How safe is a 1997 Toyota 4runner?

I’m looking for a good 4×4 to drive in the snowy weather. I’ve looked at reviews saying the 4runner stands up to its value even though the model is much older than others. Although it’s a ’97, I’ve seen that it gets better reviews than some car models after the year 2004.

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5 Responses to How safe is a 1997 Toyota 4runner?

  1. The Raven June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    It’s very safe unless the frame fails while you are in a difficult driving situation like driving in the mountains or on a highway. Yes the frames DO fail on them as can be seen here.

    Toyota SUV’s rusting in half
    http://www.toyotaframerust.com/

    Youtube video of a Toyota that rusted in half.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INujD8kuc5s
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  2. Elizabeth Wisler June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I was born in 1997!!! (:

  3. deansaved June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    They are a great 4×4 I have an 88 that runs circles around my friends domestic trucks and suv’s. biggest thing to do is check and make sure that the 4×4 works but thats with any of them.

  4. Karlow_BOI June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    they are built like a tank :O

  5. alexpassini June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    The 1997 4Runner is built around the original Toyota pickup platform which is why it outperforms the newer more luxury SUV style design of the current 4Runner compared to the rugged off-road of the original 4Runner.
    http://www.toyotacanada.net/html/toyota_4runner_canada.html