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Toyota 4Runner, Engine, Exhaust, Fuel System, SUV
#722 of 874 Re: Purchased Borla System [highlander7]
Aug 20, 2004 (12:33 pm)
I have a 2004 4Runner Sport with a V8. The sulfer emission problem started at around 2,000 miles. I am now at 5,000, and the problem seems to get worse over time. Toyota will do nothing for me and has no recommendations.
What exactly is the Borla and where did you get it? Is it working for you? And where are you finding low sulfer grade fuel.
I love this truck, but the stink is killing me.
Any other recommendations or advice from anyone else with a 2004 V8?
#723 of 874 Re: Purchased Borla System [spencergreens]
Aug 22, 2004 (9:11 am)
I don't understand toyota not doing anything or having no recommendations. Take them a print out of TSB EG020-04 and tell them to fix it.
#724 of 874 Re: Purchased Borla System [spencergreens]
Aug 23, 2004 (9:24 am)
I too have a 2004 V8 SR5. I noticed the smell and began to pay attention to where I purchased my gasoline. Sunoco ALWAYS stinks....however, my 4Runner has never had the same smell with Hess. I have no idea whether each of these companies actually puts different detergents or has different levels of sulfur in their gasoline...but it fixed the problem for me, so hopefully this will help you as well.
#725 of 874 It's Fixed!!
Aug 23, 2004 (11:36 pm)
Finally the sulfur smell has been cured after having the TSB done. I tried everything I could to reproduce the smell to no avail. The real stink was raised when I went to pick up the 'Runner and the service manager told me that it was ILLEGAL(HUH?) for me to have a copy of the TSB. Guess he's never heard of the internet!!
#726 of 874 Re: Purchased Borla System [neumie2000]
Aug 24, 2004 (9:40 am)
Toyota finally relented after I took the sales manager the TSB pertaining to the V8. The car is currently at the dealership having the work done, so hopefully that will fix the problem. They also made the poor service manager apologize to me! Still, I find it remarkable that any consumer has to go to all of this trouble to get something done. Not everyone has internet access. So, I still plan to file a complaint with the state consumer protection agency regarding my dealership
I have purchased gas in 3 states, including at Hess dealerships, so it may just be a matter of time before your vehicle starts have the problem regardless. Mostly, mine was always worse in a lot of stop and go driving. I definitely recommend that you go ahead and ask Toyota to make the fix anyhow. The more people that do this, the more likely that the TSB will become an overall recall and all consumers can benefit without jumping through a thousand hoops.
#727 of 874 Re: Purchased Borla System [spencergreens]
Aug 25, 2004 (1:25 pm)
Understood. My apprehension about having the fix completed is that if you read the TSB, there are any number of things that can go wrong in performing the service that will truly damage the vehicle. I have yet to read anything that indicates any harm is being done to the vehicle when it smells. Assuming no harm is being done, perhaps the easier solution is to simply role up the back window. Has anyone heard that whatever is causing the smell is actually harming anything internal?
Aug 26, 2004 (5:42 am)
The smell is absolutely NOT causing damage to the engine.
The smell is from a reaction to material in the catalytic converter.
Aug 27, 2004 (5:03 am)
my sulfur smell goes away when I use mid-grade gasoline. Switched to mid-grade shortly after purchase after a discussing it with another 4runner owner who had the same problem. As long as I burn mid-grade, the smell does not occur. As a test, a few weeks ago I filled up with regular and the smell returned. Going back to mid-grade solved the problem for me.
#730 of 874 Re: 2004 V6 SR5 [richinraleigh]
Aug 28, 2004 (3:39 pm)
my smell went away when I had the dealer fix it under the TSB. I use regular grade. I would rather save my money and get it fixed than upgrade my gas esp. in today's market.
#731 of 874 Re: No News is Good News? [md4runnerman]
Oct 12, 2004 (8:30 pm)
I just got the information today regarding the sulfor dioxide odor from my friend, and I notice that that smell already, I called my dealer immediately and they said they will initially charge me $125.00 for diagnostic just in case that nothing wrong with my car while it was only 5K plus only the odometer.I don't understand why dealership charge immediately for $125.00.
I beleive that TOYOTA MOTOR COMPANY should pay attention regarding this Sulfor Dioxide Complain. They need to issue a recall for those affected cars.