Can’t afford a Defender? Buy this 4Runner instead.

Being a kid who really came to understand cars in the 90s, I’ve never really liked the graphics packages from the decade. I’m not against graphics, but the Nickelodeon-styled “Splash” graphics on Ford Rangers didn’t do anything for me.

Now, 80s Japanese SUV graphics are another matter altogether. They were never really over-the-top and generally tasteful. They also didn’t make me think of an episode of Double Dare.

This 1988 Toyota 4Runner is currently available on Bring A Trailer

1988 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4

Works as it should

It is powered by the 3.0L V6 engine that made 145 horsepower when new. The transmission is a four-speed automatic. The engine had a refresh about 20,000 miles ago where a shop replaced the cylinder head gasket, injectors, water pump, hoses, and more. The valve cover gaskets were more recently replaced in the last 4,000 miles.

1988 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4

The pictures of this particular truck near the beach are fantastic. This 4Runner has the removable rear hardtop and also comes with a soft top for the warmer months. The truck is also wearing a two-inch lift kit and some BFGoodrich Mud Terrains on the stock alloy wheels. There are also Aisin manual locking hubs. Aisin is an OEM parts supplier for Toyota. It’s one of the names I’m always looking for while sourcing parts for the Land Cruiser.

1988 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4

In the gallery of pictures, someone is auditioning to be a hand model. There are eight pictures with fingers pointing to rock chips and a scrap. There is some surface rust on the underside of the truck, but nothing that looks to be too big a deal currently.

1988 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4

The interior of the 4Runner looks pretty well stock except for the aftermarket head unit. This truck has the auxiliary gauge cluster in the middle of the dash with the altimeter and level gauges that remains functional.

1988 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4

Overall it is a well put together example. The graphics package and sky blue color just take it to another level. The auction probably finishes in the mid-20s. Too pricey for me.

By |2019-11-14T08:52:01+00:00November 14th, 2019|BringATrailer, For Sale|18 Comments

About the Author:

Christopher Tracy
Chris works in marketing by day and writes offroad automotive pieces by night. Chris daily drives his 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser, #TheLandYacht. Just a dad trying to get his kids outside more. IG: @overlandingdad.