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Old 06-07-2019, 05:22 PM #31
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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.
Never ever put aftermarket lower control arms on these trucks. Plenty of info here to read before doing it wrong. (buy once cry once) Either OEM LCA's or replace the bushings with something high quality like prothane, oem, whiteline, energy etc. NO MOOG anything.
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Never ever put aftermarket lower control arms on these trucks..
I was in a bind could get Dorman LCA's with bushings within the hour days for OEM. 2k mi Dorman bushings were chit truck pulling to the right wondering all over. Rebuilt OE arms with OE bushings good to go for 1,000,000 mi.

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I hate to say it, but the best made vehicles on the planet. My prius has 384,000 and still going strong.
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My 2002 is still in the family, dad 1st owner to 125k(he thought it was showing too much age HA!), then passed it onto me and still going strong at 265k. I've had to do a lot of preventive maintenance due to the rust belt life (Western, MD). Still original Engine and tranny. Front, tran case replaced at 150K, I sent it hard and blew them all u at once . last month had to replace the rear ring and pinion(tore 2 teeth off). Other than that major work its been the standard, ball joints, control arms, timing belts etc. Within the next year plan on doing a total grind down of frame and under body, repaint etc.

I never plan on getting rid of it since its been in the family and its the sentimental value. At least the wife is giving me the green light to get a 4runner TRD Pro to add to the collection.
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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.
Are you sure the parts replaced are OEM? I bet no. Some treat toyotas as other cars and replace a 99% healthy alternator (due to miles) with an aftermarket crap and yes, after that it is unreliable. The mileage in your truck does not correspond to the age as well, perhaps someone swapped the odo meter. Also, your truck was in a front end collision. My friend in Sacramento bought an 01 4runner with a clear title and it had a brand new radiator support! and had similar front end issues you have ever since he bought it. There is NO WAY a 98K mile 4runner gets a bad transmission, no way trust me.

My experience with toyota trucks and cars dates back to 1995 and it is always a pleasant experience. I recently drove my 92 corolla with 273K miles on a 560 mile drive (8 hours one way) at RPM's in 3500 and back. It burnt around 1/4 of a quart each way and that is the only thing I can say something bad about this 27 year old car!
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I have a 2001 SR5 Sport 4WD. What ever they changed in the Auto Transmission int that year and the 2002, was not good. The overdrive clutch pack just “goes out” whenever it wants to. Mine did and its been a 3 geared truck since then. Can’t use an earlier trans because of the electronics,etc...

Will cost over 2 grand to fix at any shop. If you buy a transplant tranny it has to be from one of those years. Do a search and there are plenty of people in my situation. I love the truck, but Toyota should of had a recall for this issue..

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On my 4th 'runner now (92, 98, 02) and picked up a '99 automatic with 263k for $2500. It's an SR5 with the J hook 4x4, but it's the blue color that is so hard to find. I looked at a blue Sport Edition, but it was scratched up pretty bad and already starting to rust. They wanted $4500 for it, so I decided on more mileage for $2k less. Up next are 5100 Bilstein's, 7 wraps, 17's with 31/33's and some interior mods for the trails. Kentucky trail rides and camping in the near future!
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Never ever put aftermarket lower control arms on these trucks. Plenty of info here to read before doing it wrong. (buy once cry once) Either OEM LCA's or replace the bushings with something high quality like prothane, oem, whiteline, energy etc. NO MOOG anything.
Yeah i wish i had found my way around this forum a bit better earlier on, but better late than never i guess! The guy working on it said that they had had some OEM ones bust earlier than normal on these things and wasnt sure if it was just a bad batch or what so he suggested giving the aftermarkets a try. Ill definitely be searching this forum more before making those sorts of decisions.

Thanks for the tip, I may look at putting a different bushing in the LCA that is still aftermarket. Any tips on good ones on a budget and where to find them?
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Great to hear as I’m contemplating a ‘96 SR5...
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I just bought a 99 4unner at 145k Miles, planning to get into this scene wish me luck

Btw, do you guys know what exact part that rubber piece that ripped off would be and where i would be be able to purchase it?
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On my second 3rd gen as we speak: rust does a number on them here in the Midwest, but collectively, I'd almost have a total of 550,000 miles on the odo on both with no major issues. My only regret is not being able to put all of those miles on, I was always second or third owner!
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I just bought a 99 4unner at 145k Miles, planning to get into this scene wish me luck

Btw, do you guys know what exact part that rubber piece that ripped off would be and where i would be be able to purchase it?
68275-35010, what japan-parts.eu is saying is the number, new is $175.00 websites are showing available. You might find a decent one at a yard.
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Where you been Scramble ?
Long story short! HaHa, work got busy, rear axle seal started leaking on my 3RZ, did work on my Honda & GF's Subaru, got sick of wrenching & burned out. Then it dropped to 20 degrees out! LOL All of the pics for my 3RZ build got lost on my work computer. I have them at home but they were all organized by folder, project & deleted tons that weren't up to par. Basically needed a break. Now I'm trying to get motivated to get back to the 3RZ Build.
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