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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#10793 of 11429 biglatka/towing at limit
Jun 25, 2005 (9:36 am)
Towing at or owner limit is never recommendened unless you have a very short distance ie 2 miles.
I have a 2003 4runner sport and tow about 5000 lbs out of my 55oo lb limit with out an equialization hitch. I can tow higher with one of those hitches(the kind that bolts on to the trailer).
We tow live weight(horses) which is harder but a good test of a vehicles ability.The 4 runner tows better that my previous 01 sequoia. Probably because of a combination of transmission(5 speed) and weight to power ratio. Power is not the issue to towing a high weight, the 4runner easily accelerates with full load. It is stability and weight. We live near the mountains(Calgary) and see all to often the result of towing over weight. You lose control and the trailer comes around on you. Then all is lost. Bottom line is nothing tows better than a 3/4 ton pick up when you get to heavy wieghts.
Then is you can go diesel. Alot of people here buy a 10 year old truck as an extra vehicle just for towing thier camper 6 times a year. That way they don't have to drive a 6 litre gas hog year round.
Also if your going to stay with towing with a 4runner the limited v8 has the airbag rear suspension which is specificaly for , and I'll quote from the Toyota technical manual "more comfortable ride and occasional heavy towing."
#10794 of 11429 Re: Roof handles for 2005 4 runner [djod49]
Jun 25, 2005 (9:42 am)
Many thanks Djod. Seems pretty cheap for a $39 k car/truck not to have a driver's side roof handler. No?
Ref yours: " I have an 05 SR5 V8 and noticed the same thing as far as the driver's side handles. I bought from the dealer & with the install it was about $70. A lot cheaper if you buy the part & put it in yourself. BTW, it's the same part # as the passengers side handle.
Jun 25, 2005 (12:34 pm)
There's a site trademotion.com
go your model then go collision
then drill down to interior trim
then grip handle
Good site actually. I found it while trying to find a replacement for my roof rack cowling after the
truck was driven into a low overhead door.
#10796 of 11429 Premium Fuel Required??
Jun 27, 2005 (1:23 pm)
Hello all. I have an 04 V8 SR5. The manual calls for premium unleaded. Obviously, with gas prices the way they are, I've often considered putting 87 or 89 octane in the tank. Has anyone done this? If so, what result? Thanks!!
#10797 of 11429 Re: Premium Fuel Required?? [neumie2000]
Jun 27, 2005 (1:44 pm)
Read your manual more carefully. It recommends premium, but only requires 87octane. The premium will give you added performance, but the engine will work fine with reg. unleaded.
Jun 27, 2005 (2:07 pm)
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#10799 of 11429 4Runner vs. Chevy Tahoe....please help
Jun 27, 2005 (4:16 pm)
I had posted a separate thread regarding my dilemna and got little response. I believe people on this thread will be of assistance. I have spent an hour or so reading about the 4runner on this thread (and it is difficult to still want one as it seems there are many problems with them. However, I know that most people here love their 4runner and these appear to be minor issues with them.)
Now, I have just sold my '01 Isuzu Trooper (an SUV I would not recommend to anyone). I am now deciding between leasing a 4runner and a Tahoe. I negotiated very competitive prices for each and am now looking at lease payments given the same down payment. The 4runner ($32,500 sticker) is an SR5 with the moonroof and the lease is 36 months at $350 a month for 15K miles. The Tahoe ($41,500 sticker) is a lease for 48 months at $399 a month for the same mileage.
Most of you having owned 4runner's...what would you do? Is the Tahoe (size and seating) worth the extra $50/month and extra year or is the 4runner the best bet. I know I would like either. Either serves our needs in terms of towing capacity and each are similarly equipped. The only real difference is size and likely gas mileage. I have had several friends tell me they get 17-20 mpg in the 4runner and several others tell me they get very similar numbers in the Tahoe (which I find hard to believe). All of our friends that own either love their vehicle.
What should I do???
Jun 27, 2005 (5:07 pm)
That question would all come down to what you feel more comfortable in. Yes the Tahoe is bigger and more powerful, but do you need it? Yes, the 4Runner is $50 less, but could you get it for $80 less.
I would say drive each vehicle for more than a 10 minute test drive to make a better determination of which you like. I really like both the vehicles myself but when my wife and I went to look at cars, we drove the Yukon (GMC Tahoe) and my oldest daughter complained that the rear windows only roll down about 3 inches. I know it sounds stupid but this is something on the vehicle that can't be changed because of poor engineering. The longer test drive will expose the pros and cons of each vehicle to you. Good luck!
Jun 27, 2005 (6:49 pm)
Has anyone else experienced the terrible exhaust smell when the back window is down and you increase your speed? I remember seeing this problem with another 4Runner owner before I purchased my 04 Sport, but I never heard anyone else complain. I don't recall if there were any suggestions, besides the obivious of rolling up the rear window, listed anywhere. I never had this problem with my 2000 4Runner. I would always drive in the late spring - fall with all windows down and sunroof open to give the illusion of a convertible SUV. Now when I do that, I have to cover my nose everytime I increase my speed. Any suggestions before I take it to the dealership?
Thanks in advance!