I may call the Hoginator’s vehicle the “rusty” Nissan Pathfinder but his vehicle has also been the “trusty” one. My 1995 4Runner on the other hand started out the hunting season running a bit rough and that progressed to miserable then in short order to intolerable by the end of archery season....and that was after the air conditioning failed while on a camping trip in June..in Florida!
Back to the shop it went recently to be diagnosed. I had already resigned myself to the bad news I was sure to receive….yes the injectors are clogged with rust as well as the fuel filter (3rd fuel filter in 4 months) and the gas tank is severely corroded and needs to be replaced. And that is exactly what I heard.
A new good quality fuel tank later, and hundreds of dollars, the 4Runner is running like a buck in rut and my pursuit of the wild life has resumed with greater than ever confidence in my 20 year old SUV. By the way all repairs on 20 year old 4Runners will cost some magic number between $300 and $800 dollars. Be warned that is not a ceiling, you could easily spend more. Just repeat after me, you can't put a price on love.
No matter how “cheap” you buy one it may not remain inexpensive for long. Still in all, and when or if the repairs slow down, it will be a low cost vehicle to own…assuming I live long enough. Just remember, you can't put a price on love.
Lesson learned: If you purchase a 20 year old vehicle that has been sitting for a long while in the Florida temperature extremes with little to no fuel in the tank, inspect the tank and fuel system, it may have significant corrosion problems.