Very reliable. Best truck made!!!
Replaced thermostat around 60,000 miles. It gave me plenty of warning (about a month) because my temp gauge would dance around and I asked several people who all told me that it was fine. Finally it locked up, and my temp went way up, so I pulled over and had it replaced. No biggie.
I had the starter rebuilt around 80,000. It never left me stranded, but I noticed a time or two that it would click, and I had to turn the key off and back on, then it would start. I had it rebuilt as a precautionary measure.
Replaced the belts after 100,000. Normal maintenance I think.
Probably one of the most reliable vehicles ever made. I'm spoiled now, because I want a new 4-runner because I know it would be great quality, but I can't afford one. This truck has never let me down.
It drives, handles, and performs well. I mean, it's a 4-cyl 4x4, so don't try to drag race anybody. The power is ample. Off road is excellent. I had it stuck once, but, hey, water was flowing through the cab, so I guess it's my fault. I think if I would have switched to 4W-H it would have came out though.
Interior isn't very luxurious, but, I didn't expect that. It's a truck, not a Benz. Radio speakers are a little weak. No problem, I replaced the factory speakers with Alpines and added more behind the seat.
I highly recommend this vehicle. I don't plan to see this one any time soon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2003