1997 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4 V6 from North America

Summary:

Expensive to purchase, but a long lasting investment

Faults:

The rear springs were recalled and replaced free of charge at 150,000 miles.

The rear axle bearings have been replaced twice now, but I do pull a 3,000 pound trailer.

Other than that, an oxygen sensor was replaced yesterday.

General Comments:

This has been a fantastic rig! It still looks new in and out and I foresee driving it for another 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2004

1997 Toyota 4Runner Limited V6 from North America

Summary:

The best SUV out there!!!

Faults:

I have only had to do standard maintenance on the vehicle - at 100,000 at had all major belts (timing, etc.) replaced as a preventative.

General Comments:

I usually have traded vehicles every 3 years... but I finally found a vehicle that I will keep until the wheels fall off! The integrity of the body after 6 years is outstanding. It has been incredibly dependable. I have many comments that it still looks, rides, and handles as though it is brand new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2003

1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L V6 from North America

Summary:

Probably the best SUV on the road

Faults:

The rear axle seals went out at 42,000 miles and were replaced under the warranty. They failed again at 51,000 miles and the mechanic found that the Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve on the differential was installed back-wards causing pressure to build up and blow out the seals. Once this was corrected there has been no further problem.

The clutch pedal has developed an annoying squeak.

The power is not all it could be in two wheel high pulling steep mountain roads.

General Comments:

A very reliable vehicle. It has never used more than a quart of oil between oil changes at 7,500 miles using synthetic oil. I have used Slick 50 every 20,000 miles.

The turning radius is really great.

In 4-wheel low it will go anywhere you want. I have pulled several Ford Explorers and Nissan Pathfinders out of holes with it.

This is an Alaskan vehicle that was bought from an Alaskan Pipeline contractor who uses nothing, but Toyota 4-Runners because of their reliability.

It is a great car for traveling. Our family of four has taken several very long trips in it, including an 8,000 mile journey through Central America.

It has traveled the Alaskan Highway four times, once in the dead of winter at 40 below zero with 1,800 miles of blizzard conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 from North America

Summary:

200K here I come - Reliable SUV

Faults:

The antenna motor failed at 120,000 miles. This seems common.

The rear suspension was subject to a recall - the bump-stops were replaced with shorter versions, and the springs were also replaced at 100,000 miles.

The starter needed to be rebuilt when it freaked out at about 110,000 miles. My mechanic and dealer said this was also common.

The brake rotors are subject to warping - I'm installing my third set of front brakes; about 50K per set it seems like. I notice the warping at around 20-25K and it gets progressively worse.

The air conditioner died at some point, and was cheaply fixed at 65K. A belt was slipping.

The rear seatbelt is subject to getting caught in the mechanism that holds the rear-seat backs in place against the pillar - one belt is frayed due to this. Later versions of the 4Runner fixed this problem.

General Comments:

This is a great SUV, with just enough power and extremely reliable. I'm on the original clutch at 163,000 miles and still going strong. The gas mileage ranges from 18-21, depending on use. It feels like it will comfortably go another 100K miles, and probably more.

Unexpected maintenance costs are low - the antenna fix was relatively cheap, as were the other issues with the truck. Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4 V6 from North America

Summary:

Over all A Good Quality SUV!!!

Faults:

When I bought the car the antenna Motor and a few little dents needed to be fixed and the dealership did it all free of charge. A few months after I had one minor problem with the starter it would randomly work. I had the dealership rebuild it for $50. I haven't had a problem since. Unlike My old Blazer, I did a bunch of repairs to it before I sold it. The blazer just liked to leak Trans fluid, Motor Oil, and Coolant! The Toyota Hasn't leaked a Drop!

General Comments:

I love my 4Runner. It handles like a Car with the Power of a truck. Its 4Weeling & suspension system are unmatched by Domestic Trucks\SUV, and it sets so much higher than the blazer. The only thing I don't really like about it is the Cup holder and the Gas Mileage. I was getting closer to 21MPG in the blazer and I get about 17MPG in the Toyota. The blazers engine is a 4.3L V6 and the Toyota Engine is a 3.4 V6. You would think that the smaller engine would get better gas, but not so. But a small price to pay to vs. fixing it all of the time. Great Truck, Highly Recommended!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2003