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#1603 of 2607 Re: 4-Runner Purchase in the Future? [wds1]
Feb 20, 2006 (6:21 pm)
I am one of the experienced buyers for over 15 years trading new Toyotas and they have never have failed me. I once had an 05 Odyssey what a piece ohhh junk... I got rid of it after one year of issues for a beauty 2006 Sienna LTD fully loaded... never ever again
The 2006 4Runner LTD V8 4WD that I just bought is so well built and feels so solid and reliable and... it is an amazing vehicle (as an FYI I used to own a 1999 4Runner LTD V6 4WD).
#1604 of 2607 Re: 4-Runner Purchase in the Future? [wds1]
Feb 20, 2006 (8:38 pm)
A drunk ran into the back of our 4-runner while stopped at a light. It totalled her car. It only messed up one side of our bumper and bent the muffler some.
The 06 Runner is sensational IMO. My wife rarely lets me drive it she likes it so much. The cabin is comfortable and loaded. Very stout feeling when driving it. A nononsence type that has looks to go with it. IMO the optional 17" wheels are worth getting. Your clearance is better as well as control.
I have had a Tercel, Corolla, and we still have our Camry. I would be scared to go with any other make. I have had too much reliability to risk changing.
I had test driven a Pilot and thought it was OK. But the Runner does not seem as tight as the Pilot and much more sturdy.
Feb 22, 2006 (4:22 pm)
will a rear drive line from 1986 toyota short wheel base fit a 1986 4Runner?
#1606 of 2607 Re: Grease problems anyone? [paranavs]
Feb 25, 2006 (10:43 am)
I own both 1999 and 2003 4Runners. I use exactly as the owner's manual and repair manual recommends.
Spiders - Lithium base chassis grease NLGI No.2
Slide Yokes - Molybdenum disulfide lithium base grease
#1607 of 2607 2003 4Runner radio removal.
Feb 28, 2006 (3:12 am)
I've got a squeaky noise coming from the front bezel of the radio. A slight push with a finger and the noise can be reproduced and/or heightened. I'm thinking that if the radio is removed then I could do something to eliminate the noise where the front face of the radio contacts the mounting area. Does anyone know how the radio has to be removed so this can be accomplished. Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided.
#1608 of 2607 Rumble from the back.
Feb 28, 2006 (3:22 am)
At times I'll get a sound like 2 x 4 boards banging together in the back cargo area. I'm not sure if its within or outside the truck. I've looked and tightened just about everything visible. Currently I'm waiting to get the sound to sustain long enough to take it to the dealer.
The sound can be eliminated or minimized at times by opening and slamming the rear hatch door closed. This however doesn't make a whole of lot sense because of the electronic latch, unless the latch isn't closing as tightly as it should or doesn't remain tight over time. (The dealer's service rep. said its not the rear hatch.) Anyone else have or had this problem? Any suggestions.
#1609 of 2607 Re: 2003 4Runner radio removal. [qualityman]
Feb 28, 2006 (2:39 pm)
You're going to hate this. If you are still in your 3yr/36month warranty, I'd recommend taking it in. I had my radio replaced at 1100 miles because it failed to power on. There are 10 steps to removal, but I don't have any diagrams except for the last 3 steps. The dealer accidentally left me a page from their shop manual.
1) Remove instrument panel finish plate
2) Remove instrument panel finish plate sub-assy lower
3) Remove instrument cluster finish panel sub-assy
4) Remove console upper rear panel sub-assy
5) Remove console panel sub-assy upper
6) Remove air conditioning control assy
7) Remove instrument cluster finish panel sub-assy center
8) Remove radio receiver assembly w/bracket (2 bolts)
9) Remove radio bracket No. 1 (4 screws)
10) Remove radio bracket No. 2 (4 screws)
Sounds to me like one of these 10 items is loose. Last but not least, you'd think with all this redundancy that nothing would squeek !?
#1610 of 2607 Re: Grease problems anyone? [drex1]
Mar 01, 2006 (11:45 am)
Thanks for the reply.
Could you also post the brand name of the grease you use and where it is available? Like AutoZone, Pepboys?
Is it synthetic?
#1611 of 2607 Re: Overdrive Lockup Slipping [wulffman1]
Mar 01, 2006 (2:08 pm)
Do you Tow? This sounds exactly like what happened to my 2003 V-8 4Runner SR5. Toyota told us we had a defective torque converter. Apparently the lining inside the torque converter goes bad and it slips roughly until the torque converter locks up under gentle acceleration. Problem never occured under hard acceleration and it disappeared when taking foot off gas.
Toyota dropped a new transmission in our 4Runner. The problem recurred in the second transmission within 24 hours -- believe it or not! Toyota told the dealer to try a synthetic transmission fluid and flush the new transmission. Problem went away.
However, the same week Toyota put the second transmission into the car they had to put a third catalytic converter in.
What I learned from this: Toyota quality is just a bad as everyone else.
My suspicion is that something is really wrong here, the service manager admitted seeing our transmission problem in 5 previous 4Runners and Sequoias with the same engine.
My theory is that the 5 speed transmission is not really up to the tow rating Toyota posted for this car. We decided to buy a SUV with a 8,000lb tow rating... a Durango that has a 70,000 mile warranty, a larger engine and a tow/haul mode on the transmission. No, I don't have a theory about why our 4Runner ended up with 3 catalytic converters in only 48,000 miles.
We were very disappointed with this vehicle. The main reason I bought Toyota was it's tow rating and reliablity ratings.
#1612 of 2607 Re: Bad vibrations ? [lorac53]
Mar 01, 2006 (2:25 pm)
Maybe cause they did like we did. We gave up on Toyota! We traded ours in for a used 05 Dodge Durango ! For about $5,000 less than we paid Toyota in 2003, we now have an SUV with a "real" third row seat, a DVD player, satilite radio and navigation system, 2,500 more lbs towing rating and one additional liter in engine size.
Or maybe Toyota really did fix the problem.... NOT! Well at least not in ours. Our vibration started again within 24 hours of the second transmission installation.