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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Jan 02, 2003 (5:35 pm)
Bought (well, leased) one last Fri. They do exist. NOTE: Contrary to what any uninformed sleavy salesperson deserving of a slow and painful death might tell you, the Nav System has a single CD capability, not a 6-CD capability. Not that I'm bitter. <g>
Nav system is very nice. Can compare to my '01 Acura. New Toyota version is much faster, bigger screen, nicer graphics. Has more features and the software (not the hardware) is better from an ergonomic standpoint. However, many of the touchscreen "buttons" are located very near to off-screen hardware buttons, so, e.g., half the time you go to hit the soft button to increase the map scale you instead hit the OPEN hard button, flipping the screen out of place completely so you have access to the CD and cassette ports.
Also, have had the occasional software glitch where some of the soft buttons were not accessible (wouldn't "press") when they should be. Tapping back and forth between screens usually frees them up. If the problem continues, I'll bring it in for service.
Stay safe ...
Jan 06, 2003 (9:32 am)
I just picked up my Limited 03 4Runner on Saturday and I absolutely love it! We waited for about a month to get one with the X-Reas system, drove them both and couldn't live with out it. I live in DC and we are getting close to 17 MPG even with our horrible stop and go traffic. As for the cladding, I agree it is ugly and that is why I selected the Limited over the SR5, although my previous was a 1999 SR5. I want to say thanks to all of you that reported the titanium paint problem because mine as well as every other one I saw had the problem. But Toyota is on the ball and they fixed it in no time.
#319 of 323 visited 2 south bay (so cal) dealers
Jan 06, 2003 (10:54 am)
and neither one had a v8 limited 4X4 with nav and x reas suspension. the closest thing was a v8 limited 4X4 with x reas and no nav, but it was being purchased as i drove onto the lot. only saw one v8 ltd 4X4 with nav system, but the dealer wanted a $3,000 mark-up. i guess i'll just have to wait for the v8-ltd-4X4-x reas combo. salesman's comment was "it could take upto 6 months..." yeah, right. it's a toyota, not a lamborghini...they'll make as many as they can sell. just have to be willing to wait.
Jan 06, 2003 (1:50 pm)
The setup you want is exactly what I got about a week ago in Maryland. LTD V8 4WD w/self-leveling & XREAS suspension and nav system. At least in this region, all the LTD come with the side/curtain air bags and moonroof. Though I would be happy to see the dealership go up in flames after the way they've treated us, I have to say the 4Runner itself has been outstanding. It'll be worth the wait.
Stay safe ...
Jan 06, 2003 (6:50 pm)
the old system of badging where you could tell what trim it was and whether it was 4WD or not just by looking at the back.
Now those items are only on the front doors, and if you want to know if it is a V-6 or V-8, the only way to tell is the tiny badge in the grille up front. (or lack thereof - the only badge is "V-8")
I guess it is good for the V-6 2WD drivers - their trucks look just like Sport V-8 4WDs...
Jan 06, 2003 (6:51 pm)
has anyone seen a new Runner with the steel wheels yet, or are these merely myth?
Jan 07, 2003 (9:09 am)
Well, since this vehicle is now available just about everywhere, it's time to retire the "future" topic. Let's continue the conversation with other 4Runner enthusiasts over on the SUVs board in the Toyota 4Runner topic.
Thanks for your contributions!