1998 Toyota 4Runner Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance204140 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

I would recommend this car to anyone

Faults:

The AC compressor started making a whining sound at 200,000 miles. Cost me $900 for a new compressor and labor to install it. I think it was around $500 for the part.

General Comments:

We bought this car with 90k miles and now have 204,000 miles on it. In that time we have only had to replace the AC compressor ($900) at 200k miles, and change the water pump and timing belt (which is routine maintenance). I do oil changes at 4-5k mile intervals, but sometime go to 9k miles without an oil change and have had no problems.

I drive almost all highway miles and get about 21-23mpg's. I fill up about 15gallons and get usually drive about 350miles/tank.

Resale value is great on these cars because they are so reliable.

I have a two wheel drive model, but I have driven 4-wheel drive models offroad and they do great with decent stock ground clearance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2009

1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Best mid-size SUV on the road

Faults:

Rear axle seal on left side began leaking, resulting in the loss of my brakes.

Valve cover seals began minor leakage replaced under warranty with dealer.

General Comments:

My 3rd 4runner I have owned since 1999. Had a 1987 with the 22RE, 1995 5-Speed with 3.0 V6 (extremely under powered for the size vehicle) so I had to upgrade to the 3rd Generation 4runner.

SR5 is an adequate trim level, but upgrades are easy if you like to do your own modifications. Completely replaced the entire interior with leather from another 4runner (96-02 are interchangeable), which really upgraded the comfort.

Replaced the 98 headlights with those from a 2000, which have better projection.

Replaced the center console as the placement of the cup holders in the 96-98 is horrible, you just want to chicken-choke the engineer who designed this fiasco. Replacing the e-brake and center console between the seats, and shifting the switches in the center console, made for a much better lay out (buy a 99-02 and eliminate this problem)

Lacks enough 12vdc outlets in the front, but 99-02 added two to help with this issue.

Rear cargo hold on the rear passenger area is too small to really put any amount of off-road equipment. 99-02 increased the size to allow for more basic emergency and maintenance items.

Visibility is good with tinted glass in the rear passenger/cargo area. Lift gate is easier to use than previous generations, making loading a bit easier without having to lean over a tailgate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

1998 Toyota 4Runner from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles
Previous carToyota Jeep

Summary:

The car was running fine

Faults:

146,000 Blown Engine cam shaft blew through the engine block. Parts of the cam shaft and piston ripped through the engine block and oil pan destroying the engine completely.

General Comments:

Car was running in idle while mechanic was attaching sensors to detect why it was running slightly rough. But there were no real problems that were detected prior to the blow out. Has this happened to any body else. I understand that 146 K is a lot but still to have the engine completely totaled with no real signs of problems seems a little strange.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th March, 2007

18th Mar 2007, 11:30

The camshaft blew though the engine block? Are you sure? I am 99% positive the cam is in the head on these, and find it hard to believe, even if it is a cam in block design that the cam blew through the block. Are you sure it didn't throw a rod instead? I bet this resulted from a lack of routine maintenance. An engine doesn't just blow apart if there wasn't some sort of extreme condition happening to it.

7th Oct 2007, 21:02

He probably meant Crank shaft not cam shaft.

31st Oct 2009, 00:24

Not true, I hydralocked a 1985 4runner with a 22re and drove it for a year with a severely bent rod without damage to the crank or cylinder.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews