1996 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L V6 from North America
As far as it's possible to love an object, I love this car
Car started to overheat at 110000 miles.
Driver's side seat wearing badly.
Front rotors need to be replaced regularly.
Mileage is not the greatest (about 16 mpg).
This car is extremely reliable. I bought it from my brother in law, and neither him nor I have ever been left stranded (Knock on wood.).
It handles well for an SUV, has good cargo capacity, and has enough power to deal with aggressive city driving.
Like anything else, maintenance is key. In the two years I've owned this car, I have changed the rotors once, and had those rotors shaved during a brake job. Also had timing belt and water pump changed. This was on me, my wife was pregnant at the time, and I did not want to risk a busted timing belt. In general, all that this car has needed is routine and preventive maintenance.
Recently though, it was overheating and a good flush and boil of the radiator took care of that.
The interior has held very well, all knobs work, AC is FRIGID, all power functions work.
The body has held beautifully in the range of temperature and weather of New York City. Four wheel drive works great in heavy rains and snow/ice conditions. I don't need to have a shovel in the car to dig my way in and out of parking spots. To date I have been able to get in and out of any parking spot no matter how high the snow was piled.
This truck has a really nice look to it, and at 12 years old does not look dated at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2008