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Toyota 4Runner



  • jlduncjldunc Posts: 3
    Thanks for helping me out. I'll be sure to ask about that when I start looking around. I've always heard they're great cars, glad to know you liked yours. Thanks again!
  • hiluxsurfhiluxsurf Posts: 34
    Peter78, My buddies and I used to 4WD on the trails of Sagami River in Atsugi and Zama cities. Japanese PRADO clubs were there with us every weekend. Most of them though use the ealier models (1980's) 'cause of the live front axles. This link below shows how the Land Cruiser evolution throughout the years. If you look at the bottom of the chart, you'll see the first Land Cruiser PRADO manufactured in 85:

    to be continued..

  • hiluxsurfhiluxsurf Posts: 34
    Here's the main link on that site I posted earlier:

    I think the full size Land Cruiser is named in Japan "Land Cruiser 80" and the short wheel based is called "Land Cruiser 70 Prado".

    Here's a link of a real old PRADO, my guess is 87(click on the prado word on the left):

  • hiluxsurfhiluxsurf Posts: 34
    Peter78 & all, Sorry to post in installment. Here's Toyota Japan link of Land Cruiser PRADO = U.S. Lexus GX470. Just click on those weird looking link characters(kanji), as you run your mouse over these links, you should see the english equivalent of what they are in the bottom of your window:

  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    I think the Lexus GX470 might be the new Prado. Isn't the 4Runner based on the Prado? Then maybe we can say..... or am I all wrong? Please look at the site I am about to post and look at the comments from "DOUS", before someone gives me a answer. Thanks....

  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Intellichoice rated the 4Runner best overall value in its class.

    They liked the RAV4, too.

  • jraetzjraetz Posts: 1
    nycrunner & westbay1 I thougt I was the only one living with pain. I have a 2000 limited with power seats. No matter what I try my right leg is in pain after 3 or 4 miles. If I use the cruise on the interstate I can tollerate it. I bought this truck used in Dec of 01. I give it one more month and its gone.
  • I bought mine for 2002 Runner at for $250.00. Installation was another $50.00
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    2002 Buildout - June
    New vehicle build starts - July
    Vehicles to US dealerships - August
    Available to purchase - September

    If anyone says any different they are:
    a. Misinformed
    b. Pulling your leg
    c. Lying

    Anyone that says they will be driving one before August should post their picture with the vehicle where people in this forum can see it. This won't happen, since it is impossible.

    They don't look like the Prado
    They don't look like the GX470 (but will share some of its features)

    They do look more like the 2002 4Runner than anything else that I have seen.
    They do have a V-8 (same as GX470)
    They do have the GX470 4WD w/downhill braking
    They do have an instrument cluster "somewhat" like the Corolla cluster (very somewhat)
    They do have an upscale interior.

    I do work for Toyota
    I do have resources that I have tapped in other Toyota companies.
    I do have confirmation on all of the above information.

    I will be patient and wait for mine until February.
    I hope everyone in here buys one.


    Get the feeling!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    the sky is green.

    (sorry. inside joke)
  • JPhamJPham Posts: 148
    Nuh-uh, Rich, my source is BuzzLight who has sources ... and I say it's going to be out next week. Now apologize!! ;)

    You guys crack me up.

  • mikeintnmikeintn Posts: 39
    Not only is the sky green, but it's falling!

    My $ is still on you Clifmeister......

    MIKEinTN, still enjoying my new Acura MDX!
  • jimjacqjimjacq Posts: 1
    RWard99 - you seem pretty confident about the new 2003 4 Runner info. Can you shed some light about any additional cost that the new 4 Runner may have? Also, will the V-8 be standard or an option? And finally, can you secretly grab a photo of the new 4 Runner and post it so us would be 2003 4 Runner owners can decide if they want to buy it?
  • swsmsswsms Posts: 62
    This board is hilarious!! Cliffy gets my vote.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    It's becoming a regular Sit-Com!
  • poppadoc1poppadoc1 Posts: 11
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    So many stories about the new 4Runner, it is beginning to look like a Sit-Com. I have been reading this board since mid-2000 and they were talking about the new 4Runner coming out in 2001. I noticed that my local dealer now has orders for the 2002's till March 24, so no new 4Runners in March. STILL this board and the different posts can be of some help. If you look at the overall picture, I think one can say:

    1.) There is probably going to be a forth generation 4Runner.
    2.) It will most likely be a import.
    3.) There will probably have a V8, either as a option or as standard.
    4.) The new 4Runner will probably be bigger than the current model.
    5.) The new model will probably come out this year. I think the 1996 model didn't come out till 1996, so it might very well be 2003, still most feed back on this board seems to be this year.

    I know a lot of people are hung up on the exact details, but if you look at the overall picture, it may not be so blurry.
  • Hello;

    I am looking for Toyota filter (08922-02011). Does
    anybody has a good online site to use?
  • lynneh1lynneh1 Posts: 6
    Hubby and I need a car for a special purpose:
    It will be used for about 4 years to go back and forth to the airport in Houston a couple of times per week and then used for general running around, but not daily driving. Then, when our 1986 Jimmy goes to car heaven in about 4 years up in Colorado Springs, we plan to move the "new" car to live in Colorado. It will sit for very long periods (months) with the battery disconnected in freezing temps.
    Therefore, we have to have a 4X4 for the snowy conditions at ski resorts. Toyotas have a reputation for living forever. We need the SUV because in Texas, we live in the country and small cars don't work on dirt roads.
    We looked at the Highlander, but since we are both 6 feet tall, the chassis seemed too small. The 4 runner looked to be more our size, etc. The Sequoia looks nice, but maybe too big for our purposes.So, what do all you car buffs think?
  • jynewfjynewf Posts: 26
    Don't let the exterior of the 4runner fool you. Although it sits higher and looks bigger than a Highlander, because the Highlander has unibody construction (as opposed to the more old-fashioned body-on-frame construction of the 4runner), its more space efficient and has a roomier interior than the 4runner (atleast from what I've read; I haven't actually sat in a Highlander yet).

    I'm also 6 feet tall, and truth be told, the interior space of the 4runner is, well, cramped (especially with the sunroof). However, I regularly take my 4runner on long drives, have driven it cross country, and have never been uncomfortable or sore. You should definitely take a 4runner for a long test drive to make sure it 'fits' you.

    Or better yet, wait until the 2003 4runners arrive (which will be either in March, Sept. or 2003, depending on who you believe). Rumor has it they will be roomier, with a possible bump in HP.
  • jynewfjynewf Posts: 26
    Don't let my previous post dissuade you from getting a 4runner, though. It's great for skiing and snow. I only drive my 4runner on weekends; the rest of the week it sits out in the cold. But when I want to go to Vermont, it fires right up, no problem.
  • walkercmwalkercm Posts: 11
    I have an 02 4Runner SR5 that I just bought. I've noticed when I first turn on the truck, the engine "roars" for about a minute then quiets down. Is this a warm-up cycle? Should I wait until it is finished before I put it into drive?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    That roar is typical of the 3.4 liter engine. It is part of the normal warm up cycle but I don't think you need to wait to drive it.
  • jf01jf01 Posts: 88
    Has anyone been able to make some sense of that Japanese Magazine cover. People who have been able to (or got someone to) translate it said that the word "Surf" was on it. On another board, a bit more translation led to "New Toyota Models" and "spy shots." Anybody? Since the Hilux Surf is the Japanese 4Runner, does that mean that the SUV on the cover will be the new 4Runner? (I know I may be stating the obvious) I'm curious. It DOES look like there's a Toyota emblem in that round lump in the middle of the grill, and the front does look a little bit similar to the current 4Runner...
  • ronfarronfar Posts: 11
    Hey guys,

    Is there anything on the net, or a quick "dummies guide" for those of us that want to learn to use the 4wd properly?

    I have a 2001 SR5 4Runner and we have limited snow/opportunities to engage the 4wd here in seattle area, but I do want to learn and do it right.

    Looking in the manual, it isn't that helpful.

    Appreciate any quick advice (such as, put it in neutral and move the 4wd to x position for snow, etc).
  • xtirol9xtirol9 Posts: 27
    Woohoo, yay for Texas! Speaking of 4Runners, can anyone give me a good estimate on an SR5 model with say the Sport Package? I've heard on advertisements as low as 23,999. Naturally, they don't say anything else. :-P
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Toyota 4WD systems explained. It's a great place to start.

    SUVs, Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories Message Boards
  • ronfarronfar Posts: 11
    I will be going through looks like what you said...a great place to start.

    And, thanks to Cliffy! for doing it in the first place. You rock dude!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I rock? Wow. Thanks.
  • buzzlightbuzzlight Posts: 44
    My sources still confirm April delivery of 2003 4 Runner. Much bigger and better than the current version.
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