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Old 05-19-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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95 Toyata Forerunner..What's it worth??

Hey guys, need some help here. Looking at buying a '95 Forerunner 4wd, V6, Auto. SR5 edition. 102K miles

All the glass is good, no engine/tranny leaks, needs tires, fairly new shocks, alloy wheels, paint is shot on the hood and top but no rust. Seems to run ok though kinda poopy...as in not much power...might be relative to what I drive (15 Wrangler JKU).

Cruise control and AC works fine. Probably never been in 4WD although it does engage OK. Pretty regular oil/running gear oil changes.

It is (I shit you not) owned by a little old lady who probably drove it to church on Sundays....

Gonna be the "ranch truck" for the Orygun property. Mostly just town runs and maybe some occasional light towing.

NADA and Kelley are waaay apart on this thing. Asking 5k. Seems a bit high but as I understand it, these things with (relatively) low mileage are in demand.

What do you think I should pay???

I'm not looking to "take" anyone here. I think this thing has an easy 100k miles left in it. Just want a reasonable idea of what it's worth...
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:47 PM   #2
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Laugh

I've bought a lot of yotas that vintage for around 2k I'd hesitant to pay over 2500. Good luck!
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:54 PM   #3
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I've bought a lot of yotas that vintage for around 2k I'd hesitant to pay over 2500. Good luck!
Are you talking Forerunners or trucks?

What kind of mileage?
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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Are you talking Forerunners or trucks?

What kind of mileage?
both. I've had several of each. the 4runner is only worth what it can be sold for if you like it you're the final judge of it's worth.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:00 AM   #5
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The book value might be $2000 to $2500. But around here buying used Toyota 4x4's is like buying used gold. All three of our used 4Runners were low mileage excellent condition trucks and we paid over KBB value for all of them.

It is the same as finding my 1800 mile EXC525 last year. If you want it and it is within reason pay the man what he is asking because the next guy in line will. But other places might different. Here in road salt hell good ones are rare.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:19 AM   #6
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95s were the last of the second generation. Had the 3.slow in them - prone to head gasket problems. Driver side rear cyl. Had a heat scavenging problem due to the manifold setup.

do yourself a favor and find a 96 with the 3.4.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:35 AM   #7
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I had a '84 Toyota pickup with 4cyl. 5 speed manual. Loved that truck.
Then I bought a '93 6 v6 auto because the '84 was so great. Hated it.

12 mpg PIG. Just my 2 cents but I would never recomend a v6
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:00 AM   #8
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as was stated above

that is a bad generation of 6 cylinder engines, the later 3.4 is a far better engine

the $2000 mark would be high for me for a runner in good shape with the old V6
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:16 AM   #9
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run away.

I had a '90 4runner 3.slow, auto, 4wd/ sr5 . EIGHT mpg in town , and that was driving like grandma.

I did get 20 on the hwy though. Shit , my 4.7 Tundra gets 11.5 in town , and at least it has power.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:42 AM   #10
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If memory serves, head gasket repairs are really expensive to fix on those years and they all need it at some point. I'm sure they are sluggish. I got rid of a 06' v8 4wd 4runner for a 15' model and really miss the V8.

Checkout the 4runner forum http://www.toyota-4runner.org/ there are a few techs that post nd a lot of really experienced builders (and a few idiots - but not as many as on here ).
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:20 AM   #11
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The book value might be $2000 to $2500. But around here buying used Toyota 4x4's is like buying used gold.
This^^^

I just sold my mothers 94 extra cab PU, 2wd, 22RE, 5 speed, dented front quarter panel, with 165,000 miles for $2,800.
I will say, I had to wade thru the most Craigslist idiots I've ever had to to get it sold. Two literally begged me to hold it for them for a day so they could get here and buy it. Never showed... Sold it in five days to a guy who lived three miles away.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:39 AM   #12
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it would not surprise me at all if the guy gets $5,000 for it.

i agree with above posters about the 3.slo engine, though. if it had a 22RE (the 4 banger from that era that was one of the most reliable, and easy-to-work-on engines ever made) in it, and it were rust-free, i would say go for it. but not with the 3.slo. (or if it were a 96 and had the 3.4 v6 which is a great engine.)
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The Toyota truck premium is 100% of why I bought a Ranger 4x4 last time. Around here more or less rust free, 4x4 and Toyota are all that matter regardless of motor and transmission. The same money that buys you a 200k mile beat to hell Toyota truck or SUV buys a mint condition anything else. We are willing to pay that premium to keep ourselves in 4Runners because we like them (no finer dogmobile with the power rear glass). But not for a beater truck. I went Ranger for that.

I can't imagine why the rust free thing matters so much around here ........


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If memory serves, head gasket repairs are really expensive to fix on those years and they all need it at some point. I'm sure they are sluggish.

This^ I had a 1994 4-Runner with the v6. The drivers side head gasket blew at ~120,000 miles.

The car was always slow, but not unreasonably so. I got about 15-18 mpg, which is bad by todays standards but decent for a normal sized older SUV.

I sold mine, with the bad head gasket, for $1000 in 2004. I ran into the guy who bought it from me about a year ago and he still had the car with ~250,000 miles on it.

When I had mine, I wan't crazy about it and was excited to sell it and get another car. Looking back now, I think it was a pretty nice car and I would like to have it back...

For some reason, the 4x4 Toyotas do seem to command higher prices than other similar vehicles. Have you thought about an older 4.0 Jeep Cherokee? They are rock solid and can be bought cheaper than a 4-Runner. I just sold my 1989 Cherokee Sport 4x4 for $1600 (sold it yesterday). It only had 124,000 miles on it and in interior looked brand new, but the original red paint was faded. I have no doubt that my Jeep has at least 100,000 more miles left in it. I was sad to see it go.

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Old 05-20-2015, 09:43 AM   #15
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I had a 90 4Runner for 17 years, 5spd Manual. Never left me stranded, changed oil, shocks, battery and exhaust a couple of times. Preventively changed the timing chain, never overheated, never had the head gasket let go. Everything worked on it until it got totaled parked in front of my house. Can't comment on the auto transmission but with manual 31.5X10X15 rubber it would motor through most anything in 2wd. The high and low 4wd were flawless. As others mentioned the 3.0 V6 is not all that powerful nor particularly economical on fuel but I was getting 12 to 15 mpg in city driving.

All that said, the 4Runner was great choice. Any vehicle that could survive the wife learning to drive a stick can take anything short of what the boys at TopGear did to the Land Crusier. A great price for a clean example would be the 2.5K to 4K in the DC area with no real obvious upper limit on an exceptional vehicle. Go for it - the lack of power never bothered me and my 4Runner was stone reliable YRMV.
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