The 3rd Generation Toyota 4Runner Is a Great Old-School SUV


The third-generation (1996-2002) Toyota 4Runner is becoming an icon. Today I'm reviewing this third-gen 4Runner to explain why people love these so much. I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of this 4Runner, and then I'll drive the 4Runner and let you know what it's like on the road.
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  • Doug DeMuro
    Doug DeMuroMåned siden

    Fun fact: when I was in college, I had a friend who owned one of these. Years earlier, she had been messing around with friends and they rolled it over in wet grass. They got it back on its wheels and *drove it home.* She then drove it around - FOR YEARS - with dents on the roof but otherwise perfectly fine. I personally drove it 500 miles from Atlanta to Savannah and back, no issues.

  • Sage W

    Sage W

    2 dager siden

    Here in Colorado my buddy had 2 of the second Gen, rolled them both, both able to be flipped and driven for months.. buddy with a 3rd gen also had this exact story happen.

  • Reptile Disfunction

    Reptile Disfunction

    10 dager siden


  • Sean Lara

    Sean Lara

    16 dager siden

    I have a very similar story with my first 3rd gen 4Runner haha.

  • Toyota Dude

    Toyota Dude

    23 dager siden

    @Edward Gloriani that's exactly what I have 😆😆😆

  • HJBold Gaming

    HJBold Gaming

    Måned siden

    There are still quite a few SUV's that can be bought with a manual transmission in the UK: Range Rover Evoque Land Rover Discovery Sport BMW X1 Mercedes GLA Audi Q3 Citroen C5 Aircross Volkswagen Tiguan Skoda Kodiaq Vauxhall Grandland X....

  • Autoturisti
    Autoturisti21 time siden

    These are so awesome. We bought one of these with almost 240k miles, and drove it from Portland to Panama and back to Honduras. It was still smooth as butter, and just needed regular maintenance. It only stopped when the next owner crashed it in Mexico. If only we had these in Europe, I'd buy them. (yeah yeah, I know, Hilux. But I want that sweet reliable gas V6)

  • George Burt
    George Burt2 dager siden

    Is this sped up? Doug you packed a lot of info in here very quick :D

  • chris p
    chris p2 dager siden

    a classic

  • Ross M
    Ross M2 dager siden

    Can't beat a 3rd gen. Period. 260K and running strong

  • Radsk8r Bigollies
    Radsk8r Bigollies2 dager siden

    277k on mine and literally have never had a single problem with it. I just put in new sparkplugs and had the fuel injectors cleaned for the first time ever just last week. V6 2003 2WD model. I can't say enough about the reliability. Truly has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.

  • Aiden Serrano
    Aiden Serrano2 dager siden

    Stop don’t drive up the price just give me one more year 😭

  • Kaizoch
    Kaizoch3 dager siden

    The backseat doesn't have cold air controls because the windows roll down

  • ghost
    ghost3 dager siden

    I have one 99 4runner 4x4 auto , 261k miles no rust in Texas might be willing to sell it 🤔

  • Shawn Jackson
    Shawn Jackson6 dager siden

    When are you gonna do the 97-2000 Mercury mountaineer 5.0

  • Fentanyl Floyd
    Fentanyl Floyd6 dager siden

    ‘05 4th gen with 265k OEM. These things are fucking amazing.

  • mikeatc
    mikeatc6 dager siden

    it is special very very rare...

  • Perry Reasch
    Perry Reasch6 dager siden

    this is big dollar $$$ rig

  • Kate O'Toole
    Kate O'Toole7 dager siden

    The Wayne Gretzky Of SUV’s!

  • bwichng1
    bwichng17 dager siden

    Love this 3rd gen!

  • FazerWazer
    FazerWazer8 dager siden

    This car sold for $25,000 lol. Great car but so overpriced

  • victor o
    victor o8 dager siden

    My 322,000 mile 4runner still has those garage door opener pegs somehow

  • Matt Searls
    Matt Searls8 dager siden

    You're not kidding about them being popular in Colorado! Drove through on my way to Las Vegas and felt like I was in an alternate reality where all the vehicles were 4Runners. I was also driving my 97 4Runner there lmao!

  • Dwight Jackson
    Dwight Jackson9 dager siden

    The 4-cylinder was a 2.7 Liter. It had 150hp and 180 pounds of torque. With a manual transmission, Rear-Wheel Drive, on a ~3,300 lb vehicle, it was not "lethargic". I know because I own one, 302k, on original engine and transmission. Excellent car.

  • Theo Zank
    Theo Zank10 dager siden

    I was able to pick up a 2001 2WD SR5 with over 248,000 miles for $3,120 out the door from a local dealer. My brother still has his 1985 4Runner.

  • I write Checks at the grocery store. So?
    I write Checks at the grocery store. So?10 dager siden

    Now do a First Gen!!

  • Nitro RDX
    Nitro RDX10 dager siden

    90's tacoma guy here. I love everything about this video.

  • Nico 859
    Nico 85911 dager siden

    I’m still rocking my 2002 sport edition with 203k miles and counting. Love it

  • Fishin' with Nic
    Fishin' with Nic11 dager siden

    If anyone's curious I drive a third gen with a 4 cylinder and the 0 to 60 is somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 seconds.

  • ryan07jeep
    ryan07jeep12 dager siden

    And those crystal clear glass headlamps

  • Ian Kovac
    Ian Kovac12 dager siden

    I have a 2000 4runner base model 2.7l 4 cylinder 5 spd supercharged if you want to drive it, and you are near colorado springs.

  • Aheitchoo
    Aheitchoo12 dager siden

    Real talk, that 4 runner or a 2002 VQ35 5speed pathfinder?

  • Gran Colombia
    Gran Colombia12 dager siden

    The "spoiler" dircts air down the glass to assist keeping it clean. Its functional.

  • Damien Coffey
    Damien Coffey13 dager siden

    Damn that's a clean 4runner!

  • Антон
    Антон13 dager siden

    Hey! Rear spoiler, made to drain dirt from the rear window, it hardly gets dirty with it)

  • Dirtydoggo69
    Dirtydoggo6914 dager siden

    Jokes on you Doug, I still have the little pegs for the garage door opener.

  • Freddy Arancibia
    Freddy Arancibia14 dager siden

    Hey Doug..I think the 3rd spoiler was added to prevent the exhaust fumes to re-enter the cabin while driving in low speed or stuck in traffic..

  • nartnayr
    nartnayr14 dager siden

    had one of these as my first car in high school. i miss it everyday

  • Jraddd
    Jraddd15 dager siden

    Do you like these or the 80 series better?

  • D B
    D B16 dager siden

    Still see these around town every now and then

  • Sean Lara
    Sean Lara16 dager siden

    One other thing Doug didn't mention. The 4Runners were only offered with a full leather interior on the limited model. If you wanted leather and a manual transmission, you had to pay a pretty hefty upgrade to the dealer for leather. Not a lot of people did this, so this particular vehicle is even rarer. I've done a full leather swap on mine with parts from the pick and pull.

  • Bassing Basics
    Bassing Basics16 dager siden

    A 4Runner with 27k miles is like a Chevy with 10 miles on it

  • Aaron Jones
    Aaron Jones16 dager siden

    Doug honestly sounds dumb as hell trying to say that only 5 percent of these 4 runners came with a manual. A lot of them did, the 2020 Tacoma’s still come with a manual if you want. Toyota has always been pretty big on them, and the automatic trannys in the past 2 generations of 4 runners before the one he’s reviewing, were all known for being shit. If you get a 4 runner pre 1997 everyone tells you to get a manual because the automatics slug, and can’t get out of their own way. So, when the third gen 4 runner rolled around (the one that dug is reviewing) Toyota knew that people weren’t very trusting of their automatic in the 4 runner. So Toyota actually offered them up until the 4th gen, which is years after the one in this video. Doug doesn’t do very much research sometimes because he just assumes we as viewers don’t know. However, he’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t know shit about the 4 runners/ Toyota Tacoma’s legacy or very much about their factual history either. Kinda disappointing bc some of the stuff he’s saying just straight up isn’t true and it’s really hard to watch. Edit: I could point out a bunch of other errors with this video but another one that’s actually worth while is the fact he said he would imagine the 4 cylinder 4 runner was lethargic. Well, now he has an audience of a million people thinking that. When, it’s simply not the case, as long as you had the 2.7 4 cylinder hooked up to a manual transmission then they didn’t slug and weren’t slow at all. But, if you got them with an automatic, then yes they slugged. But, that has more to do with the transmissions. Which again, is another reason Toyota was still offering that 5 speed manual in the 3 third gen 4 runner. Dug just knows enough to have an idea of the situation but he doesn’t know the details and it comes off as really lazy and underprepared.

  • UnderFire MAF
    UnderFire MAF17 dager siden

    Ironically most of the "quirks and features" that you pointed out were added after the fact in the 1999 facelift. Don't discount the 4 cylinder 3RZ, they're just as potent and reliable as the V6. Definitely my preferred motor.

  • derek plevy
    derek plevy17 dager siden

    Quite literally the most reliable vehicle ever made and gets a 7 for “quality”...... I think it’s time to add a new category to the Doug score!

  • H. R. Puffnstuff

    H. R. Puffnstuff

    17 dager siden

    I dunno if I'd go that far but it's def a bench mark.

  • HADEON 89
    HADEON 8917 dager siden

    i got the circle nubs for the garage door opener 😎

  • Alex Frideres
    Alex Frideres17 dager siden

    Doug the type of guy to put milk in the bowl before the cereal

  • stf haha
    stf haha18 dager siden

    Great? The best

  • Sunny Puri
    Sunny Puri18 dager siden

    Still have my 3rd Gen 4Runner - 2001 287,000 Miles and going strong!!!

  • Rakshit Sharma
    Rakshit Sharma18 dager siden

    we have toyota fortuner in india, very popular and best selling in its class. wish they bring 4runner soon

  • Volleyball Videos
    Volleyball Videos19 dager siden

    Sold for $25,251 on 3/11/21. Cheers!

  • Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony
    Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony20 dager siden

    The 5VZ engine is the one we want? I thought 4Runner guys want the diesels?

  • yota for life
    yota for life20 dager siden

    I had a 2000 manual for about 6 months back in 2008 but got offered 5000 more then what I paid for it so I got a 2004 with a v8 that I jus recently sold now I have a 2012 sr5 4runner and a 2017 trd offroad tacoma

  • Max M
    Max M20 dager siden

    been thinking about getting one of these as my first car. thoughts?

  • Shift Automotive

    Shift Automotive

    11 dager siden

    get it if you like off roading. I have one for 140,000 miles and still going strong these things are a tank. They share the same chassis as the thundra toyota pick up truck

  • Swivilposter
    Swivilposter20 dager siden

    Mine is a pos cuz it wasnt taken care of :(

  • logan doe
    logan doe21 dag siden

    I love old school compact SUV's and Trucks, Toyota is the king of them obviously, I've owned a 98 infinity qx4, I have a 99 blazer, and just recently bought a 2nd gen 4runner. There's just something about the 4runners that make them more appealing. Btw the 2nd gen has some funkyness to it that I love.

  • sangfong206
    sangfong20621 dag siden

    miss mine dearly . Totaled it in a rollover

  • Peter Pollock
    Peter Pollock21 dag siden

    Just bought a 4runner and it still has all 3 circle buttons never even been removed😳

  • John Powell
    John Powell21 dag siden

    I have a 99 model with 240,000 miles and I not only have my garage door opener dots, the haven’t been snapped apart yet 😏

  • tolgay demir
    tolgay demir21 dag siden

    I Love Toyota

  • lastfanstanding999
    lastfanstanding99921 dag siden

    I've lived all across the United States and I thought I was the only person who wore a T-Shirt under my T-shirt and received allot of crap from many people for doing so, that and eating pizza with a knife and fork... excuse me !

  • lastfanstanding999
    lastfanstanding99921 dag siden

    4:15 Rear spoiler for road dust, snow, miscellaneous debris and fume control !

  • blitzer25 blitz
    blitzer25 blitz21 dag siden

    i have the Asian equivalent of this,the 2005 Fortuner. and it runs like it'll run forever.

  • ATLOffroad
    ATLOffroad21 dag siden

    Oh no. How can Mr. DeMuro himself not know what the spoiler does on SUVs with a roll down rear window!

  • David Hommel
    David Hommel21 dag siden

    The only thing I personally believe is a design flaw with the V6 is not necessarily the internal water pump, but more of the fact that the thermostat is housed IN the water pump. So if your thermostat goes out you might as well buy the entire kit with the water pump, thermostat, timing guides, and timing belt. The one and only plus side to that is that the motor is a non interference motor. So... there’s that I guess 🤷‍♂️

  • David Hommel
    David Hommel21 dag siden

    I have a 2000 4Runner Limited that mirrors this one’s condition. Wish mine was a manual, but I guess on some level it’s still a unicorn. My “circle things” for a garage door opener are still fully intact and in it’s proper location..

  • Will Myers
    Will Myers22 dager siden

    Being old means you get to drive your dream car from your youth. I have a 99 MANUAL transmission 4Runner HIGHLANDER (later renamed Sport) and I love it.

  • Will Myers
    Will Myers22 dager siden

    The spoiler is designed to blow air across the rear window to reduce accumulation of dust.

  • Anomize23
    Anomize2323 dager siden

    Crazy how many I still see these driving around

  • RasTomas Stanford
    RasTomas Stanford23 dager siden

    Your scores were so weak. Come on D.

  • RasTomas Stanford
    RasTomas Stanford23 dager siden

    Why can't you ever do a POV of your driving. We can still here you talk. I would like to see the car and the road.

  • Deric000
    Deric00023 dager siden

    It's so top heavy

  • Jackson Virgil
    Jackson Virgil23 dager siden

    I have 2000 with the 5 speed, love these old SUVs

  • Ayden Dietrich
    Ayden Dietrich24 dager siden

    i’ve been driving one for about a year now, got rear ended at a red light and it’s totaled now :( best car i’ve ever had

  • Word Day
    Word Day24 dager siden

    so what's the price for this one?

  • John Paul Barrientos
    John Paul Barrientos24 dager siden

    Funny I had one just 4 years ago and somehow it feels so dated now. Way more classic. I’m getting my hands on another one and I really plan to keep it this time.

  • Chris Burger
    Chris Burger24 dager siden

    Missed quirk - two radio antennas - one power mast antenna and the passenger side rear cargo area glass antenna.

  • Ted White
    Ted White24 dager siden

    What can be done with the microphone sticking out of the dashboard next to the clutch button?

  • Jason Ablah
    Jason Ablah25 dager siden

    I had a 2001, great car but not for what they go for now. So overpriced.

  • kanastle one
    kanastle one25 dager siden

    They are all in el Salvador or middle east so if you are selling yours put it in a 5 digit ammount

  • darius andrews
    darius andrews25 dager siden

    Manual 4Runner? Eww.. That explains the low milage..

  • Neclar
    Neclar25 dager siden

    Do a 🦎 review !!!

  • OB1 athome
    OB1 athome25 dager siden

    I’m really thankful for Doug for giving us that little demo, I really struggled to see how the rear window would work in terms of putting your shopping in

  • Angelita Bernadette
    Angelita Bernadette26 dager siden

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  • Angelita Bernadette
    Angelita Bernadette26 dager siden

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  • Need1e
    Need1e26 dager siden

    I want to know what coffee he drinks.

  • Yee Macghyee
    Yee Macghyee26 dager siden

    98% sure that little compartment on the right is for a jack and tire iron. My 2015 Rav4 has one in the same spot, albeit a different orientation and size. Doubt it'll fit a bigger jack but it should fit one good enough for a quick tire change.

  • Mark Walsh
    Mark Walsh27 dager siden

    Doug, the rear spoiler is there to make sure the back window is dry if you were going to take a little item out of the back by rolling down the window.

  • Parker Bailey
    Parker Bailey27 dager siden

    My 3rd gen 4runner has 562,000 miles

  • DanyBoi
    DanyBoi27 dager siden

    Some say Doug DeMuro was born with cargo shorts.

  • Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4
    Master Driver of Toyota Zupr427 dager siden

    dang you didnt show where you winch down the spare tire carrier from the bottom of the truck.

  • Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4
    Master Driver of Toyota Zupr427 dager siden

    Thanks for bringing the resale value up even more on our trucks. 😎

  • Jakov Brižić
    Jakov Brižić27 dager siden

    Out of all these videos and cars you reviewed, Doug, THIS is the only one I want. You kids can keep your Audis, BMWs, McLarens, Lambos... This is the dream.

  • American Hunter
    American Hunter27 dager siden

    This was my brothers first car and my seven year old little brother thinks the cup holder in the back is the coolest thing on earth

  • rah
    rah28 dager siden

    I want one so bad

  • Nicholas
    Nicholas28 dager siden

    Cool but pretty soon none of these vehicles will even be obtainable without a small fortune thanks to content like this

  • Nicholas Kellogg
    Nicholas Kellogg28 dager siden

    My brother has a 2002 Supercharged SR5 with 245k miles and it still runs great! And much quicker with the supercharger👍

  • JacksonGuitarPlayer 97
    JacksonGuitarPlayer 9728 dager siden

    I know a guy that has one with 300k on it and still runs great. Another great engine if you take good care of it... 5.7 hemi by dodge. My ‘03 ram 1500 has 205k on it and runs fantastic

  • Michael
    Michael28 dager siden

    How much did it go for

  • sporadic eel
    sporadic eel28 dager siden

    I've got a 98 SR5. I wanna get a similar year mustang instead, but this is doing fine as a daily.

  • SWITCH7425
    SWITCH742528 dager siden

    I have a similar car... daily driver in the same colour...with a little 2.7litre 3rz petrol engine.... tough car.... watching from Ndola Zambia 🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲

  • Sydney Hustler
    Sydney Hustler28 dager siden

    I camt seem to find a wikipedia article on a 4runner?,

  • Devin Richard
    Devin Richard29 dager siden

    Convinced these are the best cars like ever love mine 😍

  • Devin Richard

    Devin Richard

    29 dager siden

    He should of mentioned there turning radius it's basically a jeep

  • M B
    M B29 dager siden

    Now I just feel like I watch, not quirks or features but a really nice salesman.

  • Alex Garcia
    Alex Garcia29 dager siden

    and it sold for over $25k xD