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#3224 of 11429 Went to the seminar and saw the '03s!
Oct 03, 2002 (4:50 pm)
I went to the location where Toyota was conducting the seminar for sales reps and saw the new 4Runner first hand! They even let me sit in it and play with all the new gadgets!
First off, let me say this truck looks FANTASTIC in actuality. They had a silver Limited parked next to a 2002 silver Limited, a 2002 silver Sport Edition, a black Grand Cherokee Overland, a blue Trailblazer, and a red Exploder. The new 4Runner easily blows the others away, with looks, ergonomics., and functionality.
The rest were 5 SR5s and 6 Sport Editions. They were made up of one green, one white, 5 silver, and 4 dark gray. The darker colors definitely look the best with the cladding, but I thought the white looked better than the silver for some reason. The silver speckles in the cladding make it look better than, say the Grand Cherokee Laredo or the Avalanche, and the Toyota rep told me that the paint is blended into the plastic to give it a more finished look, so it doesn't look like Rubbermaid, and it's chip and scratch resistant. He said they hadn't actually tested that, but he's heard nothing but positive feedback from people who have. I thought the cladding looked great, on the darker colors, but looked cheap on the silver. For some reason, that's just a bad combination.
Now, here's the biggest relief for me. I always carry a tape measure in my truck, so I measured the rocker height and compared it to the 2002 Sport Edition 4x4, sitting right next to the 2003 Sport Edition 4x4. THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! So my issue about ground clearance with the rockers is a non-issue. Granted this is a slightly longer truck, but as long as they didn't lower the rocker height like GM did on the mid-size triplets, I'm happy! 18.5" is only half an inch away from the height of a ZR-2 Blazer, which is the best stock rocker height of any mid-sized SUV, that I know of.
The interior is great, with lots of nice feeling materials, and I like the new "dials" for the temperature controls. They seem very logical and easy to use. The GPS and stereo systems are phenomenal! The shelf is very cool, and the motor assist for the liftgate is really nice.
In short, this WILL BE my next SUV.
Oct 03, 2002 (6:32 pm)
SO BAD local dealers had them already. They said on the news that 4Runner debut might be delayed because of the port lock-out, but pathfinder is delaying so it will not be affected.
Oct 03, 2002 (6:33 pm)
Sounds like the Vibe is already having production problems because of the port lockout.
Just in time inventory is great, until the system hiccups I guess.
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#3227 of 11429 tacoma production too - they are both at NUMMI plant.
Oct 03, 2002 (6:36 pm)
#3228 of 11429 Question about 4 wheel drive
Oct 03, 2002 (6:41 pm)
I just bought a 98 SR5 4x4.
But noticed in 4 wheel drive mode, turning in low speed (parking, entering garage) become difficult. The truck feels very heavy.
Is it normal ?
Thanks for any insight.
Oct 03, 2002 (6:47 pm)
part-time in '98? I think it was...which means that it is not designed to be used on dry pavement, because it is possible for the front and rear axles to bind, which is possibly the "heavy feeling" you describe. This will happen whenever you turn, which causes the front wheels to turn at different rates from the back wheels.
Look at your sun visor - it tells you whether this is a part-time or full-time 4WD. I know the '96 is part-time, because I know someone who has one.
#3230 of 11429 world_traveler
Oct 03, 2002 (7:45 pm)
I live in Ottawa and a dealer in town said "two weeks" 2 days ago.
So i am figuring a trip to the dealership the week after OUR thanksgiving. HOPEFULLY the darn strike doesnt delay it any longer.
#3231 of 11429 Dumb Question... Where's the Spare
Oct 03, 2002 (8:04 pm)
Is the spare tire still a full size tire located under the chassy?
Oct 03, 2002 (9:00 pm)
Yes, it's still full size and underneath, in the chassis.
#3233 of 11429 RE: Went to the seminar and saw the '03s! by tbcreative
Oct 03, 2002 (10:09 pm)
tbcreative, You lucky brat...!!!, did you kick the tires?