16th Sep 2003, 12:46

Hey Toyota people, my 95 4Runner just blew it's head gasket yesterday. It is not covered under the recall either. I found parts of the gasket in the top of my radiator when I was checking my coolant level. I have just over 100,000 miles on my vehicle and it strikes me that I am suffering from the same problem that the recalled vehicles were. Toyota isn't backing down and I guess I will be classified as a "Churn" client. I will probably spend the money to repair it and then sell it. I will never buy another Toyota product and will lobby anyone considering it.

4th Dec 2003, 14:20

Add me to the list of 95 4Runners with a blown head gasket. 142,000 on the odometer and no problems until today. Has Toyota's stand changed on not repairing 95s?

9th Dec 2003, 14:15

Add me to that same list... Blown Head Gasket on my 95 4runner, 141k miles, called Toyota dealer and not on the list of the recall... something looks wrong here.

15th Dec 2003, 11:00

Me too folks. 1995 4Runner (manufactured in 11/94) with blown head gasket not covered by recall. Otherwise in great shape. Heat stopped working two days ago, took it into shop and was notified of head gasket leak. The VIN number isn't included in recall, even though it's an obvious defect. No more Toyota for me.

25th Dec 2003, 00:27

I appreciate all of the helpful information here, but feel someone confused. The overall review is still a happy face, and you say "Love it!". Should I take this to mean that it's a great vehicle aside from the head gasket problems? I'm in the market for a late 80s-early 90s 4Runner or similar SUV, need 4wd, and a nice price. These mixed reviews are killing me.

7th Jan 2004, 22:44

Strike another down... I also have a 95 4Runner Ltd and blew a head gasket and had to get the warped head machined and rebuilt, costing a solid 2 grand$$. I would really like for Toyota to admit their mistake and take action. I think that the car has held up considerably well otherwise. I will keep driving the 4Runner now that I have invested another 2 grand into it.

10th Jan 2004, 09:20

I just killed my '95 4runner engine. Same problem, but I kept driving and really screwed it up. Does anyone know what a '95 4runner with a blown engine is worth? The best price I've found on a rebuilt engine is $2500 + shipping + labor which is more than I have.


14th Jan 2004, 14:48

The engine in our '95 4runner failed at 95,000 miles, and then the original owner put a new engine in it. Now the body is totaled. We are looking for a '95 4runner with a blown engine, but otherwise in good condition. Reno, Nevada. ybradford@quadrasinc.com.

25th Jan 2004, 09:01

I too must report failure of the head gasket on my daughters 4Runner at 100,000 miles. We currently own three Toyota's, but I would question buying another based on a $3,500 repair on this vehicle with no help from Toyota. I would appreciate any advice on a contact at Toyota.

26th Jan 2004, 20:44

Add me to the list of the blown head gasket cases my went completely today 126,000mi an it is hemorraging water didn't blow the engine in fact I didn't even overheat the engine, my mechanic says it's gonna cost me at least a grand probably 1,100 or more, and I'm pissed. I might just do the work myself, but if this is gonna be an ongoing problem due to gasket material or excessive engine heat why bother, crap I pissed.

27th Jan 2004, 13:33

I'm a 95 Toyota 4Runner that blew its head gasket at 123,000 miles for the tune of $2000. I called Toyota and of course, it isn't on the recall list. I doubt I would ever buy a newer Toyota again.

1st Feb 2004, 12:08

My 1990 4Runner has blown its second head gasket at 102000 miles. It was repaired under recall in 1998. Toyota will not offer any additional recourse. It is losing water and blowing coolant out the exhaust. It never overheated, but the heater quit working. There is no excuse for 2 blown head gaskets within 14 years, I do not care what Toyota says.

5th Feb 2004, 12:46

Same problem. Purchased used '95 in July '96. Have 135K on odometer. Head Gasket went last night. Called Toyota. Their records indicate this procedure was accomplished on my vehicle in June 1998. Will not give nor provide help. First major problem I've had with this truck. Very expensive to fix. Has anyone done this procedure on their truck by themselves? Is it worth it for the amateur mechanic? This sucks! I was a Toyota nut until yesterday. Vehicle is down for the count and I have to figure this out pretty quick. Toyota is no help. When will the gaskets go again if I get them changed now? Any help to this situation let me know...


6th Feb 2004, 10:06

Purchased a used '95 4-Runner, 72,000 plus miles several years ago after having a '90 and replacing the head (under warranty). Sold the '90 and head blew again after new onwer put less than 15,000 additonal miles on vehicle. Toyota would not help.)

Replaced head, valves, etc. on '95 at just under 100,000, due to using quart of oil every 1000 miles. Cost: $3,700 and no help from Toyota.

I love driving the 4-Runner; like its classic style. probably will go to a 4x4 heavy-duty Ford crew-cab next time unless I find a super buy on a '97 or later Runner.

20th Feb 2004, 09:00

I have just stumbled across this website whilst trying to find a replacement engine for my '95 4Runner and believe it or not, it's the same problem! I hadn't realized it was such a common fault.

It has only covered 68K careful miles and the head gasket has blown causing damage to the crankshaft and consequently the need for a new short engine block and the engine reconditioning. The garage bill is likely to exceed £2500! I am very disappointed because I have raved about the reliability of Toyotas in the past.

19th May 2004, 15:51

Oh boy, I wished I'd found this website first. I bought a 95 4Runner off of a lot, passed on the extended warranty (hey, it's a Toyota!), drove 10 miles, overheated, thought,"must be the thermostat" and returned to the dealer who directed me to the local competent foreign car repair shop.

Oops! head gasket, wait, no problem, a recall on those. Sorry, not late model year 95s. Wait! Local Toyota Dealer contacts Regional Mgr. who"doesn't say no" (which local dealer interprets as a "good sign". Just be patient, wait a few days (Regional Mgr. not available). Nope-Too Bad, So Sad. I own 2 other Toyotas, a Pickup and a Celica- but in 30 days I won't own any, ever again. Apparently they're real concerned at Toyota.

14th Jun 2004, 12:46

Just today my 1995 4-Runner (123,000 miles) has been diagnosed with a failed head gasket. The engine never got into a damaging overheating problem, but it still will cost $1,500 to repair, at a minimum.

Anyone interested in getting a class action lawsuit together? I think there are enough people that have had this problem that Toyota needs to own up to the fact that this is an ONGOING problem with this model. It is possible that Toyota has specific information that the late model '95 4-Runners are prone to the problem, hence they have been left OUT of the recall window just to decrease the cost for the recall.

I have been a loyal Toyota owner, my '94 4x4 Pickup has been running just fine, has had the recall repair work done and seems to run fine.

It just seems wrong that Toyota flatly refuses to admit that these models have ongoing problems.