This is a good 4x4 rig for Alaska with top of the line snow tires and great gas mileage.
It is very comfortable and holds all your gear inside safely.
This is an automatic transmission and the rig is the Limited model with the glass sunroof and comfy seats. It has the classic Alaskan dings and dents but is extremely sound mechanically for peace of mind wherever you choose to explore here in The Great North.
1999 Toyota 4RunnerBronwyn's Toyota154.518
Car was as advertised, far from new, but also not at the end of it's life. We were househunting and on and off of back roads in some fairly icy and snowy conditions, and the SUC handled like a champ.
Good 4x4 truck and great in snow , and on gas & Roomy ! Only bad thing is there is no radio , other than that , it's perfect!
December 10, 2016
1. If you get a taxi to the house, they may overshoot it because of the GPS system they use. If you end up at a shady-looking house, retrace steps backwards one house and you should be at the corner where the house is.
2. I didn't have the same experience of communication as others on the site. It may be because I messaged the owner through the site first, then texted. Neither yielded results, so then I called. I would guess this is his preferred method of communication.
3. I couldn't figure out how to open the door to the back. Wasn't too big of a deal so I didn't ask about it.
4. Gas tank door is on driver's side. Turn counterclockwise to open.
5. Don't go to Alaska in the middle of the night to a strange location if it's your first use of the site and you're a female accompanied only by your luggage. Scariest thing ever!
6. Car is good for drives in fall. I took it to a glacier and back; no problem.
Car got us from point A to B 1. I was pretty disappointed with the tires not having any tread although it stated it had new tires. 2. The coolant level was extremely low which turned out I had to buy some for it. 3. No radio. Which isn't all too bad but still would be nice to state it wasn't working.
Perfect, reliable ride!!! Picking up and leaving Christians' 4 Runner was an easy location to find.. Handles great, and good on gas.. Thanks again Christian and Bronwyn we had a really great time in Anchorage..
Ended up using Tundra based on Christians request- was a great truck for running around Alaska. Truck ran fine- needed a bit of brake fluid top off and the hood needs a bit of extra effort to open. Christian was great to work with would rent again for sure.
Great value for a great Alaskan vehicle! It drives smooth, has a great heater, and comfortable seats. Christian was easy to communicate with and even took me to the airport after I dropped the Toyota off. Highly recommend! Thanks, Christian! :)
We have a lot to say here so please read through to the end before making any conclusions. We saw a very nice looking mid-90s 4Runner in the listing and booked it with Christian. He was very responsive to our emails and was flexible in the booking. When our party arrived Christian met them at the airport is a very beat up filthy Subaru. Where was our shiny 4Runner? "The previous renter kept it an extra day. This Subaru will do you fine." No, we said. That would not be OK. "No worries" said Christian "I have another 4Runner for you." (We were leaving early the next morning and could not wait for the "other renter" to return the shiny car we rented.) He then took them to his shop (?) where he showed us a '95 (?) 4Runner. This one had what appeared to be bullet holes in the body, the upholstrey was covered in dust and dirt, the radio not only was inoperative but had spray insulating foam packing the internals. The front dash on the passenger side looked like someone (or a bear) had punched holes in it. The windshield had a number of cracks. We had to ask for a spare tire and a jack. In short, this was a car that looked like it had spent its almost 20-year life in Alaska.
The car ran great, always started and the brakes worked well. We had hot weather while in the 49th state and the air-conditioning worked. We also had cold and wet weather and the heater, defroster and wipers were fine. (Although the car sure could have used new wiper blades.) Driving through muddy road construction zones did not bother us. Unlike most rental cars we did not worry about every nick and scratch. When it came time to drop it off Christian has us leave the car at another location and instructed us to put the cash for additional fees for airport drop off in a dimly lit mail box.
In conclusion, the car was not the one we signed up for but it reliably hauled 4 people and a lot of gear over 1000 miles in 8 days. Christian was pretty responsive but please be cautious when dealing with him. We were willing to take the beater car for a great price compared to Hertz/Avis/Enterprise. Some customers would not be so flexible.
Bronwyn was very easy to work with in accommodating our schedule. We were glad to have rented such an Alaska capable vehicle for a reasonable charge. Would rent this vehicle again if possible on future trips back to Alaska.