine fire and a total rebuild of the 22RE motor.

General Comments:

My most recent 4Runner is a 1995 4-cylinder 22RE, originally from Nevada, so rust is minimal. It was brought to BC in 2003. Now, in 2015, it has no body or frame rust and runs great! With any 20 year-old car, I expect a bit of wear, but there isn't much. It starts every time and goes places I'd never expect a stock 4Runner to go (up mountains and through water, over rocks, climbing hills, etc). It is an amazing 4x4! I've given it a complete tune-up and I make sure I give it regular oil changes. Back window works, heat works.

It starts every time, has taken me on many road trips, and is great on gas, being a 4 cylinder. Even the battery is 6 years old, but it never fails. It might not win any races, but I don't drive fast anyway.

My last 4Runner was a '91 V6; I bought it at 300,000 km (186,000 miles) and I never had any problem in the 2.5 years I owned it, except for ball joint replacements, a few oil leaks, and expected wear and tear of brakes, shocks, and tires over time. It was a 3.0 gas guzzler, so I ended up letting it go in search of a 22RE. I'm so glad I did!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2015

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

Pain in the $%#^!

Faults:

I bought the car from an old man who used it as a vacation car. The truck ran fine for the summer and fall, then it all went down hill in the winter. It blew a cooling line through the block. I fixed that, but 3 months later it overheated, so I replaced your basic stuff. Nothing worked; took it to the mechanic, he tells me blown head gasket. Not covered by the recall. I won't buy another Toyota unless it has the 22re motor.

General Comments:

Fun to drive, except not much power.

Not reliable.

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

Review Date: 11th July, 2011

29th Mar 2012, 12:41

I love my 4runner... I bought it after the previous owner had replaced the head gaskets.

I've had a few problems that were easily fixed; thermostat, alternator, fan clutch, but it's not as bad as they make it seem.

Very reliable, I've put over 80K miles on it, and I paid only 5K for it.

Overall, I don't regret my 4runner... 4x4 has rarely been used, but it works great all the time.