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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Nov 26, 2002 (7:33 am)
The gas milage is 1mgp lower both city and highway for the v8 model. Pricing shows that the base price for the V6 is about $800 less but I would guess that they will be building them with less equipment as well, so overall price should be anywhere between $1000-$1500 less. We'll have more info when we start seeing them show up in a month or so.
#295 of 323 According to Toyota V6 is here
Nov 26, 2002 (10:36 am)
Just got a message (which I posted on the main 4Runner board) from Toyota saying that the V6 is here and that I should check with my local dealer for availability. Now we'll really see how these puppies sell...
#297 of 323 Load Floor Height/Pricing
Dec 03, 2002 (10:53 am)
As the 4Runner is compared to other SUV's, I thought everyone may be interested in the following information from Toyota. "The measurements for the 2003 4Runner from the ground to the point of entry from the rear are 31.69 inches for the SR5 2-Wheel Drive and 31.49 inches for the SR5 4-Wheel Drive." It took me forever to get this information from Toyota.
I have talked with over 20 Toyota dealers in states in the Southeast and Midwest. I found that the dealers were willing to sell the 4WD SR5's at small profits over invoice minus holdback. They were not willing to discount the Limited's as much. I was only interested in the Limited because of the SR5 body cladding. The best price I could negotiate on a 4WD Limited with Sunroof, 6 Disc, Floor Mats, and cigarette lighter was $35,400. The sticker price was $38,946.
I ended up buying a 2003 4WD Ford Expedition instead of the 2003 4WD 4Runner. I got a loaded 4WD Expedition XLT for over $2,000 less than the highest price I was willing to pay on a 2003 4Runner Limited. (No Toyota dealer ever officially accepted my highest bid). Happy shopping!
#298 of 323 just got back from staring at the side of
Dec 04, 2002 (9:59 pm)
a V-6 - mileage EPA figures are 17/21, as compared to 15/19 for the V-8 (both 4x4). I guess on the V-6 it managed to beat Toyota's original estimates in the actual EPA test.
Dec 06, 2002 (7:15 am)
Where there any other differences on the sticker or in the looks of the vehicle itself? Where did you see the V6?
Dec 06, 2002 (5:35 pm)
Thinking about getting an '03 w/ Nav. Worth it? Ease/difficulty of use? Would you buy w/ it again? Any feedback greatly appreciated!
Dec 07, 2002 (8:47 am)
I will neevr again be guilty of buying a non-competitive "captive" nav system.
#302 of 323 Gas mileage misleading
Dec 18, 2002 (12:43 pm)
I have had my 2003 Limited 4Runner since 10/20/02 and it is the nicest SUV no vehicle I have ever owned and I have had 14 new cars including a 2001 Vette. You will not be disappointed as it is a huge step up from my 98 4ruuner. Except one thing!!! Gas mileage sucks!
The Sticker states 15-19 well I have squeezed out 15.7 just once and average 13.5-14.5 over combined highway and urban driving. Even with full highway the best I can hope for is 15-16 (if I put on cruise at 65MPH)
Anyone else doing better? I am calling Toyota to ask what is up with the poor MPG.
Dec 18, 2002 (4:12 pm)
This is the same engine as in the landcruiser. I get between 12-14 on the cruiser which is slightly less than the 4runner due to it being a heavier vehicle. Get used to it.