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Toyota 4Runner



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    their focus for hybrid powerplants in the next couple of years is the mainstream people haulers...after RX and HL, which will have hybrid powertrains available in a year or so, the next model they will focus on for hybrid is the Sienna.

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

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Toyota FJ Cruiser concept

    It's been known for some time, that Toyota is going to market a vehicle to go head-to-head with the Nissan Xterra. This could well be a hint of what they have in mind.*2PV_047175*2PV_047174*2PV_047173*2PV_047167


  • goltgogoltgo Posts: 54
    rsholland, thanks for putting up those links. The view from the front is great. Dunno about the large rear pillars, though. Overall, I think the vehicle's lines resemble what a H3 might look like.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    The shifter fork problem led to intermittent hesitation. But it progressively got worse to the point that I was fighting to get it in & out of 2nd gear. That was the worse gear change.
  • thanks for the posting that is sweet looking
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    Looks like GM got a hold of it.
  • Needs more cladding!

    And Toyota really needs a SIXTH entrant in the SUV market ...
  • Hey,
    I just bought a 98 4-Runner SR5, and Im looking for sites where I can find the following.

    1) A maintenance schedule, It didnt come with one.
    2) A bug shield - for cheap.
    3) A new Rear Bumper - some damage to one of the corners.
    4) A cargo cover - you know the shades behind the seat that pull out and cover the crap in the back.
    It didnt have that either.
    5) A cargo mat (preferably made of rubber - like the one I had in my Subaru)
    6) Good enthusiast sites on 4-Runners.

  • my '03 LTD, too. Wasn't there when I bought it, started out small, now it's big (you can hear it over the slightest bumps in the road.) Hope they don't have to tear out the headliner to fix it!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,013
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you when to do stuff, and will estimate what it should cost.

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  • I am planning to purchase either a sr5 v8 4x4 or the sport v8 4x4; any thoughts on which is the better choice? Also, I will be purchasing this in TN .. has anyone purchased a 4runner in TN and if so would you share your price?

  • khaugkhaug Posts: 64
    The Sport includes the X-REAS suspension package, the 17" wheels/tires and slightly upgraded front brakes. Otherwise, it's pretty much cosmetics, like the nonfunctional hood scoop, different upholstery fabric and such.

    IMHO, the suspension and brake upgrades are very worthwhile.

    -Karl, '03 Limited V8 4WD 4Runner, Titanium
  • sovangsovang Posts: 56
    Does anyone know if there is a TRD S/C for the new 03 4runner v8? I would like to getone if it exists.

  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    They do have a S/C for the V8 for the tundra and I think the Sequoia. It's the same engine, but I don't know if the plumbing is different for the new runner though. You might be able to check the TRD site. I think it's around $4000 - $5000.
  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    Awhile back I had several posts concerning the downshifting issues with my 2002 Limited 4x4 and I have some answers and another question?

    On my 99 SR5 I never used or had to use the ECT button that is up on the dash because I did not have the downshift problems,but, after talking with Toyota and a pretty savy service tech, I have found that in the 2002 year that the Toyota/ emissions went LEV and that's why the rpm's are slightly lower than my 99 when cruising. The power is still there ( I am happy and have always been because of the good torque and smoothness),but, hidden? I have found that using the ECT button that it changes the shift points and helps,but, the question is that if it would damage anything in the engine/transmission by driving it this way all the time? I drive in the city at slower speeds (40 and below),but, on the highway I drive anywhere between 55 and 110,so, I don't want to damage anything?
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    This does two things. First, it induces the transmission to downshift more readily when accelerating. Secondly, it typically has the transmission stay in the lower gears longer to have the engine stay further into its powerband when accelerating.

    Now all of this is ONLY when accelerating. You should not see ANY difference when just going down the street at a constant speed. It will effect gas milage due to higher engine speeds when accelerating, but if most of your driving is highway, you should not see any major reduction of MPG.
  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    Funny, I always wondered if I would use this button. I have about 4500 miles and I just checked my gas mileage and I am getting about 18.5 mpg with 70% fwy driving at 75+.

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    will not damage the trans to drive with it on all the time, but it might wear it a little more due to more shifting (down when you hit the gas). I am sure it will be fine to do so.

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

  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    Thanks to both for the ECT info:)
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