Rare, Early 4Runner Lands in YotaTech Marketplace

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1988 Toyota 4Runner

Unmodified, well-kept 4Runner examples don’t grow on trees. But this clean beauty is a real blast from the past.

Sadly (or happily, if you’re selling one), early Toyota 4Runner examples are going for big bucks these days. Even ones in terrible condition. But that’s what happens when you’re talking about one of the most beloved vehicles ever built. Finding a nice, clean 4Runner isn’t easy these days, either. And those that are out there in the world are priced exorbitantly high. But that won’t stop us from coveting clean ones like this beautiful ’88 we found in the YotaTech Marketplace.

This particular vintage 4Runner has never even been modified, which is a real rarity these days. Living its life in California means you won’t find any typical rust issues or even much wear on the exterior at all. Even the original graphics are in fantastic shape, showing no ill effects from many years in the sun.

1988 Toyota 4Runner

With 261,000 miles, you’d expect to see some kind of wear on the interior, at least. And there is some there, especially on the steering wheel. But the seats and dash look pretty excellent overall, not the kind of thing you’d expect from a relatively high-mile rig. There are no rips, tears, or cracks in anything we can see in the pictures.

1988 Toyota 4Runner

The seller has also done a good bit of maintenance work to his 4Runner recently that should keep it running for years to come. Things like a rebuilt transmission, new timing belt and water pump, and fresh valve cover gaskets. New brakes and master cylinder, tie rods, shocks and ball joints are welcome fixes too. Thus, if you’re looking for a classic 4Runner in nice, original condition, this one promises to be a little hard to pass up!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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