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#10733 of 11429 Toyota Recall
May 17, 2005 (7:56 pm)
I'm new to the forums here at Edmunds so please forgive me and correct me if I'm posting incorrectly.
A month ago I bought a SR5 4Runner. We own 2 other 4wheel drives - a 2002 Explorer and a 1997 Jeep Cherokee with 140,000 miles that I just gave to my 16 year old newly driving daughter to drive. Anyway, I've read through a lot of the posts and noticed that my only complaints are basically some of the notorious ones that others have. I can't seem to get comfortable in the driver's seat. When I'm back far enough to give my legs room my arms seem too far away from the steering wheel. Weird that. Next time I'll upgrade just for the telescoping wheel. Also, I'm one of the lucky ones with the steering wheel vibration. Yes, in a 2005.
Two weeks ago, I drove about 2 hours up into the Pennsylvania mountains. All on the interstate. Being new, the vehicle had about 400 miles on it. The vibration comes on at about 62 mpg and disappears at about 68. I'll tell you, this tends to drive you crazy when driving on the highway for any length of time. It lead me to search out a forum like this to see what other owners had to say and to see if I was losing my mind. I saw today that Toyota FINALLY is recalling some vehicles with suspension problems (scratched ball joint?) and said it affects the steering. The 2004 4Runners will be under the recall but I didn't see anything about 2005. Does anyone know if this recall has anything to do with the cause of the vibration?
Any thoughts appreciated.
#10734 of 11429 recall -- get your facts straight
May 18, 2005 (9:12 am)
No, the recall does not affect the 4th generation 4Runner and the defect does not involve vibration. According to the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, the recall covers only 2001-2002 4Runners (along with 2001-2004 Tacomas, 2002-2004 Tundras, 2002-2004 Sequoias). The 2003, 2004, and 2005 4Runners are not affected.
Whatever is causing your vibration is not due to this defect.
I suggest that you do the following: 1) get your wheels balanced on a Hunter balancing machine, 2) have the wheels and tires checked for out of round, 3) get a 4 wheel alignment.
#10735 of 11429 Re: 4Runner's and headroom [suvtime]
May 18, 2005 (11:07 am)
I'm a 6'6" guy and I fit pretty well in my wife's 4runner. We purchased the SR5 4x4 in 2003 with a sunroof. It's pretty much the same model that's available now. I mention the sunroof because with the sun-shade for the roof open I fit in fine. With the shade closed I can feel my head touching the ceiling. I'm told that the Sport and Limited models have less headroom (not sure why). I test-drove a limited and didn't note that headroom was a problem. I sit with the seat reclined a bit more than the usual driver, so I'm sure that this gives me a bit more headroom than if you prefer driving closer to the steering wheel. Overall our 4runner has been incredible. We've only had minor problems with the sunroof motor which they promptly replaced.
#10736 of 11429 hypertech chip
May 18, 2005 (11:58 am)
Has anyone had experience with adding a hypertech chip to 2004 4runner (V8)?
#10737 of 11429 4Runner's w/third row?
May 18, 2005 (1:09 pm)
I have been looking at possibly purchasing the2005 4Runner but have not read very much about the optional third row. Was wondering about the room back there. Is it just enough for children or could an average size adult fit back there. Any opinions on the third row would be appreciated.
#10738 of 11429 Passenger Airbag Light
May 18, 2005 (1:57 pm)
If anyone has a 2005 4Runner, please let me know if both the words Passenger and Airbag are illuminated in orange when you turn on your park lights or headlights. Right now only the work Airbag will illuminate. However, I thought both words illuminated when I purchased the vehicle. Please let me know.
May 18, 2005 (2:22 pm)
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May 18, 2005 (2:50 pm)
I'd be surprised if you can get a small child back there. Putting an average sized adult back there would seem to me to be cruel and unusual punishment.
#10741 of 11429 Re: 4Runner's w/third row? [nymom]
May 18, 2005 (7:18 pm)
I looked into that third row seat just last month when I bought my 2005 4Runner. I need extra seats occasionally when I'm hauling my teen's friends around. Basically, it's unusable. Maybe it's ok for small children or very small adults, like under 5ft tall and I'm not kidding. It's the head room that's the problem. The thing is, if your kids are small enough to fit back there then they may be required to be in a car seat or booster seat anyway. I'm not sure you can, or would want to, put a car seat in that third row. I think a lot of these 3rd row seat options on new vehicles are after thoughts.
#10742 of 11429 Re: Third row [nedzel]
May 18, 2005 (7:20 pm)
Lol, how true! I'm only 5'5" and I couldn't sit without being hunched over.