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Mileage- how much is too much when buying

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by macheff03, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Jan 29, 2020 at 5:46 PM
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    macheff03

    macheff03 [OP] New Member

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    Hi all

    I’m in the market for a 4th gen 4runner and I’ve found one that is a pretty good deal however it has 200k miles. This is a lot of miles but I know these cars seem to last forever. Is 200k miles too many to buy a used 4Runner with? What should I look out for on the car with this many miles?
     
  2. Jan 29, 2020 at 6:38 PM
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    NightOwl

    NightOwl 1985 Toyota 4 Runner DLX 22REC

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    I am the second owner of a 1985 4Runner and it had 225,000 when I had it shipped in from Oregon (8 years ago)...it now has... I think it's 319,000 second engine, original transmission and transfer case, differentials...nope...200,000 is not excessive for a 4 Runner...and they are built like tanks. Snag it and you'll be the happiest guy ever!!! Once you get it, change all the fluids...ALL...maybe replace the U joints, ALL seals, listen for a rattle in the engine (timing chain) I did change my clutch and throw out bearing...later I changed the rear brakes and cylinders, front calipers and pads of course...and I did go through because I'm anal about stuff my birfield joints, seals and gaskets...but in all reality I would put my 4 Runner 22 REC up against any new vehicle...not for speed but for durability in a heart beat!!!GET IT!!!
    I replaced ALL of my fluids with Red Line all synthetic fluids...best decision ever!!!
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2020 at 6:47 PM
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    Tama1968

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    ^^what NightOwl said. I lucked into a good deal on a new 4Runner last year but my next one will be an older model...I agree 200k sounds 'up there" but if the price is right, I'd do it.
     
  4. Jan 29, 2020 at 7:48 PM
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    You'll have to look out for suspension wear, steering component wear, belts and fluids.

    Ask yourself:

    Am I mechanically inclined?

    Can I do routine maintenance and repairs on my own?

    Am I willing to spend time and money to maintain an older vehicle?

    If yes: mileage doesn't matter.
     
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  5. Jan 29, 2020 at 7:53 PM
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    MattAK

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    I bought my 4th gen with 196,000 miles on it. I had to fix a few things but nothing incredibly major. Now has 223k miles and runs like a champ. If you have any more details on the one you're thinking of and/or some pics we could give you a better opinion.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2020 at 9:16 AM
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    Disregard the odd paint. Owner bought it that way and I’m gonna get it redone. I’m getting it for the cheap price of a 2006 bmw 3 series... a hot mess in my opinion... no issues but I havent driven it yet but obviously I will before making a decision.

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  7. Jan 30, 2020 at 10:15 AM
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    I think that all depends on what the intent is for the vehicle's use. If you don't mind spending some $$$ on resurrecting something that won't be a daily driver, then mileage doesn't really matter. Not to me. If it is a daily driver and replacing something all the time is an issue, I never want to buy anything nearing 20K miles. Like I said, it depends on what you intend to do with the vehicle.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2020 at 10:20 AM
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    Looks like that one had a third row at one point but those seats are missing now. Definitely check for rust underneath. That's an '03-'05 and if it's a V6 you'll want to find out if the head gasket was replaced. I had a cousin that had to have the engine in his '03 replaced after the HG went and it effed up the whole thing, it's a notorious issue for the early 4th gens.
     
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  9. Jan 30, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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    It’s a 2004. Should I worry about getting a mechanic to check it out first or just take a gamble... I’m prepared to spend a little money on it.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2020 at 11:15 AM
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    I would certainly get any vehicle purchased from a. Private party looked over by a trusted mechanic. You can easily see if the power steering is leaking or if the cvs need replacement. I’d start there. Might also drive it hard to see if the torque converter is having any issues. Lastly, check the head gaskets, I have an 06 v8 and my bolts were a little loose when I purchased. 06 v8 with 183k in the Odom, drives like a champ!
     
  11. Jan 30, 2020 at 1:43 PM
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    Definitely pull the #6 spark plug, that's the easiest way to tell if it's having that HG issue. I'd never buy a used vehicle from a private party without having a mechanic look it over first.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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    My 2008 Sport has 163K on it. Other than normal maintenance only problem I've encountered is a bad front wheel bearing. Even the original XREAS is still working. If your mechanic says ok I'd buy it.
     

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