The 3rd Generation Toyota 4Runner Is a Great Old-School SUV

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The third-generation (1996-2002) Toyota 4Runner is becoming an icon. Today I'm reviewing this third-gen 4Runner to explain why people love these so much. I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of this 4Runner, and then I'll drive the 4Runner and let you know what it's like on the road.
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  1. Doug DeMuro
    Doug DeMuro
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    Fun fact: when I was in college, I had a friend who owned one of these. Years earlier, she had been messing around with friends and they rolled it over in wet grass. They got it back on its wheels and *drove it home.* She then drove it around - FOR YEARS - with dents on the roof but otherwise perfectly fine. I personally drove it 500 miles from Atlanta to Savannah and back, no issues.

    1. Andrew Nevarez
      Andrew Nevarez
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      Damn, usually when you bend the roof on a truck the engine and transmission stop working, nuts store

    2. Sage W
      Sage W
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      Here in Colorado my buddy had 2 of the second Gen, rolled them both, both able to be flipped and driven for months.. buddy with a 3rd gen also had this exact story happen.

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    4. Sean Lara
      Sean Lara
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      I have a very similar story with my first 3rd gen 4Runner haha.

    5. Toyota Dude
      Toyota Dude
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      @Edward Gloriani that's exactly what I have 😆😆😆

  2. Alex Antonov
    Alex Antonov
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    I would say your scoring system is not very great! I own one of these and being an owner makes me appreciate it more.

  3. Yash Kapoor
    Yash Kapoor
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    Doug: *calls himself a Toyota truck and SUV fan* Also Doug: *has previously owned a 2006 Range Rover and currently owns both old and new Defenders*

  4. N O
    N O
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    You can also roll the rear window down by putting the key in and turning it.

  5. next grips
    next grips
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    I have a 1998 4Runner 6V 2WD; 270,000 miles on it. Love the car, hasn't failed me yet.

  6. M L
    M L
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    Thanks a lot, Doug. Thanks to you I went and bought a '98 3.4L 5-speed. I've had five 4Runners and a couple of Land Cruisers and this video rekindled my love of them. 340,000kms (recent timing belt/water pump/battery), 2" suspension lift, two sets of tires and rims. Needs some minor TLC but it was $4000!

  7. Justin Paone
    Justin Paone
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    Never heard of the offroad use of the clutch bypass. Thought it was used when changing the oil to keep the interior clean. Always liked that button though. I do have to say the previous gen was a more capable truck though. 2nd and 3rd gen are my favorite. Other than frame rot due to dana. Tacoma seemed a bit cheaper made than previous gen.

  8. George
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    I have the same 2000 SR5 4Runner 5spd 4x4, E-Locker and cloth interior

  9. swoloch
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    Spoiler against dirt

  10. Daniel F
    Daniel F
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    Doug, the reason to have the window roll down is so you can put something into the Forerunner while it is towing something - a trailer, a boat, etc.

  11. FireLordCanti
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    My parents had a 3rd gen 4Runner. I wanted to buy it from them but sadly over 300k later, the engine gave out. It was my childhood car I grew up with. Was sad to see it go but they upgraded to a newer gen 4Runner.

  12. Berserker
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    I'd bet that that thing probably sold for 30 grand I've never seen one that immaculate before.

  13. David Thomas
    David Thomas
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    the attention to detail in this car is crazy

  14. Philip F
    Philip F
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    Doug i have to say i'm SO SICK of you giving Toyota, the leader in the industry in reliability 7/10 for quality. This 4Runner deserves a 9/10, second only to the Landcruiser which deserves a 9.5+/10.

  15. dimitri com
    dimitri com
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    I’ve still got the plastic bits for the garage remote lol your challenge is accepted Doug , Keep it up bro 😎

  16. Sergio Ramirez
    Sergio Ramirez
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    2000 4runner with 257k for 3,900 what do you guys think

  17. Chris McKay
    Chris McKay
    13 օր առաջ

    Modern crossovers are ugly

  18. Jacob Chandler
    Jacob Chandler
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    6:10 I've had my 2002 4runner and never knew this! always though those little pegs were funny, just never knew they had a purpose

  19. Soren Stancliff
    Soren Stancliff
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    I picked up one of these 2000 Limited with 128k miles for 1k. 20k miles later and it still runs perfect. Amazing car!!

  20. Stubahn
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    It isn't a "spoiler"; it's a diffuser. Back when you bought your khaki shorts and your older brother gave you that t-shirt, diffusers were quite common on SUV and hatchbacks with flat rooflines and rear windows. Air directed over rear helped clear water and snow from the window. Big Doug "quirk"... it didn't work if driving on the highway in Reverse.

  21. Kay Jay
    Kay Jay
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    I wouldn't buy a vehicle that old with that little miles. Vehicles are happiest driven. Especially these 90's Japanese vehicles. Built to be driven. Give me a high miles/daily driver over this any day. That's just me though.

  22. Delma Cloyd
    Delma Cloyd
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    Where do you recommend I buy cat convertor for California emissions..?

  23. Andrew Weaver
    Andrew Weaver
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    Toyota, quirky but practical.

  24. Alex Larkin
    Alex Larkin
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    This guy is ridiculous and absolutely annoying.

  25. Michael Rueckert
    Michael Rueckert
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    That clutch start cancel button is really handy when your clutch master cylinder goes out an hour away from home too.

  26. Naqib Husseinyar
    Naqib Husseinyar
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    Even Afghanistan has better highways than America

  27. Blah Gigi
    Blah Gigi
    16 օր առաջ

    Next video on the 1st gen rav4.....

  28. james trieu
    james trieu
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    The rear spoiler was put there to keep exhaust fumes out of the cabin should you decide to drive with the back window down

  29. Aj
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    This is probably one of the most normal cars doug has reviewed

  30. alessandro ale
    alessandro ale
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    I love you Doug.. This is the fact! Bye from 🇮🇹

  31. Andrew
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    The back window plus the driver window is A LOT of breeze, honestly pretty close to top-down Miata, but you don't completely give up usability and comfort in the cabin.

  32. Austin jenkins
    Austin jenkins
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    The spoiler was was to keep the exhaust fumes from coming in the back window when rolled down!

  33. G Bear
    G Bear
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    Nice to see Doug reviewing some normal cars you see everyday to make it more relatable than some super cars he reviewed here

  34. Judah Nanas
    Judah Nanas
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    The 4Runner sold for 25'251$

  35. 2nd_A _Dad
    2nd_A _Dad
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    243k+ on my 1998 SR5. First Toyota and first 4wd and I love it.

  36. Matt Walker
    Matt Walker
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    your vids would be much much better if you didn't talk like you had a thisle up your ass !!! info good , I would sub but this way , I can't listen

  37. Jayden
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    (me who already has a 3rd gen 4Runner and is laughing)

  38. Michael Carlson
    Michael Carlson
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    Oh god. The "overland" (Meaning I'm going to spend thousands so I can look cool camping on Memorial day) crowd already made prices insane on it's going to be worse. Man us old Toyota fans are hurting since all the hipsters and wanna be's are buying these hand over fist. Ugh.

  39. TC
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    Love 3rd Gens but this reminded me why I prefer my 5th Gen.. The 5th Gen has way more room. My 3rd Gen was always really snug for me. We will look back decades from now and view the 5th Gen this way. I’ve owned 3rd, 4th, & now 5th Gen and I MUCH prefer my 2020.

  40. TC
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    The 3rd Gen, IMO, is the closest the 4Runner has ever looked to the Land Cruiser.

  41. A Nom
    A Nom
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    I had a 2001 for 15yrs. I’m 35 now wow... I’m old.

  42. Rick Stevens
    Rick Stevens
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    Those spoilers are for keeping exhaust fumes from being sucked into the back window...

  43. 1JZGaming
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    Makes me miss mine 😣

  44. Miguel Salami
    Miguel Salami
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    I rode my Unicorn to see this 4Runner it smelled like a fart inside so I passed😷

  45. 4by108
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    Ahh so this is why the prices spiked suddenly.

  46. JD
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    A Chrysler dealership selling a 4Runner is hilariously ironic. It was the most reliable car on that lot, by far.

  47. Jerry Cannon
    Jerry Cannon
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    Interesting video. Lots of Easter eggs.

  48. Autoturisti
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    These are so awesome. We bought one of these with almost 240k miles, and drove it from Portland to Panama and back to Honduras. It was still smooth as butter, and just needed regular maintenance. It only stopped when the next owner crashed it in Mexico. If only we had these in Europe, I'd buy them. (yeah yeah, I know, Hilux. But I want that sweet reliable gas V6)

  49. George Burt
    George Burt
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    Is this sped up? Doug you packed a lot of info in here very quick :D

  50. chris p
    chris p
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    a classic

  51. Ross M
    Ross M
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    Can't beat a 3rd gen. Period. 260K and running strong

  52. Radsk8r Bigollies
    Radsk8r Bigollies
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    277k on mine and literally have never had a single problem with it. I just put in new sparkplugs and had the fuel injectors cleaned for the first time ever just last week. V6 2003 2WD model. I can't say enough about the reliability. Truly has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.

  53. Aiden Serrano
    Aiden Serrano
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    Stop don’t drive up the price just give me one more year 😭

  54. Kaizoch
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    The backseat doesn't have cold air controls because the windows roll down

  55. ghost
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    I have one 99 4runner 4x4 auto , 261k miles no rust in Texas might be willing to sell it 🤔

  56. Shawn Jackson
    Shawn Jackson
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    When are you gonna do the 97-2000 Mercury mountaineer 5.0

  57. Fentanyl Floyd
    Fentanyl Floyd
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    ‘05 4th gen with 265k OEM. These things are fucking amazing.

  58. mikeatc
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    it is special very very rare...

  59. Perry Reasch
    Perry Reasch
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    this is big dollar $$$ rig

  60. Kate O'Toole
    Kate O'Toole
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    The Wayne Gretzky Of SUV’s!

  61. bwichng1
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    Love this 3rd gen!

  62. FazerWazer
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    This car sold for $25,000 lol. Great car but so overpriced

  63. victor o
    victor o
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    My 322,000 mile 4runner still has those garage door opener pegs somehow

  64. Matt Searls
    Matt Searls
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    You're not kidding about them being popular in Colorado! Drove through on my way to Las Vegas and felt like I was in an alternate reality where all the vehicles were 4Runners. I was also driving my 97 4Runner there lmao!

  65. Theo Zank
    Theo Zank
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    I was able to pick up a 2001 2WD SR5 with over 248,000 miles for $3,120 out the door from a local dealer. My brother still has his 1985 4Runner.

  66. I write Checks at the grocery store. So?
    I write Checks at the grocery store. So?
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    Now do a First Gen!!

  67. Prof. Milk Dick PHD
    Prof. Milk Dick PHD
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    90's tacoma guy here. I love everything about this video.

  68. Nico 859
    Nico 859
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    I’m still rocking my 2002 sport edition with 203k miles and counting. Love it

  69. Fishin' with Nic
    Fishin' with Nic
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    If anyone's curious I drive a third gen with a 4 cylinder and the 0 to 60 is somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 seconds.

  70. ryan07jeep
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    And those crystal clear glass headlamps

  71. Ian Kovac
    Ian Kovac
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    I have a 2000 4runner base model 2.7l 4 cylinder 5 spd supercharged if you want to drive it, and you are near colorado springs.

  72. Aheitchoo
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    Real talk, that 4 runner or a 2002 VQ35 5speed pathfinder?

  73. Gran Colombia
    Gran Colombia
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    The "spoiler" dircts air down the glass to assist keeping it clean. Its functional.

  74. Damien Coffey
    Damien Coffey
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    Damn that's a clean 4runner!

  75. Антон
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    Hey! Rear spoiler, made to drain dirt from the rear window, it hardly gets dirty with it)

  76. Dirtydoggo69
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    Jokes on you Doug, I still have the little pegs for the garage door opener.

  77. Freddy Arancibia
    Freddy Arancibia
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    Hey Doug..I think the 3rd spoiler was added to prevent the exhaust fumes to re-enter the cabin while driving in low speed or stuck in traffic..

  78. nartnayr
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    had one of these as my first car in high school. i miss it everyday

  79. Jraddd
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    Do you like these or the 80 series better?

  80. D B
    D B
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    Still see these around town every now and then

  81. Sean Lara
    Sean Lara
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    One other thing Doug didn't mention. The 4Runners were only offered with a full leather interior on the limited model. If you wanted leather and a manual transmission, you had to pay a pretty hefty upgrade to the dealer for leather. Not a lot of people did this, so this particular vehicle is even rarer. I've done a full leather swap on mine with parts from the pick and pull.

  82. Bassing Basics
    Bassing Basics
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    A 4Runner with 27k miles is like a Chevy with 10 miles on it

  83. Aaron Jones
    Aaron Jones
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    Doug honestly sounds dumb as hell trying to say that only 5 percent of these 4 runners came with a manual. A lot of them did, the 2020 Tacoma’s still come with a manual if you want. Toyota has always been pretty big on them, and the automatic trannys in the past 2 generations of 4 runners before the one he’s reviewing, were all known for being shit. If you get a 4 runner pre 1997 everyone tells you to get a manual because the automatics slug, and can’t get out of their own way. So, when the third gen 4 runner rolled around (the one that dug is reviewing) Toyota knew that people weren’t very trusting of their automatic in the 4 runner. So Toyota actually offered them up until the 4th gen, which is years after the one in this video. Doug doesn’t do very much research sometimes because he just assumes we as viewers don’t know. However, he’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t know shit about the 4 runners/ Toyota Tacoma’s legacy or very much about their factual history either. Kinda disappointing bc some of the stuff he’s saying just straight up isn’t true and it’s really hard to watch. Edit: I could point out a bunch of other errors with this video but another one that’s actually worth while is the fact he said he would imagine the 4 cylinder 4 runner was lethargic. Well, now he has an audience of a million people thinking that. When, it’s simply not the case, as long as you had the 2.7 4 cylinder hooked up to a manual transmission then they didn’t slug and weren’t slow at all. But, if you got them with an automatic, then yes they slugged. But, that has more to do with the transmissions. Which again, is another reason Toyota was still offering that 5 speed manual in the 3 third gen 4 runner. Dug just knows enough to have an idea of the situation but he doesn’t know the details and it comes off as really lazy and underprepared.

  84. UnderFire MAF
    UnderFire MAF
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    Ironically most of the "quirks and features" that you pointed out were added after the fact in the 1999 facelift. Don't discount the 4 cylinder 3RZ, they're just as potent and reliable as the V6. Definitely my preferred motor.

  85. derek plevy
    derek plevy
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    Quite literally the most reliable vehicle ever made and gets a 7 for “quality”...... I think it’s time to add a new category to the Doug score!

    1. H. R. Puffnstuff
      H. R. Puffnstuff
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      I dunno if I'd go that far but it's def a bench mark.

  86. HADEON 89
    HADEON 89
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    i got the circle nubs for the garage door opener 😎

  87. Alex Frideres
    Alex Frideres
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    Doug the type of guy to put milk in the bowl before the cereal

  88. stf haha
    stf haha
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    Great? The best

  89. Sunny Puri
    Sunny Puri
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    Still have my 3rd Gen 4Runner - 2001 287,000 Miles and going strong!!!

  90. Rakshit Sharma
    Rakshit Sharma
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    we have toyota fortuner in india, very popular and best selling in its class. wish they bring 4runner soon

  91. Volleyball Videos
    Volleyball Videos
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    Sold for $25,251 on 3/11/21. Cheers!

  92. Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony
    Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony
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    The 5VZ engine is the one we want? I thought 4Runner guys want the diesels?

  93. yota for life
    yota for life
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    I had a 2000 manual for about 6 months back in 2008 but got offered 5000 more then what I paid for it so I got a 2004 with a v8 that I jus recently sold now I have a 2012 sr5 4runner and a 2017 trd offroad tacoma

  94. Max M
    Max M
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    been thinking about getting one of these as my first car. thoughts?

    1. Shift Automotive
      Shift Automotive
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      get it if you like off roading. I have one for 140,000 miles and still going strong these things are a tank. They share the same chassis as the thundra toyota pick up truck

  95. Swivilposter
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    Mine is a pos cuz it wasnt taken care of :(

  96. logan doe
    logan doe
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    I love old school compact SUV's and Trucks, Toyota is the king of them obviously, I've owned a 98 infinity qx4, I have a 99 blazer, and just recently bought a 2nd gen 4runner. There's just something about the 4runners that make them more appealing. Btw the 2nd gen has some funkyness to it that I love.

  97. sangfong206
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    miss mine dearly . Totaled it in a rollover

  98. Peter Pollock
    Peter Pollock
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    Just bought a 4runner and it still has all 3 circle buttons never even been removed😳

  99. John Powell
    John Powell
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    I have a 99 model with 240,000 miles and I not only have my garage door opener dots, the haven’t been snapped apart yet 😏

  100. tolgay demir
    tolgay demir
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    I Love Toyota