1998 Toyota 4 Runner
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'98 4Runner SR5--great, great vehicle.

by from Golden, CO on August 14, 2010

I bought my beloved 4Runner 5 years ago at 80K and have put almost 70K on it since. I have had ZERO issues with this vehicle, save for oil changes and routine maintenance (factory-scheduled overhaul a...
I bought my beloved 4Runner 5 years ago at 80K and have put almost 70K on it since. I have had ZERO issues with this vehicle, save for oil changes and routine maintenance (factory-scheduled overhaul at 120K and recent brakes--were original and still worked well!). I proactively put new shocks/struts on after buying it as I had a 3" body lift added to keep those running boards a bit up off the ground on some of the jeep trails here in Colorado. The lift just added to the incredible off-road capabilities of this thing. Even with the lift, the vehicle handles beautifully on the highway, tracks straight, corners well, and has none of the top-heavy feeling you can get from lesser-framed SUV's. I've used it for mixed driving typically and, with the addition of a K&N drop-in air filter, consistently get 19.5 mpg, with a bump to 21+mpg on highway trips. Not bad for an auto V-6 and nearly 5000lbs. The seats are comfortable and breathable (and easily cleaned), the back folds flat for camp-in-the-car excursions, and there's plenty of room inside for when you've gotta pack up your home and move. Easy to park in the city, too, with big mirrors for curb-checking and dimensions not so big you can't keep track of the corners like these monsters roaming suburbia today. Easily an overall 5-star vehicle. The only reasons I didn't put 5 for comfort is because, well, there are some REALLY comfortable seats out there, but these are still great for long hauls and bouncing on trails--never any "hot spots." The performance is just fine for a vehicle this size, maybe could be a notch higher (hence the '4' rating), but I live at 6200' elevation and regularly go above 8000', so I have to give some grace here as this would affect most any vehicle save for a big gas-guzzling V-8. The 'features' section gets a 4 only because I wish it came with a locking rear differential standard, but I'm probably dreaming here....plus it has done just fine w/o the locking rear on some pretty tough trails considering how smooth it is the rest of the time around town. If you're considering one of these trucks, look for a well-cared for example with good documentation and has had the oil changed regularly and odds are, you'll have it for 300K--which is my goal. Truly fantastic vehicles and unbeatable reliability in this category.
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Best 4Runner Ever Made

by from Dallas, TX on March 17, 2011

200,000 and this one is only getting warmed up. 300,000 miles is extremely probable and 400k is probable. Very low maint vehicle. 98 is the best looking model in my opinion.
200,000 and this one is only getting warmed up. 300,000 miles is extremely probable and 400k is probable. Very low maint vehicle. 98 is the best looking model in my opinion.
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This has been a sweet ride!

by from Mpls, MN on April 1, 2009

I bought mine used about six years ago. I've put about 130,000 miles on it, so we're now approaching 200,000 miles with nary a hiccup. I did replace the sway bar link, and we've gone through some brak...
I bought mine used about six years ago. I've put about 130,000 miles on it, so we're now approaching 200,000 miles with nary a hiccup. I did replace the sway bar link, and we've gone through some brakes, but that's to be expected especially when you USE your car like I do. It's been perfect for hauling my toddler safely through snow storms, going off to horse shows, and in city driving too. Small enough to fit in parking ramps, but big enough to fit 3 car seats in the back, plus luggage for a weekend at the cabin. It's a sweet ride.
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4Runners - run for 400000.0 miles

by from Windsor , WI on October 4, 2011

Rock solid" 4x4 transportation.We have hade 2 4Runners, 2000 SR5 V6 , 1998 Limited V6 . The 2000 had 2 wrecks , last one total it . The air bags deployed , and seat belts saved my Wife . My Wife walke...
Rock solid" 4x4 transportation.We have hade 2 4Runners, 2000 SR5 V6 , 1998 Limited V6 . The 2000 had 2 wrecks , last one total it . The air bags deployed , and seat belts saved my Wife . My Wife walked away unharmed . We replaced it with the 1998 . It has 173000. miles and rides and runs better than the 2000 . You can't ask for a better mid size 4x4 . Get one today ! So dependable !
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Living with my 4 Runner

by from Houston, Reno on March 4, 2011

My 98 Toyota 4 Runner is one of the best cars I've ever owner. It's easy on gas - 20-23 on the highway at 65-70mph and is so very reliable. It rarely has any issues and when it does parts are plentifu...
My 98 Toyota 4 Runner is one of the best cars I've ever owner. It's easy on gas - 20-23 on the highway at 65-70mph and is so very reliable. It rarely has any issues and when it does parts are plentiful and inexpensive. After 165,00 miles It still goes like a Champ! It tows, carry's loads, cruises, goes in snow and is fun in the summer when you open up the top. The electric rear window is a treat too.
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Buy one if you need a good SUV only 4x4

by from Olath, KS. on November 14, 2007

A little top heavy on the highway! Can go anywhere all the time! Little touchy on the brakes with alot of body forward shift. Excellent vehicle. Mine has ove 160,000 and just replaed the thermostat.
A little top heavy on the highway! Can go anywhere all the time! Little touchy on the brakes with alot of body forward shift. Excellent vehicle. Mine has ove 160,000 and just replaed the thermostat.
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I love my 4Runner!

by from Houston, TX on July 7, 2006

I've had 4Runners for almost 10 years now, since determining they are the best value for your $$, rugged, roomy and reliable. Granted, the engine could use more horses compared to today's models, but...
I've had 4Runners for almost 10 years now, since determining they are the best value for your $$, rugged, roomy and reliable. Granted, the engine could use more horses compared to today's models, but it's roomy, still gets great mileage on city freeways (20 MPG), and I'm stuck on the late 90's early 2000's body style. It's versatile without risking being too inconveniently big for parking and city errands. You might not need a 4x4 for everyday use, but the higher clearance makes it nice when you need to bail off the beaten path for whatever reason. I will always love my 4Runner and doubt I'll ever find a better deal for the $$!
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from San Carlos, CA on February 21, 2012

I've had my 1998 4Runner for 8 years and 125,000 miles and no other car has even come close. It holds everything, handles decently, gets good economy, and just doesn't break. I take it around town, on...
I've had my 1998 4Runner for 8 years and 125,000 miles and no other car has even come close. It holds everything, handles decently, gets good economy, and just doesn't break. I take it around town, on the interstate, and off road - flawlessly. Replacing it now as it nears 215,000 miles. I got an RDX to replace it; yeah guess my camping days are over. I wish it had a scosh more power but at least it has a frame - and a LOW range - nice. Talking myself out of selling it by writing this. Go ahead - try to talk down the price.
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98 4Runner Limited 4x4, the best 3rd gen. 4Runner

by from New York, NY on September 25, 2006

This is absolutely the best vehicle I've owned. I bought this used 4 years ago and to be honest, it still runs like a new truck with over 100k miles on it. I've upgraded the stereo and added a DVD p...
This is absolutely the best vehicle I've owned. I bought this used 4 years ago and to be honest, it still runs like a new truck with over 100k miles on it. I've upgraded the stereo and added a DVD player and subwoofer just to turn the somewhat narrow interior into a concert hall. All these things need are regular oil changes and a tune up at 90k and they'll run forever. I would not give this up for a brand new Ford Explorer, even if I had a chance to trade it in for a 50/50 swap. However, I wouldn't mind the 2005 or 2006 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition, those are pretty nice. Keep in mind this is a truck and won?t ride like a sedan, but when the going gets tough, you?ll make it through.
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One of the Most Reliable Crossovers Money Can Buy

by from Arizona on February 3, 2017

I don't often get my money's worth on things that I purchase. This was not one of those times. We researched for days on the best crossover/SUV. We chose to get (brand new with 0 miles) what is now ou...
I don't often get my money's worth on things that I purchase. This was not one of those times. We researched for days on the best crossover/SUV. We chose to get (brand new with 0 miles) what is now our grey 1998 Toyota 4runner SR5. That was 14 years and 375,000 miles ago. This crossover is as reliable as a tank and as comfortable as a recliner. You can travel 300 miles to Death Valley and then go offroading with absolutely no problems; all while charging your phone, listening to your favorite music, and taking in the views. Gas mileage isn't exactly the best I've ever had with about 19 on average and 22 on a good day; with that, my only other complaint is that the cupholder is literally right in front of the middle air vents so if you have a cup in it, then it blocks the air flow (why I deducted a point in interior design). But other than that, I really wouldn't recommend any other crossover other than this one. It's the best value for your money, it has a 4 wheel drive verson, they're easy to work on (for the most part), and it's reliability knows no bounds. My advice: if you're thinking about getting one, pull the trigger, I guarantee you'll be happy.
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