1995 Toyota 4Runner Reviews - Page 14 of 16

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carKia Sportage

Summary:

I can't imagine a better vehicle

Faults:

Axle boots wore out at 118000 miles. Cheap fix.

Clutch wore out after pulling three very large logs and a 5000lb tractor trailer. That was my own fault.

Very difficult to change rear speakers.

Vehicle has some sway with over sized tires, especially on freeway.

General Comments:

The interior of the 95 4Runner may seem small, but I can fit comfortably my wife, three kids and two 200lb Mastiffs.

Very reliable. I don't understand why other cars makers just don't get it. "Look, heres a good vehicle, now you make one."

Agile in the mud, fun 4x4 but expensive parts so be careful.

Power for the basic SR5 V6 isn't as buff as it should be or could be. Some upgrading would improve.

Gas mileage. I feel guilty using it to go back and forth to work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance75432 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

No comparison to 1st gen 4runners

Faults:

Head Gasket TWICE (once at 64k miles then again at 74k, but, it seems they may be going again).

Tailgate power window regulator.

Rust on tailgate and quarter panels.

Power antenna 3 times once before We got it, then right after purchase, then again last year (didn't replace).

Idler arm at 74k.

Currently has no heat.

General Comments:

This truck is not one of Toyotas best. These are all well known problems with these. We will never buy another 3.0L toyota.

Fuel economy is horrible in this vehicle as it is only getting 10-12mpg and that with a top speed of 60mph is not what I should expect from toyota our 1987 Toyota has nearly 180k miles and it's headgasket did not go until 175k miles. IT IS STILL BLOWN, and it runs like a beast able to spin its tires a bit if you want... and still hit 110mph with 20mpg. The 3.0 is a dog and should be kept away from.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

25th Feb 2003, 22:18

It all sounds like my experience since 1999 purchase of my 1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4 with 55,000 miles at purchase, I later after the purchase and being told inferior info by sales staff and management, I was told of it's Head Gasket problems and replacement at 40K miles... I now have 100,000, burns a qt of oil every 600-700 miles is garage kept and well taken care of...oil and filter changed every 3k miles, back window vvvvvery slow during cold weather, even after I paid a fortune to replace disintegrated tracks and rust from inside out...had to buy new wheels other than Toyota's because I could find no Toyota Dealership that could balance the OEM, out of round center hole, Toyota Wheels... now the High four wheel drive is physically engaging on it's own Anyone Else on the gas guzzling turtle.

28th Nov 2003, 20:04

1995 4Runner.

Thanks for the insight. I just purchased a 1995 4Runner last month (October 2003). I too have had a few problems similar to yours, however, I have not encountered any head gasket issues as of yet, although my engine does leak oil. Perhaps this is my queue to keep an eye on the head gaskets. I noticed a fuel smell from above the gas tank. It sounds to me like the fuel sending unit is corroded. Thanks again for the details.

Dan.

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

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petro Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

The most reliable beast I have ever owned

Faults:

Absolutely nothing! Not a thing! The only "problem" that I can think of, and it's not really considered a problem, is the clamps that hold the catalytic converter rusted-off and needed re-welding ($15). I mean this car is extremely tough built, literally bullet-proof. What do you expect from Toyota quality? That's why Lexus are such excellent cars.

General Comments:

Car needs some more power from its 3.0 V-6, 1996+ models got a meatier engine.

Excellent 4x4 capabilities, never seen anything like it in the snow and mud.

Even at such high mileage, car doesn't idle rough at stop lights like most trucks and 4x4's with similar mileage.

HUGE exterior, good luck washing this puppy.

Pretty cramped interior for those sitting in the back seats.

GAS GUZZLER!!

Fine use of interior material, such as soft plastics, fine carpeting, and upholstery.

BIG TIRES GET YOU NOTICED FAST!!

Fairly comfortable ride.

I can see traffic real far from how high I'm sitting in this car, and I have not raised it or anything.

Still not cheap to buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

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