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Old 03-13-2020, 07:51 AM #16
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Going through this now on a 17yo non runner with a major repair needed that I cant turn wrenches on due to lack of knowledge. The cost of the repair is high compared to value of car but I offset that with all the repairs over the years I have made myself to all my other vehicles and thousands saved plus this vehicle is still solid and low miles for age and great condition. Was a no brainer to repair in my situation.
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thanks everyone, I think I am going to go with repairing/fixing my laundry list
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Being a DYI person makes a big difference where the line is. I think a lot of people learned to wrench on these things because they wanted to keep them. Super longevity of these 3rd gens make them iconic.
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I guess you don't live in Georgia... I have 4 vehicles (and know what I was paying on the prior 2 against the two newest I now own) ~ they range from 1966 to 2018 and ALL of them are within $50/6 months of each other. Yup, my 1999 4runner costs just as much to insure as a 2018 vehicle that I paid more for than a brand new 4runner. And yes, I have a "perfect" driving record (nothing reported since 1999), and "perfect" insurance history (zero claims in my lifetime). "Insurance" makes me want to kill myself sometimes, so much fear-mongering for profit going on, and the Endless price increases ~ I haven't gotten a bill that HASN'T increased in the 9 years I've been in Georgia.
Nope. I live in Pennsylvania with the highest tax rate on fuel in the nation. .57 per gallon taxed on by the state.


I guess other states are different as its cheaper for insurance on older vehicles then new around here. Granted most vehicles over 20 years old are gone around here rusted up and junked. ;-)
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I’ve always thought the whole “costs more to fix than it’s worth” saying isn’t quite right.
What you should look at is for the $4000 to fix it, could you get something else as nice as your truck?


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At some point I tend to buy another 3rd gen and sell or part out the old one.

Decent ones are $5 to 6k around here and even poor ones fetch $2500 to 3k.

So if repairs top $4k and you can’t spread them out over time it may be time to trade up.
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Grow up poor but can afford a wrench, love your investment, can do the homework, pick and choose your battles.
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Being my fleet of 4 runners...
I kinda know what you mean!
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Lol looks like 5. I have 5 currently and a 6th one for parts. It seems like a few of us get carried away. :/

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^ thats fair. I'd say that or extreme frame rot but even then i'd find another and swap all the stuff i want over.
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talked to the mechanic today, going to go ahead with first step in work. I forget everything he rattled off but will replace the knock sensors and harness (and everything associated with that such as gaskets) and the water pump and timing belt

I don't need them today but later in the year or early next year I will need new front brakes and four new tires

I think the alternator is going bad so he is going to test that for me. I also asked them to inspect everything related to the suspension.

otherwise, I should be back on the road soon!
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where'd you find a blender big enough to fit a 4runner?!

Also, this is an inefficient way to part out a vehicle.
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Thats the 4runner I pulled the 5 speed from for my swap. Went off the road and about 50 feet down a really steep incline. Nobody was hurt and from what I heard it got more damaged being pulled back up to the road than when it went down. It was good for lots of parts!
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