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Going to look at a 96 4Runner today

Discussion in 'VA/DC/MD- Capital Land Cruiser Club' started by DustyFJ, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. DustyFJ

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    My younger son has been saving for his first car for a while now. We’re going this afternoon to look a what looks like a clean 96 4Runner 235,000 mi for $1500

    What kind of things should I look for on that truck? Regular stuff? Oil color, accidents? Door fitment etc??
     
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    Timing belt replacement.
     
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    5ED00DF6-A7C1-4BC3-B422-C4425A4CCF41.jpeg Timing belt done at 210,000. It had a glove box full of receipts and this is the third owner he seemed legit. He didn’t have the title so we’re going to complete the transaction tomorrow. I told him how my kid saved up the money asked 1350, he said 1200 was enough. Seemed like a nice guy, said he was a cop.

    It had the 3.4 and new shocks but needs rotors, tires, and the trans makes a whine when you let off the gas, especially around 60 mph

    My boys pretty happy, I’m probably even more excited for him
     
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    Sounds like a class act of a seller, lowering the price to pay it forward on a kid who has been saving up.
     
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    That whine could be a diff as well, couldn’t it? Once you get it home, baseline it with your son and take a look at the fluids. Congrats to him for saving up - I think it really means more than being given a car.
     
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    Check if the po replaced the lower ball joints, and the radiator. Do a search on ‘3rd gen 4Runner pink milkshake’.
    Other than that, They’re solid trucks.
    Built in Japan like the land cruiser.
     
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    Whine could be the transfer case too. Truck looks shiny! Pat your son on the back.
     
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    Good luck with the new addition!!!!
     
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    Nice price, nice 1st car.
     
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