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#9773 of 11429 Doggone oil dipstick on brand new 2004 V8 SR5!! :)
Apr 24, 2004 (5:06 pm)
First of all, a genuine/sincere "thank you" to everyone on this board. I've picked up a TON of super background info about the latest 4Runners/etc by reading thru literally thousands of previous posts... this board is phenomenal for the info that can be gleaned from it!!
This may end up sounding silly/pathetic - but here goes anyway (and besides, this might be less embarrassing than my calling up my Toyota Dealer service dept on Monday!).
I just bought and drove home a new 2004 SR5 V8 3rd row backseat 4Runner yesterday (hurray!). I've been driving a 1992 SR5 4Runner for the last 12 years since buying it new back in 1992. I absolutely love the 2004 so far (as I did and still do the 1992!)...
The 2004 is an incredibly impressive vehicle. The V8 is truly inspiring. Trust me, if you had been driving a 1992 V6 with 150hp, you would be dancing/prancing in the streets as well with the V8. Though I do desperately miss not having a manual transmission anymore... that's one of the biggest things I'll miss from my '92.
OK, here's my question...
I've been pouring over this new one in my garage (besides also driving it around of course!) becoming familiar with all the controls, adjustments, checking the tire inflation, etc, etc - and yes, even reading thru the owner's manual - all 407 pages! This baby is a LOT more complicated/complex than my '92!
Late this afternoon, I decided to spot check the oil level just to be thorough - but here's the deal - I went to pull out the doggone oil dipstick and this thing wouldn't budge. I started to get ready to really yank/pull on it - but thought better about doing that and started wondering if there might be some sort of trick to it - like twisting it or something then pulling the dipstick out (???). I really did feel like I was already pulling way too hard on it as it was (to no effect) and deciding to back off a little bit and think this thru...
I did go back and triple check the owner's manual and it simply says to just pull the dipstick out...
Sooo, I suppose I'm just asking if it's really supposed to be that difficult to pull out the doggone oil dipstick on these V8 iForce engines?? Or am I just being overly sensitive/careful with the new one. (I've certainly never had this on my '92. With the oil cap yes! But not with just pulling the dipstick out!) The engine wasn't hot or even warm at all when I tried this on the new one so perhaps that might have had something to do with it (??) [and I do know to normally check the oil only when the engine is warm], but I would appreciate any feedback on if this dipstick can be that stubborn to pull out - or if there are any "tricks" to it.
Just when it dawned on me to try calling my Dealer's Service Dept, I realized they had closed a couple hours earlier. So, any input/feedback on this would be sincerely/honestly appreciated!!
Tom from KC
PS And thank you again to everyone that has made this board such a wonderfully rich, fun, and helpful source of valuable information!
Apr 24, 2004 (7:15 pm)
My '03, V8 4Runner Limited's oil dipstick pulls out quite easily. I think you would be well advised to relax and leave it alone for now; and to bring your vehicle to your dealership at your earliest convenience. Let us know how you make out.
#9776 of 11429 New 04 SR5
Apr 25, 2004 (5:51 am)
Can someone recommend the frequency to change the cabin air filter and where is it located.
Is there an aftermarket(green)that is of better quality? I have bad asthma and could use the best.
Also, does anyone know the correct torque on the lug nuts for the sr5?
#9777 of 11429 Oil dipstick not a problem anymore...
Apr 25, 2004 (5:24 pm)
kheintz1, thanks for the reply...
It's working fine today/now - the oil dipstick that is! I drove the 4Runner around quite a bit today and tried the dipstick when I got back (with the engine nice and warm). It came out without too much difficulty or inordinate amount of pulling. It was a little bit of a bear getting it all the way back down/in - but that eventually worked fine as well... new owner jitters I suppose! thanks again!
PS This new 4Runner is taking a little getting used to - I keep wanting to push in the clutch with my left foot (like my old '92)! But all is very well and I am very impressed/happy with it!
#9778 of 11429 Comment on Remote Keyless Entry
Apr 27, 2004 (7:18 pm)
The remote keyless entry system on my 04 Limited has over a 250 foot range. It wasn't until the other night when walking to my truck that was almost 300 feet away that I pushed the remote just to see if it would work at that distance... and it did. Must be the location of the antenna or an improved remote system? My wife's 03 Avalon is good for maybe 30 feet, my 02 4Runner was about 50 feet. I have had many cars with factory remote entries and never had this much range. Has anyone else noticed this? Advantages are you can locate you vehicle in a parking lot or set off the alarm if necessary from many feet away.
This is just another feature that has me extremely pleased with this outstanding vehicle. 6200 miles and NO PROBLEMS, this truck is near perfect.
#9779 of 11429 Re: Comment on Remote Keyless Entry [highlander7 #9778]
Apr 27, 2004 (7:53 pm)
EXCEPT: if you are far from the truck and you tinker with your keys, you can unlock it and not know it because it's so far away. I'd rather it not be so sensitive. I do know it would lock on its own after 30 or so seconds, but thats's 30 seconds that it's unlocked in a parking lot without you knowing it while someone else could know it.
[And, twice I opened the rear window without realizing it and came back to the truck and found it open.]
Otherwise, at 3100 miles, my 04 V8 sport (with side air bags) is just wonderful.
Apr 28, 2004 (8:27 am)
dillon, the 2003 repair manual says 83 ft-lbs for the lug nut torque on the 4Runner. I doubt that it's changed for 2004, or that it's different for 16" and 17" wheels.
#9781 of 11429 Congratulations to 2004 4Runner
Apr 29, 2004 (1:19 am)
for scoring perfect marks in all quality categories in 2004 JD Power Initial Quality Survey!
#9782 of 11429 Roll-over rating -- 3 stars
Apr 29, 2004 (1:49 am)
Does anyone know if its possible to lower it a few inches to reduce its tendency to roll-over? Any idea on how much it would cost?
Hope they soon improve it so less people are killed and put in wheel chairs, and have the faces damaged, the necks snapped, their kids hurt, and so on from these roll-overs.
Rotten milage, to boot. You would think if Ford has a hybrid SUV comming out Toyota would (Lexus doesn't count since thats a luxery item). Bravo Ford for bringing an inexpensive SUV with great mileage to market.