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Old 06-04-2019, 10:05 AM #16
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Guess I bought a lemon or something... here is the list of items I've had to repair/replace under 125,000 miles. Originally purchased my 2000 4Runner with 98,000 miles two years ago.

Transmission (whole transmission breaks going 45mph one day)
CV axles (popping constantly)
inner and outer tie rods (can't keep the 4runner in alignment)
lower control arm bushings (popping and alignment issues)
radiator (driving on interstate and it just starts pouring out the bottom)
rack and pinion bushings (steering very loose)

Now my brakes are shuddering very bad when I brake hard. Guess I'll have to replace those next including the wheel bearings. Also my exhaust has a leak now. Eventually, the whole 4Runner will be new parts at this rate. I regret ever buying this POS.
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Guess I bought a lemon or something... here is the list of items I've had to repair/replace under 125,000 miles. Originally purchased my 2000 4Runner with 98,000 miles two years ago.

Transmission (whole transmission breaks going 45mph one day)
CV axles (popping constantly)
inner and outer tie rods (can't keep the 4runner in alignment)
lower control arm bushings (popping and alignment issues)
radiator (driving on interstate and it just starts pouring out the bottom)
rack and pinion bushings (steering very loose)

Now my brakes are shuddering very bad when I brake hard. Guess I'll have to replace those next including the wheel bearings. Also my exhaust has a leak now. Eventually, the whole 4Runner will be new parts at this rate. I regret ever buying this POS.
Lemon? possible. Or it was poorly maintained and driven in rough conditions. I guess we would need to know more about the area and conditions the vehicle was driven in and and I don't think off-road is the only type of driving that hard on a vehicle. Cities with tons of traffic and poorly maintained roads can be just as hard with 1-2 feet diameter potholes, gigantic seems in the concrete, tons of idle time in traffic with poor airflow, constantly flooring it to merge off of off-ramps or to the next light, hammering on the brakes once they reach said light or the next traffic jam.

Driving around Chicago comes to mind for me. I looked at one that needed tons of work and seemingly was only used "highway" or "no off-road, only Urban settings." That means nothing.

Does your area dump a lot of salt on the roads? What specifically broke in the transmission? The brakes are known to be weak but even then again, if it's driven properly or maintained properly considering the conditions they should still function fine. Pulsing brakes is usually driver error (I'm not blaming you).
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Guess I bought a lemon or something... here is the list of items I've had to repair/replace under 125,000 miles. Originally purchased my 2000 4Runner with 98,000 miles two years ago.

Transmission (whole transmission breaks going 45mph one day)
CV axles (popping constantly)
inner and outer tie rods (can't keep the 4runner in alignment)
lower control arm bushings (popping and alignment issues)
radiator (driving on interstate and it just starts pouring out the bottom)
rack and pinion bushings (steering very loose)

Now my brakes are shuddering very bad when I brake hard. Guess I'll have to replace those next including the wheel bearings. Also my exhaust has a leak now. Eventually, the whole 4Runner will be new parts at this rate. I regret ever buying this POS.
Those are some of the problems with a low mileage vehicle. ALL of the bushings in your front end have probably dried out & should be replaced. Coolant probably was never changed. Front disks can warp especially when using cheap pads & rotors & is common on A/T's. Happened to my limited. Never had an issue on my M/T because of downshifting. My limited had 217K when I bought it & it drove like a dream. But it was one owner dealer serviced it's whole life. We bought a low mile (2004 31k) Subaru 4 years ago, one owner & dealer serviced it whole life. Its in great shape but I've replaced all of the things you've mentioned above except the trans. 3rd gen trans are notoriously strong. Did you get service records when you bought it?
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Those are some of the problems with a low mileage vehicle. ALL of the bushings in your front end have probably dried out & should be replaced. Coolant probably was never changed. Front disks can warp especially when using cheap pads & rotors & is common on A/T's. Happened to my limited. Never had an issue on my M/T because of downshifting. My limited had 217K when I bought it & it drove like a dream. But it was one owner dealer serviced it's whole life. We bought a low mile (2004 31k) Subaru 4 years ago, one owner & dealer serviced it whole life. Its in great shape but I've replaced all of the things you've mentioned above except the trans. 3rd gen trans are notoriously strong. Did you get service records when you bought it?
Yes, a binder of receipts and invoices. Was the #1 reason I bought it... well that and the fact it only had 98,000 miles.
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Yes, a binder of receipts and invoices. Was the #1 reason I bought it... well that and the fact it only had 98,000 miles.
Well it sounds like you did the right thing. Good luck with her.
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My rig is owned by me for about a year and a half, and I got it at like 195k miles (it was the first good condition v6 M/T I came across so I snagged it!), but I have had to have the rack and pinion replaced - with lower control arms at the same time - but one of the lower control arms crapped out of me within a month or two after that so I finally got OEM, learned my lesson.

Been skeptical to really put a ton into it, even though I know they run forever, just a skeptic I guess. This has been an encouraging thread and now my rig is gonna get some extra loving!

Fun to hear everyones stories! Jealous of the low-mileage find for sure.
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205,000 on my 1999. We've owned it since it was a year old. Just rebuilt the front end and installed new front struts and rear shocks. Haven't done the timing belt or water pump yet.
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i bought my 3rd gen in 2009 with 100k on it. it was a one owner dealer maintained prior to my purchase. i now have 200k on it and other than normal maintenance and random upgrades of my own, the only parts ive had to replace was a Alternator and a throttle position sensor and those were roughly 5 years ago. by far the best vehicle i have ever owned and im a sprts car nut thats had Supras prior.
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Me and my wife moved to our current house a little over a year ago. I noticed a 3rd gen 4runner in a back yard of a house a couple miles down the street. I finally saw a guy out in the yard a couple months bk and i stopped and talked to him. He hit a dear over a year ago and the fuel pump is out he thinks. I asked if he would sell it and said he wanted $900. I told him i would get bk to him. I didnt have $900 to spoend. I have a one year old and money is tight. So i offered the guy $400 the other day. He declined and said $750. Me and my wife agreed no higher than $650. I text him the next day and he said it had been sold. I was heartbroken. About a week later my wife woke me up and asked if i would help get some stuff out of the Highlander. So i got up and walked out side and behold there sat THE 98 4RUNNER in my driveway! She paid $650 for it. Besides the front end it is mint! 186k on it. Jut wanted to share. I finally got a 4Runner!!
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I bought my 2000 5 speed 4x4 in January. Needed rear axle seals and bearings, valve cover gaskets, output shaft seal, brakes and a change of fluids. No regrets. It runs perfectly and with all the maintenance, it was still cheaper than buying new since I did most the work myself. I plan on changing the swaybar bushings, UBJ, LBJ and suspension when time permits. Such a fun rig.
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Me and my wife moved to our current house a little over a year ago. I noticed a 3rd gen 4runner in a back yard of a house a couple miles down the street. I finally saw a guy out in the yard a couple months bk and i stopped and talked to him. He hit a dear over a year ago and the fuel pump is out he thinks. I asked if he would sell it and said he wanted $900. I told him i would get bk to him. I didnt have $900 to spoend. I have a one year old and money is tight. So i offered the guy $400 the other day. He declined and said $750. Me and my wife agreed no higher than $650. I text him the next day and he said it had been sold. I was heartbroken. About a week later my wife woke me up and asked if i would help get some stuff out of the Highlander. So i got up and walked out side and behold there sat THE 98 4RUNNER in my driveway! She paid $650 for it. Besides the front end it is mint! 186k on it. Jut wanted to share. I finally got a 4Runner!!
I hope you realize how fortunate you are to have such a wife! Congrats on the 4runner, sounds like a good deal.
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I've owned mine for about a year. Has 221k mi on the clock. '99 4wd SR5.

Runs great. First thing I did was the Tundra break upgrade, then mounted an external tranny cooler (autoMagic tranny) to prevent the dreaded strawberry milkshake.

Gotta do some frame resto -> being in Ohio has obviously been rough on the frame. Got a small patch of the lower frame rail the exact size of the block of wood I used to jack it up doing an oil change. But, I also lucked out in that I was able to pick up a low miles '96 with a rotted frame for $800. SR5 w/ locking rear diff, manual trans and a strong motor.

I know people who's ODO's went out at 200k miles, 4 years ago, and they still routinely put 10k miles on it a year and have had 0 issues.

Truly bullet-proof, unless you don't wash the frame off and protect it from the elements.
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