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#2531 of 2607 Recent drivability service price sounds high
Mar 15, 2010 (4:33 am)
I suspect that I overpaid for dealer service on my 2000 Toyota 4Runner here on Long Island, NY.
I had a driveability issue. Occurring months apart, the vehicle stalled twice while driving. The second time I figured I would have the vehicle inspected. My local Toyota service center had shut down last year, so I went to the closest one.
The service rep reported that I needed the following;
Replace Mass Air flow sensor: $468.98 (276.00 labor; 192.98 parts)
With the above, they said the following was mandatory:
Throttle Body serice - $186.99 (125.00 labor; 61.99 parts)
Finally, they said my ignition wires were not Toyota. That was strange to hear.
They replaced the wires for $184.37. (105.95 labor; 78.42 parts)
Total bill: $840.34 plus tax.
I gave them the go-ahead and the car was ready for pickup within two hours or less. Reading the bill in detail afterward, that two hour window of labor ran: $506.95. That sounded like a lot, considering that all the work might have been done by one technician. Parts pricing is suspicious, as well. And maybe the throttle body service stated as mandatory might not have been.
#2532 of 2607 4Runner Rear Brakes Seize - Park Brake Problem
Mar 23, 2010 (8:29 pm)
I have a 1999 4Runner and lately the drivers side rear wheel has been locking up due to the fact that the park brake actuator continues to tighten the pads against the drum. Obvioulsy it is supposed to adjust the tension everytime the park brake is activated but the problem is that it continues to do so until the wheel siezes. Is something wore out or do I need to replace something? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#2533 of 2607 Lights in dash going on and off??
Mar 25, 2010 (5:23 am)
I own a 1998 toyota 4runner SR5. The dashboard lights go on and off intermittently. If I tap on the dash where the lights are located, such as the area where the heater controls are located, the lights will sometimes come back on. I was just wondering if anyone else has this annoying problem and what might be causing this. It looks like a pain to tear the dash apart to fix this if I have to replace the bulbs.
#2534 of 2607 dumb question
Mar 25, 2010 (5:27 am)
Can someone please tell me what the goofy spoiler looking thing does on the back of my 4runner? What will happen if I remove it? I am always looking for ways to get better gas mileage out of this pig. I am getting about 16 mpg highway now, which I guess is about normal for a 98 4runner with the V6 auto.It does have 204000 mi. on it so I guess I should be happy it is running! Thanks for any help.
#2535 of 2607 Re: dumb question [japfan]
Mar 25, 2010 (10:15 am)
A spoiler on a race car is intended to improve road grip by producing a downward force on the vehicle at high speed. On passenger vehicles including the relatively heavy and non-aerodynamic 4Runner, a spoiler is mostly just decoration with little practical benefit.
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#2536 of 2607 Re: dumb question [tidester]
Mar 26, 2010 (6:06 am)
I believe that I read somewhere that the spoiler is supposed to keep the rear window cleaner in bad weather as it changes the air flow coming over the top of the vehicle. I have a Sequoia with a spoiler and it certainly is not a perfect solution.
#2537 of 2607 Spoiler or spoiled?
Mar 26, 2010 (6:23 am)
If it is to help keep the window clean, why does every 4runner or Sequoia not have a spoiler. If you look most SR5's have one but the Limited's do not. I think that it is just to give the SR5 the sporty look. The Limited already has enough goodies to make it look good.
#2538 of 2607 Re: dumb question [japfan]
Mar 26, 2010 (6:39 am)
The goofy spoiler serves no purpose whatsoever ... if my 4Runner didn't already have one when I got it, I wouldn't have one; in fact, I refused to pay for it. I can't figure out how to take it off without leaving big holes, or it'd be gone! In any case, the rear window gets so dirty in the rain that I can't see out of it, so that's not a good excuse for them either. My best guess is that some people like them, and it's just another expensive ($400) accessory.
#2539 of 2607 Rear Door seal?
Mar 28, 2010 (6:13 pm)
Hi all. Have a 2010 Runner 4wd Limited. First week and so far so good. Really enjoy the size, ride and features. Question -- i washed it for the firs time today and opened the rear door -- there was water up all along the inside of the doors (not inside the car) but in the areas where the door meets the car frame and along the bumper under the door. For example the hydrolic arms for the door were very wet. Is this normal? Am wondering if they left out a door seal or something. Thoughts? Thanks.
#2540 of 2607 Re: dumb question [japfan]
Mar 29, 2010 (6:10 am)
Perhaps the spoiler in the '98 models wasn't very functional, but we have a '08 4Runner Limited with the device, and I must say it does indeed help keep the rear window clear.