2003 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7 V8 from North America
Very capable, and a true off roader
The 4Runner V8 is an excellent capable off roader, as well as a comfortable daily commuter provided that you are prepared for the gas costs for the V8. Fuel efficiency wise, the V8 is good on gas when compared to other V8s in the market. The V8 4Runner is also an AWD vehicle that can also be made a 4x4, through engaging the Central Differential Lock via a switch.
The huge problem with this generation of 4Runners is the acute and extreme rusting (build up of rust) at the top along and under the rear window's rubber seal. This rust completely eats away the metal, and is considered to be there as a result of a design flaw.
Overall the 4Runner is one of the best SUVs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2013
11th Dec 2013, 13:38
I suggest you have a look underneath at the frame. You might find a far worse rust problem.
14th Dec 2013, 08:32
There are no rust issues with the 4Runner frames, the frames are better than the frames of North American vehicle manufacturers in strength and durability. You might see rusty frames just because a 4Runner is still on the road and going strong, whereas other vehicles have ended up in the junkyard and are no longer on the road.
The rust issue is concentrated only under the rubber seal of rear window, due to a flawed design.