1999 Toyota 4Runner SRT V6 from North America
My 4runner is now 19 years old, so certainly things have worn out and needed to be replaced. Two clutches, one catalytic converter and muffler. I replaced the shocks only once in 19 years, which is probably wrong, but the factory shocks never seemed to have issues until the truck was 17 years old. Amazing.
Other than that, the usual parts that wear out: batteries, brake pads, spark plugs etc. All the usual stuff.
I have always pre-maintained the truck to avoid any catastrophic events (to the degree this is possible) and it has never ever left me stuck at the side of the road.
With 380k miles on her, I now just keep my 1999 4-runner because I want to see how long she will go. When I was a kid, a car getting to 100k was astonishing. This thing is almost 4 times that and it still starts up every time I turn the key. She is old, has her scratches and dents, but just keeps going.
I was hit from behind by a Honda Accord at about 30 mph and the truck didn't even show a dent. The rear tow hitch took the hit and got paint from the Accord on it, but that was it.
I will say that even though I have owned it for almost 2 decades, I never thought it was a great looking car. Has some plastic details that I think look bulky. The gas mileage is just so-so, averaging at 17 MPG.
But I have used the crud out of it. It has spent many winters navigating deep snow. I have taken it on many camping trips on fire roads; some very rough. I have not pushed it off road over huge boulders, mud bogs etc. But I have used the 4x4 to get places and keep my family safe regularly.
And after that, it is my daily driver and gets 100 miles a day for my round trip commute.
I am so impressed with the reliability of the beast, that I am a 4Runner owner for life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2018