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#2406 of 2607 Re: 2000 SR5 4Runner [steve_]
Nov 30, 2008 (3:19 pm)
Steve, there are not any serious issues that the past few years of the 4Runner has had. These things are pretty much bullet proof.
There is an occasional power train "clunk" on this last generation that doesn't affect anything, but a few find irritating.
Also, If anyone buys new with a model that has the X-Reas suspension, I would highly suggest buying the Toyota Factory warranty. This system is covered under the platinum warranty offered by Toyota.
There have been isolated issues of this system leaking and needing work. It happened to me but I had the warranty. Total cost for one shock was $300.00 plus labor. Toyota paid for two days of a rental car while locating the part. Total invoice around $500.00 BTW-total suspension replacement of the X-Reas runs $3,000.00!
#2407 of 2607 Re: 2000 SR5 4Runner [durangojay]
Dec 06, 2008 (6:19 am)
Did you get the Toyota? I'm thinking of buying the same year, same mileage. What was the asking or sale price of yours?
#2408 of 2607 Re: 2000 SR5 4Runner [steve_]
Dec 06, 2008 (9:49 am)
Regarding eventual repair issues, on my 2003 I had warped rotors replaced recently (plus new pads) at almost 60,000 mi. (Thanks to folks here, I knew exactly what was wrong!) Seems this is a pretty common repair with the 4Runner. Also had one leaky front strut, & had to get front & diagonal back replaced - cost $1000 for labor plus parts -- Toyota mechanic said he'd never seen the diagonally linked struts before, which was a bit alarming, since they're standard on the Sport. Second set of tires (Dunlop? only 2 years old) were out of tread, replaced all four with Continental CrossContact LX. Maybe these will last a while.
Nothing else has been a problem, other than the glove box pneumatic hinge came off when I had the cabin filter replaced, and won't stay on anymore ... no big deal that it drops open. Didn't even realize it had that hinge until it stopped working. Next - 60,000 service.
#2409 of 2607 Re: 2000 SR5 4Runner [julietj]
Dec 06, 2008 (12:23 pm)
That was my point a while back, if you buy the 4Runner new or slightly used, and it has the X-REAS like you have-it's a must for the extended warranty.
I would NOT BUY A USED 4RUNNER with the X-REAS from a private party. I do not believe they are eligible for the TOYOTA EXTENDED WARRANTY. I could be wrong though.
I also had the leaky front (X-REAS) strut. Repaired under Toyota platinum warranty. But oddly enough, the dealer said I did not have to replace the opposite strut. Also, elsewhere on the net, if the opposite one is not leaking it has been confirmed it need not be replaced.
#2410 of 2607 Re: Tire Rotation/Brakes [duke15]
Dec 12, 2008 (8:17 am)
I have a 2002 4Runner 4X4 Sport that I also purchased new. I have had similiar experiences, although it would seem I am getting more out of my Michelins.
1) I was also told 75K miles. I have 35 - 40K on mine now, and they have just started to look like they have some wear (verses brand new looking), but look to have many miles left on them.
2) I also had my front brakes/rotors replaced at 93K miles - rotors warped and were too thin to turn. I was also told at the time that I had 60% left on my original rear pads
3) My spare is also still my crappy Bridgestone, and I do not include it in the rotation. It is a good idea to check it a couple of times of year to make sure its tire pressure is still where it needs to be.
My problem with mine is the door seals. They keeping coming loose and sagging down - especially the rear doors. I had them replaced while still under warranty, but the new ones did/do the same thing. It is annoying, but also my biggest complaint, so I can't complain much. Will flip 100K miles this month with no problems beyond the door seals!
#2412 of 2607 Re: 2000 SR5 4Runner [chuck1]
Dec 12, 2008 (8:48 am)
I was probably bamboozled by the repair folks. But hey, I got a new strut that shouldn't be leaking for a long time. And the ride is better. At least I'm forewarned when & if the other struts spring a leak!
Coming up on my 60,000 service interval in the next couple of weeks. Any suggestions?
#2413 of 2607 '91 4runner knock sensor problems
Dec 15, 2008 (8:43 pm)
I have a 1991 4runner 3.0 V6 sr5 standard 4x4. I did the head gaskets last winter and gave it a tune up at the same time. The check engine light came on all the time after that, the code that came up when jumping terminals was 5 3 (knock sensor). After talking with the local Toyota techs, the diagnosis was change the knock sensor (and short harness). Last month I changed it and had some other work that included regrinding the camshafts for a little more jam and new larger exhaust done as well. But that code 5 3 is still showing up and it is retarding my timing dramatically. What is this code trying to tell me? All I know is that it is the knock sensor circuit. What should I be looking at to find out what the problem is? What are some diagnostics I need to perform? I am this close to taking it to the dealer but am scared of the costs. Please help.
#2414 of 2607 knock sensor problems cont.'d
Dec 16, 2008 (6:44 am)
Another thing I have noticed is that my voltage takes a dive when I put my foot into the throttle, especially at low RPM. The battery and park brake idiot lights come on and everything electrical slows or dims. Could this have something to do with that sensor. I am taking it down for testing the battery and alternator today.
#2415 of 2607 Adjusting brakes on 05 4Runner
Jan 02, 2009 (3:52 am)
I own a V6 2005 4x2 Limited 4Runner. It's getting close to 45k service. The dealer close to my place charge $ 93.00 for the 45k service which include oil change, brake adjustment, fluids check, etc. all minor stuffs. I feel it's too expensive. I usually do oil change on my Camry. I can do oil change on my 4Runner too. No problem.
The question is "break adjustment." I don't see it on the maintenance manual. Do I need that? If so, can I do it myself? How? Can someone please give me some advise how to do it or where to look for the information. I have been looking for it online for hours and can't find any substantial info about adjusting the brakes. I am good with my hands and have some experience fixing brakes on toyota and honda sedans.
Thank you for reading. Happy holidays to all..........