There was no way I was going to pay that money for a truck this old. I decided to sell it off for parts and bought a '13 Rock Warrior Version.
My wife, who was perusing the internet found that there was a re-call on Ball joints ( I was the 2nd owner, never saw the service bulletin).
Well, well. Dontcha' know I checked with the dealer and they ran my VIN. Sure enough, Toyota said they would fix and cover ALL DAMAGES because they were the result of said Ball Joint Failure. A 12yr truck, really??
So, I have my new Baby and my dump run one, which my wife takes to work when the roads are bad.
Previous to that, 1989 4 Runner, sold it and bought 1999 4Runner sold it in 2009. And a 1988 Toy Pick-up sold it in 2003.
True Story... last year driving @ 40mph hit a frost heave and the upper ball joint went Poink! down I came, snapping the half-axle..well, in Half. Fender trim (@ $200 a pop) various other under carriage damage $4500 estimate for repairs. The truck is a 2002 Tundra SR-5 4x4 with 150K on the ticker.