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To buy it or not to buy it....

Discussion in '1st Gen 4Runners (1984-1989)' started by flipthom, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Jan 11, 2016 at 7:31 PM
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    flipthom

    flipthom [OP] New Member

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    Hello all. I'm new here and have found myself in quite the conundrum. I've always wanted a 1st get 4runner (1987) and I finally found one. It has 140,000 miles on it, has no rust whatsoever, is in immaculate condition and it's a turbo model which I've heard is rare. The turbo has gone out on it and it may need a new head gasket/other stuff repaired or replaced. I've done some research and found that the turbo alone is $2500 not including labor. The guy was asking $5900 for it and I talked him down to $4000. But having never owned one of these, I'm hesitant to buy not knowing much about them. But...let's be honest, they're pretty dang awesome and I don't mind putting some money into but I don't want to buy a major money pit. At the moment, I've got possession of the 4runner and I have it at a mechanic. For those of you that know this car, are there specifics I should ask the mechanic about? Anything specific with the turbo engine in general? Thoughts on whether or not $4000 is a fair deal for the vehicle? Many many thanks in advance.

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  2. Jan 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM
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    wnelax04sr5

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    @ajohnson know anything about turbo first gens?

    you should check out this build though,

    if you had any questions, the OP on that thread is the guy to ask
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2016 at 4:37 AM
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    RonT4R

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    Buy it!!!!!
     
  4. Jan 21, 2016 at 5:16 AM
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    flipthom

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    I bought it :) and it was a wise decision. Thanks!

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  5. Aug 29, 2016 at 7:39 AM
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    fajitas21

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    That thing looks great for the age. I love the gauge cluster, it's so 80's in an awesome way.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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    codydoss

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    Congrats, its in great condition from what I can see! Very good buy.
     
  7. Aug 31, 2016 at 3:08 PM
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    Ol'Blue

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    Looks like it needs a good wet sanding from the orange peel but looks really nice man. I like it
     

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