This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner 1996-2002. Cargo volume is close to 80 cubic feet. A center differential lock switch located on the instrument panel allows locking and unlocking of the center differential by pressing a button. The seats aren't made of the plushest material, so it's a bit stiff and doesn't give much. Each of these models offers you a choice between two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for those with tougher performance demands.
The base engine on the 1996-2002 4Runner was a 2. Can be upgraded with bigger brakes and lifted and do all kinds of mods and most of all, make sure you dont get a rusty one. On average, the domestic competition averages six trouble spots and 16 recall notices. We also had the chance to take the 4Runner off-road. Comfortable and convenient, it comes with lots of storage room and can be fitted with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and other luxury features. Everything about it is correctly done. In the rear, the axle is mounted with a multi-link arrangement and coil springs instead of the more common, and less sophisticated, leaf springs.
Each comes in a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. All 4×4 models have a one-touch full-time system operated by a transfer-case switch, which can be left engaged on dry pavement. The quality on this truck is amazing, there are no squeaks or rattles when I drive it. Unfortunately, there is a downside. Both of these areas of on-road driving pleasure are better handled in a Nissan Pathfinder. Everytime I see this year on the road, the bumpers are rusting.
Faults: At about 75k, replaced the water pump. And if you can get a 4x4 you won't regret it. The rotors in particular overheated and warped repeatedly. Toyota deserve awards for reliability based on simplicity. The rear seat folds flat to create a wide cargo floor, and the spare tire is stored underneath the vehicle. If you find one around 16,000 to 17,000 its a great find and i would recomend you purchase it. There is a hole rusting through the front one and the back.
Just simple, appreciated correctness, which adds up to a high degree of operating ease. Similar to nearly all Toyotas, the interior is well put together. It was primitive but effective. Head off the highway and the 4Runner really comes into its own. Transmissions: Five-speed manual, four-speed automatic. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice. Its diversity and sensibility combine with sophisticated yet rugged good looks for an outstanding overall vehicle.
Limited adds sixteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels with five spokes. One of the nicest features is the 3. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Model year 2002 Year of manufacture 2002 First year of ownership 2003 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 3. And as long as the timing belt and water pump has been changed every 100k don't be afraid of the mileage.
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Exterior Slightly longer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the four-door 4Runner measures 183. The more complex they become, the worse they get. This lets the driver make the choice of positively locking both rear wheels and one of the fronts together, meaning at least three tires will be clawing their way through muck or slush. Modifications to the available Sport Edition Package include optional tube steps, integrated fog lights, and color-keyed fender flares, bumpers and grille.
Exterior Slightly longer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the four-door 4Runner measures 183. Pros: Reliability, build quality, off-road capabilities. At about 25k, replaced the O2 sensor. Its coil-spring rear suspension gives it surprisingly good handling. Model year 2002 Year of manufacture 2002 First year of ownership 2005 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 3. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. Go do your research and see.