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Toyota 4Runner

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  • Hmmmm. I doubt that the double decker cargo thing is available as an after-sale add on.

    I've got one on my 4Runner and I can't figure out how to get it out without cutting carpet (which, of course, I won't do)!

    I've never used it, I can't imagine using it. It's about as useful as nipples on men.

    I just wish that I could remove it and store it somewhere.
  • 2003help2003help Posts: 23
    DROPPED THE 4RUNNER OFF THE MORNING TO A DIFFERENT DEALERSHIP, THINKING THEY MAY HAVE A SOLUTION.
    JUST GOT A CALL BACK (APROX. 3HRS)
    WAS TOLD THAT THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO AT THIS TIME.
    THEY CALLED TOYOTA AND WERE TOLD TOYOTA IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM...
    I WAS TOLD I SHOULD HERE SOMETHING FROM THEM WITHIN 30 DAYS OR SO...WHAT EVER THAT MEANS. TRY AND LIVE WITH THE NOISE FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
    WERE THEY JOKING? NOTHING THEY CAN DO? HAS TOYOTA EVER DROPPED THE BALL LIKE THIS, OR DO I NEED TO GO TO ANOTHER DEALERSHIP.
    MY WIFE NOW WANTS TO RETURN THE CAR TO ORIGINAL DEALERSHIP UNDER THE PRETENSE THEY KNEW ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND SOLD US THE CAR ANYWAY.
    WHATS THE LEMON LAW IF ANYONE KNOWS
  • ddw5ddw5 Posts: 23
    I would contact Toyota directly. I think some folks here have done so through their web site. I never underestimate a dealer's incompetence, though I've been fortunate with mine so far. In the meantime, get some belt dressing (the liquid not he spray-on as that doesn't last). It will at least quiet the belt until you can get it fixed.
  • 4runtexas4runtexas Posts: 31
    hello everyone, first time post, just wanted to say hi to everyone, i've been reading the posts for a long time.

    just have a question to see if maybe someone could help me with....

    im looking to purchase a chrome exhaust tip for my 4runner, 03 and was wondering what size i will need, all the dimensions.

    for anyone interested, theres a huge selection on truckaddons.com, i just need help on what size i need! thanks guys
  • gsj3gsj3 Posts: 20
    Hey 4runner fans, we all see the base models with the color keyed fenders and bumpers, but still have not seen these so called and eagerly awaited Sport Edition 4 runners with the std. equipment appearance pkg. or painted fenders as I call it.
      So, PLEASE! if anyone across the country sees any of these,(can tell by the hood scoop),post it and include state where seen. I would like a heads up and am ready to buy as soon as one backs off the trailer at my favorite dealer, Thanks!!!
  • jagsdadjagsdad Posts: 56
    Carson toyota (in So Cal.) has the sport in white with monotone paint. Check out the inventory on carsontoyota.com.
  • jonnytightjonnytight Posts: 15
    i got a 99 4runner with 15" rims....i wanted to know what size of oversized tires will fit on the suv. what brand is good and wat size/model thanks for your input

    -jon
  • rokinkrokink Posts: 25
    Has anyone added the Six disk changer to the '03 JBL sys w/ NAV? Please tell me if you are able to select disks directly, as opposed to stepping through them sequentially with the SCAN function.

    THX
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,052
    Check in Tires, tires, tires too for tire suggestions.

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • jagsdadjagsdad Posts: 56
    If anyone locates an 03 4Runner (Limited or Sport) on a dealer's lot with a V8, X-REAS, Navigation, and Side/Rear Airbags, please let me know.
  • gsj3gsj3 Posts: 20
    Thanks jagsdad, that is an excellent dealer site. Have not seen any here in Jersey yet but now I know they might be. As far as your request,I have not seen Nav in anything on the lots here but will keep an eye out.
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    I received a notice that my 4Runner was not equipped with vanity mirrors. If I want the vanity mirror equipped sun visors, I have until June 2006 to call my dealer and have the vanity mirror sun visors put on.
      I guess Toyota doesn't want me rush into this decision.
      Are the vanity mirror equipped sun visors as thick as the ones I have ? Mine are about 3/8 inch thick. They are the fattest sun visors I've ever seen. Are the vanity mirrors lighted ?
     My wife has commented about the lack of a vanity mirror. I'll get them for her. I assume only the passenger side gets a vanity mirror.
  • jagsdadjagsdad Posts: 56
    Jared:

    I read your post about your experience with your build order from Carson. I put my order in with Carson two weeks ago. You said you got yours in 3 months. They are telling me it will be 4. Did they tell you the same? Is 4 a conservative estimate?

    So far I have been very impressed with the people there. They seem to know how to do a build order. Like you, I've been told the deal with be $500 over invoice. But they have said they can't give me an exact $ number until the truck gets in and they see the invoice. Did you have the same experience? Were there any suprise fees? Any additional advice on the process would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Brian (I'm Jag's Dad)
  • srini81srini81 Posts: 6
    I'm looking to buy a Limited V6 and the local dealer has one with the XREAS. I've read on these boards a while back that folks were having some issues with the XREAS. Is it a worthy option? I'm not much of an offroad guy but I do go to the mountains a lot for snowboarding trips. Any input on this matter is greatly appreciated.
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    I think the X-reas is definitely worth it. I haven't had any problems with it. It keeps the 4 Runner more stable in turns on the road. It may have made some difference off road on the sand at the beach, but I was going pretty slow.
  • jaredmsdjaredmsd Posts: 127
    Brian,

    I think my original estimate was 3-4 months. I definitely got mine early according to the other orders that were put in though. If they told you 4 months, it's probably conservative, but don't think they are trying to trick you in any way. Just remember, they have to deal with certain people that would get upset if carson told them 3 months, and it came in 3.5 months.

    As far as pricing is concerned, yes they told me how much over invoice, and gave a best guess of what that would be, but they wouldn't commit to a price until they saw the ACTUAL invoice on the vehicle. For your information, the best guess they gave me was a bit more than the invoice because of toyota's recent rebates/pricing changes. Again remember that in 4 months, invoice price could change, so again, don't think they are trying pull a fast one on you. As far as hidden costs go... no, I didn't have ANY problem with that. When I went to pick up my truck, I went in all ready to kick some butt on hidden costs, but I worried for nothing. The only cost that some consider hidden (but if you asked carson right now, they'd tell you about it, so it isn't really hidden) is the toyota 'advertising' fee or whatever that is called. I didn't consider it hidden, because it has been discussed in here before, and everyone has to pay it.

    Any additional advice... hmmm, they were so great and the process was so easy, I guess the only advice I could give you, is... don't be on the 405 anytime close to rush hour! Take the day off, and pick it up about 10:00am, trust me.

    Hope that answered your questions,
    Jared
  • bcmalibu99lsbcmalibu99ls Posts: 625
    405??? RUSH HOUR???

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    (starts laughing hysterically, bangs his head with reckless abandon against the wall, bites a cactus).

    Seriously, folks, traffic jams in the states drove me nuts. I would've gladly paid 5-6 cents more per gallon just for them to bulid a functioning public transit system and take half the cars off the road. But it was just wishful thinking. Who would've thought Canadian commies would do such a marvelous job managing traffic flows, at least in every city not called Toronto?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    265/70s will go right on there, will throw your speedo off a little bit. Did you want to go bigger than that?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • fishingguyfishingguy Posts: 34
    2003 V-8 4X4 running fantastic after 6k miles. Have been towing a fair bit from Atl to Pensacola (approx 2200 lbs) and very plese cept mileage (9.5 mpg towing, 18 without). Two warranty questions.

    1. The clear plastic over the instruments has scratched pretty badly - lots of fine scratches. Yes I used a paper towel before reading in the manual that one should only use a "soft cloth". I have never had a car do this though and have used a paper towel forever. Any clue whether this would be fixed as warranty work? I am not sure I really want someone to take apart the dash in the first place but might if it free.

    2) I ordered the non-factory leather (SE Distributors) and am very pleased with it but have a small cut in the backseat. Any idea on whether this should be fixed / replace under warranty? If not, would a leather shope simply stitch it?
  • jonnytightjonnytight Posts: 15
    i currently have 225/75r15 on my 99 4runner...and it looks too small for the suv..i wanted to get bigger tires to match the car..you suggested 265/70 will that take care of the small tire look? i also wanted to get the rugged off-road look w/ the tire and suggestions on the brand?

    thanks
  • hiluxsurfhiluxsurf Posts: 34
    For all of you towing experts out there... I was trying to rent an auto trailer (where all four wheels of the car I'm transporting are on the trailer) from U-Haul and they won't let me! Their reason, the combined weight of the trailer 1700lbs and the car I'm putting on it 3200lbs is heavier than my 01 4WD Runner's Curb Weight(3930lbs). The clerk said that even if the towing capacity of my 4 runner is 5K lbs!
      I never towed before, so please excuse me if this is a common knowledge.
    Thanks Guys
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    yes, the 265/70/15s are the original stock "off-road" tire size that Toyota used, and they fill up the wheel wells pretty well. Of course, you could go one step further and get a set of 16" rims, which was the stock size for Toyota's off-road package. Or you could go to 32" truck tires, which some people put on the 15" rims to accomplish the same effect visually, but with more tire.

    Michelin LTX A/T is a pretty good tire, or the BF Goodrich all-terrain tire, if you want the real deal. But the look of the tires is less important for the visuals, and unless you really want to go offroad, these tires will cost you in noise, cornering, and treadwear.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    A couple of things: your combined load (trailor w/ car) was pushing 5k lbs. (4900 if my high school math is still any good).

    Second, was the trailer equipped with trailer brakes? I think Toyota's rating for trailers W/O brakes is somewhere around 1500 lbs.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Please turn off your caps lock button. You may get a better response if you DON'T SHOUT.
  • I recently purchased a 2003 4runner SR5. When I start the engine or move it into gear from reverse to (D) drive or back again, the engine revs a bit.(2-300 rpms) for a very brief moment...is this ok? Obviously the car revs upon starting but it revs up past the usual idle speed and then settles down to an idle speed. The same for when I put it in reverse or drive. This all happens in very brief seconds but worries me. I talked to the dealer and they said this was normal. I never noticed this on my past cars.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    I have the vanity mirrors and the visors are as thick as 2X4's. I don't beleive they are lighted in the SR5, but they may be lit in the Limited. I assume you would get the non-lit variety.

    So, Toyota just sent you a letter and said you could have vanity mirrors for free?? Seems strange, I wonder why they would do that.
  • rokinkrokink Posts: 25
    Got notice to schedule service for the air suspension today. In case of being stuck, and trying to get free for an extended period, a pin that holds the air bladder in place could break. Call the dealer to have improved pins installed.
  • piusjudepiusjude Posts: 12
    What is the typical fuel efficiency (miles/gallon)on a 2000 4 cylinder?

    Thanks.
  • 2003help2003help Posts: 23
    Didn't mean to shout rorr I'm new at this..

    Anybody know when the Toyota Factory fog lamps will be available to the consumer , for the 2003 4Runner?
    Bought a 4X4 a month ago and thought I'd do it myself. Was told by the dealer they are not available, just yet.
  • khaugkhaug Posts: 64
    Hilux, that's a policy I hadn't heard of before. It's their trailer, so not much you can do about it.

    I can't imagine anyone designing a trailer to tow a car without including brakes (probably hydraulic "surge" brakes).

    The car/trailer combo is just within the manufacturer's tow capacity spec, so I'd not have any great concern about doing it. I towed a 4,000# trailer for C. 25K miles with my '98 4Runner Limited with no problem at all, save for some brake fade coming down a mountainside in Virginia. At 4900#, you won't have any surplus power available and will need to use the gears and keep overdrive locked out, but that's OK.

    You might tell 'em you're going to tow an 1800# VW Beetle (G).

    -Karl
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