Overland Classifieds :: 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 – SOLD

During the pandemic, the cost of used 4WDs skyrocketed as people replaced international trips for adventures closer to home. In 2022 the market began to level out and we began to see some good value rigs (a trend that has continued into 2023). I’ve featured a number of great deals recently including this $8,500 2000 Mitsubishi Montero, a $6,000 1997 Isuzu Trooper, and an $8,000 2000 Land Rover Discovery II. However, considering the ability of classic Toyota 4WDs to hold their value I’d argue that today’s $7,500 4Runner SR5 is one of the best deals to date (this comparable 2005 4Runner Limited was listed last week for $12,500). If we’re talking about an affordable do-it-all 4WD that’s just as comfortable on the school run or commute as it is driving around the world then the 4Runner is hard to beat. It’s therefore one of the most popular options on our forum with recent examples including this 2003 V6 Sport, a 2010 Trail Edition, and a 2005 overland build. This platform enjoys excellent aftermarket support with parts, accessories, and services available to transform the 4Runner from a daily driver to an expedition vehicle. It’s therefore often the rig of choice for micro-camper conversions as demonstrated by the inspiring builds from SUV RVing and Earth All Night. It’s also a favorite with the Expedition Portal team with detailed feature pieces on the 4Runners built by Dustin Miller and La Aduana. Today’s 2003 offering has covered 242,000 miles and showcases the optional factory SR5 package and tasteful modifications.

From the Seller:

This wagon was the most comfortable and reliable rig to assure I could take 2-4 people on extended trips and introduce them to the adventures I love. Specifically, the planted, firm, and nimble feeling I have while driving, especially in AWD. The power on tap was more than enough to climb mountain passes while fully loaded down and we averaged 18mpg. I would drive to Alaska in this thing in a heartbeat, and it’s hard to resist that urge.”

2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5

The 4Runner is fitted with a V6 motor that produces 245 horsepower, 282 pound-feet, and returns 17/21 mpg (city/highway). A long-lived engine is mated with legendary go-anywhere performance, thanks to Toyota’s intelligent ATRAC 4WD system, Torsen center differential, high and low range, 9.1-inches of ground clearance, Hill-start and Downhill Assist Control, and more. Inside the 4Runner includes the following driver comforts:

  • Premium Alpine audio
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Weathertech floormats
  • Power steering, locks, windows, and mirrors

Distinguishing Features:

  • ARB Deluxe winch bull bar
  • Old Man Emu suspension with 2.5-inch lift

This 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 is listed for $7,500 and is currently located in Petaluma, California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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