1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 3.4 from North America



General Comments:

Hard in operation while turning when in 4X4 mode. A full time 4 wheel drive model added to this line will be appreciated. However, it is a strong SUV which protects my family during an impact. But, with a bit more money, the Lexus RX300 will be a smarter choice with bigger power, more comfortable and better handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 1998

19th Feb 2007, 21:12

I was thinking about buying either a MB ML320 or the Lexus RX300 rather than a 4Runner. Have you looked at the comments pages for these vehicles? 99% of the comments for the 4runner were positive. 99%of the comments for the ML320 and the RX300 are about how expensive they are to fix and how often they fail. I'm going to stick with Toyota, they seem to know how to make a vehicle that lasts!

19th Jul 2009, 13:56

The Toyota 4 Runner is designed for off road use or extreme condition driving when in the four wheel drive selection. When you turn your front wheels, they are traveling at a different speed than the rear, causing them not wanting to go on road surfaces or any other surface with a lot of traction. In a mud or snow condition, the slick surface will allow the slower moving tires to match the speed while slipping. Four wheel drive is not designed for normal use, all wheel drive which contains a center differential is designed for this. Damage can occur when using a conventional four wheel drive system on a high traction surface.

30th Dec 2010, 14:29

I agree with the poster of 19th Feb 2007, 21:12. I love this site, as it gives me an insight into what actual owners think about their cars. The American models are like 50% good, 50% bad, and have many common expensive problems.

The more expensive luxury SUV's don't seem to fare much better on reliability and cost of repairs. The 4Runner is about 95% positive, and that's why I chose it over all the others.