2000 Toyota 4Runner 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 100000 miles
I'm researching to buy 4Runner in the 2000 model year. I noticed on this web page [http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1996-to-2002-toyota-4runner-6.htm] a report that 1996 thru 2001 4Runners have "Excessive oil consumption caused by sludge buildup on the cylinder heads. Company is extending warranty.". What was the cause of this problem? Do 2002 engines not have this problem, so would I be better off buying a 2002? Any other common problems that I should be aware of, when considering a well maintained 4Runner? Have also observed negative catalytic converter comments on some comment web sites. Persons paying $1K plus labor for replacement of each. I suspect there is $200 aftermarket part available. Would you buy clean condition 4WD 4Runner for highway only use in great lakes snow belt area?
Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 8:50 PM