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#616 of 2607 Re: Planning to buy 4Runner [ramza39]
Aug 23, 2004 (8:18 pm)
I bought a 04 V8 SRS 4Runner early 2004 and have been stuck with a problem since then -- annoying humming noise from transmission at or above 72 mph. Brought back to dealers many times but got no fix; some said the noise is normal, some even claimed the noise cannot be heard. If you do decide on a 4Runner, here is my (hard-learned) advice: test drive at least 3 different 4runners on both local and highway and then choose the best one. Do not be fooled by the sales: "the 4Runner is a quality product (many of them are!) and Toyota is fully backing its product". The truth is that not all 4Runners have been created equal and, when it unfortunately has a problem, it is hard to get the problem fixed from the dealer -- they usually deny the existence of the problem or claim the problem is normal. Good luck on your purchase!
#618 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [biglatka]
Aug 24, 2004 (3:15 am)
I have the Dunlop Grand Treks. I have read many different complaints on this problem and I even drove a newer 4Runner that had Michelins on it and that also shook the wheel on the highway! I cannot beleive that Toyota can't resolve this.
#619 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [dlxray]
Aug 24, 2004 (6:32 am)
I have the GrandTreks on my 04 as well. I had a shimmy/vibration after a wheel balance. I eventually had the tires re-balanced using a more advanced balancing machine. The GrandTreks do not seem like very good tires, but the recent specialized balance seems to be a major improvement.
#620 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [woodyr1]
Aug 24, 2004 (6:54 am)
Do you notice the shimmy only at certain mph? Mine shakes at 59, 64, 68 mph... after 70 mph the shake can be felt in the seat. I don't know what to do any more. The truck was $38,000 and I'm disgusted! Maybe I can get the dealer to change the tires. ???
#621 of 2607 RE: Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [biglatka] by
Aug 24, 2004 (10:26 am)
I don't see why everyone seems to put down the Dunlop Grand Trek tires. I have over 18000 miles on mine and don't experience any shake, shimmy, or otherwise abnormal tire wear. Perhaps the predominant problem is the need for tire balancing, which has been previously suggested.
#622 of 2607 Planning on buying a 4-Runner
Aug 24, 2004 (11:14 am)
Just wondering if the 4-Runner is comfortable for drivers over six feet tall. I've read some complaints from people saying that their heads hit the moonroof on the SR5.
#623 of 2607 Re: 97 Limited real seal leak [cufishn1]
Aug 24, 2004 (12:17 pm)
My 1997 rear seals leaked at 80k miles. I had the drums replaced and the seals in Sept 02. Had my car inspected again in June, no rear brakes...Had them replaced again and the seals and just had vehicle inspected again. No rear brakes! Anyone else having this problem? Toyota is very unresponsive.
#624 of 2607 Planning on buying a 4-Runner by oneson
Aug 24, 2004 (12:48 pm)
Get one without the sunroof. I'm 6'4, and have plenty of room without it. I realized that in my previous vehicle I used the sunrooof maybe 3 times in 5 years.
#625 of 2607 2001 2WD SR5 4Runner Differential seal leak
Aug 24, 2004 (1:57 pm)
I am just posting this so other owners can take a close look and avoid problems:
I purchased this 2001 2WD SR5 4runner new. At aprox 20k miles I had the differential gear oil changed. I now have about 24k miles and noticed what I thought was a very slow leak at the diff. drain plug. Turns out the seal where the bellhousing meets the differential had a leak and was dripping down to the drain plug...very hard to notice. The work / repair is covered under the drivetrain warranty fortunately.
When I first discovered the leak a few days ago I checked the fluid level and had to add aprox. 1/3 quart to bring it up to full. The diff. holds about 3 quarts total. Does anyone know if driving mostly in town for 1-2 thousand miles with the gear oil aprox 11% low could do any long term damage to the pinion gear or other components ?