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Posted: 2/15/2017 7:05:42 PM EDT
I'm looking at a couple of 2003 4runners.  One has 100k miles (listed at $12k), the other has 160k (listed at $8500).  Both are SR5 Sport models, and seem to be in fairly similar condition for the most part.  The cheaper one has a few more scuffs & scrapes, but nothing I really care about, as this is going to be a second vehicle.  

Which of these would you consider to be the better value?  What sort of things should I watch out for in terms of potential problems?

I'd add a poll, but I can't figure out how to do that anymore.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:07:55 PM EDT
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2015+ TRD PRO
Only way to be sure...
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:11:11 PM EDT
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Get the cheaper one and use the savings for sliders and skid plates.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:12:11 PM EDT
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Get a 3rd Gen (96-02) instead of a 4th gen.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:12:48 PM EDT
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Which one has the V8?
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:12:54 PM EDT
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If they run similar, rust would be something I'd look at.

I have 2 2006s, one is rusty as shit underneath, one isn't.

I wouldn't worry about the mileage difference, both of mine are about 140-150k, not worried about their longevity as long as I treat em right.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:13:34 PM EDT
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Neither.  

3rd gen isn't an option unfortunately (none available in my area).
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:13:56 PM EDT
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Assuming no maintenance history I'd go with the cheapest one.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:14:04 PM EDT
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If they run similar, rust would be something I'd look at.

I have 2 2006s, one is rusty as shit underneath, one isn't.

I wouldn't worry about the mileage difference, both of mine are about 140-150k, not worried about their longevity as long as I treat em right.
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Thank you.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:15:00 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:17:23 PM EDT
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1985 with the 22 RE and 5 speed

Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:19:00 PM EDT
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This.

Essentially everything under the sheet metal is bullet proof.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 7:33:20 PM EDT
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Get underneath and check which one is rusty or not. have they both been maintained properly? check for records. Go
for the cleanest best maintained one
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 8:02:05 PM EDT
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Thanks everyone
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 10:43:23 PM EDT
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Funny you say that - I have an 85 with 5 speed, and I'm thinking about selling it and either using my UZJ100 as my primary off road vehicle, or getting a 4th Gen 4Runner and building it.  The 85 is cool for rock crawling, but for everything else, a more modern vehicle is a plus.  

Regarding the original question, if condition is similar, I'd buy the higher mileage one and save some $$.  Mileage is not a big factor on Toyota trucks - my 2001 LC has 200K on it and looks and drives like it has 50K.  Assuming both are in similar condition, you can't really make a bad choice between the two you asked about.
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