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#9455 of 11429 V6 Pathfinder vs V8 4Runner
Feb 15, 2004 (5:27 pm)
I traded a 240 hp Nissan Pathfinder (2001 model) for a V8 4Runner. Although the horsepower is similar, the V8 is much quieter, and runs at less rpm at highway speeds than the Nissan. The V8's torque is better, as the Toyota does not shift down on familiar grades, as did the Nissan. I've had the 4Runner for almost 2 months and like the vehicle. I have the SR5 model that does not come with electrically heated mirrors, which the Nissan did. I miss the heated mirrors on the damp foggy nights of late.
I am patiently waiting for warmer weather to try towing my travel trailer with the Toyota. At one ton, loaded, the Nissan did an admirable job, but the Toyota should do even better.
#9456 of 11429 audio system: periodic "lock-up"
Feb 15, 2004 (5:57 pm)
This problem has been well described here by myself and others, and the audio system of my '03 4Runner Limited (with DVD/Nav/surround sound) has now exhibited this problem on at least 6 separate occasions. As I and several others have attested, this problem is typically solved (until the next occurrence) by simply shutting off the vehicle, then restarting, as if a gremlin within some computer chip is being successfully rebooted. My vehicle then seemed free of this problem for the past two months, until it just recently happened again, and I was once again able to temporarily overcome the problem by simply restarting the vehicle as described.
I've now spoken with my dealer about this problem on several occasions, but they say they're not yet aware of any TSBs from Toyota regarding this complaint. Fair enough. To the dealer's credit, each time I've mentioned this elusive electrical problem, they've invited me to bring my truck in for further evaluation, and also offered a free loaner vehicle. However, I feel that until a TSB (along with a definitive fix) exists that clearly acknowledges this problem, I'd really be wasting my time to leave the truck with them, since the chances (luck) of having this fleeting electrical problem occur while they have the vehicle is probably quite slim indeed. And even if it did occur in their presence, what are the chances that a service technician would be able to isolate, trace, identify, and correct the problem?
If any of you have knowledge of any TSB or other memos from Toyota regarding this issue (which my dealer may not yet be aware of), I would appreciate any reference #s or links you can provide, which I will then pass along to my dealer for further consideration. Before I ask them to replace my audio amp, etc., I would like to have more documentation if possible. Thanks!
#9457 of 11429 V6 vs. V8 reliability
Feb 15, 2004 (9:47 pm)
I am planning to get a new 4R Limited and need to decide between the V6 and the V8. Consumers Reports says the V6 has poor reliability and the V8 has excellent reliability. What are people actual experiences?
Feb 15, 2004 (9:49 pm)
I am thinking to order the nav system (with rearview video camera). Those who have them; how do you find the nav system and is the rearview camera useful?
Feb 15, 2004 (11:06 pm)
I have the V6 & can emphatically state that Consumer Reports has poor reliability. Just pick whichever engine meets your needs-you'll be happy.
#9460 of 11429 It was discussed here before that
Feb 16, 2004 (3:05 am)
Consumer Reports evaluated V6 when it just came out (a brand-new engine) and had a few glitches.
Feb 16, 2004 (7:25 am)
The major issue is that the 2003 V6 was the subject of a recall related to a problem with the fuel system that created a risk of fire. It is a new engine design I believe so there isn't a lot of history on it.
#9462 of 11429 advantages of V8
Feb 16, 2004 (8:23 am)
Other than towing it seems like the main advantage of the V 8 is greater acceleration, especially when travelling at a good clip. Is this a correct assumption?
#9463 of 11429 V6 reliablility
Feb 16, 2004 (8:54 am)
I was looking to get out of an unreliable vehicle so when I saw that cs was claiming poor reliability on the v6 I looked for why and only found the recall. So I wrote to consumer reports and about 2 Weeks after I bought a 04 V8 Limmited I heard back. Basically the complaints were to do with fit and finish. In otherwards all the squeeks from the first 6months. I assume the V8 was in limmited supply during this time period. Basically there really has not been any reliability issues with the engine.
Feb 16, 2004 (10:09 am)
My squeeks form my drive belt only ocurred when cold until the belt warmed up (a couple of minutes/miles). Going up or down hills did not make any difference.