By Coleman McVea—Low Range Off-Road, Media Specialist
Since I am a died-in-the-wool Toyota guy I bought this 4Runner from my daughter when she announced she wanted to buy a Subaru Outback. I almost kicked her out of the family for that, but now my oldest son works for Subaru. So I have softened a little toward that make.
It seems like I have spent half my life keeping fluids where they belong, chasing bad crimped electrical connections and solving problems associated with what some people call upgrades that are not up at all. So I just keep her stock.
She has 210k on the clock and the only real problem I’ve had in the past 20K has been a cracked flexplate. Initially, I thought it was an alternator noise; just a ticking sound. But over the past year it has gotten loud enough to worry about. So I stopped in to my good friends at Sav-Mor Auto in Orem, Utah. They put it up on the lift and sure enough we could see a crack in the flexplate.
Thankfully, after about 20 start-ups it did start sounding better. The only bad sound now is during starter disengagement. I suspect one day my flexplate will take out the starter. But I have a lifetime warranty on that; so I figure I am okay for now.
All-in-all, I love my 4Runner. She’s clean, reliable and drives nice. And if I run into a little snow or want to do some off-roading on the hunt or a camp out, I can.