You obviously haven't been following the thread. The point was that the solid rear axle stays the same and the wished for third row seating would be an option on the 2003. Would an optional seat keep you from buying the 2003?
No, I can buy a similar-sized SUV with a third row, not larger one, I just like the Toyota build quality on the 1998 4Runner and 2002 LandCruiser we own.
a toyota official was quoted as saying they wanted to try and get a low end v8 model out for 30k. what is the limited priced at now..nearly 40k? i suspect the new limited won't be too much more expensive than the current model despite the addition of some extras like the v8. too much competition out there these days to go on ahead with a huge price incease...
While reading edmunds review it stated, "The X-REAS system connects diagonally opposed shocks to help quell body roll in turns, while the air suspension (only available on V8 Limited models) uses air bladders instead of traditional coil springs to maintain proper ride height when towing heavy loads (maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds)." The 2002 v6 model can tow 5000lb. The v8 on Tundra tows over 6500lb if not 7000lb. What is the deal? Did anybody else noticed the towing capacity difference?
Also it states full time 4wd on the v8 has a dash mounted switch.(?) I hope it is to put it into 4low, because if it is not, then their full time 4wd is not a true full time 4wd system. Any comments?
Look guys, economy is not that bad! If an '03 Limited V8 4Runner 4x4 cost the same as my '02 4Runner Ltd. 4x4, i will eat my shoes! Or, Toyota did some major cost-cutting beneath the skin to keep the price low. Now, you may (emphasis on MAY) be able to get a V8 SR5 for around $30K IF it is bare-bones.
Toyota did not significantly lower the price on the current 3rd gen 4Runner (2002 models) EVEN IN IT'S LAST YEAR, among many strong competitors from abroad (MDX/Pilot, ML320, Highlander) and domestic (Trailblazers, Envoy, Explorer)! (Rebates are just another way dealers screw customers.) Why?? Because 4Runners are built so darn well! Like a tank! And so darn reliable.
The 4th gen looks to be just as well-built (hopefully made in Japan!). PLUS all these options and gizmos! JBL surround sound, XREAS, a freaking V8, side-curtain airbags, self-leveling suspension, voice-navigation, etc....
There is NO way Toyota can keep the price the same without the customer losing standard '02 features.
Hopefully, you guys are right...uh-oh, better go clean my shoes!
what's this hopefully made in japan stuff all about?? honda and toyota make many cars and trucks right here in north america...and their quality is just as good as those made in japan...plus wages are paid to north american workers and taxes paid to local governments...! i don't get the made in japan thing...at all!