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Old 11-29-2013, 01:04 PM #16
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Off topic but did anyone watch the Mecum Anaheim auctions last week? They sold an immaculate red '80 Hi-Lux, all original with stock steel wheels n hubcaps for $16K!!! Its on baby!!!
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Wow, doesnt entirely suprise me though as every once in a while you see 1st gen runners go close to 10k...a buddy of mine( that i now hate) sold his '88 with 80k stock miles, original paint and everything for a whopping 8500!
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The truth 1st gen better no matter what. THE TOP COMES OFF!
Top comes off the 2nd gen too!

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Thanks for all the opinions guys. I like the idea of the top coming off the most, but for financial reasons at this time I might just have to settle for the 2nd gen. I love the passion about your rigs either way though! I used to be a mustang owner and loved the passion guys had for their cars. I'm excited to have a vehicle I can have fun with again even if it's not drag racing...
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Thanks Zeak, a lot of good info to look out for...

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+1 to what Baserunner said.
The 2nd gen guys like myself and the 1st gen guys are always giving each other a hard time, but its all in good fun.


The pros to the 2nd gens are similar to the 1st with the exception to the engine.
Most come with the 3vze v6 3.0
It is a bit under powered for a v6, but a lot of us have gotten well over 200k+ without any major problems.
If you find yourself with a 4runner with this engine, remember that the exhaust on the right side of the engine crosses over the top of the trans and "bakes" the head gaskets sometimes. Most of the time it just makes the valve cover gaskets dry out faster and seep oil.
Which ever one you decide to get, pop the hood.
Check to see if the 4wd works.
See if the rear windows roll up and down. That includes the tailgate window on second gens. (You can't open the gate with it up).
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I don't think you can go wrong with either generation. There are times where I think I'd prefer the 2nd gen. When loading up for a long trip, or in the rain, or muddy conditions and my daughter and dog climb in over the front seats and console and I have to open the sliding windows to buckle her seatbelt...I wish I had a 2nd gen.
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I own a 2 and my spouse has a 3rd if you have kids you want 4 doors. And the interior is nicer in the 2nd and 3rd then the first. I love my 3.0 but don't get an auto or has mileage and power suck. 5 speed is the way to go. I also love the 3.4l in my spouses 4runner. My family has 3 4runners and I love them all. But for the price 2nd gen is the way to go. I get better gas mileage and it was only 1400 for a 4runner with 300000 miles and the engine only has 70k on it. Everything works and it rides like it has under 100k
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Top comes off the 2nd gen too!

Yeah, but does the top go back on?????
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Top comes off the 2nd gen too!

You got me there. Hats off to you sir. I guess the better way to put it is we 1st gens can put the top back.
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I love both 1st and 2nd gens. Aside from the top coming off and the suspension changes of the 1st gen, it's hard to split them.

That's why I have one of each.

I think the 2nd gens are slightly better at being DDs, especially if you have kids. But both of mine are easily capable of moving me and my 3 dogs. I originally had a 1st gen and came across a 2nd gen for $900. Too nice to pass up and it was going to go to a salvage yard if it didn't sell with the week. Still had a lot if life left in it, so I bought it with hopes of flipping it. Loved having it around, so I kept it... Just finished building a roof basket for it!
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