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Toyota 4Runner



  • I'm in the market to buy a new SUV and the 4Runner looks very awesome, but haven't been able to find out what type of gasoline it runs on?

    Regular? Premium?

    Thanks..... :confuse:
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    Dealership told me regular. How well it runs on that don't know.
  • I've tried all grades of gas in my 2003 V6 and cannot tell the difference. Supposedly, the multivalve heads give a little more horsepower with premium, but without a dyno I'd never know the difference.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    If those are Cross Terrains, then yes, most other tires will be at least as niosy. But bear in mind tires get noisier as they age, so if yours are old tires, then just replacing them with the same brand will quiet them down.

    If your tires are LTX M/S's, then no, there are tire choices that are quieter, although I wouldn't call the LTXs noisy (those are the ones I usually buy).

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

  • grahmmgrahmm Posts: 28
    I have a 2005 SR5 V6//per manual any fuel 87 octane rating or higher is ok. I have used the 87 with no problem (use Chevron/runs cleaner). The manual indicates a higher range octane also could be used. During a recent trip I went up a notch to mid grade and only difference noted was a slight increase in mpg but do not know whether directly related to fuel or area we were driving through at the time. Consistantly drove 75-80 MPH and mileage was 21.7 - 22.8.
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    Do you have the 'floor liners' or the rubber mats? Also, do the second row mats go all the way across or are they 2 individual mats and do they cover the second row completely?
  • mstemmstem Posts: 113
    I have the "rubber mats" from WeatherTech. Liked them so well we bought them for our other vehicles. I have a new Avalon Limited and so far have NOT put the rubber mats in it, as my wife thinks they look a little "too industrial" for that vehicle! Thinking that I might get them anyway and just them in the winter months for the snow, ice, salt etc that ends up on the nice looking carpet mats.

    As for the second row, they are individual mats and as such do NOT cover the area of the driveline hump. Worried about that but it hasn't been an issue; we bought some industrial ScotchGuard at Pep Boys and sprayed the heck out of the hump carpet. So far, so good!

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Consider where i stand for a moment... My father is retiring in 6 days and is looking for a reliable vehicle to take into retirement. Deciding between a 06 V8 4runner sr5 2wd(w/ 3row seats, navigation, leather w/ heated seats and dvd entertainment system) 06 Acura Mdx (w/ navigation and res) and 06nissan armada SE(navigation, leather and dvd entertainment). The 3 come out to be near in $$$ and features. The mdx and 4runner are very reliable and all 3 hold value. The Armada is biggest but uses most fuel. This is tough!!! :sick:

    The mdx and the 4runner drive nicely while being quick with similar horsepower numbers. In case you're wondering about the 3rd row of seats, i need one to get rid of the need to drive two vehicle to places, mostly short distances. While the 4runner isn't the "better" choice for the third row, it will only be used 1 a month, at most. :) While on 3 row seats, dosen't have to have lexus comfort, it just needs to be usable and can fit a carseat. Help please..!!!!!!!!!!

    ps, don't want a :lemon:.
  • grahmmgrahmm Posts: 28
    REALLY REALLY hard t5o go wrong with a 4 Runner. I bought one with 3rd row seat and rarely need them. I located a cargo shade on ebay & got the tonneau hooks from the dealer and converted for under $100. On an upcoming trip I'll need the seats and toss them in for use. So you have options there as to security & seat function.
  • tradscotttradscott Posts: 108
    I just bought some weathertech floor liners and they are excellent.
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    Thank you for your reply. Do the 2nd row mats cover the area well?
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    The floor liners are the nicest looking ones I have seen. Do you have the 2nd row mats? If so, how well do they cover the floor? Concerned about the carpet on the hump.

    Thanks for your reply!
  • coloroncoloron Posts: 14
    I just finished a similar process. I am retiring in March. I reseached every SUV on the market, test drove several and finally settled on a V6 SR5 4Runner. I really have no need for 3rd row seats so that wasn't a consideration. The MDX was out of my price range but I have a friend that has one.

    My general assessment is that the MDX is a more comfortable vehicle but it's quite a bit larger and so it doesn't handle a well as the 4Runner. My friends like theirs but they've been frustrated by some minor problems with electronics that the dealer hasn't fixed right. They also had the battery go bad after just 1 year. They also get only about 14 MPG. I also looked at the Honda Pilot which is built on the same basic platform as the MDX but concluded that it has some serious quality issues.

    I think that Toyota has everyone beaten when it comes to quality and reliability. I've only had mine for a few weeks but I've not heard a single rattle or squeak and I'm getting 19 MPG in mostly city driving. I'm very happy with my 4Runner.

    Good luck and I wish your father a happy retirement!
  • I went out of a BMW 3 series and into a 2005 SR5 V8 4Runner because I wanted a reliable vehicle so that I could consider saving for retirement instead of repair bills.

    Prices were awesome at the end of last year (invoice minus 3000 cash back).

    Car is rock solid and fair on gas (17mpg on 87 v 19mpg on 93 for the bimmer)
  • kheintz1kheintz1 Posts: 213
    The Husky floorliners completely cover the carpeting in the back seats-- these floorliners are a single-piece unit, and therefore, they leave no carpeting exposed. In my opinion, this is a significant advantage over the Weathertech liners, at least as far as the backseat area of the 4Runner is concerned. (By the way, I also ScotchGarded the cloth and carpeting in my 4Runner when it was new, and I retreat these fabrics yearly.)
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I will, thanks! WE tried the pilot for 05, but it didn't have side curtain airbags. The 06 is just 2, (i'm lying, in fact quite the opposite) beautlful for me. :shades:
  • 06 SR5 V6 4Runners going for $23,979 plus ttl at my local dealership. This seems like a huge bargain. What do you guys think of the prices?
  • tradscotttradscott Posts: 108
    Where are you at? That price is unbelievable. How reliable is the info?
  • beeradbeerad Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a certified 2001 SR5 4Runner 2WD from the dealer. It has 71K and came with the pwertrain warranty out to 100K. I added the bumper to bumper addon, Platinum warranty. Nice car, no dings, no damages, looks brand new with great silver paint and silver-gray interior. Question - The CD on the radio won't play CDs that you record? Can this radio be replaced easily? Can you get a radio w/ CD that will operate the antenna? Question - The ABS pump recycles every 20-30 minutes, is this normal? Car brakes fine and runs like a charm? Waht can I expect from a car this old?
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "The CD on the radio won't play CDs that you record? Can this radio be replaced easily? Can you get a radio w/ CD"

    This is not uncommon. For one thing CD's you buy at Walmart, Target, etc. (that you "burn" with your computer) are thinner than commercial CDs. So most car radios/CD players have problems with them. This is such a small issue I woud not worry about it. If it is a current recording, you should be buying the CD and not stealing it from the internet anyway.
    Hope this helps!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I think you may be assuming too much - there's lots of reasons to make archival copies of media and use the copies in your car CD (risk of theft of the $18 CD comes to mind).

    Why do my CD-R audio discs work in my computer but not in my car or home audio player? (Media Sciences)

    Steve, Host
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "archival copies of media and use the copies in your car CD (risk of theft of the $18 CD comes to mind)."

    I see your point Steve, the only thing is I don't know anybody under 40 that "buys" music anymore.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Well, most of the iTunes stuff is paid for it sounds like (or is free to download, like our automotive videos).

    But don't ask me - I don't own a home stereo or a car CD player and just listen to or the FM radio. ;-)

    Steve, Host
  • ron504ron504 Posts: 9
    I am just about to negotiate a deal on an 06 Land Rover LR3 HSE. I realize there is a huge price difference and maybe I'm comparing apples & oranges but I would appreciate your input. Before I drove the LR3 my first choice was the 4runner. The 4runner is definately not substandard and will surely get better fuel economy. The LR3 had larger cargo room and was very quiet. I would go 4runner as a safe bet. I would lease either way so not as concerned about long term reliability. Thanks!!
  • Everyone I have heard about Land Rovers has been negative. If short-term reliability is an issue, get the Toyota. If it isn't, and you have no problem dropping the car off at the dealer once a month, get the LR.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "Everyone I have heard about Land Rovers has been negative."

    That's for sure! I was at CostCo the other day, they were putting an LR3 on a flatbed truck - it wouldn't start!

    If you have time on your hands, get the LR3. If you don't get the 4Runner! Let us know what you decide!
  • It was the Power Tempe Toyota in Phoenix Arizona. They said the sale was only until this Sunday. It was a quot I received from one of their internet sales persons that reply back to my request on the web.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "They said the sale was only until this Sunday. It was a quote I received from one of their internet sales persons that reply back to my request on the web."

    I just love dealer excuses. Unless there is a factory rebate or incentive involved that expired, (you can check here on Edmunds for that info) there is no reason for them not to honor a price. How many times have you heard "If I sell it to you for XXX will you buy it today?" Hogwash, they can also sell it the next day for that as well.
  • grahmmgrahmm Posts: 28
    I wouldn't even consider a LR. People buy them for th "status" and you see them hit the used car lots while still brand new. Not much of a vehicle and not much of a choice go for the 4 runner. You'll regret the Land Rover.
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