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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Feb 20, 2003 (5:53 pm)
I'm in Southern California - I found a good installer down here, it's just that alarms and cd changers are so much cheaper on the net. I went to the Toyota dealer to find out if I have a type 2 or type 3 radio. A type 2 has the cd auto changer controller I would need. The Dealer didn't know. They ran my VIN and still didn't know! The only number on the front of the radio (4Runner 2002)is: AD6803 Is there anyway to find out what radio I have without pulling it out of the dash and looking on the back for the connector? This sure is confusing.
Feb 21, 2003 (6:35 am)
Try calling the aftermarket stereo shop you go to. They usually can look up any car/year and see key stuff like speaker sizes, and they might also be able to give information about your head unit. Just a guess, I'm not sure.
Feb 21, 2003 (3:46 pm)
I think you were in the "limp home" mode where the engine doesn't cut out completely but reduces power to prevent serious damage. I actually didn't know the Runners had this but that is what it sounds like.
#5068 of 11429 SUV backlash
Feb 21, 2003 (3:48 pm)
Right up until last Sunday, SUV owners were the picture of evil. Then, every government agency, hospital and nursing home begged the media to ask SUV owners for help. We got hammered by the snow here in the Washington DC area. The response was overwhelming. Some hospitals actually had more help than they needed and were turning away SUV owners.
There is a reason to own an SUV. Your neighbor may not agree with your reason but that's his/her problem now isn't it?
#5070 of 11429 Head light problem
Feb 21, 2003 (5:44 pm)
I have a 2003 4runner SR5 with 3000 miles and two days ago two problems occurred.
1. The light auto cut off no longer works...(it used to turn off after 30 seconds).
2. When I press the lock button twice, it no longer turns off the lights.
Did I accidently disabled this feature?? Or is there something wrong?
Thanks for your help.
#5071 of 11429 V6 MPG - Sween77
Feb 21, 2003 (11:50 pm)
I checked the mileage on my last full tank of gas (by calculating gallons used, not the onboard computer) and I was getting about 19.3 with 87 octane gas in Denver CO. That is with a combination of city and highway driving. With straight highway driving it should at least get 20+ MPG no problem.
Overall I'm happy with the V6. It has good power and runs pretty smooth. I'm not worried about the aluminum engine, as another poster said, manufacturers have been making aluminum engines for a while and I also checked with Toyota before I bought it and verified that it is steel sleeved. I think it'll do fine on 87 octane gas even at lower altitudes. The manual says 91 is recommended but not required. Plus they've thrown in some new technology like variable valve timing and with the aluminum block there is less weight. I also like the option of being able to run in 2WH. All of that with the $800 cheaper price tag made it seem like a good choice to me.
Feb 21, 2003 (11:58 pm)
I saw Hannity and Colmes Thursday night and Robert Kennedy Jr. was on and was taking about how people with SUVs who don't need them are un American because they increase our dependence on foreign oil, blah blah blah. What was great was when Hannity (who owns 2 SUVs) asked Mr. Kennedy about his usage of private jets and the fuel that they consume. Of course Kennedy justified it because he NEEDED those private jets.
I don't know about you but I NEED my SUV. It gets better mileage than a lear jet...
#5073 of 11429 V6 MPG/drivability
Feb 22, 2003 (3:20 am)
The 2003 Limited that I am driving has been getting about 18-19 mpg in mixed city/highway driving, this is based on the amount of gas I put in and actual distance driven (some of this in the 4WD mode). The computer seems to be off by about 1-2 mpg since it indicatest that I'm getting between 19 and 21 mpg. I don't know if it has any way to be recalibrated.
With regard to drivability, the car that I have was driven from a dealership in MI to one in OH. The person that drove the car had driven V6 and V8 4Runner's for some distance and remarked that he thouhgt that the V6 "handle better" and accelerated quicker.
My work commute is about 70 miles roundtrip and in driving this vehicle the last few weeks I have been very impressed. The only noise that I have noticed is that the license plate rattles against the lift gate!!! I had a 1998 Ford F150 prior to the 4Runner and the wind and tire noise was much more evident in the F150.
Feb 22, 2003 (5:41 am)
That Kennedy is such a hypocrit. Now I don't have any problems with the automakers increasing the CAFE but they better not lose power. I like my power. I drive a 8 cyl 5.0 Mustang and I love it. I am interested in those superpowered SUVs they have shown at some autoshows. I guess they will have less than 10 mpg. Oh well.