1995 Toyota 4Runner Reviews - Page 13 of 16

1995 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles

Summary:

Love it!

Faults:

Blown head gasket with internal leak at #6.

1995 Toyota 4Runner Limited 10/95 production date not covered by recall! Upon investigation, this is a common problem in this engine area! Went to a Toyota dealership who indicated that my vehicle was not covered by a service recall, even the SSB V06. They wanted to replace the engine with a short block, rebuilt heads, etc. for $7,500.00! They had my truck for 4 days and never proceeded with any work.

Frustrated I took the vehicle to another independent shop and by the end of the next day they had the engine apart for a rebuild and had determined the root of the problem! Apparently the head deck on the main block had a slight warp near the area of the #6 cylindar right beneath the area where the head gasket had failed. Other research on this site revealed that one mechanic hinted at staples in the gasket that were prone to failure. Also comments have been made about another imperfection in the engine block that lead to an unusual isolated area of heating/cooling that might result in the failure. In addition to this, there are comments about additional failures of the gasket after initial repairs had been undertaken! Given this I am lead to firmly believe that the imperfection, by Toyota, in my engine block is not uncommon and unless detected, it is not properly corrected leading to further failures in the future!

Comments? Do I have the basis for a recall here? What do I need to do to proceed and initiate a recall with Toyota? Are my observations consistent with any others out there?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

29th Jul 2003, 13:41

I am in the same boat. My head gasket blew on July 1st and Toyota refuses to cover or assist with repairs. My truck has 94,000 miles on it and is in otherwise great condition. I found 46 similar complaints on the National Highway Traffic and Safety website. It is ridiculous that these vechiles are not being covered. There is an obvious defect in the head gasket. Currently I am looking for a engine, but I'm having trouble due to the high demand.

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Deluxe 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired280000 kilometres
Most recent distance282000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

A 4x4 Legend; a credit to Toyota

Faults:

Nothing at all has gone wrong with this 4Runner. It was in pristine condition when bought, and it has remained in this condition. It drives like a new car, and it never stops.

The only complaint is that the rear window does put a high load on the battery to wind it up and down when the engine isn't running, particularly if you are doing a lot of loading. Inside, the 4Runner is immaculate. The seats, carpets, roof upholstery, steering wheel, and dashboard are all in immaculate condition, without the slightest sign of wear. The only problem inside is the "jacket" around the gear stick is losing some of its stitching.

Externally, the car is spotless. It has no rust, and the only fault outside is a few scratches, mainly from driving on gravel roads to work.

General Comments:

I work in a very hilly region of Australia, and I travel on a dirt road to my work. The 4Runner is the 4 Cylinder, 2.4L SR5 model, with fuel carby, as opposed to injected. The 5-speed manual is nice and direct. The 4 Cylinder only lacks at speeds over 100km/h. Under that, it doesn't struggle in anyway, on or off road. On the road, it is quiet, smooth and corners like it's on rails. Off road, it's dependable, stable and never stops.

Even in 2WD, the 4Runner sticks like glue to the road, without the big body roll evident in many smaller to mid-range 4X4s. In 4WD, there is nothing that can stop it, aside from maybe deep water (being petrol, without a snorkel system).

My only recommendation for the 4 Cylinder 4Runner is to run it on higher-octane petrol (regular Unleaded petrol is around 90-91 Octane; Premium Unleaded is 98-99 Octane, and only averages 1 or 2 cents dearer at the bowser). Running on Premium Unleaded, the 4Runner is unstoppable. On higher Octane petrol, it has more power, is smoother in acceleration, has much better fuel economy (250km to half a tank) and is much happier cruising on the open or semi-open roads.

The Toyota 4Runner is a masterpiece for Toyota, displaying every characteristic of strength, comfort and reliability Toyota is legendary for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2003

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 65 reviews