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

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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  • 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.

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuroMånad sedan
    • Hilarious

      Reptile DisfunctionReptile Disfunction6 dagar sedan
    • I have a very similar story with my first 3rd gen 4Runner haha.

      Sean LaraSean Lara13 dagar sedan
    • @Edward Gloriani that's exactly what I have 😆😆😆

      Toyota DudeToyota Dude19 dagar sedan
    • 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....

      HJBold GamingHJBold GamingMånad sedan
    • 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!!!!!

      Ari SchreiberAri SchreiberMånad sedan
  • The backseat doesn't have cold air controls because the windows roll down

    KaizochKaizoch7 timmar sedan
  • I have one 99 4runner 4x4 auto , 261k miles no rust in Texas might be willing to sell it 🤔

    ghostghost7 timmar sedan
  • When are you gonna do the 97-2000 Mercury mountaineer 5.0

    Shawn JacksonShawn Jackson2 dagar sedan
  • ‘05 4th gen with 265k OEM. These things are fucking amazing.

    Fentanyl FloydFentanyl Floyd2 dagar sedan
  • it is special very very rare...

    mikeatcmikeatc2 dagar sedan
  • this is big dollar $$$ rig

    Perry ReaschPerry Reasch2 dagar sedan
  • The Wayne Gretzky Of SUV’s!

    Kate O'TooleKate O'Toole3 dagar sedan
  • Love this 3rd gen!

    bwichng1bwichng13 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Toyota DudeToyota Dude3 dagar sedan
  • This car sold for $25,000 lol. Great car but so overpriced

    FazerWazerFazerWazer4 dagar sedan
  • My 322,000 mile 4runner still has those garage door opener pegs somehow

    victor ovictor o4 dagar sedan
  • 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!

    Matt SearlsMatt Searls4 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Dwight JacksonDwight Jackson5 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Theo ZankTheo Zank6 dagar sedan
  • Now do a First Gen!!

    I write Checks at the grocery store. So?I write Checks at the grocery store. So?6 dagar sedan
  • 90's tacoma guy here. I love everything about this video.

    Nitro RDXNitro RDX6 dagar sedan
  • I’m still rocking my 2002 sport edition with 203k miles and counting. Love it

    Nico 859Nico 8597 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Fishin' with NicFishin' with Nic7 dagar sedan
  • And those crystal clear glass headlamps

    ryan07jeepryan07jeep8 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Ian KovacIan Kovac8 dagar sedan
  • Real talk, that 4 runner or a 2002 VQ35 5speed pathfinder?

    AheitchooAheitchoo8 dagar sedan
  • The "spoiler" dircts air down the glass to assist keeping it clean. Its functional.

    Gran ColombiaGran Colombia9 dagar sedan
  • Damn that's a clean 4runner!

    Damien CoffeyDamien Coffey9 dagar sedan
  • Hey! Rear spoiler, made to drain dirt from the rear window, it hardly gets dirty with it)

    АнтонАнтон9 dagar sedan
  • Jokes on you Doug, I still have the little pegs for the garage door opener.

    Dirtydoggo69Dirtydoggo6910 dagar sedan
  • 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..

    Freddy ArancibiaFreddy Arancibia11 dagar sedan
  • had one of these as my first car in high school. i miss it everyday

    nartnayrnartnayr11 dagar sedan
  • Do you like these or the 80 series better?

    JradddJraddd11 dagar sedan
  • Still see these around town every now and then

    D BD B12 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Sean LaraSean Lara13 dagar sedan
  • A 4Runner with 27k miles is like a Chevy with 10 miles on it

    Bassing BasicsBassing Basics13 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Aaron JonesAaron Jones13 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    UnderFire MAFUnderFire MAF13 dagar sedan
  • 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!

    derek plevyderek plevy13 dagar sedan
    • I dunno if I'd go that far but it's def a bench mark.

      H. R. PuffnstuffH. R. Puffnstuff13 dagar sedan
  • i got the circle nubs for the garage door opener 😎

    HADEON 89HADEON 8913 dagar sedan
  • Doug the type of guy to put milk in the bowl before the cereal

    Alex FrideresAlex Frideres14 dagar sedan
  • Great? The best

    stf hahastf haha14 dagar sedan
  • Still have my 3rd Gen 4Runner - 2001 287,000 Miles and going strong!!!

    Sunny PuriSunny Puri15 dagar sedan
  • we have toyota fortuner in india, very popular and best selling in its class. wish they bring 4runner soon

    Rakshit SharmaRakshit Sharma15 dagar sedan
  • Sold for $25,251 on 3/11/21. Cheers!

    Volleyball VideosVolleyball Videos15 dagar sedan
  • The 5VZ engine is the one we want? I thought 4Runner guys want the diesels?

    Assetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC BronyAssetto the 4Runner Pony - FHRC Brony16 dagar sedan
  • 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

    yota for lifeyota for life16 dagar sedan
  • been thinking about getting one of these as my first car. thoughts?

    Max MMax M17 dagar sedan
    • 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

      Shift AutomotiveShift Automotive7 dagar sedan
  • Mine is a pos cuz it wasnt taken care of :(

    SwivilposterSwivilposter17 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    logan doelogan doe17 dagar sedan
  • miss mine dearly . Totaled it in a rollover

    sangfong206sangfong20617 dagar sedan
  • Just bought a 4runner and it still has all 3 circle buttons never even been removed😳

    Peter PollockPeter Pollock17 dagar sedan
  • 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 😏

    John PowellJohn Powell17 dagar sedan
  • I Love Toyota

    tolgay demirtolgay demir17 dagar sedan
  • 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 !

    lastfanstanding999lastfanstanding99917 dagar sedan
  • 4:15 Rear spoiler for road dust, snow, miscellaneous debris and fume control !

    lastfanstanding999lastfanstanding99917 dagar sedan
  • i have the Asian equivalent of this,the 2005 Fortuner. and it runs like it'll run forever.

    blitzer25 blitzblitzer25 blitz18 dagar sedan
  • Oh no. How can Mr. DeMuro himself not know what the spoiler does on SUVs with a roll down rear window!

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  • 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 🤷‍♂️

    David HommelDavid Hommel18 dagar sedan
  • 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..

    David HommelDavid Hommel18 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Will MyersWill Myers18 dagar sedan
  • The spoiler is designed to blow air across the rear window to reduce accumulation of dust.

    Will MyersWill Myers18 dagar sedan
  • Crazy how many I still see these driving around

    Anomize23Anomize2319 dagar sedan
  • Your scores were so weak. Come on D.

    RasTomas StanfordRasTomas Stanford19 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    RasTomas StanfordRasTomas Stanford19 dagar sedan
  • It's so top heavy

    Deric000Deric00020 dagar sedan
  • I have 2000 with the 5 speed, love these old SUVs

    Jackson VirgilJackson Virgil20 dagar sedan
  • 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

    Ayden DietrichAyden Dietrich20 dagar sedan
  • so what's the price for this one?

    Word DayWord Day20 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    John Paul BarrientosJohn Paul Barrientos20 dagar sedan
  • Missed quirk - two radio antennas - one power mast antenna and the passenger side rear cargo area glass antenna.

    Chris BurgerChris Burger20 dagar sedan
  • What can be done with the microphone sticking out of the dashboard next to the clutch button?

    Ted WhiteTed White21 dag sedan
  • I had a 2001, great car but not for what they go for now. So overpriced.

    Jason AblahJason Ablah21 dag sedan
  • They are all in el Salvador or middle east so if you are selling yours put it in a 5 digit ammount

    kanastle onekanastle one21 dag sedan
  • Manual 4Runner? Eww.. That explains the low milage..

    darius andrewsdarius andrews21 dag sedan
  • Do a 🦎 review !!!

    NeclarNeclar21 dag sedan
  • 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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  • I want to know what coffee he drinks.

    Need1eNeed1e22 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Yee MacghyeeYee Macghyee22 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Mark WalshMark Walsh23 dagar sedan
  • My 3rd gen 4runner has 562,000 miles

    Parker BaileyParker Bailey23 dagar sedan
  • Some say Doug DeMuro was born with cargo shorts.

    DanyBoiDanyBoi23 dagar sedan
  • dang you didnt show where you winch down the spare tire carrier from the bottom of the truck.

    Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4Master Driver of Toyota Zupr423 dagar sedan
  • Thanks for bringing the resale value up even more on our trucks. 😎

    Master Driver of Toyota Zupr4Master Driver of Toyota Zupr423 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Jakov BrižićJakov Brižić23 dagar sedan
  • 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

    American HunterAmerican Hunter24 dagar sedan
  • I want one so bad

    rahrah24 dagar sedan
  • Cool but pretty soon none of these vehicles will even be obtainable without a small fortune thanks to content like this

    NicholasNicholas24 dagar sedan
  • My brother has a 2002 Supercharged SR5 with 245k miles and it still runs great! And much quicker with the supercharger👍

    Nicholas KelloggNicholas Kellogg24 dagar sedan
  • 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

    JacksonGuitarPlayer 97JacksonGuitarPlayer 9724 dagar sedan
  • How much did it go for

    MichaelMichael24 dagar sedan
  • I've got a 98 SR5. I wanna get a similar year mustang instead, but this is doing fine as a daily.

    sporadic eelsporadic eel25 dagar sedan
  • 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 🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲

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

    Sydney HustlerSydney Hustler25 dagar sedan
  • Convinced these are the best cars like ever love mine 😍

    Devin RichardDevin Richard25 dagar sedan
    • He should of mentioned there turning radius it's basically a jeep

      Devin RichardDevin Richard25 dagar sedan
  • Now I just feel like I watch, not quirks or features but a really nice salesman.

    M BM B25 dagar sedan
  • and it sold for over $25k xD

    Alex GarciaAlex Garcia26 dagar sedan
  • Back when the 4Runner, the Hilux Surf and the Hilux SW4 were still the same vehicle, almost.

    Kevin MoondustKevin Moondust26 dagar sedan
  • 4Runner = Hilux

    Asitha JayasunderaAsitha Jayasundera26 dagar sedan
  • Very cool I personally have a 2002 4runner but it's a 3.0L diesel

    Marco FrutosMarco Frutos26 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Blake IngramBlake Ingram26 dagar sedan
  • The new 4runners still have the retractable rear window option. “Reminds me of the old wagoneers”

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