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Just bought a '98 4cyl 2.7 4Runner #722327 05/10/06 01:03 AM
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Edy Offline OP
Drove almost 600 mile round trip to get this rig. Thought I would tell you folks about it while it's fresh in my mind. It's got 200k on the Odom with head gasket and clutch done about 25K ago. Beats the heck outta my 85 Runner for comfort. I was way less fatigued when I got home than if I had driven the old girl. Looks like a soccer mom vehicle. Even had a soccer team license plate holder. (That came off immediately) Brand new giant puffball cheap tires. Runs absolutely great. Climbs hills in 5th and steep ones in 4th. Downshifted mostly to reduce speed (rugged terrain with winding roads around here) whereas with the older runner I was going down to 3rd a fair amount with only 30" tires and 4.10 gears. The 2.7 4cyl is definatley less responsive to the pedal than the 3.4 6cyl but has a fair bit more power than the 22re. More like the 3.0 six. Getting about 22 mph highway while the 22re was more like 19. Shifting is a little stiff but very positive. I think I just need to get used to the tighter pattern. Haven't had a chance to really get it off the road yet. Paid $7500 for it. What else? Previous owner said that he would upgrade the rear spring with Old Man Emu springs. It's really sick bone stock now. With the 16" wheels, I'm hopping I can get some more air down cush when I have to drive the Mexican washboards during the annual winter road trip. Plus we now have air conditioning. Where I live it rarely gets over 70 so when its hot I'm not really used to it. Outside is OK but in the car its pretty miserable. So here goes with hopefully the beginning of another long relationship with a great truck.

85 4Runner 22re, mostly stock. Over 340K miles(SOLD for $4000 7/06)

98 2.7 4cyl 4Runner Bone Stock perfect 200,000 miles (alright, it has a HG and clutch in it's past)
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Re: Just bought a '98 4cyl 2.7 4Runner [Re: Edy] #722328 05/10/06 02:04 AM
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Good choice man. The 2.7 is a great motor.

When I was shopping for a new vehicle I was looking at a 97, 4cyl 4runner, 5 speed, that was close to me. Toyota geared the 4cyls (at least the 96-98s) nice and low. I think with the 31" tires and 5speed, you got 4.56 gears, which is way lower than what they put in tacos and 3.4 vehicles.

I ended up reasoning that I wouldn't be offroading the DD very much and I could get something newer that got better MPG than a 4runner for the same money (hence the CRV).

I kind of regret it though. It was a cherry 97 with only 60000 miles on it. Oh well...

90 pickup, 22RE, stiff-ass Ranchos, 2.25 catback, 4:1 header, conical intake, 15x7 ICW alloys, 32x11.50 Dunlop Mud Rovers, 4.56s w/v6 rear

-Farm truck until school is done...then plans

2000 Honda CRV EX 5 speed


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