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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Nov 10, 2002 (9:45 am)
After road testing a Limited and an SR-5, I agree with many of the aforementioned posts. It's a great driving vehicle. Very different from my current 2000 SR-5 and a lot like the 2001 Sequoia(refined) I traded in after one year on a 2002 Avalon (it was too big for my needs).
Positives as compares to the 2000 are smoothness, quietness in most situations, roomier esp. in front seat area, much more power, much better stereo with upgrade, easier for my 5'1" wife to get into(esp. because of a lower front seat bolster), tilt and extendable steering column and price compares well to that of the MSRP of my 2000 SR-5(which was 33,000).
Negatives are cladding on SR-5(BIG negative), flimsier shifter console pieces, etc. on the dash, electonic climate control as compared to simple mechanical 2000 design, electronic rear hatch release (electronics = reliability questions eventually), harder to see out of right rear quarter glass, smelly exhaust after moderate to hard accelleration with rear window open,(my Sequoia did that). At speeds of 60 mph with all windows and roof closed, I did notice a great amount of wind buffeting in the roof area despite the rack's cross bars being positioned well to the back of rails(very bothersom). Also it doesn't seem as "friendly" or "likeable" as the 2000 type. I realize that is a very subjective comment.
Right now, the cladding is the biggest reason I'm inclined to keep my 2000. I refuse to pay another approx. 5K for a Limited that has things I do not want, and would cost as much as an SR-5 Sequoia. None of my family can stand the cladding no matter what color the main body of the vehicle is, and I as I said I tend to agree. Painting would still leave a rough texture and the notches. (I wonder what the Limited's prepainted arches and door cladding would cost??) Let's hope Toyota does indeed offer Limited style cladding and bumpers on the SR-5 SOON. I will buy when they do.
#3959 of 11429 Driving with rear window down
Nov 11, 2002 (5:40 am)
You mentioned smelling the exhaust after hard acceleration with the rear window down. I hope that you had at least one other window open. Driving with JUST the rear window down is dangerous as the vacum caused by the vehicle moving through the air will draw the exhaust fumes into the vehicle unless you have another window open to draw air from the front of the vehicle back through the rear hatch window.
Nov 11, 2002 (6:41 am)
Recently traded in my 1996 Camry and bought 2002 SR5 2WD 4Runner, liked it very much , only thing that bug me is the ride gets bumpy on concrete. I was wondering is there any thing which can be done for Bumpy rides ,like installing additional suspension ,don't know much about SUV.
Guru's any ideas..
#3961 of 11429 exhaust sulphur smell
Nov 11, 2002 (6:54 am)
I always had at least one window and/or s/r open. I'm aware of what you correctly warned about(I've been in the auto repair biz for 28 years). The sulphuric(rotten egg)smell was especially apparent at speeds less than 45-50 mph, but also higher if my memory serves me. Driving around town produced the most occurrences, as might be expected. The Sequoia had no rear spoiler and test 2003 4Runner did. It's not a huge problem, but seems strange that such a nice feature as a roll down back window would not be usable under so many circumstances.
Now if Toyota would just get rid of that gray cladding for SR-5 models....(might be appropriate for the sport model buyers?)
#3962 of 11429 fuel for new 4 runner
Nov 11, 2002 (8:13 am)
I understand Toyota recommends priminum fuel on both new v6 and v8 [89 oct.] Does anyone know which of the two new motors would run best on regular [87 0ct.] ????
Nov 11, 2002 (8:49 am)
My 97 4Runner came w/ Michelin LTX M/S. Great tires. Got 74k out of them and would have gone another 10k if pressed. But, the ride wasn't the best on pavement. Replaced with Michelin Cross Terrains. The pavement ride improvement is incredible. After 22k, the tires show little wear.
All you need is ~$550 and you are good to go.
#3964 of 11429 Premium vs. regular fuel
Nov 11, 2002 (9:10 am)
If you look back a few posts, you'll see quite a few posts about this topic. However, to answer your question, both will run well on 87 octane, just at a lower level of performance. HP and Torque numbers won't be quite a robust, although for most people, it won't be something that you will notice substantially.
Nov 11, 2002 (1:30 pm)
The '03 4 Runner is featured right now in the New Vehicle Spotlight (ad) on the main edmunds.com page. Lots of links to features, etc.
Nov 11, 2002 (10:48 pm)
Just cruisin' around; got back from a weekend with the Lab and the rain - what a combo. Can I tell everyone to go buy Husky Liners for whatever vehicle they decide on; they definitely "do the trick"!!
BTW, a positive note: before a colleague ventured out for a possible new 4Runner for his wife, he asked me where to start on this board . . . Answer: Post #2162. [Someone should have posted that milestone by now; that is when the first spy shots posted and public reaction to new Runner began.] He read through all the posts to date in a few hours and in the end got one that he does like - silver Limited (no stripes and he's rich!).
Other than some occasional long posts, he said it was very helpful to read the posts and feedback about the new engines, cool interior, ugly cladding, etc. Were it not for the selective prosecution here, I would say Edmunds is the best on the Net! > [a lot of acronyms out there . . .]. C-ya!
Nov 12, 2002 (1:09 pm)
I was on vacation last week and returned to discover 67 new posts which I can't take the time to read through. If anybody posted a direct question to me, I apologize for not responding.
BTW, fishing in Miami is a blast this time of year.