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Toyota 4Runner



  • newgradnewgrad Posts: 25
    Hey guys--does anyone out there know of any kind of "colored" plastic filler to repair the interior paneling inside a 4Runner? Had some stuff go flying around in the cargo area, resulting in some pretty deep gash marks on the inside rear liftgate. Still pretty upset over the whole thing but what can ya do...I guess it gives it character but would still like to fix it nonetheless...Thanks in advance!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    What purpose would be served by installing mud flaps on a vehicle with running boards?
  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    Find the web site for As Seen on TV and in the search box put Vinyl repair...You will come up with Liquid Leather/Leather and Vinyl Repair Kit....Looks like $30+ S&H.
  • kjack100kjack100 Posts: 133
    The Limited is equipped with a version of mud flaps already, at least the '98 is. But, I replaced a rear flap one time and the Toyota dealer parts department was able to replace it with a matching paint one. The price for a single flap was around $50.
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    Here at Edmunds the third seat has basically been discounted, but let me share a rumor I saw in another site. Personally I think the people here on this forum are correct and there is no third seat. But hey, lets add more fuel to the fire.;f=13;t=012823

  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    My sources (pretty good ones) say forget about it; no third seat for 2003. It's an SUV, not a minivan.
  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    If the 03Runner is based on the GX470 platform (Toyota calls this a Luxury SUV), then it has the capability of being offered with a third row seat. Maybe the first production runs will not offer one, until Toyota can determine that the market is ready for it. They will have to get feedbacks on the MDX, Pilot, GX470 and the other SUVs already offering a third row seat.

    We just have to wait and see I guess of what Toyota will eventually do
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Just received my October issue of Auto World Magazine. Featured on p.42 is the 2003 Toyota 4Runner. One very large front with side photo of the 4Runner. No interior pic's and no photo's on there web site. My scanner is broke so I cannot show you here. Looks similar to the first spy pic's posted here a few weeks ago. Overall it appears big. Check out the issue at you local newsstand.
  • sierrapksierrapk Posts: 19
    I've got a 2000 SR5 4WD and after the 36k warranty expired I have done all the oil changes myself. With the 4WD model, access to the oil filter from underneath is very difficult. However, working from the engine bay, just reach under and slightly behind the alternator and you'll find the oil filter within easy reach. You can't see it, but you can easily grasp it. Use a plastic "cap type" oil filter "socket" to fit over the end of the filter can and a 3/8" drive ratchet wrench and it is out in seconds. Unfortunately, Toyota still mounts the filter nearly horizontally, so it dumps oil all over everything below, including the rubber boots on the front driveshafts. Also, it makes it impossible to pre-fill the filter with oil to minimize the time the bearings run without oil pressure at start-up. Nevertheless, this is much easier than trying to access the filter from below. In any case, its a minor inconvenience given the reliability and great off-road performance of the vehicle. I've got almost 50k miles on this truck with absolutely no problems and 18.5-19 MPG average, 23 MPG best (this is with the low 4.30 gearing only available with the electric locking differential). In 35 years of driving, this is my favorite vehicle so far.
  • 4wdisfun4wdisfun Posts: 55
    Average MPG on 98 4runner 4x4 : 18
    My next runner: 03 turbo-diesel, 165 hp common rail technology engine (hope to get better mileage)
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    I have been told that research from the target audience for 4Runners shows that they not only do they not want it, they feel that it may affect its off road performance, therefore there will not be a 3rd seat in the 4Runner for 2003. I'm sure if further research indicates that there is a desire for the 3rd seat, Toyota will put one in, but don't look for it in '03. The GX470 and 4Runner share the same basic frame, so there is no technical reason for not having one.

    The GX470 will have a 3rd seat, and a swing out rear door as opposed to the 4Runner's tailgate. Different audience, different desires, different vehicles.

    Toyota is also considering a vehicle between the 4Runner and the RAV4, and be 'body on frame' as well.
  • Hi Folks,

        In case someone here is wondering about it. The Small DiskLok fits perfectly on my 2002 4Runner.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    "... it may affect its off road performance"

    Strange reasoning. It doesn't seem to affect the landcruiser or land rovers offroad.

    What is the target audience?
  • intmed99intmed99 Posts: 485
    Is this a coating or is it "built" into the glass?? If it is a coating, should i be afraid of losing this H20-repellent property after a while?? Thanks.
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    Has anyone posted the new pics from Auto World yet?! I'm going to pick one up tomorrow, but I can't wait!
  • 4wdisfun4wdisfun Posts: 55
    We are waiting for the auto world pics.
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    >Strange reasoning. It doesn't seem to affect the landcruiser or land rovers offroad.
    >What is the target audience?

    I doubt that it actually does affect performance, it's just that according to (I assume) the surveys, the *perception* is that it will. In any event, there was no interest in having the 3rd row seat, even if it was available.

    I don't know how they conduct the surveys. They just shared the results with me. I would assume that the surveys for the Land Cruiser and Sequoia indicated a positive preference for a 3rd row seat and that's why they have one. I believe that the 4Runner is more likely to be off-road than either the Land Cruiser or Sequoia.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    It is weird how they conduct these surveys. Thanks for the info.

    I would think the 4Runner is a little on the small side for the 3rd row to be truely useful. Most of the smaller SUV's with 3 rows are cramped anyway, unless you're 3 1/2 ft tall. I don't know why they think they have to have the capacity of a van to begin with.
  • I'm trying to take a poll to see how many 1999-2002 4-runner owners have replaced their OEM tires since original purchase, the name/brand of the OEM, and mileage?

    Thanks a lot.

    1999 Toyota 4Runner Highlander aka Sports Edition
    16K miles
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    A little something from Popular Mechanics:

    "Toyota's fourth-generation 4Runner is due at dealers by November, if not sooner. The new 4Runner bucks the current trend toward carlike SUVs, remaining a body-on-frame design. The truck grows slightly in all directions but is unmistakably a Toyota truck. Previous 4Runners always had serious off-road capability and this one is no different. Our moles inside Toyota confirm that it has a 4wd transfer case with Low range. In addition, the new 4Runner features an advanced 4-wheel traction control and hill-descent system--like a Land Rover--that will be called Downhill Assist Control. The base engine is a V6--likely the current 3.4-liter unit. The 240-hp 4.7-liter V8 from the Tundra and Sequoia will be optional and paired with a new 5-speed automatic. A more potent 280-hp 5.4-liter version of the V8 will become an option on Toyota's big trucks. This 4Runner will share its chassis with the new Lexus GX 470 sport ute, which will get the V8 as standard equipment."

    Of course, we know them to be inaccurate about the V6...
  • intmed99intmed99 Posts: 485
    I have a 2002 Limited 4x4. I just changed my tires from Dueler HT (OEM) to Bridgestone Dueler AT REVO at 1500 miles. They are great tires! Here is the link to my previous review of it:


  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    PBS Motorweek has announced that they are testing the great new Ford Mustang SVT Cobra and (oh yes) the 2003 4Runner track test on September 21 at 5:00 PM. My guess is that we will see a lot of press releases in the next month or so. Hopefully we will get the real thing also at our local Toyota store.

    I want to personally thank Paul S. for giving us a sneak...(sneak) preview about a month ago. I sent the pictures to a friend and he decided to buy a 2002 at, I think a really good price. As for the rest hopeful buyers, the 2003 will be here soon.

  • sierrapksierrapk Posts: 19
    I've got 48,200 miles on the original 265/70 R16 Goodyear Wrangler RTS tires, and there is almost exactly 1/2 the original tread depth remaining (as measured by a Goodyear tire center using a tread depth gage on 1 front and 1 rear tire). The truck is a 2000 SR5 4WD with auto trans, and tires are rotated every 7500 miles. I do use the truck off-road in the Mojave desert, and sharp rocks have nicked the edges of many of the tread blocks, but I couldn't be happier with the wear rate and traction in the wet. When these tires finally die I'll consider replacing them with another set of Wrangler RTS, possible 265/75 R16 if they don't rub with the steering at full lock.
  • intmed99intmed99 Posts: 485
    Ahhh, i think that site is full of it! They just "edited" in the new information, while leaving the old 3rd gen specs. It is pretty funny actually! Rear drum brakes?? Same cargo space?? Fuel tank of 18.5 gallons (GX apparently has 23 gallons)?? No mentioning of side airbags. Sequoia engine specs! Funny!
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    I hadn't even read through all that yet, but you are right! My bad... Thanks for pointing that out. I guess I got a little over-anxious. Sorry everyone...
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    Cliffy, do the 2001 4WD models have the diff lock in them?
  • sierrapksierrapk Posts: 19
    The locking differential was one of the "must have" options when I was looking for a 4Runner at the end of 2000. At that time, the availability of information on the 2001 models was somewhat similar to what we're seeing now with the 2003 model: not a lot of specific information from Toyota on exactly what option were going to be available. I finally found someone with a connection within Toyota, and he was able to confirm that the OEM electric locking differential was discontinued for 2001, replaced by the "stability control system" and the "traction control system". I went out the next day and bought one of the last 4Runners in my area that had the options I wanted, with the locker at the top of the list. It is absolutely essential in deep sand.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    Thanks for the info. They should have kept in. Hate it when they go "backwards."
  • beagles3beagles3 Posts: 132
    I have a 1999 SR5 4-WD (pretty well loaded) and I had that differential lock?? Is that the button that is located on the left side of the dash that says to use only when stopped and stuck?? I am confused? Truthfully, I have never ever had any problems with being stuck up in the snow and having to use anything but low or high in the transfer case,but, from 1999 on, did all the fancy traction control, etc.... really benefit everyone??
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