2nd Generation (1990—1995) 4Runner Problems

This generations ranks 27th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (55%), electrical (11%), and the steering (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gasket Failure 1 complaints at an average of 136,702 miles in the 1994 Toyota 4Runner.
  2. Blown Head Gasket 2 complaints at an average of 169,500 miles in the 1993 Toyota 4Runner.
  3. Head Gaskets Blown 2 complaints at an average of 189,000 miles in the 1995 Toyota 4Runner.

What 4Runner Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 5 4 17 0.91
1994 3 4 17 1.8
1993 2 3 20 0.9
1992 1 3 19 0.25
1991 4 2 19 0.1
1990 3 2 20 0.47

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