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Toyota 4Runner

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  • My son, who is in the Air Force, bought at 2005 taco about 6 weeks ago and got a $500.00 military rebate from a Toyota Dealer in Tampa, Fl.
  • gurgs24gurgs24 Posts: 10
    Thanks for the responses mstem and nedzel It sounds like I won't see much of a difference if any by using 87 octane. I think that is what I will do unless gas ever goes back under 2.50 a gallon.
  • navguy1navguy1 Posts: 181
    Bluetooth is available on the new 06MY 4Runner along with a 4-disc in-dash CD changer. Plus you get the newest navigation system from Toyota too. ;)
  • I have a 2000 SR5, automatic, with standard (factory standard,that is) shocks. I was wondering if there was an after market shock that would contribute to a "smoother" ride. By that, a more "car like" ride,even if it resulted in off road decrease in ride quality or performance. I hear good things about the adjustable shocks,but don't really know anything about them.

    Or is the ride more determined by the suspension system and won't really be affected by change in shocks??

    Thanks!
  • wishywishy Posts: 2
    I am considering a 4runner but I don't know if I should get the SR5 V6,V8 and/or 4WD? Or which combination? I live in Wisconsin and will be doing city and highway driving. Do I need V8 and would I want full time 4WD? Also, which is better 2005 or 2006? And what has anyone paid for a 2005?

    Thanks
  • jaredmsdjaredmsd Posts: 127
    Shocks do definitely affect the ride quality. I unfortunately don't know what suspension system the 3rd gen 4runners run, but if they have coilovers in the front (like the 4th gens), you will have a hard time finding a suspension that is going to make your on road manners better. Most people replace their shocks on a 4runner to make them better offroad rather than worse.

    You might have some luck if you talk to Toyota's TRD department. Who knows, maybe they make nicer shock for your year that will improve ride quality.
  • Does anyone know if the fog lights can be adjusted on a 2005?
    I prev. owned a 2000 and I was able to adjust them a bit (each light assembly had two adjustment screws).
    The setup on the 2005, at least to my first eyeball of it, looks like the light assembly clips into a housing with slots/clips and seems to be stationary...I didn't notice any adjustment screw(s)...
    Thanks. :confuse:
  • wishywishy Posts: 2
    Thanks for the link, but I was looking for more help with comparisons and help deciding which a better vehicle overall. Any suggestions?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,208
    You can compare up to 5 vehicles with the Vehicle Comparison tool.

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  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    You live in Wisconsin and you're asking whether you should get 4WD? :confuse:

    Get the 4WD. The V6 4WD system will do everything that the V8 system will do. Both can be run in 4WD on dry pavement. The V6 allows you to run 2WD -- something you don't get with the V8.

    As for the engine, unless you're planning on towing, get the V6. It may not be much more efficient than the V8, but with gas prices as they are now, every little bit helps.

    The 2006 has an aux port for your MP3 player. That would seal the deal for me ;)
  • How does the Aux Port work?!?!?! No one has answered this question yet!
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    I suspect that you use a cable that extends from the earphone jack on the MP3 player to the aux port. Then you use the MP3 player controls to play the music. Turn the stereo on and select the aux input, stereo controls for volume.
  • Anyone know if the 2001 V6 has a bleed bolt for coolant flushing/refill ? If so where is it ?
    thx
  • Does anyone definitively know how the Auxiliary input works with an Ipod?
  • burner7burner7 Posts: 17
    yes. it's exactly how nedzel said. I bought a cable from radio shack that goes directly from my ipod's earphone jack into the auxiliary port in my 4Runner....sound quality is excellent. very simple to do.
  • jaredmsdjaredmsd Posts: 127
    The Ipod is not special in any way. Anything with an earphone jack will work.
  • What about charging? Where does it plug in?
  • Hey wishy, listen to nedzel -- don't buy a "2"Runner especially in Wisconsin. I live in Texas--just bought a 2005 6 cyl 4WD 4Runner. I almost bought the 8 cyl for the heavier duty hitch, plus it has higher towing capacity and more payload (must have heavier suspension...). I'm getting 22-24 on flat highway at 60-65 mph, but I drive easy. We love our 4Runner.

    I'm a techno nut, so...Questions for those who really know their stuff:
    1. Mine has the ECT 5-speed transmission: is this the very same tranny as in the V-8?
    2. Are they replacing this tranny in '06 with a 4-speed (with the 6 cylinder), and only offering the 5-speed ECT with the V-8 in '06?
    3. Is the 4-speed a lighter duty tranny than the 5-speed?
    4. Is the final gear ratio (and thereby engine RPM) the same in the 4th gear of the ECT 5-speed as in the 4th gear of the 4-speed transmission?
    4. What are the suspension differences in the 4WD V-6 vs V-8?
    5. Is the 4WD while in 2WD going to have more slippage than the 2WD version due to the LSD in the 2WD model?
    Shato
  • gostrosgostros Posts: 10
    whats your opinion of the new Shadow Mica, available on 2006 4 Runners? For those who haven't seen it, the shadow mica is a dark charcoal grey (almost black) with a sheen to it (not unlike the sheen of gasoline on top of water).

    Is it close to "Gun-Metal grey" or does its sparkle take something away from the "toughness" image of the 4Runner?
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    4. What are the suspension differences in the 4WD V-6 vs V-8?

    Depends on the model and if it's the standard or optional suspension, i.e. SR5 - Sport - Limited.

    Read the brochure.

    I hope you don't lie awake at night not knowing the answers to the above questions......
  • Hey,
    I am planning on purchasing a 4runner on Dec. 13th. Why the specific date you ask? The money I have saved up for it is tied up in an interest bearing account until then. My question is. If I want to drive off the lot with my 4runner with all the options I want, how soon should I look into hitting the dealership? Is it possible to negotiate and just have my pickup date as Dec. 13th?
    Thanks.
  • gostrosgostros Posts: 10
    they say it takes 12-16 weeks for a specially-ordered 4Runner to be pick-up-ready...depending on your flexibility, you may not be able to find the 4Runner that you want on the lot. if its there, you can drive off the lot with the car the same day.
  • So...are you saying I should be at a dealership tomorrow?
  • gostrosgostros Posts: 10
    just saying that i ordered a 4Runner last weekend and, based on my conversations at the dealership, I'm not expecting it until sometime in January at the earliest.
  • Wow...
    I just spoke with my dealer out here and they said if I can get it ordered this week, it'd be no problem to have it middle of December and that it would probably come earlier, but they'd hold it for if it does. All I have to do is put down a refundable $1000 as a placeholder.
  • Folks,

    I have a 2004 V6 4wd 4Runner that eats front brakes. The originals were down to the metal at 14k. I then had premium pads installed and the rotors turned and they lasted 11k. Toyota only covers brakes for 10k and they are calling this normal wear. I haven't towed anything yet and the wife drives it mostly to run the kids around but 11k? That can't be normal. My friend has the 2003 model and still hasn't had to do brakes at 38k, which is what I would expect. Anyone else seen this issue? Please point me to the right discussion group if this isn't it. Thanx.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,208
    You may want to do a discussion search in the Toyota 4Runner: Problems and Solutions discussion and there's also a Stop here! Let's talk about brakes discussion that may be helpful to browse while you are waiting for 4Runner specific responses.

    Perhaps your friend isn't doing lots of stop and go driving in traffic and perhaps your wife is, ahem, a spirited driver? :shades: 10k between brake jobs is a bit extreme ... maybe check for dragging calipers. Is the SUV pulling to one side?

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  • I just posted this in the 4runner Problems and Solutions also. My wife is admittedly hard on the vehicle so I have been driving it more the last few months to give it a break but the premium pads lasted less than 6 months. The brake shop (not Toyota) replaced them for free since the pads were warrantied for a year but they won't do it again since they too feel there is something wrong with the vehicle. If it was the calipers dragging would that be obvious to the brake shop? The vehicle does not appear to pull to either side.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,208
    I used to have a sticky caliper on my old '82 Tercel now and then but I'd think it'd be unusual for both to be dragging. Hopefully some more mechanically inclined people will weigh in.

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