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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair

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  • lol. That's really funny!!! I live in So. California, 2 miles from the beach. It gets to be 90+ in temp and somewhat humid too, and I'll still get zapped. Maybe I'll design a soft braided metal seat cover and sell it. Then you won't get zapped but you'll get pricked when the braid frays. hehehe.
    linacjsdad
  • linacjsdad,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I did check all the current TSBs and there's nothing for anything related to this yet.

    The dealer quoted me $718.00 to swap out the solenoid but there would be no guarantee that the solenoid was really the problem. It could be an intermittent open in the wiring or maybe an intermittent issue in the controller.

    Their advice was to ignore it and wait for it to become a hard failure; not too re-assuring since Murphy's Law dictates that it WILL fail again. And it will fail again at the worst possible time.

    Anyway, I'll try the 800 number and see what they say.

    Thanks,
    Eric
  • Toyota owners with paint problems should get together a file a class action lawsuit. How a manufacturer can charge $4000+ more on average than a comparable SUV and not produce a product with a paint job that lasts at least the first year is reprehensible. I've just been denied my arbitration claim. I'm pursuing avenues with the Connecticut Attorney General's Office.
  • what kind of paint problems??
  • ggoinsggoins Posts: 57
    Ok so I am ready to buy a new Runner. Anyone out there got opinions about the 6 vs 8 cylinder and the sport vs. limited vs/ SR5. Plan to use the vehicle for travel to and from Alaska as well as high altitude desert..thanks all.
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    My SR5 has a v6 and uses all the gas I would want it to. The v6 is very powerful and they say the v8 is even much more so.

    When you study the differences of the 3 when you go to the Toyota.com web site you will see a lot of similarities in all 3. So, it's really according to how important certain things are for you. I have five extra options on mine that I like. When you study the comparison of the 3 it will become clear to you which you would like better.
  • I have a 04 Sport 4x4, v8 with almost 40k miles, Have never looked back! Great in snow, have made 4 transcontinental trips, and couldn't be more pleased. Tires are citical on this vehicle; I got rid of the Dunlops at 10k miles, and replaced them with Bridgestone Revos, which have made the 4R unstopable in the snow.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    Then I suggest you get the V6. I've got a 2003 V8. It's a fine engine, lots of performance. Mileage isn't great.

    As for sport, limited, SR5, it all depends upon what options you want. You'll have to look through the option packages and decide what you require versus what you can live without. Personally, I could not live without side-curtain airbags and heated seats. As a result, I ended up with a limited. YMMV.
  • I would have to wait 4 months to get the sr5 i want.Would you do it again? :confuse:
  • ggoinsggoins Posts: 57
    thanks for the advice. i notice the base price of the limited is quite a bit higher....for that it is a bit hard to decipher what is added due to the limited trademark...saw one this AM and looks very sharp....appreciate the remarks...
  • spots on the hood and roof, which according to toyota are due to acid rain or eggs. along with road nicks which have removed the paint down to the metal through out the car, predominately on the upper sides and back.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    I believe that Toyota.com shows the differences between the three models.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    No paint problems on my 2003, except where I got hit and the body ship did a poor job of color matching -- that's not Toyota's fault.
  • ggoinsggoins Posts: 57
    thanks. the body side mouldings that I have seen was that discontinued in the newer models? my dealer thinks it has been...
  • Cool thanks for the info I was hoping that you could just change the bulbs some of them I know the lights are integrated with the LCD. So thats good news that doesnt sound like it will be a problem at all. What manual do you have?

    Thanks for the help
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    I'm sorry, I don't understand your question.

    Are you asking about the flat gray fender flares versus the body color painted fender flares? If so, I believe the flat gray unpainted fender flares have been discontinued. In the first year or so, the Limited came with the fender flares painted the body color. The SR5 (and the SE?) came with unpainted fender flares. They've since changed that.
  • ggoinsggoins Posts: 57
    I have seen 4Runners with body side moulding extending from about 1/3 down on the side of the vehicle which matched the bumper color two toned to the color of the vehicle. Have not seen them recently and have not seen them on any new 4Runner. Hope that clarifies....
  • Hi everyone. I've looked through most of the messages and found them all very helpful. The only thing I can't seem to find out is how to replace the window wiper on my 2000 4runner. If anyone could give me some help that would be great.
  • 26082608 Posts: 1
    This is for anybody that wants to purchase a rear spoiler for there 03-06 4runner..
    Toyota wants 350.00, you can purchase the same spoiler for 76.00 + shipping from spoilersmart.com with the rear light.
    unpainted of course..any decent body shop can paint it..
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  • drex1drex1 Posts: 41
    I can recommend the Haynes Repair Manual for the 4Runner. They do a pretty nice job. Additionally, I use http://www.alldatadiy.com/ to get all the diagrams and detailed repair procedures.
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