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2008 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews

4.6
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New with Toyota....

by from Upstate NY on July 28, 2009

I just purchase an '08 4Runner with a mere 15,000 miles (hardly broken in!) I traded in a '05 Pathfinder, which I bought new and truly enjoyed for the three plus years I owned it. This is my first 4Ru...
I just purchase an '08 4Runner with a mere 15,000 miles (hardly broken in!) I traded in a '05 Pathfinder, which I bought new and truly enjoyed for the three plus years I owned it. This is my first 4Runner and so far I'm impressed. There is quite a bit more room in the 4Runner compared to the Pathfinder. The 4Runner is more plush and drives more like a car. This was something I wasn't sure I'd like because I actually enjoyed the trucky feeling of the Pathfinder. However, in just one short week I'm already loving my new ride! I was looking for something that would tow my 4500 lb camper without any issues...so I did opt for the V8, which is rated at 7000 lbs for 4X4 (althought the V6 is rated for 5000 lbs) but I figured the 8 would be better for more frequent trips. The 4Runner came with a sunroof, 17" tires and radio controls on the steering wheel...all options that I would have wanted if I bought it brand new. It also came equipped with power seats, however, they are not memory - I wish they were because I'm fairly short and my husband is quite tall, so the manual seats or memory would have probably been better in this case, but I'm not complaining, at lease we can adjust the seat height as well. We also have two Labrador's who love their rides and the back has plenty of room for them especially with the rear seat down...it is huge and lays flat (no third row seat). They are enjoying their new ride too! I'm looking forward to owning my 4Runner for quite a long time...
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Purchased a used car

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Great Value

by from Lynn on January 6, 2009

I've done a ton of research before looking at this car. To get this vehicle around 30k is a absolute steal. Very reliable, solid performance, roomy interior.... I've owned a Jeep Cherokee the past 13 ...
I've done a ton of research before looking at this car. To get this vehicle around 30k is a absolute steal. Very reliable, solid performance, roomy interior.... I've owned a Jeep Cherokee the past 13 years and I paid about 20k for it way back then... Don't get me wrong, the Jeep 6cyl is as reliable as they come and it's great in the snow, but it feels like you're driving a car in the 4 Runner. Those of you who have owned a Jeep know what I'm talking about, it's like riding a go cart with no shocks. The only complaint I have with the 4 Runner is the MPG, you'd think Toyota would have it up around 20city 24HW by now.
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Great Car-- My 4th 4Runner

by from Nebraska/Colorado on February 13, 2012

I have had 4Runners for the last 25 years and this is my fourth. It seems to be a real improvement over my 2001 which had 212,000 miles and was very very dependable. This one has some "big tires" to f...
I have had 4Runners for the last 25 years and this is my fourth. It seems to be a real improvement over my 2001 which had 212,000 miles and was very very dependable. This one has some "big tires" to fill. So far after 4,000 miles it is a fine car. Better gas milage and better acceleration. I hope to keep it a long time. I would recommend it without reservation.
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Uses car for Having fun

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4Runner - Love It!

by from Cincinnati, Ohio on December 5, 2011

Bought a used 2008 4Runner in Sept. 2011. Really love the car. Joined a forum of other owners, put a small lift kit on it for $79. The original Dunlop tires are a little hard, but will replace them wi...
Bought a used 2008 4Runner in Sept. 2011. Really love the car. Joined a forum of other owners, put a small lift kit on it for $79. The original Dunlop tires are a little hard, but will replace them with Michelins next year. That's the only thing I dinged the vehicle on. Built like a tank, very reliable. Had it inspected by Toyota before and after purchsing, no issues. Learning to do all my own maintenance. Vehicle is easy to work on. Love it, will take us on retirment outr West.
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Best vehicle I've ever owned!

by from North Bend, OR on December 8, 2010

Love it, love it, love it! I purchased it used with 26,000 miles on it and it still feels and looks like a new vehicle. I bought the V8 Sport Edition with the towing package and the 6 disc changer wit...
Love it, love it, love it! I purchased it used with 26,000 miles on it and it still feels and looks like a new vehicle. I bought the V8 Sport Edition with the towing package and the 6 disc changer with 10 speaker JBL audio system. My friends and family are all envious! They think it's a brand new vehicle and they're shocked when I tell them it's two years old. I love the way it drives, rides and handles. The interior is top notch. The one little thing that is awkward is the placement of the window switches below the armrest. Their placment seems a little low but when I mentioned it to a friend she pointed out that their placement was engineered so that if you have pets riding in your vehicle and hanging ten they won't be pushing the window switches. Makes perfect sense now! I will never own anything but a Toyota!
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2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD

by from Tennessee on March 21, 2013

The car looked like the pictures. The floor mats were missing but they let me get others from another vehicle. I didn't notice but the cup holder (in front of the shifter) was missing. $100 to replace...
The car looked like the pictures. The floor mats were missing but they let me get others from another vehicle. I didn't notice but the cup holder (in front of the shifter) was missing. $100 to replace it. I got a fair deal but had to fly to New York to get it. Did not have much luck getting a carrier to bring it to Tennessee. I would not deal with Plaza Auto Mall, Brooklyn. Took 3 hours just getting papers ready (lost original ones) & a drive out tag. When getting the title change, they had not signed in the correct place. Had to get affidavit filled out and noterized so I could sign it. The clerk at the county court clerk office had to walk them through it. Very nice people though.
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Bought for reliability!

by from Summit Couty, CO on December 2, 2010

Was tentative about an all wheel drive vehicle, compared to the Full Size Bronco, I had driven for 16 yrs, but the 4Runner Sport Edition V8, has exceeded my expectations for snow/ice. Also, V8 was wel...
Was tentative about an all wheel drive vehicle, compared to the Full Size Bronco, I had driven for 16 yrs, but the 4Runner Sport Edition V8, has exceeded my expectations for snow/ice. Also, V8 was well worth it for hill climbs. Only complaint is exterior body hardware, had small fender bender while parked but did quite a bit of damage to bumper, grill, light, paint,etc.
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I have a 2006 and a 2008 4 Runner.

by from Boca Raton, Fl on February 5, 2011

Both cars are amazing...comfortable, very efficient. For the 2006 I had to invest money buying the firs part at 80k miles and it was not even something damaged, it was the pads for the brakes...it is ...
Both cars are amazing...comfortable, very efficient. For the 2006 I had to invest money buying the firs part at 80k miles and it was not even something damaged, it was the pads for the brakes...it is amazing...nothing is wrong with this car....it gives me 20 miles per gallon which is not bad for a car like this. I am very happy with both...
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Best and most practical car to own!

by from Dallas TX on August 16, 2008

I've had 6 toyota/Lexus cars and two of the 4Runners. The 2003 facelift was solid by Toyota. They replaced the faulty front cup holders that shook too much and blocked dashboard airflow. The storage h...
I've had 6 toyota/Lexus cars and two of the 4Runners. The 2003 facelift was solid by Toyota. They replaced the faulty front cup holders that shook too much and blocked dashboard airflow. The storage has been widened in the back. The V8 is very peppy and yet economical. Lastly, the chassis change was smart going from my 98' lmtd to the 03' Lmtd. I ran my first 4Runner to 150k w/o any problems.
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best 30k i've ever spent

by from sprinfield vt on August 10, 2008

We own a 2004 sport edition 4runner. At 40k we replced the tires which were not the greatest to begin w/. We just put new brakes all the way around it AT 80K!!(and the back ones were fine, i just figu...
We own a 2004 sport edition 4runner. At 40k we replced the tires which were not the greatest to begin w/. We just put new brakes all the way around it AT 80K!!(and the back ones were fine, i just figured 80k is a lot of miles lets change them.) This cost about $750 WHICH I REALLY CANT COPLAIN. The brakes and a heat sheild on the exhaust are the only problems I've had in almost five years! I'll take that to the bank. If you are looking for a great suv this is probably the cheapest vehicle to own available to you. And it's really nice. Buy one I'm gonna buy another and give this to my kid! This truck is amazing in the snow as well. We get a lot of snow where we live and I feel a lot better knowing that my kids are in this truck. My pickup truck (4x4) is nowhere near as capable in snow or even mud for that matter. I swear this thing will climb trees!!!!!!!
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