Used Car of the Day: 1988 Toyota 4Runner V6

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1988 toyota 4runner v6

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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  • 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.

  • Tassos Your title says FORD to offer blah blah, but on the photo there is a DAMNED KIA instead What gives?
  • Dukeisduke There were aftermarket ac/c systems for these - they used a plastic duct with vents that sat atop the transmission tunnel.
  • GrumpyOldMan I had a '73 for around 18 years. It had a foot operated windshield washer pump, four grease fittings (one on each each door hinge), and coil spring rear/transverse leaf front suspension. No trunk, but a good size luggage area behind the seats. Almost made it to 200K miles, but the tin worm got it.
  • Dukeisduke As far as I'm concerned, the jury's still out on the new Tacoma. I've read about too many new Tundras with mechanical problems like failed wastegates. I'm not confident these won't have similar teething problems. Toyota should just stay away from turbos.
  • TheDrake I owned a ‘69 GT back in the mid seventies and it was a great little car. The 1.9 liter engine in a rwd car that weighed around 2,000 lbs made for a fun ride. Maybe the best handling car I ever drove, felt like it was on rails.