Similar to nearly all Toyotas, the interior is well put together. Also wondering what it is about the '96. It has minor rust around the windshield, otherwise the body and the interior are in phenominal condition- never been in an accident. We have driven it across country to see my grandfather for the last time. Faults: Nothing major at all. The only thing I would change if I could go back in time is get the 3. The changes are more apparent from inside.
It has much to live up to, and a few past flaws to overcome. A major change can be found in back, where the new one-piece liftgate replacing a truck-style tailgate with separate window not only opens onto a lower cargo floor, but has a standard power rear window. For the remote places I drive, you expect the vehicle not to fail. An all-new 1996 4Runner has been created to capitalize on the success of earlier iterations. Our test drive included climbing several of California's steep mountain passes and the '96 required fewer downshifts. When I picked up the car, it was exactly as described.
On average, the domestic competition averages six trouble spots and 16 recall notices. I lube the rear window motor religiously every year. An incredibly well built, dependable truck. The quality of assembly and finish is tops, inside and out, and it's a Toyota, which means you can expect long, trouble-free service. The 4Runner is far from inexpensive—a drawback common to most Toyotas—and a fully dressed Limited's pricetag puts it up against such stalwarts as the Land Rover Discovery and Orvis Edition Jeep Grand Cherokee V8, as well as newcomers like the Explorer V8 and Mercury Mountaineer.
Model year 1996 Year of manufacture 1996 First year of ownership 2000 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 3. The owner is very ethical and straight forward about all the issues with each specific car. It was primitive but effective. We drove our first daughter home from the hospital home in the back of it. The 4 Runner is a 5 speed, I replaced the clutch at 189K and the only reason I had to replace it was that I taught my first two kids how to drive a stick - had I been the only drive I most likely would still be on the same clutch!!! TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. A rear wiper is standard on all models. For that matter, the new 4Runner doesn't look significantly different from last year's version, a deliberate choice by Toyota designers, who wanted to preserve the previous edition's rugged good looks.
On Base model 4Runners, an enlarged 2. Always gets me where I want to go and back. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. All are ruggedly constructed, capable, stylish and competitively priced, and each has established a solid customer base. I also am a poster about my '96 4Runner and am still in love with it.
. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. Approaching 237,000 miles, and today I had to replace the window washer fluid pump. Additions to the luxurious Limited are power windows and driver's seat, 16-in. Faults: Nothing wrong with good maintenance.
So I'm going to try to keep this until it gives out, and its not showing any sign of giving out. I did extensive communication via email, text, and phone. The truck is very heavy, but handles extremly well for its size. When the road is rough or non-existent the new 4Runner stands out. However, it's still underwhelming in a 3400-lb.
The 4Runner of 2003 — the last year of the third-generation models — received only minor trim changes, and some optional features were made standard. Inside is a full compliment of controls and instrumentation, all logically placed and simple to reach. A rear axle seal has been causing a lot of problems, it has been fixed four times now. Believed to be the original timing belt. And when a 4-door version was added to the line, it was conspicuously lacking in room for the rear seat passengers. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter.
Money aside, though, the 4Runner should be considered a class leader. Summary We have no hesitation in recommending the latest 4Runner to anyone who is in the market for a sophisticated and reliable sport-utility vehicle. Yes Review Date: 15th September, 2008 Faults: No problems to date, and Don't expect any - any time soon. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. Year of manufacture 1996 First year of ownership 1998 Most recent year of ownership 2004 Engine and transmission 3.