I just received my ToyotaCare post card in the mail, and a voicemail from the dealer yesterday, too. I haven’t gone to the dealer since they refused my last ToyotaCare appointment due to the lift/tires (the 5000 mile appointment, I watched them explicitly due nothing to the vehicle, then tell me it was done). Anyway, I digress, that’s not the problem with the 4Runner. It just served as a reminder as to how long I’ve owned it.
The problem with the 4Runner is that it’s exactly at the ownership tipping point for me. If you average out just the daily drivers I’ve owned since 2000, I tend to keep them for only about 18 months. Since 2000, I’ve had a 1996 Yukon, 2002 Tundra, 2003 Mustang, 1989 K5 Blazer, 1990 Saab 900 Turbo, 1985 Ramcharger, 2005 Mazda 6i hatch, 2004 RX8, 2001 Volvo V70XC, 2012 Tundra Crew, 2014 FoST, 2015 Tacoma DCSB, and the 4Runner. (If you add the 79 MGB, 92 Miata, 67 Cougar, and 99 Civic Hatch, I’m almost 20 for 20!)
I’ve been window shopping lately. Nothing serious, but I really need to get a project of some sort before the 4Runner becomes a casualty. It seems once I hit the 2 year mark, vehicles tend to have a longer stay...but in the DD category, I’ve only kept 4 vehicles over two years, and only 2 over four years.
The 4Runner isn’t perfect by any stretch (steering wheel telescoping JUST a bit further, height adjustable passenger seat, AND I’d delete the sunroof if I were buying again), but it should be a good long term reliable vehicle. If only I didn’t have a second dark blue SUV making it feel redundant...