1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L from North America
An outstanding and reliable vehicle
I just noticed for the 2nd time, during a tire rotation, that the left rear wheel seal is leaking. This occurred once before at 6 years ago. A half a day's work and it was fine until this week. Apart from that, there has been nothing else wrong.
This 4Runner has 61,000 original miles on it and it is amazing. I purchased it new when we needed to upgrade to a larger vehicle. I sold my '90 Camry LX with my wife crying to get this SUV. We both loved that car. The Camry as well did not have one problem in 8 years. Before I purchased my Camry, I was Chevy guy. But seeing what was coming off the line in the late 80s, I decided to go foreign. My father brought a 1975 Toyota Corolla for his office, and all 12 of them drove that thing all over. It lasted for 12 years, putting up with all types of driving styles, and it only went in for routine maintenance, so based on that I decide to go Toyota, and I have not looked back.
This 4Runner has never had its A/C recharged and still blows cold. The front disc brakes are original and they still spec out fine. Rear brakes were changed out when I had the other rear brake seal leakage. All the hoses and belts are also original with no sign of drying or weak spots. Brake fluid is changed every year.
Original shocks for this car are a bit stiff, but I liked it then as I do now. It's an amazing vehicle that I plan to have for many more years.
Most of the driving has been highway with several trips over 2200 miles, and it is a joy to drive. It has been loaded to bear on those long trips going through mountain ranges, and it was then I wished I had put on a blower, but it wasn't that bad.
I really cannot see purchasing a new car until this one dies, it performs so well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2015