1988 Toyota 4Runner User Reviews

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    Boom! — She's pretty great. Came with 250,000 miles on her. Just took the motor apart to change the timing belt and it was clean as a whistle! New owner to anything besides Volkswagen for the most part and so far pretty stoked on it.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: it goes where ever I point it

    Cons: needs paint

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    Don't Go There — perormance worse than a brick had to run flat out to hit 100k an hour the 2.4lt petrol is just to over worked for size of car ie just over 2tons, on road handling wasn't great. but off road u had to give it its dew all most nowhere it wouldn't go. liked the looks build quality was good never had to fix it. gas mileage was realy bad 60lts in just under 400ks parts are dear to buy,was a chore to drive on highway

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: good off road

    Cons: fuel consumpion

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    Perfect Japanese Jeep — I love my 88 4runner it has a converitble top and is a 4x4. I have the 3.0 v6 matched to a 5sp tranny. The kids like it and I love it. I have been driving it everywhere and everyday. It has over 200k miles on it and hasn't had a hiccup. I would recomend this vehicle to anyone who wants a mans vehicle. extremely relaiable.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: awsome relaiability and build quality

    Cons: rusts easy

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    1988 Toyota Hilux 4runner —

    My 1988 Toyota Hilux 4Runner is a great vehicle, even though it has 300,000 miles on it and 21 years of hard driving under it. Being an old Toyota performance isn't the greatest, but performance was not a priority, priority was to produce a utility that could be used on tough off-highway tracks, and work sights, and it performs great in thoughs areas. Ole' Rusty as my truck is called was factory equipped with the 150 hp 3VZ-E SOHC V6 which is a great engine that is well matched to the truck. The 4Runner is also equipped with the extremely stout R150F 5 speed manual transmission, the transmission is easy to select gears with and feels very firm when put into gear. It has a great semi low first gear, and all the gears up to 4th are very well matched, and easy to change. 5th gear is very close to 4th gear but allows for the engine to only rev to 2300 rpm when driving at 100 km/h or 65 mph. The rest of the drivetrain is built very stout and has not expierenced any breakage or problems it's whole life. The suspension has alot to frown upon, it is very stiff on my model and will pogo stick over speed bumbs,and it is not to the liking of many that are used to the minivan like ride of other trucks. On high speed dirt driving there is very little bump steer and the suspension is balanced and soaks up big bumps without losing traction. Being that the front suspension is a torsion bar independent set up, it does not have alot of articulation, but the live rear axle flexes very well for being oversprung by thick leaf springs. On road there is a lot of body roll and the 4Runner is slow to respond under sudden manuevers, and can very easily get unstable during quick turns, but the truck manuevers very well in the dirt, speaking that is what it was designed for. When you look at the 4Runner it sports agressive, strong lines that not only look good but add to the rigidity of the truck when in a wreck or fender bender, which allows for the vitals of the Toyota to be well protected. My model was the last year to offer the removable canopy that can be taken off and give the cabin an open air feel even though the front seats are still cover by the cab. The air flow is very nice, and unlike a Jeep it doesnot have turbualnce in the drivers compartment so even cold weather doesn't effect you. Just behind the rear seats there is a 2 inch diameter factory fitted rollbar that protects the occupants and helps to solidify the all ready rigid fully boxed frame. The interior is classic, to say the least it is like the rest of the truck in that everything is very solid and rattle free. The 4Runner has very well placed arm rests and climate controls so driving is very comfortable, and easy. Being that my 4Runner lived in Ohio untill 6 years ago, it accumulated alot of salt and debree that rusted out sections of the body around the wheel wells, the frame has some surface rust but the interior of the frame is clean and blister free. Ole' Rusty for about half it's life, was owned by a ferrior, whom just drove it, and drove it hard, on dirt tracks, and fields, and mud, all while pulling a large trailer and haulling hundreds of pounds of horse shoeing material. This took a toll on the truck and now it does have some play in the rear shackles, and front subframe assembly, which are very simple fixes, if the right tools are available. The rust that has accumulated on the front suspension has created one problem when the drivers side shock mount broke, it was easily repaired with a welder. Finally for people that are looking to buy an old first generation 4Runner, make sure if possible, buy one with no rust, and a good mantenance record. They are very dependable, but because of the age care should be taken to make sure that all fluids and lubes are always topped off. If you are a person over 6 feet it might be for you since the cab is based on the Hilux truck cab and is cramped for big people. It's fun to drive and a joy to drive, and will hopefully keep that way for many years to come.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Toyota truck chassis and quality, great off-road performance, easy and realtively cheap to maintain, easy to modify

    Cons: Lack of performance, high center of gravity, horrible road manners, and somewhat cramped cabin for big people

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    4runner Are Great. This Is An 88. — 4Runner are the most versatile vehicle I can think of. They can go from a fully enclosed SUV that seats five comfortably to a mostly-convertible form for summer/beach fun or act as a pickup truck and carry sheets of plywood, piles of dirt or a pear tree for Aunt Mable. They run forever. This one has 200+ on the clock and the engine is still strong. They are great off road. Yes! I take my 4x4 SUV off road! Weird, huh? They are cheap! Bought this guy for under 2K. Hell yeah. I love this truck. Too bad I wrecked it (may be returning from the dead though!)

    Pros: versatility, 4x4 ability, convertablity

    Cons: wrecked the son of a gun.  

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    4runner — well hmm. Its a good 4-wheel drive vehicle. Most everyday i can go outside and it will crank right up. it is very capable.

    Pros: Good low gear, will climp anything you point it at.  Locked in the rear just like it should be.  Plenty of ground clearance.

    Cons: Not enough power. Top speed of maybe 75 mph, which really is not that bad.  Brakes leave more to be desired  

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    Awesome Trail Rig — Well not sure how it is stock but my setup was great! Decent gas mileage. Not a lot of power but enough to do the job I wanted. Lots of room in the front seats and back seats. Removable back top was great for the summer weather. No matter what I came acrossed this thing could handle it, snow, ice, mud, sand, rocks, this rig conqured all. Have no complaints with this rig other then it's a little noisy on the highway and the police really didn't like it. I would definitely own another again, I regret getting rid of it!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Go anywhere, decent gas mileage, interior space

    Cons: little noisy

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    2014 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

    I Get Complements Everywhere I Go By Leightg

    I love this car, i've just decided i need something a little smaller for my family. We had plenty of space on our family vacation and got great gas mileage on the highway (24MPG). Only thing i wish ... Read More

    2013 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

    Great All Around Suv By SSGKeith

    Well designed and practical truck that can work for any situation. Has never had any problems and would own another in the future. It has been a great truck for work, play and ready for the mountains ... Read More

    Take The Good With The Bad, And An Extra Helping Of Good. By pruster1

    I've had the 4runner for about a month now, and abslolutely love the thing for its refined road manners, surrpisingly good handling for a truck-based SUV. The fuel consumption is miserable. Everyt... Read More

    2012 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

    Awesome 4runner By cmoody

    The 4Runner is a tough, body on frame SUV that combines the legendary Toyota reliability into one of the few true SUVs that are on the market today. Love the sound of the JBL audio system and the sate... Read More

    Great All Around Family Vehicle!!! By Moates1970

    4 wheel drive came in great when visiting family up north for Christmas. Gave me great confidence in this vehicles performance in all conditions. 3rd row always a bonus to have when have those couple ... Read More

    2011 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

    Reliable Stylish Suv By Jasonloyd

    Toyota 4Runner has been great. Love the styling. Very minimal maintenance cost. Ride is comfortable in town and on the highway. Could use a little more power and better gas mileage, but I guess yo... Read More

    Worthy By Robert

    Great style and comfort. The newer V6 is far more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The tailgate does not have a push button assist which would be a plus. Also, the SR5 model requires adding a... Read More

    2010 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

    I Love It By Troye

    I love the heated leather seats, ability to tow up to 5500 lbs, and have 5 passengers sit comfortably on a road trip. it has enough room to move cargo from place to place. Also, the automatic sliding ... Read More

    I Love This Vehicle! By kaylasage

    I love almost everything about this vehicle. I cannot think of a more perfect vehicle for someone who needs a little extra room, likes to take the bikes to trails and can fit just about anything in th... Read More

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