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Toyota 4Runner



  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    We have gotten numerous compliments since we purchased our 06 4-runner. Our neighbor even said they may get them one.

    It is so fun to drive I feel like a young kid again. Got so many toys with it and we certainly don't have to think about any malfunctions. Really enjoying it!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    How many times have you heard "If I sell it to you for XXX will you buy it today?"

    To which I would be tempted to say "No, but if I come back in a week or two would you sell it to me for XXX - YYY?" :)

    tidester, host
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    To which I would be tempted to say "No, but if I come back in a week or two would you sell it to me for XXX - YYY?"

  • On the other hand, if I am looking for a car, I usually go in there with a "buy" price in mind. If the dealer hits that price, I have no problem pulling the trigger and doing the deal. Yeah, I might be able to chew him down $500 by walking out and coming back qand walking out and coming back but my time is worth far more than the $500.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "Yeah, I might be able to chew him down $500 by walking out and coming back and walking out and coming back but my time is worth far more than the $500."

    You and I are different. I make a respectable amount of income, but to me $500.00 is still a lot of money!
  • Mileage is 36K, other options are sunroof, selectable locker, basic JBL single CD stereo. Condition is excellent. Dealer price is down to 21600. What do you guys think?
  • robg4robg4 Posts: 32
    My 06 SR5 V6 was 25,500 not including my trade in. 5 options was included. Options include the tow hitch and ball, roof rack and cross bars, 17" wheels, carpet mats, and tonneau cover.

    Would like to have the rear spoiler. How much would that cost me?
  • I am looking at buying an 06 4 Runner. I want to be able to tow a travel trailer in the total weight range of 5000 to 6000 lbs. I have seen some comments in the forum indicating to stay in the 5000 to 5500 lb range and try to stay under 22ft. I am looking at a travel trailer that is about 25ft. I live in the Rockies and would encounter 6 and 7% grades. Does anyone have some actual experience with pulling this kind of load? What were the pros and cons? I get mixed info from vehicle and trailer sales people and friends as well.
  • I tow a 3500 lb with a 2004 V6 Ltd. My personal opinion is that you're pushing your luck trying to pull something that heavy, but I suggest you go to this site and word search 4Runner. There are people out there towing with V8 4Runners, and they'll gladly share their experiences.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I tow a 21foot Shamrock that probably weighs in around 4,500 pounds, with an '05 4Runner Sport w/the V8. I must be honest with you. I wouldn't want to tow anything heavier than I have. And from everything I have read, 22 to 23 feet (inc. tounge) is as long as you should go due to driving dynamics. You will need a good weight-distributing hitch and a brake controller. Look at the prodigy brake controller, it is one of the best. Don't listen to the sales -people at the trailer places-they will tell you that you could tow a 25'trailer with a YUGO! I would look at a diesel pickup. Those can tow all day long up problem!
  • I recently purchased a 2005 4 Runner SR5 and am quickly approaching my first service interval (oil change and 4wd lube). I normally handle the simple stuff myself so when I looked at the owners manual I was surprised to see absolutely no instructions on HOW to do normal maintenance, only a list of what needs to be done.

    I've previously owned Hondas and their owners manual always had instructions for basic service work.

    Can anyone guide me on where I can find/buy/borrow instructions for basic service stuff?

    Thanks for your help
  • brown3brown3 Posts: 26
    The standing joke is that the Brit car makers only make vehicles so Brit mechanics will have plenty of work.

    Seriously, the Land Rover's heyday as "the" off-road vehicle is over. The last couple of times I've been to Africa, the vehicles of choice were Toyota Land Cruisers. (They had a couple of pickup versions over there which aren't sold in the USA.) The folks I spoke to had nothing good to say about Land Rovers - they all said things went downhill when they started switching from leaf springs to coil springs in back.

    I'm currently looking for a new SUV myself, and the 4Runner is a leading contender for my $$$. Land Rover's aren't even on the map.
  • Just go to the dealer, fork over the $30, and you'll be out in an hour with your oil change. As for lubing, well let's just say some dealers do it, others just check it off as having been done (my former dealer).

    Personally, I'd let a dealer do the maintenance while the vehicle is under warranty. They'll build a profile of your vehicle and at given mileage intervals they'll suggest what services your vehicle needs. So far it's been a pleasant experience although I did have to change dealers during ownership as my selling dealer, Roseville Toyota of Roseville, California, was taking way too much time for warranty repairs, and in general trying to blame the owner for every problem the vehicle had.
  • grahmmgrahmm Posts: 28
    I agree with canddmeyer. Go to the dealer - being a Toyota owner + being retired from the service industry (dealership) I pay for my maintenance full bore as I've seen the damage that can be done by after market parts and poor workmanship at outside shops. I have the choice of how to approach it but for my money I would rather have a good relationship with my local dealer and service advisor (2 Toyotas/1 way out of warranty/1 new). Once you are comfortable with an advisor they can be of great assistance to you if warranty work is needed + if something is needed beyond the warranty period the track record built up is priceless when a decision has to be made at the dealer level or above. Well worth the investment. Let your owners manual and common sense guide you.
  • sam20sam20 Posts: 8
    in regard to some question on towing capacity for a 4 runner.i tow a 25 ft.trailer with total weight of approx. 5500 lbs.the vehicle is equiped with a frame weight distribution hitch .the 4runner is a v6 and the toyota manual suggestion is 6400 lbs.for a v6 with a weight distribution hitch.i towed that same trailer with a 1996 4 runner v6 thro. the rocky mtns.that 1996 runner has 350,000 miles on it with no major repairs
    regards s
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405

    How much can the 4Runner SAFELY TOW with a short (110") wheelbase?

    Not to mention at 5,500 pounds and a few passengers and their gear you were pushing the limit.
  • grahmmgrahmm Posts: 28
    Years ago I bought a special built Jeep so I could tow then had a trailer custom built thinking I had the correct tow vehicle. The trailer was within the towing spec's for the Jeep. As I lived a few hundred miles away from the delivering dealer I had the trailer towed by a professional. When he delivered it he complimented me on the way the trailer had been built then asked me what I was going to tow it with. I pointed to the Jeep and mentioned the capacity for which it was built and rated. He agreed the while the Jeep had the guts needed for towing he rightly pointed out that even with trailer brakes I did not have the stopping power needed in case of emergency + under high windy conditions I'd be fighting for control and all over the road. I took his word to heart and never tempted the fates. So my advise is be extremely careful and consider all conditions you will be subjecting your vehicle and to.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "So my advise is be extremely careful and consider all conditions you will be subjecting your vehicle and to."

    I agree! I have an '05 4Runner and tow about 4,500 pounds at 23 feet. I have the WD hitch and prodigy brake controller. Even tough the SUV is "rated" at 7,500 pounds, you gotta be crazy to tow anything longer or heavier!

    Yet, by going to RV.Net I know there are guys doing it.
  • pschreckpschreck Posts: 524
    Greetings to all. Can anybody tell me if the Nav package can be dealer installed on a 06 Sport? Thanks alot.
  • Check the various toyota 4runner forums which show different types of Toyota Nav units that go right in. Also, aftermarket stuff is available,
  • pschreckpschreck Posts: 524
    Thanks ponytrekker.
  • 99 4-Runner - on occasion, while sitting at a light or stop sign, completely stopped, it feels like someone has rear ended the car. Not enough to move the car forward, but we have felt that we were certainly hit from behind. Called dealer, they have never had a complaint like this. It doesn't happen often so they can't replicate it. Anyone elde have this problem? Only 68,000 miles. Thanks.
  • There has been some discussion of this issue before. What has been discussed is that either when coming to a complete stop or when the brake is released afterh having come to a stop there is a thud in the driveline. This issue appears to affect the newer V8 4Runners that are in four wheel drive all the time. The solution (at least for me) has been to have the dealer lubricate the slip yoke. Maybe you can provide a little better description so that we can try and determine whether your problem is the same. However, I would suggest trying the above to see if it makes a difference!
  • i am trying to decide between 4 runner and honda pilot. presently in ny city but moving to north maine which would be better? should i buy in ny or in maine ? thanks for yr help.
  • I just went through the same Pilot vs 4Runner decision. After driving both, the solid quality of the 4Runner won me over hands down. Another factor was the number of complaints in the Pilot forum about rattles, vibration and road noise. The new Pilot I test drove had all of these.
    I've never heard a single rattle in my 4Runner and it's very solid on the highway. However, if you need a people-hauler, the Pilot is the better choice. The third row seats in the 4Runner are a poor after thought. I didn't need the third row so that didn't play into my choice.

    As far as which is best in Maine, I can't comment since I live in Colorado but the 4Runner seems very sure footed in the mountain snows we have here.

    My only complaint about the 4Runner is a bit of gear whine on deceleration. Other than that, it's been perfect.
    Good luck on your decision!
  • I had two freeze plugs replaced 3 months ago. I needed water in radiator 1 month later. Thot maybe mechanic forgot. 3 weeks ago NO WATER! Today almost no water. I/we cannot see where the water is leaking. We see no leaks.
    Please...HELP ME!
    Toyota 4Runner-1995. Good lil' running car otherwise.
  • You may want to check the tax situation in Maine before purchasing a new vehicle. They have some weird formulas for paying taxes on a vehicle 7-years into ownership.
  • agnostoagnosto Posts: 205
    I just got me a beauty 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD V8 (5 Speed) Shadow Mica/Stone Leather ... oh what a comfortable ride and quality and luxury and ... I can go on and on... go for the 4Runner.

    Keep up the good work TOYOTA with your toys :)

    Good luck...

    I used to have a 2005 Odyssey and got rid of it after 1 year of issues/problems... I was not happy at all with it and the quality was cheap plastic, never ever again HONDA, so I traded in for a 2006 Sienna Limited FWD fully loaded and I have no issue ever since...
  • While we love my wife's new 4Runner, the 4th 4Runner she has had, we can't help but believe that Toyota really blew the interior lighting design. When you open the driver's or front passenger's doors there is no front seat interior lighting that comes on automatically. The dome light behind the sunroof is so far back the front seatbacks shadow the interior. You can reach in and manually turn on the map lights to find gloves, cell phone or whatever, but why in the world didn't Toyota wire the map lights into the courtesy light circuit. Our dealership service manager acknowledged the problem and suggested we might find someone somewhere who could do such a thing, but for such a well-designed vehicle, it is surprising how poorly this design element was executed. What on earth were they thinking???
  • Anyone hear anything about when the factory satellite radio kits will be available for the 2006 4Runners??
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