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Toyota 4Runner



  • alfster1alfster1 Posts: 273
    That is correct. Only the Auto down driver's side light illuminates. There is nothing wrong with your switches. Congrats on your '05 4Runner.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    I noticed that on the '99 I test drove the other day. I thought maybe the light in the passenger switch was out. I do have to give kudos to Toyota (the only other automaker besides VW that I've seen so far) to give both windows auto down AND up.
  • I'd keep the Explorer or keep shopping. I'm not as confident as you with the 1999, but the 2001 with lower mileage sounds better, especially with an extended warranty.


    It's just my opinion, but if you can get a manufacturers extended warranty (if available) instead of an aftermarket ext-warranty you'll have less issues should you ever need to use it.


    Pay the $15 or whatever for a CARFAX report. It's worth every penny. Good luck.
  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    Thanks a bunch. It is a solid truck!
  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    I drove both a 4Runner and Pathfinder on New Years Eve and I noticed that Nissan lights all of their switches and the dash is far easier to read. It may sound picky but I liked it. Didn't like the Pathfinder ride as much, not as sporty and not as manuverable as the 4Runner.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    Were they brand new or used? And what models? I'm looking at both myself.
  • I am looking to do some regular maintenance on my 4 runner and had a few questions.


    where is the filter located for the interior of the truck?


    clunking noise after stopping, it feels like the trans catches up with the stopped vehicle, i was told it was normal.


    I would like to do a coolant flush, is it absolutely necessary to put in Toyota coolant, I was told it is a good idea since it is different than aftermarket stuff.


    oil changes, I use Mobil 1 due to learning that 4runners have a gunking issue, but I change my oil every 5-7,000 miles, am I doing the right thing?


    Tranny fluid; When should I have this flushed and replace filter? How about the 4 wheel drive transfer case, does that hold different fluid?


    Plugs; what are some recommended plugs? any aftermarket or stay with Toyota?


    Anyother suggestions to lookout for?


    Thank you for any and all suggestions


  • Hi everyone. I will be taking the plunge on a 2005 4Runner later this year, but in the meantime, it's time to change the oil in my 2002 4Runner. Although the manual says to use 5w30, the dealers here in Seattle insist on using 10w30. Although it rarely gets below freezing here, I've heard that 5w30 is a better choice, as the thinner oil does a better job lubricating all the intricate engine parts when the engine is cold. Anyone else here this or different stories?

  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    Yes, I can live with that for this exceptional build quality compared to Nissan or even Honda
  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    You should use the Toyota recommended oil as should the dealer. Tell them that's what the engineers at Toyota desgined it to use!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Dealers buy oil in bulk and most figure that 10w30 will work for most of the cars that come in and they won't need to keep a bunch of different tanks of oil around. Unless they put the empty quart containers in your seat, how will you know they put something else in? Follow the money.


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  • mcrosmcros Posts: 1
    I also have a 2000 SR-5 4Runner and i am having the same problem. I was wondering if you ever had the problem fixed or even diagnosed from a shop. The back end of my car also shakes from side to side during really bad shakes. I know this is years later but please post if you had anything done.
  • coranchercorancher Posts: 232
    alwayslearning, I may have answers for a couple of your questions.


    The location for the interior filter is probably described in the operating manual. If not, you might talk with the parts guy (and look at his database with him) at a dealership. Some of them are pretty helpful.


    The clunking noise after stopping may indicate that the driveshafts (universal spiders and slip joints) need lubrication. This is not hard job and should usually be done with oil changes, but lots of places neglect it (even if they say they did all the recommended lubrication).


    If you do a coolant change or flush, use the Toyota coolant. It's different from most aftermarket stuff (less silicates, if I remember correctly, and easier on your water pump) and not too expensive compared to the labor involved and possible problems.


    If you chage your oil frequently (according to the schedule recommended by the manufacturer) I don't think you need to run synthetic, though it wouldn't hurt. The main thing is not to delay oil changes. A number of recent engines seem to be sensitive to extended oil changes, and will sludge-up rather than just start burning more oil.


    For the transmission fluid, if it's an automatic it uses some form of ATF, while the transfer case and manual transmissions generally use regular gear oil (80W-90 or something similar). Follow the manufacturer recommendations for time and mileage, and if you're not sure about the history of the vehicle, changing these (a flush may not be necessary) is cheap insurance.


    Plugs don't need to be replaced very often, so I just use what the manufacturer recommends and put anti-seize compound on the threads when reinstalling. Get a torque wrench to do the plug installation.


    There's very little about maintenance procedures in the owners manuals, so you might want to check into a service/repair manual set for your vehicle. They're available in different forms (sometimes on CD in addition to paper) and from both the manufacturer and aftermarket. Also, search here and other sites (can't mention them here) for more detailed maintenance discussions.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    If you look closely, it is clear to anyone familiar with Runners that the truck in the photo is several years older than represented by gagrice. At least 10 years old, and more likely 12-13.

    And for those of us driving every year on snowy or salted roads, this is a reminder to us of WHY Toyota recommends cleaning the underside once in a while, eh?! ;-)

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

  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    Yes, both were new. The Pathfinder feels "heavy" for lack of a better term. The motor is sweet and the tranny is pretty well matched, but the 4Runner just seems to feel more "nimble". (anyone got a thesaurus?) Interior wise, I felt the 4Runner had more room. I don't read interior dimensions, it has to feel good. And suaria is right, the quality feel is more present in the 4. I bought a Murano last year for the wife and it has been super. There is a distinct feel of quality and luxury in the Murano that is simply lacking in the Pathfinder. I know there are price points here, but when the wife notices, it's substantial, and no, I'm not knocking women and cars, but my wife couldn't give $.02about vehicles.
  • 2003 (and newer) 4Runners use different sized windshield blades. Driver and passenger blades are not interchangable. Just thought someone might want to know this.


    On another note, I talked with a 2003 4Runner Sport owner today. Like me and my SR5, he too said there is way too much 'bounce' in the vehicle, and the vehicle wanders at highway speeds. He said both his early 90's and late 90's 4Runner's had much better road manners. He has the Bridgestone's, I've got the Dunlops. Glad to know I'm not the only one with this experience.
  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    I've been breaking in a new SR-5 4x4 v-8 and have noticed a slight rattle sound in the drivers door. It occurs at low speed and sound like plastic parts rattling inside of the door. Yet, it is more pronounced on cold days (just froze) and seems diminished as the interior heats up (running heater).


    Any experience with this as a past issue? How did you solve it?


    I am going to try and put some armor all on the door weatherstripping and see if this has any effect. Seems to make the doors quieter on VW's.


  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    I personally like the '04+ 4Runners myself a little to the better than the Pathfinders, but I kinda like the new Pathfinders too. However, in my price range, I'm lookin at used ones, and even the '04 4Runner lacks several thousand being in my price range.


    I too am like you, I don't care about interior dimensions, it's gotta have room for my big butt and some room to stretch out. I went from a '98 Suzuki Sidekick Sport to a '99 Explorer and it was like going from a sardine can to a Leonard building. It just fits me, and is comfortable. I knew the Suzuki was a bad sign when I test drove the thing, sat in it, and the door wouldn't even close. It bounced off my hip. BUT, I didn't pay for it, so I didn't really have a say so. I had to get used to getting in, leaning to the right to shut the door, then leaning to the left to put the seat belt on, then trying to get level so I could drive.


    The '99 and '01 4Runners I drove both felt the same, didn't have enough room. It didn't lack much matching the Explorer, but the main thing was the seats. They were too narrow before the sides tapered outward. If that was an improvement on the '04, then I would have to consider it. I didn't get a chance to drive a Pathfinder, so I'm not sure how it compares as far as room, but from everything I read the seats were definitely more comfortable than the Toyotas pre-'04.
  • kheintz1kheintz1 Posts: 213
    I would not recommend putting Armor All on the weather stripping (or anywhere else for that matter), since it may eventually cause plastics and rubber to dry, crack, and become friable.
  • etoilebetoileb Posts: 34


    Have been looking everywhere trying to find evidence that 3rd row seats and side/side-curtain airbags exist in the same package. Am not bothered about whether it comes in V8 or V6.


    CarsDirect and KBB allow the two options to be selected in tandem. Am I dreaming or do I need to special order?


    Thanks in advance


  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    Thanks, what would you recommend instead?
  • coranchercorancher Posts: 232
    sauria, it appears that the earlier formulations of ArmorAll were hard on the long-term health of rubber and vinyl. There are claims that the recent versions are much improved, but I'd suggest going to a better product to be sure. I've heard the best recommendations on 303 brand protectant ( over the past few years, and that's what I've been using with good results.
  • Looking for 17 x 7.5 steel wheels to mount my blizzaks. Anyone know where I can get these?
  • sauriasauria Posts: 12
    Thank you so much for the tips!
  • depdep Posts: 79
    Ok, I talked to Carmax and they indicated that they should be able to order any 05 Runner with any options I want (that are noramlly offered) from Japan with a ~3 month delivery all for under invoice.


    They will confirm and get back to me on Mon or Tue they say...we will see!


  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    I hear ya on squeezin' in something. My problem is the vehicle I'm replacing is a GMC safari cargo van. It has tons of interior room. Hey, the thing is a box on wheels. The Pathfinder was nice but the 4 just felt better to me. Now, if you need room and don't have a Trump size budget, look at a SafAstro van. I have 150K on mine with only a few squeaks and rattles. To be honest, those came from me being cheap and having a service done by an independent shop. Now, you're gonna give up some quality, some ride/drive characteristics, and definitely some coolness factor, but I actually looked the other day at a 2004 Safari that only had 18K and was loaded and the GMC DEALER only wanted $12,500. Therein lies the other problem, these vans drop their value like nothing else. But it's just a thought.
  • Yep,

    I am a large butted, 250 lbs chap and I have no problems squeezing into my 1999 4runner.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    HAH! You just described me too!


    I'll just have to shop around some more. I loved the look on that thing. I still think about it once in a while. That big hood scoop just did something for me, ya know? haha
  • hmshms Posts: 2
    As you all know that for SUV's, rollover is the most horrible thing that can happen, but something that SUV's are prone to. I have a 99 runner, and if there's one mod I'd like to do to it is to retrofit it with a vehicle stability control. Does anybody know if it is possible to outfit a vehicle with a stabaility control? If so who does this?
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