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Toyota 4Runner



  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    I can't wait until the new ones come out...I just hope that they keep roughly the same exterior shape and don't go hog wild on making the vehicle rounded/etc....I have a 1999 SR5 that has been a beautiful rig,but, I want the V-8 power.
  • spfoteyspfotey Posts: 130
    Is it confirmed that there is NOT a third row seat??
  • md2002md2002 Posts: 142
    I wasn't planning on getting anything until December/January anyway so the V6 SR5/Sport works out. I liked the hood scoop on the current ones. Besides let the initial hype die down some to get a decent deal.
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    I've heard it from numerous sources that there won't be a 3rd row seat option on the 4Runner, at least for it's introduction. Word is they're only offering it on the GX470, but I'm guessing they'll eventually offer it as an option or maybe standard on the Limited. Who knows, they may be planning to offer it on the Limited right away, but are keeping tight raps on the info. Time will tell...

    Speaking of time, I'm with you, md2002. Waiting for the hype to die down is exactly what I'm doing before I purchase a '03. It's probably smart to wait for them to get any kinks or recalls out of their system with an all new platform too. Beside I want to drive the V6 to be sure I've made the best choice.
  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    I think you all are right about waiting and letting the hype die down (prices too). But, with the economy the way it is and the dealerships wanting business, I will drive the V-8 & V-6, make a decision and try to deal,but, if they are not willing to give good deals, then I will be patient. My 99 SR5 has 97,000 and has been just superb,but, I am hungry for more power and for the heated leather seats,so, I am biting at the bit to do a test drive on the 2003......
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    I had heard that the JBL was going to be offered in the new 4Runner. That's one area that I REALLY want to splurge on this time - a kick a** radio CD player. I rented an Avalon with the JBL in it and I've been missing it ever since. If it doesn't shake enough viscera I'm driving down to Circuit City for a bigger amp.

    The automatic climate control is another option the Avalon had that I liked. None of that turn the air on, air off, air on, air off stuff. Set the temp at 72 and just listen to the JBL, cruising down the highway and pulling the Ranger on down to the lake....

    Yep, that's what I'm dreaming about today. Can you tell I have a fishing trip coming up? 8 more days to zero hour :)
  • mtm13mtm13 Posts: 9
    Has anyone heard if the 03 will offer memory seats? -- at least on the Limited model hopefully. This is one area that I think Toyota completely overlooked on the current lineup of vehicles. You know they have the technology worked out because it is in all the Lexus vehicles and on the Avalon -- so why not on the SUV's that cost $30k-$40k? The LandCruiser and the Sequoia should both have it -- esp the Seq since it is a newer design. I would probably get the Seq if it had the memory seats in it, but I have always loved the look of the current 4Runner, it was just a little too cramped on the inside and was a little underpowered in my opinion.

    In my perfect world the new 4Runner will be proportioned just right (little larger - not too big though), will still have the same aggressively styled look it always has had, get all the techno touches it should have -- like memory seats, wheel mounted audio controls etc, and the V8 will really move. I'll drive THAT truck until the wheels fall off.
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    From what I hear, the GX470 has memory seats, which should carry down to the 4Runner. And I should certainly hope so, with all the competition out there that does offer that!

    If this next generation 4Runner is everything I it seems to be (and I'm hoping for), I'm right there with you. I'll be driving this vehicle until the wheels fall off as well, which could be a very long time, given Toyota's track record. When this truck comes out, unless someone needs a huge hauler or a little run-about, I'm not sure why they'd look any further than the 4Runner or GX for their next SUV!
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but will the '03 4Runner still be a truck-based rig with a separate ladder frame?
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    Yesiree! It will indeed continue to be body on frame! Thank goodness Toyota understands and respects 4Runner and off-road loyalists. For more info, well the only info we have available about the platform of the new 4Runner so far, check out the article about the GX470 on And be sure to check my posting above about the latest on what will be offered with the SR5 Sport Edition for the '03, from a Toyota insider.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    It must be a bummer to have to wait so long between fishing trips. FYI, I had my Ranger out on the Potomac yesterday like I do every Thursday. :D
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    << I had my Ranger out on the Potomac yesterday like I do every Thursday. >>

    Hmmm... Ford really does believe in "No Boundaries!"


  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    >It must be a bummer to have to wait so long between fishing trips

    (heavy sigh) You don't know the half of it. Every day I pass by it sitting in the garage, gathering dust. But I'm all fired up about going to Minnesota in less than one week.
  • rdavis2710rdavis2710 Posts: 20
    Hello everyone!

    I have been reading this board for 6 months now. About 2 weeks ago, after many test drives, research articles read, deliberations...I made the decision and bought a 2002 Toyota 4Runner Thunder Cloud Silver, Sport package!!!!!! The car came with everything, including the moonroof, rear heater, and heavy duty brakes. The sticker was $33,800. With the rebate, I paid $29K (did I get a good deal???). I have many questions for this board - and will be posting all of them!

    My decision came down to the 4 runner and the Pathfinder. I really liked the additional horsepower on the pathfinder - but it came down to my wife saying to me - "aren't you going to be dissapointed if you don't get a Toyota?" We have a camry and it is rock solid.

    I love the Toyota dealer - no pressure, and they seemed very honest.

  • rdavis2710rdavis2710 Posts: 20
    I appreciate if someone could help me out with some answers to these questions...

    1. What makes the brakes on the new 2002 heavy duty? - Does anyone know the reliability of these new brakes? I should have asked the dealer...

    2. When should I get the first oil change? Its free and the salesman said at about 2K - is that enought time to get the oil circulated?

  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The front brakes have larger discs than are considered "normal." Since I've left the sales department, I forgot the exact size, but I believe they are 12.5" front discs. That is part of the alloy wheel package.

    First oil change according to the book is at 5000, although I personally prefer 3000.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Did I mention Ranger is a boat? I saw your post and said "Doh!"

    Did you know that Toyota made and effort at boat building a couple of years ago? They made two inboard, stern drive ski boats. They had a marine modified version of the 4.0 liter V8 from the old LS400. The effort was a complete failure for a number of reasons. The primary one was the limited market for stern drive ski boats and limited distribution network.

    If Toyota built a 225 HP outboard, I'd buy it in a minute. I hate Mercury.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    I know, I was just pulling your leg. ;)

    BTW, you could always buy a Honda outboard...

    Speaking of Honda: Did you know that they just introduced a 3.5L V6 outboard, which is essentially a marine conversion of the MDX/Pilot/Odyessy engine? And that they also have a 2.3L 4-cylinder outboard which is a marine conversion of the Accord engine?

    Here's the Honda Marine link:

    One version of the V6 Honda outboard does put out 225 HP.

  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The Honda 4 stroke is nice but may not be the best thing for my purposes. Four stroke OB motors don't develop torque quickly enough for smaller "pad boats". They are great on off-shore boats, but if you need to jump onto plane VERY fast, a 2 stroke is still the way to go.

    Honestly though, after all the trouble my Merc has been, I'd probably live with the slower hole shot. Say... wanna buy an outboard?
  • rdavis2710rdavis2710 Posts: 20
    I appreciate the answer.

    Since you used to be in sales, what do you think of all the "gimmicks" offered by the dealerships - you know - the paint sealant, fabric sealant, undercoating..I did not purchase any of it. It seems to me a good wax job twice a year will help keep the paint looking good, and the car already had the undercoating on it, and I don't allow food in my why pay for all fo that?

    By the way, when can I first wax the car?

    I just love this vehicle!!!!!

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