1997 Toyota 4Runner Base 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America
This vehicle is indestructible!
Throttle body replaced 30K miles under warranty.
Rear hatch shut stuck once.
Crankshaft pulley replaced at 235K miles.
Upstream O2 sensor came out of exhaust pipe.
No other problems.
Water pump and alternator replaced before failure as part of routine maintenance.
This car has been a great bargain. I specifically ordered the base model with 4 cylinder engine and manual transmission, no FWD, to avoid major repair problems.
The car has performed near flawlessly for almost 250K miles. I change oil every 4000 miles. It has made ten trips across the US, carrying two adults, a dog, and one or two grandkids in reasonable comfort, along with a load of luggage.
Additionally, we have pulled a 2000 lb. cargo trailer to several arts & crafts shows each year for the last ten years. It still has the original clutch. On trips, mileage averages about 23mpg, about 17mpg around town. Fuel mileage is about 17mpg pulling the trailer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2009