I am about to put my beloved 4Runner up for sale and while doing some research on what my car might be worth in Poland I found plenty of ads that simply put a smile on my face.
Like this one:
The ad literally states “fulfill your automotive dreams” while listing a car that I wouldn’t want in my worst nightmare, much less a dream. This 5th generation 4Runner looks like it’s been to hell and back, it’s surely no dream of mine to buy a car that needs soooo much work. Honestly I don’t even see how this car would be workable in the States, so I’m a bit confused who would ever buy it in Poland where there’s absolutely zero parts for this American model. To be fair, the ad is mostly for the company importing this car and other like it from the States, but the cars they’re dealing are anything but dreamy. It does have low mileage though!
In either case, there was only one third gen 4Runner listed but it looked like the rust was getting the best of the bodywork, nothing like my completely rust free SoCal beauty.
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Obviously that one’s been rolled. If you were keeping yours, it might be worth you getting that one as a source of parts if they’re that difficult to come by in Poland.
Still, there must be plenty of people in Poland who would be willing to take this on at the right price (the dealer’s price looks a bit of a fantasy). I recollect being in Zittau in 1996 and seeing trailer-loads of wrecked cars waiting to cross the border into Poland for recycling into something driveable. Here in the west we’ve got too complacent about having a seemingly inexhaustible supply of new and nearly-new cars; not that I’m a car-mad consumer – my Saab is eleven years old, and my girlfriend’s Audi A4 is nearer twenty years old!