It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models. Power was lacking a bit, but does have great throttle response. For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar , which is based on the Hilux platform. All 2014 model year 4Runner models are powered by a 4. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With only two seats the vehicle could be classified as a truck rather than a sport vehicle and could skirt the higher customs duties placed upon sport and pleasure vehicles. I backed into a storage pod, and knocked off a mud flap.
All owners will appreciate a couple of features in the rear. Model year 1997 Year of manufacture 1997 First year of ownership 2016 Most recent year of ownership 2016 Engine and transmission 2. Driving Impressions The 4Runner has one of the best chassis and suspension arrangements in its class. In 1988, the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3. It's a textbook example of insightful, thoughtful, comprehensive care in design and engineering.
Driver's side support switch fell, and then fixed. Maybe first among those, most sport-ute buyers are looking for reliability and rugged durability that will keep them going no matter what the weather or conditions. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops. A hatch is superior to a door-style tailgate because it opens up and allows you to stand closer to the cargo area when you're loading stuff. This was a decision by Toyota New Zealand to reduce parts required to be stocked by dealers as no other Toyotas sold in New Zealand at the time utilised the R series engines. Getting in and out is generally easier, thanks to the recent redesign, and there's more room behind the front seats.
Nothing else has gone wrong with vehicle. My daily commute with my 4Runner is 53 miles per day, so the miles keep racking up on this ole girl. The 4runner continued to use a construction design and a for strength and durability compromising interior room and on-road handling. In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ from May 1984. Other than this issue, the 4Runner works fine.
The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The 4runner since the beginning has been the best on and off-road. One simple reason is the fact Toyota puts a drain plug on the tranny pan, which makes it a lot easier to drain the oil, which keeps the oil cleaner, thus extending the life of the clutches, which usually wear out prematurely if the tranny oil is not changed. The majority of petrol versions of the Hilux Surf received the. Handles nicely, but at the same time feels like you're driving a truck. Though it lacks the stump-pulling grunt of the V8s available in some of the competition, it's exceptionally high in smoothness and driving pleasure, with excellent throttle response and a silky feel throughout its wide rev range.
No driveline changes were made. This engine was significantly larger and more powerful although not as reliable as the original 4-cylinder offering. Some trim levels get two mirrors mounted on the interior D-pillars just inside the rear hatch. Investing in an intake is a good idea if you want a little more power. All 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. It will be interesting how many miles I can squeeze out of this machine. Clock died and fell, then fixed.
The factory Toyota vinyl cab headliner was replaced and matched to the custom rear canopy headliner. All this means that living with, and driving, the 4Runner, day-in and day-out, is easy and free of hassles. The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the. The new 4Runner used the independent front suspension that had been developed on the previous generation. They were no longer a viable conversion when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984.
Yes Review Date: 9th February, 2011 Faults: I broke the mast off the radio antenna in a car wash. Yes Review Date: 21st July, 2011 Faults: Rear left E-brake trigger, and then fixed. Although not the absolute roomiest in its class, the 4Runner offers enough space for five adults. Also included was a new, sleeker side view mirror design. Few—if any—makes have a better dependability reputation than Toyota.