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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#10940 of 11429 Re: 2006 4Runner [soldier1]
Aug 30, 2005 (7:07 am)
What I meant is that Toyota will not likely offer the incentives on the 2006 V8 because they will have adjusted their production schedule so that they won't have excess inventory, especially early in the production year. So if you want the incentives, buy the 2005. If the new features seem to be worth it, then go for the 06. I just wanted to advocate the V6, if not to you, then to other readers of this forum.
Consumer reports fair rating was based on a recall that Toyota had on the V6 in 2003. I haven't heard of any issues after the first 4 months of production. I haven't even heard people complaining about it on this forum, and people complain about the smallest things on this forum. The only complaint that I've heard is that some don't like the sound of a timing chain instead of a timing belt. The timing chain is a little noisier, but I can only hear it when my car is parked and idling. Plus the cahin doesn't need replaced at 90,000 like the belt in the V8, which is a $400+ service. A downside to the V6 is that it requires more frequent spark plug changes (recommended every 30,000), which are very easy to do yourself, but if you need a mechanic, then this will add a little cost.
The concern about a newer engine is valid, but realize that Toyota does lots of accelerated lifetime testing on new engines during development. Does anyone have any longer term reliability data on the V6?
The fact that the V8s are not moving off the lots very fast should be the first clue that, assuming the current fuel pricing continues, that the resale for the vehicle will be negatively impacted. So, if you don't get the incentive, you may end up giving that much away at your resale.
The four wheel drive system in the V6 is identical to the one in the V8 with the addition, in the transfer case, of the ability to disengage power to the front. This allows for slightly better fuel economy. It is perfectly acceptable to leave the V6 in 4Hi all of the time becaue the transfer case has the same Torsen limited slip differential that the V8 has. In this configuration, it is identical to the V8. Toyota has a reputation for unkillable transfer cases so I wouldn't be too worried that the additional complexity in the V6 will result in failures. Look at the forum topic on "toyota 4 whell drive systems explained" for a more detailed discussion.
The V8 is a nice, refined engine that you'll be happy with. Just expect to get 16 (or worse according to some on this forum) mpg in mixed driving instead of 18-19.
Aug 30, 2005 (11:05 am)
My name is Francisco Banda
I have a 4 Runner 1994 4X4.
Last Sunday I was in a small road on the country.
I try to turn around and the back tires were on the grass (on one side of the road).
Beside the road was a dig that I did not saw because of the grass.
I try to use the L4 but only the rear right tire was spinning
The other 3 tires did not move.
The front tires were on the road.
The day was clear (no rein or nothing).
After some one helps me with another 4X4, I check the 4X4, and it is working. I can feel the 4X4.
Any idea why that happen?
Itís that normal?
Francisco Javier Banda
#10942 of 11429 V6 - Engine Ticking
Aug 30, 2005 (11:39 am)
I know there was some talk about a ticking noise in the V6 for the '03s and it was called normal at the time. Has anyone had any further problems related to this? Mine is about to go out of warranty and I want to take care of the issues prior to that.
#10943 of 11429 Re: V6 - Engine Ticking [txaud]
Aug 30, 2005 (11:59 am)
I think that people were just hearing the timing chain noise, which is normal. It definately makes a ticking type noise which you won't hear from an engine with a timing belt.
#10944 of 11429 Re: 4Runner 4X4 [bandaja]
Aug 30, 2005 (1:07 pm)
Only one rear tire was spinning because you have an open differential. This is normal, believe it or not. Your 4wd was not engaged or did not engage so the front tire(s) did not pull you out. One of the front tires should have been moving. Unlike you, I'm not convinced the 4wd was engaged.
Fyi-most 4wd's have open differentials unless the vehicle was optioned (if available) with a locking rear differential. Most vehicles do not have a locking front differential as it's not an option.
Aug 31, 2005 (6:48 am)
While I've only had my '05 V6 SR5 4WD 4R for about 3 months, I was curious about the MPG. I run regular gas in it (mostly from Costco). While I get about 18-19 MPG in town, I was pleasantly surprised to get 24 MPG on a recent 700 mile road trip.
It's not Prious numbers, for certain. But, am pleased with the fuel economy as I was expecting much less.
#10946 of 11429 Re: MPG [graphicguy]
Aug 31, 2005 (7:51 am)
If that number came from the computer, you can expect it to be 1-2 mpg optomistic.
If you figure your mileage based on the odo and a fillup, you have to adjust the mpg up by ~3% because the speedometer and odometer are slow by that much.
#10947 of 11429 Re: MPG [tradscott]
Aug 31, 2005 (8:16 am)
Those numbers came from manual calculations between fill-ups.
#10948 of 11429 Re: 4Runner 4X4 [canddmeyer]
Aug 31, 2005 (9:06 am)
But the 4wd was engaged.
After the other 4X4 help me.
I moved the truck like 10 feet.
And I was able to feel the 4wd, The truck and the trasmission felt heavy.
I disengaged the 4wd and the truck was more lighter (like normal when I used just 2wd).
I saw in the 4Runner manual that I need to use at least 12 miles per month the 4wd
to keep lubricated the front diffential.
That can be the problem??
Francisco Javier Banda
#10949 of 11429 Re: 4Runner 4X4 [bandaja]
Aug 31, 2005 (11:14 am)
Obviously, it wasn't engaged or your front wheels would have turned.
The auto locking hubs don't engage immediately when you throw the lever. You often need to be in 4wd before you get stuck.
Unless your front differential is acutally broken from wear and lack of lubrication, I'm not sure how that could have made a difference.