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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Jul 05, 2002 (5:13 am)
Congrats all around for your new 2002 4Runner purchase. I totally agree with you and your reasons for the purchase. I stated this in an earlier post, and did the exact same thing in 1995.
I got a fantastic deal on the vehicle at that time, and after owning and driving it for 7+ years w/over 250,000 mi. on the odo I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. It's never given me a "reason" to get rid of it, as the reliability has been flawless. Just like the 2002, Toyota had quite a number of years to tweak on these vehicles, and refined them during the production period.
I too am excited to see and drive the 2003, and with my past experience with 4Runner will bet the vehicle will be a great one...that is, if it doesn't develop a bad case of the Monterro Uglies! But that said, this IS a first year production model even if it is a Toyota, prices will be high, and you can bet that good deals will be a rarity. If your needs are not in the power category for towing, etc. then I still say the 2002 is the best thing going.
Jul 05, 2002 (7:47 am)
Thanks for the info - and you are right regarding the horsepower. About two years ago, I seriously considered the GMC Jimmy/trailblazer - got a book from the dealer and seriously read up on it. I loved the style and the ruggedness of the vehicle. However - the reliability ratings are really very poor for this vehicle. I drive about 500 miles a week and could not afford the possibility of future unexcpeted repairs as I rely so much on my vehicle.
I also looked at the bravada - nice vehicle - lots of power. I just did not know the future of olds...
My wife drives a 99 camry - 55K - and we need to bring it to the dealer - the brake light comes on when driving around corners. THATS THE ONLY REPAIR WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE TO THE CAR!!!!! I just replaced the tires - but have done ZERO other work on the vehicle. How does Toyota do it?
Jul 05, 2002 (7:54 am)
You are 100% correct - this is why I did not wait to get a 2003. Every time a manufacturer changes the model - the price shoots up and demand exceeds supply. I got my 2002 sport with everything - tow package, moonroof, rear heater, big brakes, everything - for 29K. I did my own financing with a home equity line for 5% - so I just could not afford to wait. I am afraid that the new 2003's will be more expensive, and that interest rates will rise. I dare say there will be many rebates on the 2003's...
But I just love the 2002 style especially with the sport. I am one of the few people that think Toyota screwed up when they redesigned the camry's and the avalons (in 99) - the backend is so UGLY!!!!
I just passed the 2,100 mile mark on my 4runner - so i am gonna call the dealer for that first FREE oil change.
My 9 year old thinks she is the coolest kid in the neighborhood now with us being in the sport!
You all have a great weekend.
Jul 05, 2002 (10:07 pm)
My 94 Camry's brake light started coming on. Turned out to be a little low on brake fluid. Check that first B4 you take it to the dealer.
#2076 of 11429 Thanks Norwesterner...
Jul 06, 2002 (7:25 am)
I just went out and checked and the brake fluid is above the min line (but below the max line). Should I add more brake fluid?
Its very strange. The light comes on the first time I use the brakes - then it goes off - and it comes back on when I go around a curve...I have noticed that the brakes are still very firm so I do not believe its a true brake problem...
Jul 06, 2002 (10:24 am)
I'd add to the maximum line and see what you get. My camry was the same way, sometime the light would come on sometime not, when it was on it would not allow me to use cruise control!!??? I added fluid and it worked fine after that. Check the manual for the correct type of fluid.
#2078 of 11429 rattle with accelaration
Jul 06, 2002 (10:27 am)
after my 60k check, when I stepped on my accelarator on my 99 4 runner it makes a rattling noise in the engine compartment, brought it back and they diagnose it with loose vent hose, after driving for a few weeks it happened again. where is the vent hoose? can I fix this myself?
#2079 of 11429 Thanks Norwesterner
Jul 06, 2002 (12:57 pm)
I am going to napa on Monday and will pick some up...