Like the review before mine, and almost a perfect ditto:
Apparently there were recalls on 1995 4Runners' head gaskets, so I called the corporate office only to find that my VIN # in particular is not covered.
I have maintained the vehicle regularly. It has a new timing belt.
I have had minor problems that were easily remedied in the past, but now the truck is worth nothing and very expensive to fix.
Toyota is talking 1700.-1800. to have the head gasket replaced.
I just had the Timing Belt, Radiator, AC pump, all belts, hoses, and tune-up done/replaced. I can't afford to have the head gasket replaced right now.
I was really set on trading it in on a new 4Runner until this happened. Now I'm not so sure I'll even consider buying another one, much less another Toyota.
With 4Runners no longer holding their retail value, I knew it was going to be tough to get rid of it anyway; now I'm stuck with a dead truck I still owe money on.
In any other position I would consider this just a fluke, it never overheated before, all of a sudden the head gasket's blown. "Must have been time."
But, after reading reviews on how nearly All 4Runners experience this sooner or later, compared to other cars/trucks "only blowing a head gasket when the engine gets over heated way too badly" I think Toyota stinks for not fixing this for all 4runner owners.
Very bummed, looks like it's back to Nissan's from now on.. No more Toyota's!