My family has had 2 4 Runners. The original 2 door, then we bought a 4 door 1990 version in Oct. of 1989.
It still runs great, with well over 160,000 miles on it. We've had no major problems, only a couple minor things here and there. Literally they were very minor things, years apart.
I drove it for the past 2 years or so, and beat the snot out of it, off roading with friends and hauling all kinds of stuff. I love it to death, if I ever were to buy and SUV
Id choose a 4 Runner. I would also say its a great value. Im not one to spend the $$$ for a BMW or Mercedes, so Id say its a excellent choice. Also with the BMW or Mercedes, I would not want to be taking it out often for fear of it getting damaged. At least with a 4 Runner you havent paid a gazillion bucks for it. As for the Land Rover, my Grandad owned one for a while and hated it. He said it constantly had things going wrong with it.
As far as size, it may not be the biggest, but I am 6'4'' almost and I fit fine in it. The newer ones are slightly larger, and have slightly stronger engines as well. With mine, I wouldnt be caught racing anybody for anything, as it isnt the quickest SUV, but, it gets the job done.
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My Grandad owned a Land Rover for a while and hated it. He said it constantly had things going wrong with it.
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