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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Jul 25, 2003 (6:48 am)
Check out toyotawarranty.com. They are a dealer in the midwest that sells toyota extended warranties. I know nothing about them, but you can get a quote from them on a warranty which you could at least use to compare to your quote. I believe any dealer can sell you an extended factory warranty that should be honored at any other dealer. The warranty purchase does not need to be at the same time as the car purchase. I actually purchased a Ford factory warranty on the internet from a dealer and saved about 30%.
Are they worth it? They do provide you with some peace of mind. I purchased one for my 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee and was the best decision I've made (buying the Jeep was the worst decision). I will be buying a 2004 4runner, and will also be buying an extended warranty, since it's a newly redesigned model. No one knows what to expect from the redesign in 5 years. Also, I'm told toyota parts tend to be expensive. It's also good for resale if it is transferable.
On the other hand, your 2002 model has been tried and tested, and reliability is outstanding. For me, It would depend on how long you plan to keep the car and the final price of the warranty. Good luck.
Jul 25, 2003 (6:53 am)
For some reason my bookmark dropped me into some old posts from 2001...so my two cents on warranties doesn't make much sense.
Since I resurrected the topic, what have people paid for platinum warranties?
#6923 of 11429 Smell experiments
Jul 25, 2003 (8:20 am)
I promised myself I wouldn't comment again on this subject unless I had something to contribute. Well, I may or I may not--it's up to you folks here to respond or ignore, as appropriate.
I tried full-throttle acceleration again this morning, from a stop to about 60 MPH. Then I finished climbing a moderate hill and came in to work, about another mile of driving. The windows were rolled up all the time, and the fan was off, with the recirc/fresh button in the recirc position. I can't be sure, but I think I detected the tiniest bit of the sulfur smell. It wasn't even the sulfur smell per se, just a bit of that kind of "soft" organic small that I interpret as sulfur at the lowest concentration I can detect. This same thing happened one time previously.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to me about this is that I had the windows up and recirc on. This suggests to me that if I had a vehicle that was producing this smell a lot and if I had the vehicle's airflow configured differently, I might experience the smell a lot more often or more intensely.
Others have commented on the position of the exhaust tip on the 4Runners. For those having a problem with the smell, there are some simple experiments that might improve things. Try temporarily extending the exhaust tip a few inches and/or redirecting it more to the side. One could use metal or probably even a high-temperature plastic such as CPVC, and duct tape. If this works, go to an exhaust shop and have them weld on something permanent. A simple tip modification wouldn't cost much.
BTW, this is a 2003 with the V6 engine and I've never experienced the smell except briefly after heavy acceleration, with the rear window down. Also BTW, the acceleration test is a lot of fun! The 4Runner gets to 60 MPH very quickly, even uphill, reving to 5000 easily before shifting. I haven't timed it, but it's not typical SUV performance.
Here are a couple of useful explanations about the sulfur smell: http://www.ipia.ie/oilbrief/hydrogen.htm http://www.sjmautotechnik.com/exhaust.html
Jul 25, 2003 (9:50 am)
I got a 'sulphur' smell a few times that I have goosed the engine. Nothing to return the vehicle about and very LIMITED when it occurs. I think having the windows up or down doesn't really matter, my windows where up and vent was on recirculate.
#6925 of 11429 sequoia / 4 runner
Jul 25, 2003 (11:40 am)
When we test drove we noticed that the Ltd. had more lean than the sport and both had xres. I had a couple of salesman try to sort this out for us and they drove both back to back a couple of times and at first agreed with me but they later felt that the seats in the Ltd were softer and gave a feeling of leaning but that they both had identical handling.
The ltd does have air bag rear suspension to provide adjustable hight adjustment and according to the literature "a more comfortable ride and occasional heavy towing."
Like I said before if I were to it again and will do next time is get a Ltd. We load the back full a lot and the hight adj. rear suspension would be very handy.
We miss the space in the back of the sequoia so figure out your needs carefully.
I dont know if you need them but the 3rd row seats were awesome.
Cheers steve d
FYI the tri star was hated by flight crew cause it flew 4 degrees down in the ass end and the f/a s always complained about pushing the trollies uphill. Then there's the elevator to the front galley that was great until they started to see ghosts after Delta put one into the everglades.
Good story if you want to read " the ghost of flight DL401"
#6926 of 11429 Remote / Door Lock reprogramming
Jul 25, 2003 (12:02 pm)
A co-worker of mine has 2003 4Runner Limited. He'd like to reprogram his remote so that one click opens all four doors ... called up a dealer, they told him it could be done - for $40. *^$%$%^##$#^% !!! Can anybody help with this? Where could I find reprogramming instructions?
And is it possible to turn off the automatic re-locking after 30 seconds (if you unlock the vehicle and don't open any doors, it'll re-lock itself in 30 seconds). OTH it would be really funny if these instructions are in the manual... he swears he read it.
Thanks in advance,
#6927 of 11429 Resetting the Maintenance Light
Jul 25, 2003 (12:23 pm)
The instructions for resetting the light are on page 121 of your owner's manual. You don't need to expose your vehicle to the Service Dept again.
Jul 25, 2003 (2:18 pm)
This forum has given me an invaluable help.
I'll go for the V8 Sport with X-REAS.
Now, I'm trying to decide between an 03-04 4Runner and I'm sure your help guys will be helpful again.
Is it true that 04 will offer third row seats?
Could we expect a higher invoice price?
When is it suppossed to be in the dealeships?
I just came to this country and as you guys can imagine, I don't have credit history yet, so, they'll try to kill me with an awful APR. That's why I'll try to counteract those vipers with a nice downpayment, let's say 60% of the invoice price. Do you think I have a chance to get a decent APR in these conditions?
Jul 25, 2003 (3:30 pm)
If you don't have ANY credit you will probably HAVE to put at least 50% down in order to get approved...much less get a good rate.
Jul 25, 2003 (4:50 pm)
That was an Eastern L1011 that crashed in the Everglades. The jump seat on that airplane is awesome. We noticed that on turns the kids and groceries would fly around the cabin much more than they would on our 91 runner. We thought it might be a higher center of gravity.