toyota 4 runners


Asked by Apr 25, 2010 at 01:32 PM about the 1992 Toyota 4Runner 2 Dr SR5 V6 4WD SUV

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I have been wanting to purchase an early model to mid model 4 runner to play in the mountains with and take camping. But i have been told over and over to stay away from the 3.0 v6 motors. Does any one with experience with these motors have any suggestions for me????? I really love the 4 runners i now own an 89 Toyota toy 4x4 with a 22re i love these engines with the exception of the slow 4 cylinder but they hold up sooo well. plz help me with some suggestions.


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Justin Goolsby

I have alot of experience with the 3.0 3VZ-E, it was in my '88 4runner, this truck and engine went through hell with me, it had 234,532 miles wen i got it, i put it through many mudholes that fullsize trucks with V8's couldnt get thru, this truck wouldnt get stuck unless the frame got bottemed out, alot of the mudholes were with slick tires, its been up many hillclimbs and has played on many mountains, this is the toughest V6 that i know of but on the other hand and prolly why every1 says to stay away from them, they are a bitch to work on, the engine is STUFFED under the hood and to fix 1 minor problem u have to take like 3 other parts off to get to wat u need to fix. I love this truck to death, alot of fun offroad memorys really fun just a pain in the ass to work on. i dont think ill ever get another 1 of the 3.0 3VZ-E v6's in a toyota, they to much to work on wen sumtin goes wrong, id still to the 2.4 22RE or just drop a 350 Chevy engine in it!!

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David Gross

the V6 is just such a pain to work on. You can tear into a 22re in minutes if you ever need to.


Torque specifications were the issue in the 3.0 they had a Hot spot in the motor and that hot spot caused the most expansion and contraction of the head and its spits out the head gasket first from the under torque that Toyota specifies! Usually #5 cylinder head location! So head work was a main issue , causing overheating to blown engine head gasket! 3.4 engine was a better design! But as my wife believes its hit or miss in terms of mechanical woes! If this helped mark my useful link! Or respond i will reply back Toyota had issues with Head gaskets in the late 80's. ALL their engines had problems and most are traced back to too low of torque value on the bolts they are using. In the case of the people tested the head bolts and found that 72lbft of torque is more appropriate then the 56lbft that is spec.The bolts were still streaching and loosing torque. I have turned head bolts at 56lbft on 7M with only about 50k on the motor.

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