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Toyota 4Runner



  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 307
    My V8 is pretty quiet. It was a no brainer when I bought as they were selling them for 3k under invoice for the V8s. Street mileage is around 17 on regular which is what my wife gets in her Outback.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I own a V8 ('05 4Runner Sport w/2WD) and from what I have read, if I didn't tow a trailer I would have purchased the V6. With the V8 - Expect no more than 14mpg in town. Less if short trips. On the highway if you keep it at 65mph you will get about 20 mpg.

    I know others claim more, and believe me my wife drives this vehicle very conservatively, so I don't know where these other figures are coming from. Especially those over the EPA numbers....
  • robkrunsrobkruns Posts: 4
    Thank you both for helping out. I am leaning towards a V6.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    Drive them yourself and see which you think is quieter.

    I've got a V8. But if you don't tow, I suggest you get the V6. It is a bit more fuel efficent (still not great) and every little bit helps these days.
  • jshoes51jshoes51 Posts: 4
    I just bought a used '96 4Runner with a 5 spd tranny and v6 engine. To start the truck, I really need to push the clutch pedal HARD all the way to the floor. Just light contact with the floor won't allow it to start. I have to push really hard. Is there an adjustment on the switch that allows the engine to crank when the clutch pedal is pepressed? I know I can press the cancel-clutch-to-start switch to oeverride this.
  • I have a 2004 Limited with the V8. It is a quiet engine in my opinion. It is 4.7 Liter I-Force engine, the same engine that is in the Sequoia and Tundra. It is a powerful and proven engine which I would recommend. Coupled with the 5 speed auto transmission it is a seamless powerplant. I thought I had heard or read that there was some reliability concerns with the V6 engine anyhow.
  • My 05 v8 ltd awd is super quiet, smooth, and powerful. I have never driven a v6 so I can't comment.
    One option that really adds to the ride is the X-REAS suspension - there is zero side to side rocking-jiggling-wobbling over any dips or uneven roads... this truck feels really stable at any speed.
    I traded a jeep grand cherokee on my 4runner... by comparison the JGC feels like a light wobbly and noisy POS - and, as a bonus, fully lived up to chrysler's legendary bad reliabilty reputation.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I thought I had heard or read that there was some reliability concerns with the V6 engine anyhow.

    There are no reliability issues with the V6. As a matter of fact, I believe the V8 has a timing BELT, that needs to be replaced at a certain interval.....
  • abbylouabbylou Posts: 33
    Is this the specific forum to post questions for 3rd Generation 4Runners? It seems that some post, but never get replied do to this being directed a 4th Generation? If so, where is the best forum to talk my issues about TRD brakes? Looked at the TRD forum, but last posting was in 2005?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    We've been juggling and rearranging the discussions more by make/model the last month or so; this would probably be a good opportunity to split out the 4Runners by generations.

    Someone is going to have to tell us what the cut-off dates are since we don't have a Generations story for the 4Runner up yet. I guess the 1st generation went from '84 to '89 from one discussion in the archives we can pull back in.

    Steve, Host
  • abbylouabbylou Posts: 33
    I believe the first generation was 1984-89, second was 1990-1995, and third is 1996-2002.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    "One option that really adds to the ride is the X-REAS suspension - there is zero side to side rocking-jiggling-wobbling over any dips or uneven roads." I've got a 2003 V8 4WD Limited with X-REAS. I think the ride is a bit busy. XREAS does help the handling -- it corners pretty flat for a truck. But on a bumpy road I do feel some fore-aft pogoing that I find a bit tiring. It is a truck, after all.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Ok, we have a couple of new "generations" discussions for owners and buyers of older 4Runners. Feel free to seek advice in one of them instead of wading through the 11,000 posts in this discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • I had been driving a jeep grand cherokee with very stiff suspension - there is absolutely no comparison at all, this rides like a very solid car. JGC was like a jiggly wobbly noisy truck.
    I don't notice any pogo'ing at all. I have the air leveling suspension, which may have something to do with the ride.
    Agree that it's pretty flat around corners, for a truck.

    My biggest complaint is the idle. The v8 has good torque and when the idle increases (when ac compressor activates) the truck wants to move... it's hard to slow evenly because you have to balance the brake pressure against the engine idle-ing up or down. Passengers feel like I am stabbing the brakes because the higher idle requires more brake pressure, when the idle falls there is less power so the brakes grab.
    Dealer said it's not adjustable and is controlled by the computer. I would like to disconnect whatever solenoid bumps the idle.
  • sam20sam20 Posts: 8
    i have a problem with my 2003 4runner.the abs ,vsctrac and vscoff light is on the dash.has any one experienced this and if so what was the problem.i have 91,000 km(about 55,000) miles.
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 410
    Several of us have had the same problem, but we haven't all had the same fix. Reluctantly, you'll have to pay your dealer to figure it out, or use your extended warranty if you purchased one.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    witchdoctor: I end up putting the truck in neutral at most traffic lights for just that reason.
  • I asked the dealers service mgr about the idle pblm... he said it's a Toyota thing that all owners get used to. Sounds like BS to me.
    I need somebody to tell me how to deactivate whatever causes the idle increase/decrease. I've heard that putting trans in/out of gear is bad for tranny.
  • iontrapiontrap Posts: 139
    I've heard of this problem and the issue was a bad O2 sensor.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    "I asked the dealers service mgr about the idle pblm... he said it's a Toyota thing that all owners get used to. Sounds like BS to me." I doubt it is BS. Mine has done that since I got it, 40k miles ago.
  • udsavudsav Posts: 11
    Anyone see a problem with towning a 10X16 uhaul trailor with a 05 4-runner V6 2wd? they say full it is 3500 lbs
  • rollie3rollie3 Posts: 13
    I have 03' Sport V6 which by far has been best of my three 4-Runners. However, recently it has developed a hissing sound [like letting air out of balloon] from right front dash. It is off and on but mostly on. It is not effected by either the heater or fan being off. Same for radio being off or all other gadgets. It stops when car is turned completely off but stars again when key is turned on but motor not started. Anyone have any ideas what noise might be coming from???
  • lkklkk Posts: 2
    I have a manual 5 speed 4 wheel drive 1999 toyota 4 runner. I want to tow it behind my motorhome. Do I have to do anything special to tow this car?
  • dedheddedhed Posts: 6
    I have been "trusting" the computer....
    Perhaps this is not a wise choice.....
    ... though this is the first that I have heard this claim of a skewed computer?????
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    "though this is the first that I have heard this claim of a skewed computer" Don't trust me, or the computer. It's very easy to compute. Next time you fill up, reset the mileage computer and your trip odo. The time after that, note the mileage, gallons used to fill the tank, do the division and double check the computer.

    The computer on my 03 V8 4Runner is 1-2 mpg optimistic. The same was true of my 2000 VW GTI GLX.
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 307
    Ok, today my 2005 V8 just died while driving. Luckily I was on a quiet street 2 miles from my house, and was able to coast to the curb. Dealer flatbedded it and called me to say "Yep. It's broke" and they hope to look at it next week.

    Wow, with this kind of reliability, I am going to run, not walk to the BMW dealer and get a CPO 5 series next week.
  • beercoll1beercoll1 Posts: 88
    Once the diagnosis is completed, can you please tell the rest of us what went wrong? I own a 2003 4-Runner with the V8 and am interested in finding out what went wrong.
  • agnostoagnosto Posts: 205
    What was wrong with your 2005 4Runner V8? Was it anything serious?
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 307
    Unfortunately, dealer still has no clue. first (after 2 days) they said fuse box, which an 8-year old would know isn't the problem as I had full accessory power.

    Second, they said computer, which they need to order as it takes over a week.

    They have offered me a loaner but I am starting to initiate a lemon law claim, just in case.

    BMW never took more than 2 days to fix anything I ever had go wrong with the car.
  • jocko3jocko3 Posts: 1
    We are considering 06 4runner with navigation. We are interested in feedback from those that own the systems. Are they the same systems that are in the Lexus RX?
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