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Toyota 4Runner, Tires, Wheels, Suspension, SUV
#51 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:17 pm)
I thought that would appropriately represent my car. I was just checking in to see if anyone had any luck on this topic as far as a resolution. I am still driving my brand spanking new 2006 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8 hunk-of-junk! YAY for me! haha My dealer has no idea what to do for me nor do they really care I'm sure. The last thing they came up with is maybe it vibrates when your tires are cold.....Don't you think I would have figured that out by now!? They are so helpful. I'm so bummed to be out $32k for a sucky car.
#52 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 23, 2006 (6:04 am)
Since the problem stop when you let off the gas pedal it cannot be a balance problem in the engine, drive train, or wheels. It has to be either an intake air or spark problem causing a misfire. I would look at the wiring to each plug and inspect each plug for carbon buildup to try to identify which cylinder is causing the problem. It could be something like the throttle position sensor or timing pickoff on the crankshaft damper that are changing the timing or air/fuel mixture. I don't have any problem on my 2006 V6 so it isn't characteristic of all 4Runners.
#53 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 23, 2006 (10:33 am)
I have a 2006 Limited V-8 with the same issue. I can feel the vibration in the steering wheel but only between 1500 and 2000 rpm. It stops at 2000 (or when I take my foot off the gas) but it seems the engine spends a lot of time in the 1500-2000 range. Since the weather has turned colder, the severity has decreased but it is still a nuisance. I will have it looked at when I take the car in for its first oil change.
#54 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [mike805]
Nov 23, 2006 (11:23 am)
Mike: Thanks for your thoughts. I will pass this along to my dealer, but judging from their attitude so far, they will do nothing. They keep telling me that this vibration is present in all of the 4runners (so far I have driven a total of 9 new ones and it IS there!) and so it is just a "characteristic of the vehicle", not a defect. That is just so much BS it isn't even funny. There have been a couple of other people post here that say they also do not have this problem so I don't have any explanation why all of the ones that I have test driven do. Just getting the dealer to admit that it is there was amazing to me!!!!!! They have the attitude that Toyota can do no wrong. Thanks again. Joe
#55 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 23, 2006 (4:16 pm)
Is it possible you're over-reacting to a little vibration? I've had lots of vehicles that vibrated for a number of different reasons, (bent rim, unbalanced tire, warped rotors, etc). What's wrong with a little vibration?
I mean, if you really wanted a super-smooth drive, why would you buy a 4x4 truck?
#56 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [robm2]
Nov 25, 2006 (6:03 pm)
I find this posting almost unbelieveable!!! Over-reacting to constant vibration in a brand new $36,000 automobile!??? Bent rims, tires out of balance, warped rotors.? What kind of vehicles do you drive? I have personally owned 3 Chevrolet Suburbans, 2 full size blazers, 2 cj5 jeeps, a Chevrolet pickup, and 2 Isuzu troopers, all of which were 4 wheel drive!!! I raced a cj5 for 3 years and have never had a "vibration" problem that could not be fixed. You sound like the kind of customer that Toyota is depending on to purchase these new "vibrators" and accept it as "normal". Owning a 4 wheel drive does not mean that you have to have any kind of vibration or other annoyance that should not be there. Over-reacting??????????????? Come on.
#57 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 25, 2006 (9:56 pm)
Bent rims, tires out of balance, warped rotors.?
I don't believe you ever mentioned bent rims, tires out of balance or warped rotors in any of your previous 22 postings on your issue so I'm having a hard time understanding why you're dumping on robm2 for asking a simple question. He likely has not followed your saga from beginning to end and most of our members are not mindreaders!
His question was simply "Is it possible you're over-reacting to a little vibration?" which was a great opportunity for you to provide newcomers to the discussion with the full details of your plight. There is no need to overreact to an innocent question.
#58 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [tidester]
Nov 26, 2006 (11:42 am)
I respectfully suggest that you go back and read the posting again. He clearly stated "What's wrong with a little vibration?" and then chides all of us who are having this problem with a brand new $36m vehicle by stating " I mean, if you really wanted a super-smooth drive, why would you buy a 4x4 truck?" Having driven 4x4's exclusively since 1969 I find these statements completely out of the realm of sensibility. Apparently I read this posting in a different light than you did and I would be very surprised if the other people who have posted here regarding their problems with this vibration would disagree with my interpretation of his meaning. Poking fun at those of us who are suffering thru this nightmare only adds to the frustration. I also take exception with your comments regarding the fact that I did not ever specifically mention warped rotors, bent rims, etc. I have continually mentioned the fact that the vibration disappears when you let off the gas pedal and then reappears when you step back on the gas pedal. If I had a bent rim, warped rotors, unbalanced tires ( which I have continually said I do not have and the dealer has confirmed this) letting off the gas would not eliminate the problem immediately, which is what I have continually stated. I could go on and on, but It appears that this fellows posting was read differently by you than it was by me.
#59 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jokol2]
Nov 26, 2006 (3:16 pm)
I respectfully suggest that you go back and read the posting again.
Actually, I did before I posted.
I also take exception with your comments regarding the fact that I did not ever specifically mention warped rotors, bent rims, etc.
It's still unclear to me why you mentioned them in your last message. No matter.
He clearly stated "What's wrong with a little vibration?"
Yes, he did, but only after he asked "Is it possible you're over-reacting to a little vibration?". If the premise is "it's only a little vibration" then the follow-up question is equally innocuous.
In any case, you may avail yourself of the opportunity to spell out in greater detail just what the problem is for the benefit of those who have only recently joined the discussion.
#60 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [bdemarco38]
Nov 26, 2006 (5:54 pm)
I have an 03 Limited V8 and have had no sunroof problems, no vibrations, no engine problems etc but my gas mileage is terrible. I get fluctuations from 15 to 18 on the Hwy and 12 to 16 city. I recently changed from Bridgestones (orig tires) to Goodyear Wranglers which are a little larger and heavier and that might be affecting my gas mileage somewhat, but no vibrations ever. I am looking at some performance parts such as chip and/or throttle body spacer to help the mileage.