1995 Toyota 4Runner Reviews - Page 2 of 16

1995 Toyota 4Runner 3.0 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance207000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Wouldn't buy another one

Faults:

Head gasket blew, transmission slips.

General Comments:

Great handling and looking vehicle.

Too bad Toyota couldn't fix the problem with the head gaskets.

Toyota should fix their mistakes instead of covering them up. Looks like with most recent safety recalls, that it's becoming general practice for Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th April, 2010

12th Apr 2010, 06:29

Gosh! Another 14 year old car with 200000 miles, which doesn't perform like it was new, what is the world coming to?

12th Apr 2010, 15:39

I cannot believe you are complaining about this... You're right, Toyota should definitely recall your 15 year old car with 207,000 miles on it.

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 3.0 EFI V6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 EFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired171346 miles
Most recent distance177244 miles
Previous carSubaru Outback

Summary:

Absolute dog unless you live on a 4x4 trail

Faults:

Replaced catalytic converter because of failed smog check: $263 installed.

New radiator because original radiator's top tank separated from bending while off-roading: $229 for radiator/thermostat/hoses.

Full-tune up after purchase due to rough running at idle and lack of power, causing check engine light to come on. Plugs/wires/air filter (K&N), etc.: $135.

Electronic switches have a mind of their own. ECT trans switch works 75% of the time, rear window controller works most of the time (always works with key), cruise control is a JOKE, shifts to over 4000 rpm on a level road @ 70 mph for no reason at all. Completely useless!

OD off switch is bad, sometimes causing the truck to run in drive for several minutes until it decides to go back to OD (3600 rpm @ 60 mph in drive).

Various noises, squeaks, poor factory speakers.

Can't fit anything larger than the stock spare under the truck. I upgraded to 31x10.5x15" BFG AT KO's, and I can't carry a full size spare without spending nearly $1000 on a custom swing-arm carrier, or mounting a Safari Rack, which will further affect my horrendous mpg.

General Comments:

This truck is a dog. The 3.0 V6 (150 hp) matched with the auto trans on a 3900lb 4x4 is simply ridiculous! I imagine the 5 speed would be a little better, but I have not driven one yet.

I have owned over 30 cars, most of them old beaters, and even my 1982 Subaru GL 4 spd wagon had more pull on a grade. You have to shift to drive on even the slightest hill, then you are turning 4000+ rpm @ 65-70 mph just so you are not holding up traffic. I cannot believe they sold so many of these rigs if they all perform like this.

I did my research, and it looks like there is very little I can do to improve the situation. K & N intake, aftermarket exhaust, Nology plug wires (all pricey, btw) etc. might get me 5-10% more power, but it is still a dog... the absolute worst I have ever owned!

In its favor is its off-road prowess. Very solid and composed on a desert trail, feels like it will never let me down and can climb some frightening grades. Excellent ground clearance and low-range transfer case. Relaxed and certainly in it's element when it leaves the highway. Drove 100 miles off-road in December through Saline Valley, and had an absolute blast!

I didn't expect the truck to be an economical commuter, but I was hoping for around 18 mpg. With the tires that were on it, I managed that much a few times on long hwy stretches. But then I put the tires I really wanted on the truck (BFG's), and my mpg went into the tank. I'm now getting 14 mpg in mixed driving, 15.3 being my best tank on these tires, and even getting under 12 mpg with about 50% city driving. I CANNOT BELIEVE my eyes whenever I fill up. What a joke!

The next gen (1996-1999) 4Runner has more power, is 300 lbs lighter, is just as capable off-road and gets 3 mpg better. Do whatever it takes to avoid the 2nd gen 4Runners with the 3.0 and auto trans, they are a complete waste of time and money! You will be holding up traffic everywhere you go. Might as well be driving a motorhome! Go with a 1st gen 22RE 5 Spd or save up for a 3rd Gen (3.4 V6 DOHC, 183 hp, 217 lb/ft torque) with any tranny (they have the power to pull the auto).

The truck does look great, and I prefer the styling to any other 4Runner, but I feel I'm stuck with one of the biggest dogs on the road. A true gutless wonder, but hey, at least it gets hideous mpg, right?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2010

16th May 2010, 02:14

Wow, you hit the nail on the head with this review. I have had mine for 8 years. It is a dog for sure, but it is reliable and has a nice ride. I got it with 78000 miles. It now has 165000. Costs about $50 to go 200 miles. It needs more than 200hp to operate efficient. Good quality. It runs killer with a good exhaust system; always run premium with octane booster.

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