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Newbie looking to buy a 3rd gen. How many miles is too much?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by yota_addict, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. Apr 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM
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    yota_addict

    yota_addict [OP] New Member

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    Newbie looking to buy a 3rd gen. 4runner. How many miles is too much? I hoping to find something under 200K miles but what about higher mileage ones? What should I think about or worry about if looking at high mileage 4runners? Things to consider or thing about replacing at >200K.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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    Utah

    Utah Misanthrope

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    Nothing in particular. Any 3rd gen you buy you'll want to do lower ball joints immediately unless they're already new, and if it's an auto you'll want to change the radiator or bypass the stock trans cooler to avoid the pink milkshake. Other than that they're as good to go as any 200k+ vehicle.
     
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  3. Apr 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM
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    yota_addict

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    thanks for the info. I'll have to research the pink milkshake. As tasty as it sounds its probably not good, lol. I would think they would be more reliable than other vehicles at 200k+ with proper (at least basic) maintenance.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2015 at 8:37 AM
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    Utah

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    Everything else being equal, I'd take a 200k+ Toyota or Honda over anything else, any day.
     
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  5. Apr 22, 2015 at 10:54 AM
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    Ol'Blue

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    A few things here and there. Still dreaming up stuff
    At 200k,

    Just do a T-Belt job and the above stuff and you are golden for another 100k miles easy.

    I have two of them and one of them I daily drive has 256k on it. I drive it every day about 105-125 miles.

    Blue
     
  6. Apr 24, 2015 at 6:39 AM
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    tazwayneiac

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    I got mine with 236,000
    first thing I did was change the timing belt
    bought the water pump component kit at rockauto.com
    installed all the new parts with the kit
    changed all hoses radiator and heater
    glad I did the old water pump was leaking I had a mess
    under the plastic cover that houses the timing belt
    the old timing belt and the 3 outer belts were dry rotted and cracked
    I put in a new radiator too
    should get
    quite a few miles out of it now
    good luck
     
  7. Jul 31, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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    My 4runner has 237000+ miles on it and it runs like new...I take care of my tank...thats just what I call mine...I feel very safe in it...and it rides so smooth...
     
  8. Nov 21, 2015 at 8:19 PM
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    Krawler

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    The great thing about Toyota is everything is virtually unkillable. Miles is not that huge worry. Ps only one Toyota should die and that is the Prius.

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