Thought on a '91 4Runner.

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 15:41
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We are looking at a 1991 Toyota 4 Runner Deluxe 4x4 Wagon.
Manual, 4cyl, 2.8l, Diesel, 328,690km

Priced at around 4k.

We are starting the process of gathering all the items for doing the big lap, but wont be leaving for 2 years yet.
We wanted to get the car now, to have the time to get what ever we needed for it, then we will get the caravan.

How do you think this car would go pulling a caravan around Aus?? We aren't too concerned for high speeds and are happy to take it easy, we aren't in any rush.

Main concern is, could it do it? without it being a constant struggle? We aren't into heavy off roading either, but do want to see Australia off the tarmac!

Opinions appreciated!

Cheers!
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:06

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:06
Hi Angie, while I dont wish to discourage low cost touring, see my post above, I believe you are looking for grief expecting this car to tow a van around Oz. I have
a single cab with the same motor, & a power pack it is not. While a tough & reliable
engine, this has its best years behind it, even with a good service history. Check the
online car sites & I'm sure you can find better value for money. I would be looking
for a petrol six. cheers.....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:18

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:18
As an example...96 Jackaroo 3.2 V6 auto,silver, 204K..$3200 at a Sydney Dealer.
Ebay..............oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:44

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 16:44
Thanks for the info. We weren't completely sold on the idea of a 4runner and I guess this confirms it.

Though you suggest both a petrol and an Auto? I would of thought the opposite would be better for towing?

I guess the other issue we face is that we live in Tas, and finding the right car for the right price here can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But like I said, we don't plan to leave till 2014 so still have a little while to find the right set up!
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:04

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:04
Angie, While I'm biased re V6 Jacks & admit it, see pic above, I'm also biased re autos
& towing after using one. I suspect a diesel in that price range to be hard to find with
much life left in it. The auto /Man thing is no big deal either way. I understand your
restricted a bit in Tas. but I would look hard at the Melbourne market..you will never
miss the airfare if you find the right car...good luck with it.......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: dazren - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:14

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:14
Good advice there from oldbaz, ''ditto from me '' dazren
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Reply By: 4running - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:56

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 17:56
Ive owned a 2.8 4runner, and while yes it was a great car for 4wdriving I wouldnt buy one to tow a van around oz..a camper trailer maybe, but not a van. the rear window is also a bugger if it fails as if you have a cargo barrier you cannot get your item out of the boot area!
as suggested I would be looking at a v6..a jack or a pajero for the same price range and definately a bit more comfortable than the 4runner, and they will easily handle mild offroading.
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:06

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:06
Thanks for the reply and suggestions, how hard would you say it would be to get spares when in the outback for a jack or Pajero?
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:18

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:18
Hi Angie,

We dont have a caravan, but I thought the conventional wisdom was to get the van first then find a suitable vehicle to tow it?

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:34

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 18:34
Is that right? I had the reversed thinking for some reason. But I am a newbie when it comes to all this, so I am not surprised to be wrong.
Thanks for reminding me of that. :)
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 19:45

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 19:45
Had one. Couldn't recommend it. Things kept breaking. The rear window which can only be opened electrically from inside the cab was a real pain. The motor that drives the window doesn't like dust much either.
We sold it and bought a much older 60 series Toyo diesel. It saved us a packet. Costs a little more in fuel but the other repair costs have been much reduced and the extra power and space have made travel and towing much more comfortable (after we replace the seats in the 60 series) The seats in the 4 runner were the only thing I preferred on it compared to the older 60 series.
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 19:56

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 19:56
I appreciate this (experience counts), and above all I would love Love a Cruiser. Hopefully the right one will pop up soon! Though now I am not sure whether or not I should be getting the Caravan first, though I am not sure my partner would be too happy with this, He can't wait to get his 4x4. :)
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Reply By: louie the fly - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 21:36

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 21:36
We had 92 model with a 2.8d. While it was a good reliable 4x4 it seriously lacked power. We had a 20ft ski boat. I towed it once, to the servo and it struggled. We went to Fraser Is. in it. Good fuel economy. IFS front end is a bit weak. Axle/diff housing seals prone to failure. Otherwise, we had very little trouble with ours. Things like the rear window are easily fixed. Parts are fairly cheap. In the 5 years we had ours I did starter contacts, injector pipe, front diff seals and rear wheel bearings and seals, and some electrical repairs. Wouldn,t have spent 500 on all that.
If you just want to travel around they are OK IMO, but I wouldn't tow with it.
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 21:55

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 at 21:55
From what I have read, they do pretty good for themselves. But seriously lack when it comes to pulling power, and as that is the intended use, I guess we will have to give this one a miss.
Feeling pretty glad to have asked on here first before buying it.
Thanks for all the feedback!
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Reply By: 4 runner - Thursday, Feb 09, 2012 at 01:06

Thursday, Feb 09, 2012 at 01:06
All depends on what you are towing, I have owned a 90 forerunner that I fitted with an after market turbo and a 2.5 inch exhaust for the last 8 years and would not sell it for anything.

Yes it's old and not that fast, it will do 100 easy towing a goldstream van, however it does not like steep hills.

On the plus side, the motor normally goes forever with easy servicing, I use mine to go up dunes that cruisers and patrols fail to make and it has never failed me and has done more than 500,000 kms.

Yes the window can be a problem, however you will know when this is about to happen with more than enough time to replace the motor.

If the model you are looking at is in good condition and for the right price then consider it, modern cars are good but with the electronics they can be a pain, ever tried to fix an ECU or a sensor.

Cannot comment highly enough on the forerunner.
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Reply By: Member - John D, Wandong (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2012 at 11:33

Thursday, Feb 09, 2012 at 11:33
Hi Angie, as Oldbaz has mentioned, there are some good vehicles in and around Melbourne, you should have a look at www.carsales.com.au and search for something under $10,000, eg. Jackaroo, and I wouldn't rule out a twin cab ute with canopy (plenty of storage room), below are two examples that I found.

Jackaroo

Rodeo

Regards,
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