For $8,000, This 1986 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Will Make You Flip Your Lid

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Toyota’s first-gen 4Runner followed the typical U.S. compact sport ute recipe by offering just two doors and a removable rear cap. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe ‘86 also rocks a rare turbo 22R, but will that, and its remarkable condition, have you doffing your cap in honor of its price?

Have you ever noticed that they tend to put all the big power at the back end of rockets? Kardashians too! That fact may have had something to do with yesterday’s 1997 Acura Integra GS-R’s 82% Crack Pipe loss, as while its price befitted its horsepower, the latter was being pushed through the wrong end of the car.


You wouldn’t have that issue with today’s 1986 Toyota 4Runner as it puts its turbo power down at both ends. Based on the Hilux (hey, isn’t that a cookie?) the ‘84 through ‘89 4Runners looked very much like their small pickup brethren with an especially well-fitting cap over the bed. It’s not until closer inspection that you realize that bed is not a bed at all but an extension of the cab cleverly disguised as one.

This 4Runner, being an ‘86 benefits from the independent front suspension introduced that year, as well as the 22R-TE four under its hood. That SOHC engine sports 2,366-ccs of displacement and 135-bhp in turbocharged form. That was a healthy gain from the naturally aspirated model’s 114.


That’s backed up by a 4-speed automatic, which is the only way these things came back in the day. To sort of make up for set it and forget it transmission, there’s plenty else to do inside this amazingly clean truck. First off, you get a whole ‘nother lever to play with for the 2-speed transfer case. If you’re activities are relegated to mostly highway driving you’ll probably want to leave that one alone too.


What you can play with is the ‘80s Sci-Fi digital dash with its flying bar tach and Jenga-style gas and temp gauges. If that doesn’t space your invaders then the incline-o-meters on the top of the dash will certainly do something to the angle of your dangle.

The rest of the interior is in amazing shape for a nearly 30-year old truck with 147K on the clock. The seats look like there’s still lots of life left in them, as does everything else. The black exterior with its zoomy decals still appears factory fresh, and even the bumpers eschew that odd angle that’s usually the result of years of, well, bumping into things. I’d wager that finding another of this age and in this condition would be harder than encountering a four-leaf clover in a parking lot.


The seller says it has brand new KYB shocks as well as new meats on its alloy wheels, and that it’s in very good condition - which is a laudable description coming from the truck’s seller owing to the lack of hyperbole.


What’s not to like here? Well, we’ll see about the price - you may or may not like that - but before we do, you should know that this very nice looking truck comes with a salvage title. That’s owed - according to the seller - to a previous theft recovery.

That may be a deal killer for some, or at least a bit of leverage for anyone actually considering the purchase of the truck. The ad lists it currently at $8,000. What do you think about that price, does that perhaps salvage the deal? Or, is that too much 4running with this Toyota?


You decide!


Portlandia Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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