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#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.
Mar 02, 2006 (2:11 pm)
Tribster, if your 4Runner pulls at any speed, then search the internet for the Hunter9700. They have a list of shops that have this machine. The machine will match balance all 4 tires & wheels and give a specific recommendation for placement. This should cure your pulling issues. My selling dealer finally used this on my vehicle after I brought it in the SECOND time for pulling to the right. I've been problem free for 20,000 miles now.
If your 4Runner only pulls starting and braking, then I dunno. My steering, like yours, was overly sensitive, but as the vehicle accumulated more mileage my steering improved. Don't have a clue as to why, although I suspect the tires were breaking in. I have Dunflops, but I've got Revo's on order. In prior threads, Michelin Cross-Terrain equipped vehicles had the happiest owners, but aftermarket Revo owners claim the best traction.
#1622 of 2607 Re: Consumer Report rating on 4runner engines [dadeo7432]
Mar 02, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Well, you're in the minority then, both on Toyotas and CR. Although no auto manufacturer or automobile is perfect, I've found, and others on other forums including this one, are of the opinion that their Toyota is a most trouble free vehicle, especially when comparing it to other makes (read the owner review comments and ratings in Edmunds). I've owned Toyotas for the past twenty odd years now and completely agree with the high marks CR always gives them. Funny thing, the Dodge Durango has been found to be rife with problems. I sincerely wish you luck with it.
Consumer Reports takes no advertising money from manufacturers, and they buy their cars independently. Can that be said for other auto testing magazines? I'm sorry for the trouble with your Toyota, but can all those people CR surveyed be wrong or did they just make it up when they highly rated their 4Runners??