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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#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.
#304 of 323 New 2003 Limited
Dec 20, 2002 (5:06 pm)
I just bought a new 4Runner last night. I have been looking at the Sequoia for 2 years and was finally ready to purchase it. When I went to the dealer on Wednesday, I hapenend to see the new 4Runner. Oh, what a feeling! I gave it a test drive and fell in love. Yesterday, I went back (after price researching) and looked again. Two and one half hours later I signed the papers. Because I wanted navigation, they had to locate me one. Evidently, there are none in our region so they went to another. I will pick it up next week.
Although my family is happy for me, they can't truly appreciate what I am feeling like all of you can. I am so excited that I almost can't wait. After it comes in and I have driven it for a while, I'll let you all know my thoughts.
Happy and healthy holidays to all!
#305 of 323 gas mileage
Dec 20, 2002 (7:20 pm)
My overall mileage at 4,828 miles is 16.553 mpg. Highest was 19.2
Lowest was 13.7
That is with a V8 4WD and 87 octane gas. Driving has been a mix of city and highway, but with more highway driving.
I will be switching to Mobil 1 synthetic oil in a few hundred miles. I hope that will increase the mpg slightly, but I doubt it will make much, if any, difference.
I find this mpg acceptable, but would really like to get closer to 20. I figure getting about 3 mpg higher would save me about $250/year (for 20,000 miles). Personally, I would be willing to trade a little horsepower/torque for a little better mileage--at least when I am not towing my trailer. Too bad they can't put in a switch to toggle between higher mpg and higher power!
#306 of 323 gas mileage
Dec 21, 2002 (7:26 am)
I have been getting ~17 in city driving and ~22 on the highway (typically ~70mph with cruise on) on a V8 LTD 4x4.
Running premium and midgrade (can't tell a difference). I did put synthetic in it, no significant MPG difference but I am a firm believer it will be better for the engine in the long run.
BTW: Get to take bang my new 'runner around the mtns next week. Can't wait to see how it holds up compared to my old Disco on some trails...hope its muddy!
#307 of 323 option codes and drl
Dec 21, 2002 (12:27 pm)
Can someone please tell me what the port installed option DK is? Also, can daytime running lights be installed at the dealer. Is it just a module or simple install? Would it be the same as a factory order?
#308 of 323 DK option code
Dec 27, 2002 (9:02 am)
It's a "folder," worth no more than $10.
Dec 27, 2002 (5:44 pm)
DRL's are not normally something that can be installed by a dealer. There may be some aftermarket places that can, but it's normally not a very inexpensive option. DK is a "preferred owner portfolio" and is a "wallet" for lack of a better term to hold all of your manuals, regristration and insurance cards.
#310 of 323 body cladding???
Jan 01, 2003 (3:33 pm)
need to know if anyone has any comments on if the body cladding on the sr5 and sport vehicles will hold up after a few years or if they will look beat up, scratched, etc and need to be replaced.
i can just imagine after two years the need replace portions of the cladding.
#311 of 323 RE: Body Cladding???
Jan 01, 2003 (4:18 pm)
placid1, two days ago i was rear-ended in my 03 Sport (with the grey cladding): the car that hit me hit at an angle - grinding across the center and passenger-side cladding sections that make up the rear bumper & lower fender. The actual damage was very minor for me, but the car that hit me (Dodge sedan) was in rather bad ($$$) shape: needed a new hood, driver's side fender and front light set. Because my vehicle is so new i am getting the two pieces of cladding replaced - but they are just slightly scratched; in fact if my 4Runner had been clean (lots of road grime around here in winter) i don't think it would have even been visibly scratched (the dirt got ground into the plastic, but the plastic was not deformed or damaged). The appraiser took the panels off to inspect for damage under the panels but there was nothing.
So overall, the cladding seems quite robust to me - like i said: if it had been clean there wouldn't have been any damage. And relatively cheap - $310 Canadian for the two pieces + under an hour's labor to swap them. The guy that hit me had over $2500 damage to his car.