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Toyota 3.0 reliability?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by 05PreRunner, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Mar 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    05PreRunner

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    TRD intake, JBA "shorty" headers, URD y-pipe
    As some as you know.. I'm selling my daily driver Chevy blazer.. I got an offer as a straight trade for a 94 4runner.. And just wanted to see if anyone knew if this year 4runner had any problems or if their notorious for anything.. The 4runner has 194k miles but then again the blazer has 180k.. The runner has the top end of the engine already rebuilt.

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  2. Mar 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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    headgaskets iirc but if the top end was JUST done then why not?
     
  3. Mar 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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    TRD intake, JBA "shorty" headers, URD y-pipe
    Cool, thanks
     
  4. Mar 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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    I had a '88 toyota pickup 4x4 with the 3.0 V6 in it. I had the engine rebuilt at 203,000 miles, but that was only b/c it blew the front main seal and i figured might as well since i was keeping it at the time. Engine didn't need rebuilding though as i was told afterwards. Great engine with SOHC
     
  5. Mar 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    my work had 4 4Runners with the 3.0 in them. never had major problems, only thing was the tranny's blew out of a few of them, mostly due to the driving conditions though (all under 25 mph, speedbumps everywhere)

    all of them have like 150k-200k and they all still run.
     
  6. Mar 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM
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  7. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    yup head gaskets put quite a few in actually the exhaust on this one wasn't really thought out well since they pipe the passenger side exhaust behind the block in the engine bay and right past number 6 exhaust valve and then down so you wind up with a hot spot and usually a burned valve along with a head gasket issue. Easy fix if you want to do some exhaust work you could also put on headers that would fix it. If it is a problem the 3.4 swap is also really popular and that is one hell of a motor. If it was me I would probably take the trade just check for the usual oil leaks and if possible do a compression check that will really tell you what is going on.
     
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