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#8737 of 11429 2000 4Runner CD player problem
Dec 02, 2003 (9:17 am)
Hello there drivers.....I have a question. I just had my 2000 4Runner repaired at a local mechanic. (I've had it w/ Toyota Service). He repaired a TP switch which was malfunctioning. When I touched the gas it took a second for the car to get moving. The day I picked it up I noticed the CD player makes a noise like it is trying to read a CD when I press the gas or if I brake. Doesn't matter if CD is in or out on or off.........drives me nuts. I tried cleaning it several times. I do not want a bill at Toyota and my mechanic is confused about it. Anyone have a suggestion? I appreciate advice on this one.
#8738 of 11429 2WD vs. AWD, V6 & V8
Dec 02, 2003 (9:32 am)
ladyofluxury, I think you are correct about the 4WD drivetrains in the V6 and V8 models. If you get the 4WD version of the V6 you could keep it in 4WD mode all the time if you wanted, and that would be the equivalent of the V8. Both the V6 and V8 have low-gear selections (just another position for the knob) for their 4WD modes. The V6 has a 3rd position which is for 2WD.
In all these vehicles the 4WD modes use a center differential, which allows them to be driven in 4WD on all kinds of surfaces, full time. This full-time 4WD is often referred to as AWD, though the term is not completely standardized.
From what you've said, I think you'll be fine with a 2WD vehicle unless you decide to have adventures in sand or significant off-road. All 4Runners have traction and stability control. With 2WD you'll save some weight and I suspect the vehicle will drive just a little bit better. I switch back and forth between 4WD and 2WD and think the driving is better in 2WD, even with the extra weight of the 4WD components. I'm not the only one who has written with this opinion, but some do disagree.
Speaking of driving, these vehicles do just fine in terms of cornering, twisty entrance/exit ramps, lane changing, etc. I get very little body lean, and I don't have the X-REAS shock system. The ride is smooth and quiet, and genuinely sporty for an SUV. The main difference from car-based SUVs will probably be felt on rough roads, where the suspensions are tuned differently. The real question is whether you will like the firmer ride, and the only way to know is to drive different vehicles over the bad stuff. Let us know what you think.
Dec 02, 2003 (9:36 am)
Ford wasn't on my list to shop. Co-worker just came in a few hours late... Apperantly her 2002 Expedition engine light came on this morning, and died on her soon after... Hmmm this coming from a vehicle bought brand new less than a year ago...
Dec 02, 2003 (9:40 am)
Thanks alot for that post, that helped alot. Like you said most of these choices seem to be out of personal perference, but when I drive every single 4Runner limited model available..lol And come to a decision I will let you all know.
BTW, went to Lexus dealership with my husband to get his Lex looked at, and of course I sat in the RX330 (didn't want to drive it then because I want to drive both RX and 4Runner back to back). Anyway I could BARELY see out the back sloped windows! lol And when I raised my seat I had trouble touching the gas/brake pedal's comfortably (i'm 5'3 1/2, isn't that average for a woman!..lol). Hmmm... anyway this may sway my decision, but I will let you all know once I try them all.
Dec 02, 2003 (9:45 am)
Sorry, I guess I misread your post, thought you said you were still waiting for it to be delivered. Hmmm, Outer Banks is not far away from me at all and I still haven't been, but I think that would be ALOT of fun! Don't know if the husband would be up to it though.
Dec 02, 2003 (9:59 am)
I think Lexus agrees with you about rearward visibility. They have a rear view camera in the RX although I don't know if it's standard or an option.
I remember when the RX300 came out and I test drove it. I didn't like it because my dog could not fit in the cargo area (the rear hatch was sloped too much). Now the RX330 is sloped MORE than before! But I think it looks alot better now and not as feminine.
#8743 of 11429 seat height for Ladyof Luxury
Dec 02, 2003 (11:02 am)
<<...I sat in the RX330...Anyway I could BARELY see out the back sloped windows! ...trouble touching the gas/brake pedal's comfortably (i'm 5'3 1/2, isn't that average for a woman!..lol).>>
Same height as my wife-she used to be 5'4", but that's when I used to be a 6 footer She's nuts about this truck (and normally drives a Subaru Forester), and wants her own keys. Forget it!
You're right, rear visibilty has suffered over the years due to styling and headrests. Luckily, on the Toyota, the rear headrests sit fairly low, and can stay in place when the seat is folded flat. The cargo area still retains a useful shape for hauling boxy objects.
Terrafirma mentioned the severe slope of the Lexus .... Same problem with the new Infinity SUV, and the Murano.... If these things get any more sloped, we'll have to call them hatchbacks. After that, the hatchback will transform further, and we'll have the "new SUV sedan, perfect for the dogless couple that has things delivered". What's that old law? "For every action, there's a complete and opposite reaction". Blame it all on the early Troopers.
Dec 02, 2003 (11:09 am)
Oh too late! They already have it!
It's the Chrysler station wagon. The roof slopes so much, over half the rear hatch is cut into the roof!
It's got a huge SUV truck grille stuck on a station wagon body. Those crazy Germans!
Dec 02, 2003 (12:39 pm)
"Same problem with the new Infinity SUV, and the Murano.... If these things get any more sloped, we'll have to call them hatchbacks"
They already look like hatchback wagons to me..lol I sat in a 4Runner and don't recall having a problem with seeing out the back. But like I said before, I will just try and hold my tongue until I test drive both back to back.
Wondering if the Rx330 folks are as convincing as you all are. Maybe I'll start posting there and see what their likes/complaints are. Should've started that already, guess I am just a little biased I saw a Dorado Gold on the road today and that thing was GORGEOUS! PLUS it had a female driver That was the first time I've ever seen that color 03-04 4Runner.
Dec 02, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Anyone have the 10 speaker JBL option? Have read some posts on other boards that stated it wasn't worth the extra money. Any insights would be great!