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Toyota 4Runner

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  • goltgogoltgo Posts: 54
    hlanham -

    Just my 2 cents... I've heard the guys on Car Talk say that, in their subjective opinion, 120-130K is a milestone amount for any car. Vehicles that pass this amount are apt to run "forever". The logic is that major issues which would spell the end of the vehicle would have cropped up by the time it has reached this point. A lot is going to ride on how these vehicles were maintained, something that you just aren't going to know. Some issues are somewhat unrelated to maintenance (for example, my radiator started to leak and needed to be replaced at about the 130K mark). Bottom line, though, I'd rather roll the dice on purchasing a Toyota vehicle with this amount of mileage as opposed to any other make.
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    If you get a quality tint job such as 3M, etc. it will never bubble. All of the tint jobs that I have received have had a lifetime warrany. You pay a little bit more money for it but it's worth it. I haven't had to scrape tint film so I don't know the effect on defrost lines.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I wouldn't worry at all about buying at 110K. Those 3.4s were a great series of engines, they last a very long time. As does the rest of the expensive hardware on the '96-'02. Just have it checked out independently before buying - it is worth the $100 paid to a shop to know if anything is up. And as mentioned above, a lot will depend on the relative maintenance given to the two trucks, as to which is the better deal.

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

  • Off topic. Sorry.

    Does anyone know where one can get roof handles for the 2005 4 runner? Stange and cheap.... but Toyota doesn't provide a driver's door side roof handle. I hesitate to even ask what Toyota would charge. Oddly, ther is a roof and window handle for the passenger.

    Thanks,

    Clark
  • rjenkinsrjenkins Posts: 1
    I'm getting ready to buy a 2001 SR5 with the 3.4L V6 but was told by someone at work today that they have heard of reliability problems with this engine. Specifically about bad "sludge" problems and poor oil flow thru the head! Anyone heard of engine problems on this model year? Do I need to avoid?
  • rharverharve Posts: 3
    I have a 2003 Limited and for some reason the auto open and close function on the moon roof has turned to a manual operation meaning I have to hold the swith to open or close the moon roof. The dealer says there are program instructions in the owners manual to change this function but I don't seem to be able to find them. Does anyone know how to get the automatic open/close function back? If at all possible I would like to save a trip to the dealer. Thanks
    Rharve18
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    No, there were never sludge-related problems with the 3.4 V-6, the problems occurred in a different series of engines (the 2.2 4-cyl and 3.0 V-6 in some of the cars, Highlander, and Sienna). The 3.4 is a resounding success story as Toyota engines of the last 20 years go...

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

  • bswbsw Posts: 1
    My wife bought the 2001 SR5 FWD for me Christmas of 2000. The only time spent in the shop has been for oil changes. I only have 48k on my baby but my former Colorado neighbor and a co worker both with a 2000 model had well over 100k and
    never had a problem. We only use the Totota oil filters, just heard somewhere to do that because of the build in valve.
  • hometownhometown Posts: 1
    Any one know that how many years toyota will change the body style on 4 runner models
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    ran six years and seven, respectively. I don't think Toyota will let the current Runner go 7 years again, I would expect to see something all-new for '09, perhaps '08.

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

  • biglatkabiglatka Posts: 78
    I’m planning on getting a 29 foot Fleetwood Pegasus Travel Trailer, dry weight is about 5500 lbs and GVWR is 7500 lbs. I plan on loading it up to no more than 7000 lbs. I presently own a 2004 SR5 V6 and have been dickering with a local dealer to trade it for a 2005 SE V8. He wants $8100 for the exchange and I’m coming back with $7600 (my limit) and he might take it. I was just wondering if the 7000 lb trailer is too much for the 4Runner V8. I’ve been told that wheelbase is very important too. I know the spec on the 4WD SE V8 is 7000 lbs, but has anyone had any experience with a travel trailer this large (and long) hooked up to a 4Runner.
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 382
    If it was me, I'd be looking at a different vehicle, preferably a 4-door pickup. You add gas, water, and supplies to that trailer, you'll be maxing everything, which will be fine if you don't mind climbing upgrades and inclines at 35mph. Of course you'll have the weight of whatever is in the 4Runner too.

    I'd be looking at a loaded Chevy 1500HD 2WD with the 6.0L engine. With the standard 3.73 gears, the Chevy will tow 8200lbs. (7900lbs in 4WD). With the optional 4.10 gearing the tow capacity jumps to 10,200 lbs. And the average truck is $8,000 off sticker right now.

    The Toyota might do better than I think it would, but I'd get a smaller trailer if it was me.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    11,000 posts, there have numerous comparisons between the 2005 new Pathfinder and the 4-Runner...anyone have any realistic comparison summaries, pros and cons of each one, aside from the Pathfinders that pull 4Runnders out of the mud and vice-versa???...there used to be a comparo topic here, but it seems to be shut down, and there is no need to start it up, if summaries will do...looking to the future, I would be interested in the fall with a Pathfinder vs 4Runner vs 2006 Explorer, as the Expy is being redesigned and might just compete with the Path and 4R...
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    there used to be a comparo topic here, but it seems to be shut down

    That's was archived over three years ago due to inactivity. However, just say the word and we'll reopen it.

    tidester, host
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    Towing at or above the towing weight limit is more excitement than I would want, particularly when braking and paying repair bills...
  • raystarraystar Posts: 6
    :) Here's a good one. I have a 2003 4Runner Limited which I purchased in May 2003. Fast forward to today (2+ years), my truck drives and feels brand new just like the day I took it home. Now here is my problem (not really a problem but a concern), My truck has 12,000 miles! Here's my question; outside of the oil (Mobil 1 SuperSynth 5W - 30) and air filter change back in May 2004, what else should i do to keep up with maintenance? I take the train to work every day and for the most part the truck is parked inside the garage and driven mostly during the weekends. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • djod49djod49 Posts: 12
    Clark;
    I have an 05 SR5 V8 and noticed the same thing as far as the driver's side handles. I bought from the dealer & with the install it was about $70. A lot cheaper if you buy the part & put it in yourself. BTW, it's the same part # as the passengers side handle.
  • djod49djod49 Posts: 12
    Does anyone have experience with the K&N air & oil filters for the 05 V8?.Will it invalidate the warranty or cause the check engine light come on? Also, I seem to be having problems with my seat seeming to shift from side to side when I turn a corner. It's subtle and doesn't seem to be related to the seat track itself. Almost like one of the other seat adjustments is a little loose.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    An aftermarket air filter shouldn't cause a warranty issue unless excess oil gets on a sensor or something.

    K&N Air Filters, bolt-on power?

    Check out the consumer information and FAQs at SEMA.org too.

    Steve, Host
  • lazzarichlazzarich Posts: 37
    I have installed a K&N in my 2005 4Runner V8. I have them in all my cars and I think it really is only a psychological advantage in terms of performance. There is a cost savings over a period of time if that is a concern and you don't mind cleaning it every 40K or so.

    TRD makes similar filters for other cars. Not sure if they are rebadged K&N's or their own product line. At the time I could not get a TRD version so I got the K&N.
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