Used Car of the Day: 1988 Toyota 4Runner V6

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a project vehicle, no doubt. That said, someone who snags this non-running 1988 Toyota 4Runner V6 could end up with a delightful off-road rig if he or she has the time and money to get it all fixed up.


As noted above, this 4Runner currently doesn't run. The odometer says it has almost 268K miles on the clock, and the seller says the engine has about 70k miles on it -- and was rebuilt less than 5K miles ago.

Here's a partial list, directly from the ad, of what this vehicle has:

TG 5" lift kit
cross-over steering
ARB lockers front and rear
5.28 Yukon gears front and rear
chromoly axles
Square Driveline
35" tires Goodyear MTR w/Kevlar. Less than a couple thousand miles on tires but Runner has been sitting.
Cobra 25LTD CB radio
JVC CD player
Rear curved window is broken out of the removable top

The asking price for this California-based rig is $5,000. Click here if this sort of thing interests you.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Jul 06, 2023

    I enjoy the "engine rebuilt 5k miles ago" and "it doesn't run. probably needs engine work". The only this missing from this listing is "I know what I got".

  • Alan Alan on Jul 06, 2023

    Not worth buying a flogged out 4x4. I notice no rear mud flaps. I see this in the US often. Here in Australia instant defect notice.

  • Cprescott Remember the days when German automakers built reliable cars? Now you'd be lucky to get 40k miles out of them before the gremlins had babies.
  • Cprescott Likely a cave for Witch Barra and her minions.
  • Cprescott Affordable means under significantly under $30k. I doubt that will happen. And at the first uptick in sales, the dealers will tack on $5k in extra profit.
  • Analoggrotto Tell us you're vying for more Hyundai corporate favoritism without telling us. That Ioniq N test drive must have really gotten your hearts.
  • Master Baiter EV mandates running into the realities of charging infrastructure, limited range, cost and consumer preferences. Who could possibly have predicted that?
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