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Toyota 4Runner



  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    The JBL Synthesis 6disc 10 spkr and the electrochromic rear mirror are options on the SR5 & Sport. It just depends on the region.

    I have seen both options on both models.
  • Those who have experienced the sound of both radios, is the original 6-speaker radio that much worse than 10-speaker JBL?
  • rokinkrokink Posts: 25
    Can someone tell me if the ball comes with the 4runner tow assembly? I got the bar that slips into the receiver, but no ball that mounts in the hole on the receiver.

  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    With the colored-matched cladding becoming standard, does this mean ALL the colors are affected, like the red & green?

    This would be interesting to see.
  • The 10-speaker setup is awful. Most of the sound comes out of the front CENTER speaker. I disconnected it in my 4Runner.

    I haven't heard the 6-speaker system, but I wish I had one instead of the 10-speakers.
  • delguydelguy Posts: 43
    The ball didn't come w/ my limited which is correct. Though I've also noticed that I'm short the silly first aid kit in the conv package. Or is it hidden is some too clever place I wonder. If I don't find it, I'll call the salesguy and see if he can mail me one. There is still the questionaire to consider.
  • delguydelguy Posts: 43
    I disagree. I love the 10 speaker setup. Best sounding stereo of the class IMO.
  • morrymorry Posts: 24
    Can someone please tell me how to set the door locks to open when shifted into park?

  • vodgutvodgut Posts: 162
    I got no tow ball with my trailer kit. I believe different trailers may take different sizes of ball, so you'll probably need to get the ball that fits your trailering needs.

    I'm pretty impressed with the 10 speaker sound system. Try turning the 'surround' on or off, it can make a big difference in how it sounds. Most of the time I leave it off, but some stuff sounds better with it on.

    Many things listed as options aren't commonly available in certain regions. Dealers get vehicles equipped with standard sets of options, if the options you want aren't in a given set of options available in your region on a given trim level, you may have to special order (4 to 6 months) or look out of region, or consider getting a Limited, depending on your criteria. Regional differences tend to be small, from what I've seen. They're probably available, but only if you go one of the routes described above.
  • coupedncalcoupedncal Posts: 252
    I am considering either an SR5 of the SPORT but don't know enough about the X-REAS suspension on the sport model. Does it really improve the ride ? I have not driven the new model yet but can state with confidence that the previous model's suspension left a lot to be desired esp. the ride on highway was very bumpy. But now, the reviews on 2003 say the ride is drastically improved. So has anyone compared the ride of X-REAS v/s standard SR5 suspension ?
  • vodgutvodgut Posts: 162
    The first 4Runner I test drove was an SR5. I now own a Limited with X-REAS. Admittedly, my test drive with the SR5 was pretty short. I didn't notice much difference in the ride itself. I believe the X-REAS will be more noticible when going around curves rather than just a straight-line ride. I believe you'll see less body roll through the twisties with the X-REAS, but the ride itself probably won't be affected too much. I've taken my 4Runner on some twisty roads and it seems almost sporty. My other vehicle is a 1998 A4, which is sporty.

    For me, it was something I wanted for a sportier feel. But if all you're concerned about is how nice it is on the straight highway, my impression is it won't make a lot of difference. My advice would be to test drive one with the X-REAS and one without, and see if it's worth it to you.

    Overall, I think the ride is much improved with this generation of 4Runner over the last. It's probably more that than the X-REAS itself. Test drives are probably your best bet.
  • Just purchased a 1990 black 4Runner from a friend. The running boards are rusted along the edges. The are the type of running board with the plastic cladding on the top.

    I understand that there may be a few different options for running boards in terms of type. Any recommendations? Is it recommended to get this same type or chrome or other. Any particular other manufacturer have a good alternative or is it best to stick with genuine toyota parts when it comes to these running boards. Also, are the old ones easily removed and replaced or is it necessary to get a shop to do it. Thanks for any suggestions.
  • It limits body leaning, which makes the vehicle more stable. I doubt it contributes to the actual quality of the ride. There's some sort of a fluid in the middle of the vehicle, and it flows to either left side or right side shocks, depending which way you turn, and that's how X-REAS makes it easier to take corners for those of us who like to push it
  • tfuzztfuzz Posts: 93
    The tow ball (2") DID come with my limited. As I recall the tow ball, a bushing (to make the ball shaft fit the larger hole in the bar), a lock washer, and the nut came in a separate package--it was not already attached to the bar. I had to go to an RV dealer to buy a new bar, though, because I needed a drop for my pop-up trailer. By the way, I finally got a chance to take my trailer on a 200 mile trip last week. The Runner tows beautifully. The rear air suspension levels it perfectly!

    I find the 10 speaker system to be pretty good, but only with the "surround sound" off. I also have to tweak the audio settings a little to get it to my liking. Personally, I can't find any use for the surround mode. I would much rather they had left that feature (and several others, like RDS and TEXT) off but given me a jack to plug in my XM Satellite receiver instead. I don't want XM built in because I prefer to have a receiver I can move between the house and the car.
  • kb28kb28 Posts: 25
    I guess it probably does depend on what area of the country you live in to be able to get certain options. I've ordered a Sport here in LA with the JBL 10 speaker setup and the E mirror. There was never any representation by the dealer it was not available. If you go to the TOY web site and put in Zip Codes for various areas of the country when building your own, you will notice a drastic difference in options available, particularly as you move West.

    I asked above about the availability of Brush bars for the 03 TOY4. Does anyone know?
  • mendota99mendota99 Posts: 18
    I'm wondering what gas mileage people are really getting with a 2WD 6 cylinder 4runner 2003? Thanks for the answers!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I have to plead ignorance on the color issue. I would assume that having the appearance package as standard would affect all colors but I have learned assumptions can be wrong.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I am not aware that Toyota is including trailer balls with the ball mount kit. I know some of you may have it, but I don't believe this is normal or standard. Most trailers use a 2" ball but that is far from being standard. If Toyota gave you a 2" ball and you needed a smaller size for your jet ski, I can imagine a big liability issue.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    Thanks cliffy. I guess we'll have to just wait and see.

    kb28 - Check the JAOS website. They are putting out some nice new accessories for the new runner very soon.

    They have a photo of a new Brush Bar & A Bar on a '03 runner on their site.
  • beercoll1beercoll1 Posts: 88
    I have an 03 Sport V8 with the 10-speaker stereo.

    I find the 10-speaker system OK. I do use the Surround-ON some of the times. Most times it is off. I fade the sound toward the rear. It does reduce the sound coming from the front center speaker.

    I find the X-REAS does help when cornering. I also had other 4-runners(91, 94, 01) and to corner, you had to sloooooooow down. I did notice a huge difference between the ride(straight-line) in the '94 and the '01. There is not much difference in the ride between the 01 and the 03.
  • beercoll1beercoll1 Posts: 88
    When I was in my local Toyota dealer recently(4/24), I noticed he had a Tundra with a V6 and a 5-Speed transmission. It was also equipped with shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive.

    To your knowledge, is this setup(V6/5-Speed/4-Wheel) to be made available to other trucks, such as the 4-Runner in the future?

    Thanks muchly....
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I have a '90 with the chrome running boards that have the plastic step pads on top. After 13 years and no special care, they are not rusted at all, so maybe they are a good option.

    OTOH, I am sure (because I have seen other people mention) that there are lots of aftermarket applications you could use just as well, and I am sure Toyota will charge you an arm and a leg for theirs.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I still havent gotten used to it and am not sure why Toyota did this. Does anyone know whether the cladding can be painted to match? I original goal was absolute low price (and I still think its a great SUV for the money) but would be willing to cough up the $$$ at some point if possible. Does the appearance package have painting cladding or just no cladding? Thanks.
  • I live in Montreal and I own a black 4Runner 2003 Limited V8 with 8K miles (with everything except NAV). Anyone know if I can sell it in the US? any idea how much I could get for it? Thanks...
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Anything is possible :-)

    Lots of gotchas with buying a gray market car:

    steve_ "Honda CR-V" Feb 16, 2003 12:22am

    If I were you, I'd go the eBay route and make the buyer deal with taking it south.

    Steve, Host
  • coranchercorancher Posts: 232
    Kings_in_7, you might search past postings here for more information. It appears that the plastic cladding can be painted, but needs some special preparation first, because of a coating it has. Some shops will guarantee the paint job for a period of time, while others won't.

    I've seen estimates of $1000-1500 to do the job, which presumably includes disassembly, acquisition of new mounting clips, and reinstallation. The "cladding" actually includes overfenders, bumpers, license plate trim, and the actual cladding (the stuff on the lower part of the doors). Quite a few pieces.

    Some had called the gray plastic cladding a PIO (port installed option), and suggested that it might not be big deal to install. As far as I know, it's all done at the factory, and so changing it all out (painting the faceted gray stuff you already have or painting new smooth parts) would be a pretty significant operation.

    As for why Toyota did it, I think they just zigged when the market zagged. Public taste for contrasting cladding (especially where the texture is flat and utilitarian) as a styling statement has been on the wane. Also, I think the plastic cladding was an effort to differentiate between the limited and the other versions.
  • mitchinpamitchinpa Posts: 40
    Has anyone experienced this problem? The protective coating on my 2000 SR5 roof rack is coming off. The color underneath this coating is black, so it isn't too noticeable, but it is quite annoying to look at (to me at least). Is this normal? Would it be covered by my extended warranty? Thanks in advance for replies!!!
  • shadowboxshadowbox Posts: 22
    Is navigation available on 4runner? One dealer told me it wouldn't be available unti '04 models. True?
  • Corancher, thanks for the informative response. Mine matches my color fairly well so I'll skip the 1500. Tell me this though, is the appearance package (roughly $350) all that was needed to avoid it? Thanks.
  • kstittkstitt Posts: 9
    I have a 2003 4Runner Limited with Nav. I wasn't able to find Nav on the SR5 or Sport models. I am very happy with the Nav as well as with the Runner
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