I have a 2000 V6 2WD Toyota 4Runner with 224,000 miles. For the past 3-4 years, I have had a constant battle with the check engine light. I have replaced everything in the path of the emissions electronics, Cat Convertors, o2 Sensors, EGR Valve, etc etc etc. No matter what I replace via my mechanic (very reputable) within a couple of months on comes the Check Engine light and something new needs to be replaced. The latest may be a vacuum leak–need to confirm with my mechanic. All of these Check Engine issues, require multiple hours of diagnosis and often a whole day at the shop to be determined and then repaired…
I should mention the rear brakes need about $1000 in work that requires removal of the axle (truck runs/operates fine without this repair, but my mechanic figures that I only have about 50% of the rear brake capacity at this time). In spite of all of the “emission” errors and check engine light issues the truck runs great and averages 19.5 miles per gallon. On a road trip in the summer running the AC in 100 degree heat, I averaged 21 miles to the gallon.
At this point though, I am getting tired of bi-monthly repairs that are needed. From a cost perspective, I am still not near a car payment for repairs, but am heading there and starting to wonder where one draws the line. Over the next couple of months I will need to do the following:
- Fix Check Engine light yet again ($200-$2000 TBD) asap
2.New front brakes $200 asap
- New tires: $600
With the high mileage, constant need for repairs, and age I am just waiting to walk out one morning and find that the truck is dead. Additionally, I am getting tired of $60 fill ups.
So, any thoughts ? Is it time for a new, gas conserving vehicle, or should I keep fixing the 4Runner?
Appreciate any expert advice.