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#6138 of 11429 2003 4Runner Accessories
May 15, 2003 (8:39 am)
Hi everyone, I'm new to the 4Runner forum, having been a former GMC Envoy owner. I just traded off my 2002 Envoy SLE for a Black 2003 4Runner SR5. Dealer had equipped it quite nicely w/ 17" wheels, moonroof, side curtain airbags, dual cargo, 10 speaker JBL, painted stripes and a clearbra.
For anyone interested, I have posted a bunch of Toyota and aftermarket accessory part numbers for the 2003 4Runner in the "Accessories and/or owner's club?" discussion...
Has anyone found a good price on aftermarket auto-dimming electrochromatic mirrors? The best dealer price I found was $157 for one w/ compass. (listed above) The Gentex and Donnelly sites show pricing much steeper at closer to $200.
#6139 of 11429 sulphur health concerns???
May 15, 2003 (10:59 am)
In the beggining I thought this problem was confined to a few complainers who were really just unhappy about the cladding. However I am beggining to change my mind. I think hotelseven is on it when he wonders if the breathing of sulphur fumes can have long term health consequences. Some people who have the new Runners are complaining of the odor getting into the cab. If these fumes contain carcinogens Toyota may wish they had taken this issue on. I would think lawsuits regarding health issues would be more expencive than fixing the emission system. This problem I hate to say it wont go away because Toyota hasnt found a solution. This is the one mark against an overall wonderfull SUV.
#6140 of 11429 Sulphur health concerns
May 15, 2003 (5:03 pm)
Sween77 I think you hit the nail on the head! Wonderful SUV with one HUGE draw back. A bit scary.
#6141 of 11429 sulfur smell revisited
May 15, 2003 (7:44 pm)
We've still got the stink after 3800 miles. Not driving the truck much due to health concerns. toyota has made a mistake with their V8 and they do not deny it. They blame the fuel, and have advised us that all fuel in the U.S. should be in compliance with the low sulfur ppm's by 2005. So maybe if you are considering a 4runner you should wait a few years. All those people without the stink, congradulations. All those with the problem, the longer you wait to take action, the closer you get to losing your emissions warranty.
#6142 of 11429 Fluttering Engine Noise
May 16, 2003 (12:59 am)
Well I just got my Runner back from the dealer. They thought it was the shims in the lifters being the wrong size but they found out they were wrong. Apparently now there is a TSB coming out very soon (its not even out yet) stating that the problem is the Exhaust Manifold. So they have the part on order and I have to bring it back in again..
#6143 of 11429 TRD Supercharger Question
May 16, 2003 (6:05 am)
I am towing a 4000 lb. trailer with my 02 Sport Edition. On steep grades with this 4000 lb. tow weight the truck struggles a little. Does anyone know if adding the TRD Supercharger boosting the HP from 187 to 251 and the torque from 225 to 275 lb./ft. will assist when towing? My guess is that it will, like to get feedback from someone that has one.
I like my 2002 Sport Edition better than the redesigned 03's so I will not consider trading. This truck is awesome, just turned 30,000 miles and has not been to the dealer for anything. I change the oil and filter every 2500. With frequent towing I may consider this more often.
If the supercharger with transmission cooler will, if only slightly, improve my towing performance, I will order one. Appreciate comments and recommendations.
May 16, 2003 (7:18 am)
I guess my question would be: how could it not? Do you mean it might not have increased power at a low enough rpm?
#6145 of 11429 Re: sulpher health problems
May 16, 2003 (8:33 am)
You've got to be kidding. Carcinogens?
The rotten egg odor is due to sulfer dioxide. Certain blends of fuels have varying levels of sulfer content. Fact. Typically, the level of sulfer varies by region and varies by season as the refineries change the blends to meet local conditions.
The emmissions systems in the vehicals sold in this country are designed with sulfer in mind. Some obviously deal with the sulfer content better than others. This should be evident from the posts in here over the last few months. But please realize that ALL exhaust contains the sulfer is one form or another. The emmissions system does NOT "remove" the sulfer; where would it go? Does anyone think there is a little holding tank somewhere in their car to hold all the nasty pollutants? So, whether you smell it or not, all auto exhaust contains, amoung other stuff, sulfer.
Now, the health "risks". Where else does one smell this rotten egg odor? Anyone here ever been to Yellowstone NP? Do you suppose that there is a huge increase in the cancer rate amoungst park rangers working there? Has anyone ever been cautioned by a health official to wear an environmental suit if they intend to visit Yellowstone?
And how about (how do I put this.....) excess intestinal gas? Many cities in this country have implemented smoking bans in restaurants over the concerns of 2nd hand smoke. Are you guys gonna start lobbying for farting bans in restaurants too? Are you going to picket Mexican restaurants until they remove their beans from the menu. I sure hope not; I love a healthy portion of refried with my enchiladas.
Okay, we get that you are unhappy that your truck has a sulferous odor. But I have a REAL hard time buying your concerns that there is some health risk involved. Could someone, anyone, find evidence of a study, any study, showing that sulfer dioxide poses ANY health risk?
#6146 of 11429 4Runner with sulfur
May 16, 2003 (9:30 am)
I'm taking my V8 powered 4Runner to Yellowstone in a couple weeks. Really! Now I haven't really had a stink problem with the vehicle, but I know if I do while I'm there, I can blame it on a fumarole!
I was kind of wondering about that, if the sulfur originates in the gas, where does it go? Why would some vehicles smell and others not? Is there something in the emissions system that's supposed to catalyze the stinky sulfur to the not bad smelling stuff?
#6147 of 11429 2003 cladding problem
May 16, 2003 (9:54 am)
No this is not another diatribe on cladding, I actually like it. However, I noticed yesterday that after 3000 miles and a cold Canadian winter, my cladding is starting to warp a little at the ends. I'm concerned that the resulting gap between the body panels and the cladding will trap water and dirt. Aside from that it looks cheap. Has anyone else had this problem?