Jason Barnes was great to work with through the entire process. It was big enough to hold plenty of people and equipment, and small enough to park easily. No wonder I see so many of them on the road. Jason is a super nice guy and he answered all my questions. There are plenty of storage spaces for front and rear passengers. The 4Runner combines the appearance of off-road-readiness with enough elegance to be at home anywhere.
She looks good and runs Great!!! It combines passenger car comfort with truck utility. He emailed me and I told him I wanted to test drive a truck I found online. I wanted a white porsche panamera for under 35K. Same name, different time, different vehicle. Talk to fred if your looking for a particular color and they don't have it. The rear seat has room for medium-large people and has a split flip and fold design for extra cargo capacity when needed. A rear heater console provides comfort for passengers.
I recently had an accident where my truck was totaled and I was looking at used trucks on car fax. Chrome bumpers and a massive chromed grille give pugnacious presence. I have had to replace wear items over the years oil, tires, timing belts, batteries original Panasonic lasted 10 years , driver seat cover, floor mats, one fuel injector, muffler, no frame or body rust. The current version of the 4Runner was introduced early in 1996, and featured major revisions to interior and exterior styling, chassis and suspension, and powertrains. Important underside pieces are protected by skid plates and nearly ten inches of clearance with the 16-inch wheels and tires. Everyone that helped along the way to getting me in my new F150 I thank you very much!! It had less miles and a year newer then what i was expecting them to find for me. The 4Runner feels secure on pavement, and should work just as well in the dirt.
It's come a long way from the days of a pickup with camper shell. I will drive her until everything falls off or I'm standing at the pearly gates. The heat and air conditioning work wonderfully, with plenty of vents. I actually test drove two trucks and bought the second one. So blessed to have found this place. Plenty of custom options and option packages are available, and Toyota availed itself with my press fleet vehicle. The original 4Runner was a vehicle for and of its day, as is the 1997 4Runner.
A leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob are easy to grip. The materials, fit, and finish are all to Toyota high standards. He was very patient and was willing to help any way he could. Comfortable, adjustable sports help seats keep the driver and front passenger relaxed and alert. The 4-speed electronically- controlled automatic transmission is a good match for everyday use. I have kept up on maintenance and she is pushing close to 300K miles.
The well- designed, carlike instrument panel places everything conveniently. The current 4Runner doesn't feel much different than a Camry on the road. The 1997 4Runner is closer to a go-anywhere Camry wagon in comfort and civility than it is to the 1985 model. She's my daily driver and off-roader, couldn't ask for a better truck. This particular 4Runner is not even at the top of the line.
In typical Toyota fashion, it is a dual overhead cam, 24-valve engine with great low-speed torque and plenty of smooth power whenever needed. For example, popped an axle seal and the diff went dry for about 7k miles before grenading and getting rebuilt, not recommending any one does that, but it sure held up fine for way longer than it should have. . He was on wrong review site because he called the Runner a car!! Depending on trim level and customer desires, additional wheel well trim, body cladding, and running boards are available. Cargo area access is easy, and the one-piece liftgate has a unique power window. The now-legendary 22R 4-cylinder engine was reliable and sturdy, but not particularly powerful by today's standards. Its power steering is weighted just right, with good road feel.
Today's sport-utility customers demand passenger-car comfort to go with off- road looks and capability, as well as towing and hauling capacity. I know my boys will battle to see who gets her next!! It was utilitarian and Spartanly appointed -- a vehicle better suited to the campground than the country club. The shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system may be engaged at speeds up to 50 mph. Oustanding quality and reliability, no major maintenance, manufactured in Japan. It was as comfortable, quiet, and maneuverable as most family sedans. Gas mileage is not that great honestly, but it will always get from point A to B, as long as you've done even basic maintenance on it.
Mine just hit 360k miles with the 3. It's gotten larger and more sophisticated over the years, and now looks much like its larger sibling, the Land Cruiser. It tracks true, with no tendency to wander as is sometimes encountered with 4-wheel drive vehicles. Power windows, doorlocks, and moonroof give passenger car ambiance. . . .