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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
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#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.
#1613 of 2607 Re: Consumer Report rating on 4runner engines [biglatka]
Mar 01, 2006 (2:37 pm)
I've had only two problems with our 4Runner. Only two, but very extensive transmission and catalytic problems. A 2003 V-8. Enough to make me think about whether the monthly payment was really worth it. It wasn't.
I used CR as the main basis for buying the 4Runner. Something I'd never done before, something I will never do again. CR's ratings of the Toyota 4Runner, esp the positive review of the 03 V8 was important in deciding to buy the V8 vs the V6. Now I think there is something wrong with CR's ratings. I suspect that there is some sort of self selection bias. They survey CR customers only. I wonder how that affects their results. I know I will never buy another Toyota. More expensive and no more reliable than anyone else.
#1614 of 2607 transmission/cat converter problems in 03 V8Runners
Mar 01, 2006 (2:58 pm)
Has the problem repeated in 04-06 v-8 4Runners? anybody....anybody....=)
#1615 of 2607 Re: transmission/cat converter problems in 03 V8Runners [ggoins]
Mar 02, 2006 (6:37 am)
No transmission or cat converter problems on my 03 V8. I've got ~40k miles on it. The problems that I've had are as follows:
1. On very cold mornings I do get some piston-slap noise for about 30 seconds on cold startups. It's annoying, but harmless.
2. Around 2000 miles on the odo, I started to get a driveline noise while on the highway going 60-65 mph. It went away after a couple thousand miles.
3. The drivers seat started to squeak. Dealer fixed it with a shot of grease.
That's it. Overall, I'm very pleased. YMMV.
As for the fellow with the Durango, I wish you well. I hope your experience is better than that of my two friends with Durangos.
#1616 of 2607 Re: transmission/cat converter problems in 03 V8Runners [nedzel]
Mar 02, 2006 (6:58 am)
300 miles on mine. no sulfur smell here, neither inside nor outside of the vehicle.
#1617 of 2607 Re: transmission/cat converter problems in 03 V8Runners [nedzel]
Mar 02, 2006 (7:57 am)
thanks for the list....1st year of the change was the 03...a few bugs to work out I guess...
#1618 of 2607 Re: transmission/cat converter problems in 03 V8Runners [ggoins]
Mar 02, 2006 (8:14 am)
No issues with my "beast" 2006 Toyota 4Runner V8 4WD with less than 1000 miles so far...
I used to own a piece oh junk 05 Odyssey (1st year generation model... and after 1 year of issues, oh boy am I glad I got rid of it,
never ever again HONDAs) and traded it in for a 2006 Sienna and have no issue so far...
My point is,
besides the fact that HONDAs are cheaply made, as a rule never risk to buy first year generation of any make...
Mar 02, 2006 (12:24 pm)
I have a 05 Toyota 4Runner with 4K miles. It pulls to the right when starting from a stoplight under normal load. And, it pulls to the left when coming to a stop (normal breaking). The steering wheel seems overly soft at center. I have to constantly adjust it to make the car go straight. It seems to be better at highway speeds but in city driving it is very annoying. I have taken it to the dealer twice and they claim there is nothing wrong with it. Right! The dealer mechanic said that the 4Runners only use one rear wheel to propel the car forward (no positraction or something) I donít buy itÖ I think he is full of it. What can I do? Please help.
#1620 of 2607 Re: [tribster]
Mar 02, 2006 (12:38 pm)
Mine doesn't pull in any direction. The truck does have poor on-center feel. It wanders about a good bit and can be tiring on a windy day. I believe that is endemic to the vehicle. In other words, they all do that and I don't think there really is much you can do.
If you find a really good alignment shop, it may be possible to improve it.