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#1606 of 11429 I HAVE SEEN THE 2003 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
Apr 25, 2002 (8:37 pm)
Late Thursday night, I was shopping at 24hr grocery store and I happened to go down the magazine aisle, which is something I rarely do. I picked up a magazine by the name of "Trucking" and while glancing through it, I came across a picture of the 2003 4Runner. It was a spy shot that was taken. The truck had black coverings over it to conceal it's identity but you could see what the whole truck looked like. It looked like a cross between a Sequoia, the current Runner and the Highlander all in one. It had a Sequoia grill with the shape of the highlander as well and the body looked much bigger and wider than the current runner. The article talked about the Sequoias V8 engine that would most likely be in the new truck as well as the infamous third row seating speculation. Check out the magazine and see what you think. I'm in the market for a 4Runner and hope to have one by the fall. Would anyone happen to know the difference between the 2000, 2001 and 2002 4Runner Limiteds because I like these years of the truck the best. The rims on the 2001 and 2002 Limiteds are different from the rims on the 2000 Limiteds. The 2000's have the sharp 5 star designed rims and that's what I like. The 2001 and 02 Limiteds have a more rounded 5 star design. Exterior wise, they look very similar but there are some differences in the grille and rear I believe but I just can't pinpoint them. Can anyone help?
Apr 26, 2002 (8:51 am)
I've got a 2000 Limited. In addition to having different wheel designs, the front grill of the 1999, 2000 models have a single bar; the 2001 and 2002 have a double bar on the front grill. Other than that (and different paint color options) there aren't any other cosmetic differences between the two that I'm aware of.
As for mechanical differences, the 2001 model 4runners were the first to get the TRACs system. Previous to that, the 99 and 2000 Limiteds got a "multimode" system that allowed you to select 2-wheel high; 4-wheel high (with the center diff open so that you can drive on dry pavement at any speed); 4-wheel high with center diff locked (i.e. part-time 4-wheel drive) and 4-wheel low with center diff locked. Prior to 99, the Limited simply had a part-time system.
A locking rear diff was also available on the 99 and 2000 Limiteds, which was not offered once TRACS became standard on all 2001 4runners.
#1608 of 11429 jeffjeff and 3rd row seat
Apr 26, 2002 (9:05 am)
There will be no 3rd row seat for 2003
Apr 26, 2002 (12:07 pm)
What's your source about no third row seating? You sound pretty certain of that. Do you have anymore info? Would like to hear any and all, thanks.
#1610 of 11429 4Runner electronic mods
Apr 26, 2002 (3:26 pm)
First I want to thank all of you who post on Edmunds. This forum helped me get my '99 Grand Cherokee turned in under lemon law because of all the postings from people with the same ten issues I kept having. This forum also help me decide on a 4Runner because of the lack of customer compliants in the forum! However I must add the Grand Cherokee with V8 and QuadraDrive was a much better off road and on road vehicle than the 4Runner, sorry to say. The dealer liked all the money the service dept made off the auto as well!
My point with this post is to find out if anyone is interested in a few 4Runner circuit mods. I have the $250 shop manuals and can, disable the daytime running lights (with a better method than disconnecting pin 2...), shut off the key reminder chime, and turn the power outlets on the dash to full time (not switched) so your cell phone charges full time.
If there are any interested parties I'll post how I did those functions.
Apr 26, 2002 (10:16 pm)
First thing out of my mouth...you'll be sorryeeee...To compare ANY Jeep product to a Toyota is big mistake...but hey, it's your money. Have fun...
#1612 of 11429 Checked out the Trucking Magazine
Apr 27, 2002 (11:26 am)
I stopped into Barnes & Nobles today and found the Trucking Magazine mentioned a few posts back. They do in fact have a spy photo of the '03 4RUNNER. I have to agree it looks allot like Toyota dropped a Highlander and a Sequoia into a blender and poured it into a mold.
It looks pretty good from what you see, but the not so good part is their comment that it may become a bare bones back to basics since the Highlander is there for the "leather seat crowd". If the 4RUNNER does become bigger, it should be sacrificed, I would buy it for the additional size.
Then again a CPO TLC is in my cards too.
Apr 27, 2002 (1:10 pm)
md2002: excuse my ignorance, but what does CPO signify?
Apr 27, 2002 (2:17 pm)
#1615 of 11429 Photo from Trucking magazine...please!!???
Apr 28, 2002 (9:09 am)
Can somebody take a digital photo of the '03 4Runner in that Trucking magazine and post it? Thanks!!! Loved the Highlander/Sequoia smoothie comment!!!!