I thought that the Toyota 4Runner is one of those cars that has seen a slow but steady price increase over the past decade, but this next car appears to be offered for a reasonable amount of money. The seller says that it is 2-wheel-drive, which surprised me for a car that is called a 4Runner, but I guess Toyota had a 2WD version for people who needed ground clearance and off road capability, but didn’t need to go off-road. Anyway, the seller also claims it has a V4, which isn’t true unless someone swapped in a Saab Sonett drivetrain, but it is probably the 2.7 liter 3RZ-FE 4-pot. Find this 1997 Toyota 4Runner offered for $8300 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
Most cars have haters. The fast and sporty (Mustang, the Corvette, the 911) have people who love ’em and people who hate them and the same goes for slow workhorses (Beetle, Dodge Ram, etc). But there are a few make/models in the world that might not be universally loved, but they go about the business of being a car in such an admirable way that you can’t hate them…and the 90s Toyota 4Runner is a wonderful example of that paradigm. Find this 1998 Toyota 4Runner offered for $6,000 in Napa, CA via craigslist.
The second generation (N120/N130) Toyota 4Runner is known around the globe for its legendary reliability, ruggedness, and durability. Equipped with Toyota’s 22R inline-4 or 3VZ V6, it was also known for going to distance with basic maintenance and isn’t a bad looking SUV from an aesthetic perspective, unless you hack the rear tailgate off and turn it into a Ridgeline looking El Camino thing…and then…uggg. Don’t get me wrong, usabiliy will be great for tailgating, throwing your boogie boards in the back, or setting up a tarp-tub…but…it isn’t going to win any design awards. Find this 1991 Toyota 4Runner Pickup offered for $5,000 in Canoga Park, CA via craigslist.
The 2nd generation 4Runner (1989-1995) offered a medium sized package, excellent 4WD capability and a refined ride when new. Its typically Toyota reliability has turned it into a thing of legend and if you can ignore the sneers from the guys with Calvin peeing on brand X in the rear window; they are great vehicles. […]
The 2nd generation 4Runner (1989-1995) offered a medium sized package, excellent 4WD capability and a refined ride when new. Its typically Toyota reliability has turned it into a thing of legend and if you can ignore the sneers from the guys with Calvin peeing on brand Y in the rear window; they are great vehicles. […]
Have you ever wanted that feeling of looking at the gauge cluster in front of you and knowing you’ll never explore the right hemisphere of either one? Of course not! But now you can! Making slightly more sense than the the TDI-swapped C3 Corvette we featured way back in October or the Supra-powered 4Runner (also […]
What’s the difference between a Supra with 800 horsepower, 1,000 horsepower, and 1,300 horsepower? About three tenths in the 1/4 mile, or so the joke goes. See, the problem with Toyota’s JZ-series engines isn’t thrust. The 2.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC unit with one, two, or zero turbochargers ensured that, and a broad aftermarket only adds to […]
Time for another Reader Ride, this time from a prolific commenter and SoCal local RyanM who submitted two of his rides. Feature both of his rides? Why not. Especially because RyanM included a picture of his 4Runner with the decaying skeleton of one of the most badass supersonic strategic bombers to ever be built. The […]
The Toyota 4Runner is a well known vehicle for people with off road needs added to city commuting. In 1990 the 2nd generation 4Runner offered a medium sized package, excellent 4WD capability and a refined ride – add impeccable reliability the today used examples are much more desirable than similar condition Explorers and other competitors. […]