Scotty, I need your help figuring out the best used Toyota/Lexus to buy. My current car is a 2013 SR5 4runner with a 2 inch after-market lift and 33-inch NTG offroad tires with Gear off-road wheels, a really nice setup but there seems to be an issue with the lift (just a guess), consistently pulling to the right and it has needed 2 alignments since I bought it and the service agents at Toyota have said they cant 100% align it because of the lift. It is becoming too expensive to pay off as I foolishly financed it at 7% interest 3 years ago as a CPO from a Toyota dealer near me. I bought it because of the reliability and the adventurous capability of the vehicle. I'm looking to stick with Toyota and buy something more reasonable under $15,000 that will last and still give me some of the carrying capacity and capability of the Runner. I'm considering a 2005-2007 Highlander when they were still made in Japan, a Camry around 2011 or a bit newer, a used Land Cruiser (if I can find one, not sure which generation would be best), a used Toyota Tacoma or Pickup(Hilux), or a used Lexus ES or LX470. I know that is a lot of options and I'm being pretty ambiguous here but reliability is #1 for me. I would just like something that complements my adventurous lifestyle while still being a reasonable daily driver. I know you're a busy guy and if I can't get a response I'll just use all your great content to make the best informed decision I can. Thanks so much.
Thank you for the input man! I hadn't really considered the RAV4 but I will look more into it for sure. As far as removing the lift and keeping the Runner, I just don't think I can swing it financially as my payments are becoming quite the burden and I still have 4 more years until the loan matures. When considering an older Toyota SUV or Pickup, are there any generations you'd stay away from? And do you think staying under the 100 - 150 k mile mark would be the safest bet? I know regular maintenance and care is most important but 100 to 150,000 in city miles seems risky. Again, thank you for taking the time to help. It is much appreciated.
Scotty often discusses how lift kits can mess up alignment. How much time do you have to decide on a new ride? You've conquered the biggest obstacle by deciding to stick w/ Toyota-- excellent move. All downhill from here as you have fun picking a model. You mentioned "carrying capacity"-- add RAV4 to your consideration list. Suggestion: join RAV4 World Forum and Toyota Nation, and in your spare time read new & old posts on various models. My RAV4 is 1998 but I super enjoy reading about the 2019 RAV4 debates on options & accessories. Toyota Nation covers (nearly) all Toyota models, again super educational. My Toyota pickup is 1991, bought new. I think you'd be happier w/ 1// Manual transmission 2// Toyota made in Japan. Talk to Toyota owners. TIP: Never talk to a RAV4 owner or you'll wind up w/ one-- we're all crazy-nutters about RAV4 to-a-tee, no matter the Generation. Enjoy your search, have fun. I'd say get another non-lifted (ha ha) 4Runner, RAV4, Highlander or Land Cruiser. *P.S. Any way to remove lift kit & KEEP your 4Runner, huh? Here you go: https://www.rav4world.com/