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

Doug DeMuro

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    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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    1. Doug DeMuro

      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.

      1. Reptile Disfunction


      2. Sean Lara

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

      3. Toyota Dude

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

      4. HJBold Gaming

        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....

      5. Ari Schreiber

        So based on your review, today I bought a 2000 SR5 with just 200kms. It is in mint condition, not this clean obviously as its one owner in Toronto but super clean. It's automatic but it doesn't have a trailer hitch and no mods at all. A total pavement princess. I've never had one before so this was a good choice I think. Thanks for the great review as always. Btw I blew the guys mind when I showed him the hidden armrest storage! He was an owner for 21 years and never had any idea haha. Best quirk and feature reaction ever!!! One more thing Doug, it had all 3 of the pegs in the garage door opener area!!!!!

    2. Kaizoch

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

    3. ghost

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

    4. Shawn Jackson

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

    5. Fentanyl Floyd

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

    6. mikeatc

      it is special very very rare...

    7. Perry Reasch

      this is big dollar $$$ rig

    8. Kate O'Toole

      The Wayne Gretzky Of SUV’s!

    9. bwichng1

      Love this 3rd gen!

    10. Toyota Dude

      This video didn't do as well as the Lincoln Blackwood video as far as views go. The Blackwood video is already at 1 milion views. Thought it would do alot better tbh.

    11. FazerWazer

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

    12. victor o

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

    13. Matt Searls

      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!

    14. Dwight Jackson

      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.

    15. Theo Zank

      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.

    16. I write Checks at the grocery store. So?

      Now do a First Gen!!

    17. Nitro RDX

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

    18. Nico 859

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

    19. Fishin' with Nic

      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.

    20. ryan07jeep

      And those crystal clear glass headlamps

    21. Ian Kovac

      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.

    22. Aheitchoo

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

    23. Gran Colombia

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

    24. Damien Coffey

      Damn that's a clean 4runner!

    25. Антон

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

    26. Dirtydoggo69

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

    27. Freddy Arancibia

      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..

    28. nartnayr

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

    29. Jraddd

      Do you like these or the 80 series better?

    30. D B

      Still see these around town every now and then

    31. Sean Lara

      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.

    32. Bassing Basics

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

    33. Aaron Jones

      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.

    34. UnderFire MAF

      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.

    35. derek plevy

      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!

      1. H. R. Puffnstuff

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

    36. HADEON 89

      i got the circle nubs for the garage door opener 😎

    37. Alex Frideres

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

    38. stf haha

      Great? The best

    39. Sunny Puri

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

    40. Rakshit Sharma

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

    41. Volleyball Videos

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

    42. Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony

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

    43. yota for life

      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

    44. Max M

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

      1. Shift Automotive

        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

    45. Swivilposter

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

    46. logan doe

      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.

    47. sangfong206

      miss mine dearly . Totaled it in a rollover

    48. Peter Pollock

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

    49. John Powell

      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 😏

    50. tolgay demir

      I Love Toyota

    51. lastfanstanding999

      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 !

    52. lastfanstanding999

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

    53. blitzer25 blitz

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

    54. ATLOffroad

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

    55. David Hommel

      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 🤷‍♂️

    56. David Hommel

      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..

    57. Will Myers

      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.

    58. Will Myers

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

    59. Anomize23

      Crazy how many I still see these driving around

    60. RasTomas Stanford

      Your scores were so weak. Come on D.

    61. RasTomas Stanford

      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.

    62. Deric000

      It's so top heavy

    63. Jackson Virgil

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

    64. Ayden Dietrich

      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

    65. Word Day

      so what's the price for this one?

    66. John Paul Barrientos

      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.

    67. Chris Burger

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

    68. Ted White

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

    69. Jason Ablah

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

    70. kanastle one

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

    71. darius andrews

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

    72. Neclar

      Do a 🦎 review !!!

    73. OB1 athome

      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

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    76. Need1e

      I want to know what coffee he drinks.

    77. Yee Macghyee

      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.

    78. Mark Walsh

      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.

    79. Parker Bailey

      My 3rd gen 4runner has 562,000 miles

    80. DanyBoi

      Some say Doug DeMuro was born with cargo shorts.

    81. Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4

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

    82. Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4

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

    83. Jakov Brižić

      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.

    84. American Hunter

      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

    85. rah

      I want one so bad

    86. Nicholas

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

    87. Nicholas Kellogg

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

    88. JacksonGuitarPlayer 97

      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

    89. Michael

      How much did it go for

    90. sporadic eel

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

    91. SWITCH7425

      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 🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲

    92. Sydney Hustler

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

    93. Devin Richard

      Convinced these are the best cars like ever love mine 😍

      1. Devin Richard

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

    94. M B

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

    95. Alex Garcia

      and it sold for over $25k xD

    96. Kevin Moondust

      Back when the 4Runner, the Hilux Surf and the Hilux SW4 were still the same vehicle, almost.

    97. Asitha Jayasundera

      4Runner = Hilux

    98. Marco Frutos

      Very cool I personally have a 2002 4runner but it's a 3.0L diesel

    99. Blake Ingram

      Chevy Suburbans from this era (and its counterparts, including the Tahoes), had these cargo powerpoints as well. Plus, the cubbies in the rear seats could be lifted up, and you had the little door to put stuff in as well. My mom kept blankets in them.

    100. Nightwolf 88

      The new 4runners still have the retractable rear window option. “Reminds me of the old wagoneers”