When you mentioned the power window in the liftgate, were you referring to what's similar in the current 2002, or the older 1995 tailgate version?
I too can't wait to test drive the 2003 4Runner, but I also see some great advantages in purchasing this last year production 2002. The latest drop in price is one big reason alone. The 2003's probably won't see any deals come along for quite awhile...no kidding. Unless you have something very heavy to tow, the current V-6 is plenty enough power for American highways and will get you there with decent mpg. The 2002 has had a few years to tweak production and has refined an already great vehicle to be even more reliable. I'm always leary of first production models, even if it is a Toyota. Just a few points to note in case you want to get a 2002 and not too wild about having to leap on the "latest greatest" new vehicle coming out. I know, because I purchased a 1995 4Runner in August of '95, knowing full well about the new model coming out the next month. Got a FANTASTIC deal, and am still driving it with over 252,000 miles...it still looks good too!
Leodogs, I actually didn't know that about the Sequoia because I really don't care for it, and I was thinking more about all the SUVs in the same size range as the 4Runner. But that's good to know that Toyota has used that on one of their biggest successes. That should reinforce their reason for using it with the new Runner.
Jamesbass1, what I've been told is that it's like the current liftgate, not a tailgate. I have been wishing someone would come out with a liftgate that could also double as a tailgate that would drop down separately, because there are times when I really like my tailgate for hauling or sitting on. Dodge is the first one to attempt it on their Power Box concept, and I believe DC has a patent pending on it. Leave it up to Chrysler to bring out yet another great innovation, but I wish Toyota would have thought of it for the new 4Runner. It would be that much closer to perfection!
Last year half of the lights on my CD player (ie the right half of the green lights #'s 4 to 6) went
dark. I took it to the Toyota Dealer who sent me to a large car audio specialty shop. There they removed the entire stereo and directed me to a couple of smaller electronics shops.
I took it to one of them who replaced the lights that day; sort of ! He replaced the burnt out
green lights with ORANGE ones. This did not go over in a big way and I did not find this out
until I had the stereo re-installed back at the car audio place. I phoned the Toyota dealer who
had a technician remove it again, then back to the electronic shop who installed DULL
green bulbs instead of the bright OEM ones. Of course I did not realize this until I had had
the stereo re-installed back at the dealership. WHAT A HASSLE! After this experience which
took 3 days and numerous trips to various businesses, I am living with this part of the OEM
stereo illuminated with dull green lights and the rest of the dash and stereo with bright green
ones. It just wasn't worth the hassle to take it back again! Some day when I have 3 more spare days to waste I will have it done right. The whole unsatisfactory mess cost me about
$50.00 CDN. Good luck with yours!
If there won't be any V6's available until Dec/Jan does that mean they are only making Ltd models (I thought the V8 was only available in the Ltd.). If so that really stinks as most people don't want a Ltd (me, why not) just depends on price.
Besides my dealer owes me from the last debacle of my 2000 4RUNNER and they know it every time I am there (politely though). But really we are replacing the cars next year anyway so it will be either the Doc's 2000 TLC off lease in Jan., a new 2003 4RUNNER or a 2003 Highlander (so the wife can use it).
Just waitin for Sept. Hey I will try to find out where the local dealer is doing the drive and show thingy so I can do spy photo's.
Shucks, I will really miss my tailgate. The Cruiser is the only Toyota SUV with a tailgate. I well remember back in 1987 when I bought my 1986 4Runner Turbo (w/cool digital dash!)that the electric window inside the tailgate was a big item that sealed the deal for me. It was also another big item I took into consideration 8 years later when I bought that last production 1995 4Runner rather than pay primo+ sticker price for the 1996 coming out a month later...that Cruiser is looking better and better to me, or maybe I'm just trying to talk myself into one!..ha,ha. But seriously, I know alot of people that miss the older tailgates in the 4Runners and wonder why Toyota did away with it?
md2002, my understanding it that the V8 is not just exclusive to the Limited, but I could be wrong. It would be a HUGE mistake on the part of Toyota to not offer it. I may decide I like the 8 better, but I don't want a Limited either, well at least if it shares the same components as the current Limited. Leather is a pain in the ass, literally, in Arizona in the middle of the summer, so I want cloth, and I don't want the running boards that interfere with off-roading. The Sport Edition is perfect, so they had better offer that again, and with a V8! I haven't heard anything to the contrary, but maybe Cliffy1 can confirm...