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Toyota 4Runner



  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    I have a new 4Runner with the base 6-speaker audio system. I'm a little disappointed with the sound quality. The front sounds a little hollow, and the rear speakers seem rather boomy/muddy. I am thinking about keeping the stock head unit and replacing the speakers. I read somewhere that these 4Runner stock speakers have their own custom mounting brackets. Any replacement speakers will require new brackets.

    Has anyone replaced their front and/or rear door speakers? Was it worth the effort? Any recommendations? Thanks!!
  • I have a 2003 SR5 & my trip computer is always under estimating mileage.
    I have tracked my mileage since new & average 19 on an interstate but for local driving (near Pittsburgh) a 7 mile ( 5 traffic lights)trip to work gets me 14.7 in winter, and 16.5 in summer.
  • jr1jr1 Posts: 9
    Have a 2005 4runner, sr5, rwd, v6. less than 500 miles, the rear wiper goes out and have to be replaced. Has anyone had similiar problems with the 2005 4runner?
    The V6 is peppy and handling nice.It has all the safety air bags, etc. It needs more cargo room.
    But it is too much money for vehicle with so few options.You should get more than 4 wheels and a engine for their prices. Not enough leg room up front, need powerseats, telescopic steering wheel, climate controls can be improved, can be confusing at first. better rear view mirror choices. You should not have to buy the top of the line to get options that other manufacturers put in base line models.
  • I have a 2004 SR5, V8, with no rear window wiper problems. I have to totally disagree with your "I should get more for my money" argument. The standard 4WD 4Runner comes with automatic ignition, automatic temperature control, VSC, downhill assist, an automatic rollback feature and more. I owned a 2003 Ford Explorer XLS and it came with none of the above (far less standard for virtually the same sticker price). I too wish the 4Runner had more rear seat legroom and more cargo capacity...I guess you have to upgrade to the Sequioa to get that, however. Just my 2 cents.
  • Don't get me wrong.. I absolutely LOVE my 4Runner. I've had it a year now, and it's an awesome piece of work.. haven't had a single problem with it, not one! But while up in Colorado recently, I had problems several times with it automatically doing the slippage thing on me. What I mean is, if I'm in a small bank of snow or mud, or on any ground that is slippery, instead of being able to power up and kinda spin the tires and work the vehicle up and out of the area.. it does that clicking sound, as (I'm guessing) the differential gives way until you regain traction. I believe they put that in place to detect and account for things like hydroplaning. But when you're in a vehicle like this (and you're using it to it's capabilities), you're going to find yourself in less than desirable off-road conditions from time to time. I live in Dallas, so I didn't really feel like I needed a 4WD.. and a 2WD would be fine if it just didn't give way when I'm trying to power up when the wheels can't catch traction. So my question is.. is there a way I can disable this function? If so, would I just lose out on that auto-detection of slippage, or would I be sacrificing some other major functionality? I found it pretty embarrassing when I was stuck in a small amount of snow, and I can't generate the HP to rock it back and forth and up and out of a hole or small snowbank. And the sound it makes inside the car always gets a "Whoa, what is that? That sounds terrible." comment out of any passenger. Thanks for any help on this!
  • I absolutely love my 2005 4runner but I really
    want to hard wire my i pod mini to the stock radio, I have a found a device that will enable
    me to do this but I need to get behind the stock
    radio... so my question is has anyone taken apart the dash...
    or is there a way to get a schematic from toyota
    so I don't screw up my favorite toy?
    any input is most appreciated
  • Please understand, I am no expert in working on car radios. That being said, if you only need to access the inputs on the back of the factory radio, you should not need to take the dash apart at all. Your local Circuit City should have the necessary tool to simply pop the radio out of the dash board without removing any dash panels. I would check with them, they will likely do it for you with little or no cost.
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    Has nobody here changed out any speakers in a 2003-2005 4Runner? Appreciate any input...
  • I had my valet key (grey) stolen from my 03 runner. I am looking for some advise as to next steps to take. I was told by dealer that I can have my master keys re-programmed to prevent valet key from starting car. However I believe that the valet key can still open the driver side door and trunk. Would I need to replace the lockset and thus have new keys mades?

    As I can't get into the dealer for a few days..I was told that the valet key only allows truck to be driven for limited this true? As I have no garage I am a bit worried, and hate to have to sleep with one eye on the vehicle at night.
    Any advise/experienced info on this would be greatly appreciated.

  • >I have a 2003 SR5 & my trip computer is always >under estimating mileage.
    >I have tracked my mileage since new & average 19 >on an interstate but for local driving (near >Pittsburgh) a 7 mile ( 5 traffic lights)trip to >work gets me 14.7 in winter, and 16.5 in summer.

    D-u-u-de!!! This may be the only honest trip computer anybody owning an SUV ever reported on Edmunds :)
  • Found it. right side of block.
    Thanking my self
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    Glad we could help . Was it really where your factory manual said it was then?

    Steve, Host
  • Can a toyota service dept. change anything in the on board computer, such as the timing?.
  • tangmantangman Posts: 127
    Does the new 2004/5 4-Runner have a water repellent windshield? Can someone cite a toyota reference to it. I have seen reviews that say it does.
  • txaudtxaud Posts: 6
    I have multiple rock chips on my '03 4runner windshield. I have read in the msg board that others are having similar problems with what seems to be weak glass. Has anyone talked with their dealership or Toyota directly about this?
  • I'm looking at getting a 4 runner. My personal preference for interior color is black, because I think it hides the dirt the best. But only grey and tan are available.

    Any opinions on which would show dirt, stains etc.. less?

  • Hi All,

    Has anyone had any experience changing out the head unit and speakers in their current generation 4Runner? I would like to change mine but do not want to do any modification in the doors and I do not want to loose the volume and channel controls on the steering wheel. Thanks!!
  • I had (have) a similiar issue when I first purchased my 03 runner in late 02. I had a rock hit and create a small 'bullseye' on the lower driverside windshield within first month. I have done nothing since and the bullseye has not increased or spread since this occurred (and this is through 3 north east winters). I have had quite alot of small 'dings' or chips in the windshield that are barely noticeable since then.

    Actually I initially had the same issue on my prior 99 4runner, but I ended up adding a front hood wind deflector after talking to a current owner at that time which I believed helped alot with bugs and small pebbles/rocks damaging hood or windshield.
  • polartoypolartoy Posts: 18
    I have a 2003 4 runner, going on fourth windshield at 90,000 km. It is very fragile and expensive. Good thing for comprehensive insurance.
  • kevink32kevink32 Posts: 5
    Just placed an order for my 2005 4Runner Sport; comes in about a week. Anyways, I opted for the stock toyota stereo due to the fact that I want to put my own stereo components into the vehicle. The question is, does anyone have any experience with changing out the stock stereo for an aftermarket one. My plan is to replace the stock unit with an aftermarket Double-DIN Stereo. I have measured the slot that's in the 4RUNNER, and it seems to measure 4" by 8". From what I've read, the Double-DIN aftermarket recievers measure around 4" by 7". I'm wondering if the slot behind the stock stereo is actually a Double-DIN opening with the correct dimensions, or if some sort of mounting kit will be needed to make this fit. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any help.....
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