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#306 of 11428 2002 4Runner dust filtration system
Mar 24, 2001 (6:54 pm)
Hello friends, to anybody in contact with toyota, please, please tell the company to address the inadequate dust proofing of the past and current 4Runner models, my father owns a 1990 and I own a 1998 model. In both generations when you travel on dusty roads, dust enters the cabin very easily, even if you put the HVAC in recirculation mode and do not turn it on.
I really hope that the next generation 4Runner measures up well against the competition in areas other than durability and reliability, for which Toyota is famous for.
#307 of 11428 dust
by steve_ HOST
Mar 24, 2001 (7:11 pm)
hmmmm, I always turn the fan on in recirc mode to "pressurize" the cabin and help keep the dust out?
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#308 of 11428 Seat Belt Retraction
Mar 25, 2001 (6:34 am)
Has anyone experienced a problem with their driver's side seat belt not retracting completely or quickly enough after it has been unbuckled? My seat belt has gotten caught in the door several times and twice the metal has slashed through the material that covers the door panel. Might the belt not be functioning correctly when buckled? Does anyone think I might be able to get Toyota to replace the door panel covering at their expense?
#309 of 11428 Hesitation Problem
Mar 25, 2001 (6:54 am)
In response to message #265, I posted a message many months ago with this same concern. I have gone to two dealerships and both gave me the same answer: the problem could not be duplicated. I know I'm not crazy, and the hesitation can be quite annoying. Does anyone have a possible explanation that I might offer to the service department? Thanks.
#310 of 11428 Seat belt retraction
Mar 25, 2001 (7:00 pm)
Response to message #296. I have the same problem with the driver side seat belt. Let us hope that Toyota fixes that problem for the next gen 4Runner.
#311 of 11428 Suggestions for All Terrain Tires
Mar 26, 2001 (2:52 pm)
My employer has asked me to do some research on new tires for her 97 4 Runner. She is looking for All Terrain tires, that would mostly be used in the Northern California area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!
#312 of 11428 Hesitation Problem Redux
Mar 26, 2001 (8:22 pm)
Thanks henmobile (#297), at least for providing evidence that I am not alone, or making this up. As the weather warms up here in PA, the hesitation incidences are reducing. I've been driving the few miles west of here to buy non-oxygenated gas and I really cannot report that helps. The common denominator seems to be an onset last fall at around 60k miles, and when the temperature started dropping. It gradually got worse (more frequent) through the winter, and is finally getting better. My 90 pathfinder had a data port on a computer module under the drivers seat. I was told, though I never had reason to confirm, that a Nissan dealer could attach a data recorder to it so that it would record various data metrics while I drove it, so that the dealer service tech could replay and diagnose events that did not happen on test drives, but were happening according to owners. My local Toyota dealer claims never to have heard of such a thing, and assures me no Toyota ever had such a capability. They further assert that there would be no evidence on such a tape, unless the check engine light was lit anyway.
Any ideas: additives, a second tune-up, kidnapping a service manager and holding him hostage in my back seat till he witnesses it too, I'll try anything.
#313 of 11428 Hesitation Problem
Mar 27, 2001 (3:58 am)
Jere39, I noticed the hesitation at about 4K miles (I'm at 12K now). I can't say that the problem was any less noticeable in warmer weather. I think using premium gas once in a while may have helped a bit. But, given the price of gas, I like your idea of holding the service manager hostage a lot better!
On an unrelated note, have anyone noticed a pulsation in the brakes when attempting to stop from higher speeds? Does anyone know what this might be or if a technical bulletin has been released related to this?
#314 of 11428 hobbybaas
Mar 27, 2001 (7:53 am)
As a person who leases his vehicle, I don't have personal experience with anything but factory tires. I can tell you that most of my customers who spend the time to research replacement tires end up buying Michelin LTX. From what I have seen and heard, these ride better and quieter than most, without giving up off road traction. They also seem to last a very long time.
#315 of 11428 "Tires"-Hobbybaas
Mar 27, 2001 (5:25 pm)
You might look into BFG or Yokohama for all-terrain tires. Both brands offer excellent tires. BFG has the "classic TKO" all-terrain or the long trail all-terrain (which is a little milder). Yokohama has the Super Digger V or the Geolander AT (milder) & AT+ (bigger lugs) all-terrains.
All of these tires have long wear and very good traction on & off road, wet or dry pavement, with strong sidewall protection.
-hope this helps