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Is the 4 Cyl engine dependable?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trdracing5, May 20, 2010.

  1. May 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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    trdracing5

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    I am looking at purchasing a 1999 4Runner with the 4cyl engine. I assume this is the same 4cyl engine in the tacomas.
    Are these good engines?
    I have no experience with the 4cyl engine only the 6cyl.
    The engine has 170,000 miles on it. What are some of the things I need to look for when considering this vehicle?
     
  2. May 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    BravesFan

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  3. May 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    It's a good engine. Reliable, yes. It's got a timing chain not a belt so you're good there.
     
  4. May 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM
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    toycar18

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    I have read in motor trend or some other magazine that the 3RZ motor is one of the most reliable every built.... knock on wood
     
  5. May 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    is this a question? haha
     
  6. May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM
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    Very reliable, and powerful for a 4 cyl.
     
  7. May 20, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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  8. May 21, 2010 at 3:22 AM
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    Bullet Proof is an understatememnt. I had that engine in my other Tacoma. Toyota bought back my truck due to frame rust. Now I have the 6cyl, but wish I had the 4 because it would last forever.
     
  9. May 21, 2010 at 4:04 AM
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    trdracing5

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    I assume that the 4runner has the same 4cyl as the tacoma. correct?
     
  10. May 21, 2010 at 5:10 AM
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    strongwxnc

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    I got a 02 Tacoma with 163,000+ on it. Runs Strong!!
     
  11. May 21, 2010 at 5:50 AM
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    i have a 99, with 3rz 4 cyl. it has 197k on it, ive had it since 2004, with 47k. no problems with the engine. its an awesome engine, very reliable & strong!
     
  12. May 21, 2010 at 5:52 AM
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    ywen

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    engine might be fine.. it's just the rest of the truck that falls apart...
     
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