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Toyota 4Runner, Concept Cars, Future Vehicle, SUV
#477 of 769 Re: Scratch another off the list [honkinunit]
Jan 01, 2010 (9:21 am)
As long as you broached it...........I own a 1988 LandCruiser, had a 91, drove a 2003 and have ridden in a 2009.
Talk about completely changing the original design thought!
2010 4 Runner is no 1997, but better for everyday use i.e. kid hauling etc... That however, does not mitigate the fact that they have left no other option in the Toyota line that has the alure of what the earlier model 4Runners were designed....Sad but true.
#478 of 769 Re: Scratch another off the list [honkinunit]
Jan 02, 2010 (9:03 am)
actually the 4runner is REASONABLY priced. If you look at highlander, has nearly all same options, dimensions, power etc, only its based off the camry which is for sissies. 4runner has stiffer frame, tuffer and more capable.
as to your comments about it being overpriced, it is about 3k more comparing a fully loaded HL to fully loaded 4R. The lexus gx460, sequoia, landcruiser, lexus LX are groslly overpriced. ranging from 50-80K! thats absolutely crazy. Show me another SUV that has the stamina of the 4runner for this price. There is none (i dont care much for KIA, sephia, hyndai so dont even mention those brands).
yes toyota skimped out on a few minor things, like no standard running boards, mud flaps, inglass antenna, locking gas cap, led lights, hid lights, V8 - however aside from v8, rest all minor things that could be altered towards owners likening.
overall 4runner is still the best bang buck.
#479 of 769 Trail Edition
Jan 02, 2010 (3:47 pm)
I just took delivery of a red 2010 Trail Edition, with KDSS and Nav. So far, I'm impressed with the better than Lexus build quality, and overall implementation. I really don't care for the cargo slide out-it's just silly and actually makes it harder to haul things. But that's about the only complaint, and it's not that big of one. Plenty of power for me and and to haul my 3500# trailer. The Nav and related interfaces are very well done and easy to set up and use, such as using blue tooth and using my iPhone or playing music from it.
This is the third 4Runner, I've owned (89, 98, and 2010-all bought new). I'm quite satisfied with the purchase. It is by far the best of the three in comfort, design, and ergonomics.
#480 of 769 2010 4Runner 4WD LTD
Jan 02, 2010 (7:07 pm)
After many months of research, I was reluctant to trade-in my 2007 TCH for the 2010 4Runner 4WD LTD with NAV, but owning it now (since 12-30-09) and after 100 miles, I am so glad I did. I am so overwhelmed with its more rugged and athletic design and packed with more power and better mileage performance, comfortable driving, etc... so many goodies to name a few: SAT (Satellite, complimentary 90-day trial subscription), Safety Connect (complimentary 1-year trial subscription), etc...
I used to own a 1999 and 2006 both Limited versions, but this one is by far the best one I have owned and plan to keep for many years and at least 200k miles.
The antenna dilemma:
As an FYI, although I prefer the radio antenna to be integrated in the glass or somewhere else hidden, I am so glad Toyota has finally fixed the issue with the AM reception by installing the antenna externally.
#481 of 769 Re: Trail Edition [jonesok1]
Jan 03, 2010 (10:52 am)
The rear cargo slide out ....is the silliest thing I have ever seen. I said it before and will say it again. Only a matter of time before a child or dog is going to hurt ( or lose ) a finger or paw.
I ordered mine with the third row and leather.....it will take forever to get but will be worth it.
Does anyone have third rows WITH leather as a package in their region?
#482 of 769 Re: Scratch another off the list [honkinunit]
Jan 03, 2010 (10:54 am)
"Who on earth would take a $40k vehicle off road?"
Well I have and I know several people who regularly take more expensive vehicles off road. I can't quite understand what you mean.
My range rover has been off road many times as has my wifes Mercedes G class and both are well in excess of $40K. Quite frankly, they excel off road. I suppose, at the end of the day, the extra cost of these provide the technology to actually perform well off road and doesn't it make sense to then use them accordingly?.
I recently bought the 10 4runner ltd primarily for my off road adventures because I needed something to beat up a bit. Should I not have?
Jan 03, 2010 (3:55 pm)
Four days ago I traded a 2004 4Runner, with 150K trouble-free miles on it, for the 2010 model. My observations so far are summarized below. If anyone can point me toward where the oil filter (or canister) is situated, I'll be grateful. The goal was to obtain the same good reliability and performance that the 04 provided.
First impressions are that the handling, as expected, appears equivalent and that the redesign pluses slightly outweigh the minuses. More specific observations:
- replacing the lost running boards with a $500 dealer option was a bummer,
- so was finding out, after the sale, that the crossbar parts of the roof rack were another $125,
- 6 cyl engine appears peppier, although I have not accelerated hard during break in,
- the key operated rear window, that goes up as well as down from the back, is a welcomed improvement,
- so is the more intuitive instrument panel and auxillary panel layout,
- like the brighter presentation of temperature, time, gas mileage, etc vs. the old liquid crystal display that was impossible to read during a bright day,
- compass heading readout is nice,
- second row seats fold down more efficiently (less wasted space) than before,
- liked the more understated contours of the the old body style,
- electronic shift seems convenient but I worry about it being new and having unproven reliabililty (liked the old shift just as well),
- the extendable rear shelf seems silly,
- the side-by-side trailer wiring plugs, in alternative configurations, are a plus,
- the 100W/400W inverter is a bit light, not sure why the 400W is not available all the time (a nanny Toyota issue?),
- cover on right side rear storage will be missed, as will glove box shelf; however, the door pockets are more usefully shaped,
- greatest concern is more rust on the machined surfaces of the front suspension bolts, the backing pads, metal adjacent to the grease seals and the exposed portion of the brake rotors than on the 2004 I turned in! I hope, that despite being on dealer's lot for about a month, this is not a harbinger of Ford Truck disease.
#484 of 769 Re: Warreb [warreb]
Jan 03, 2010 (4:56 pm)
I always admire someone who has made a big investment, but can give us an unbiased plus/minus observation.
Did you consider a pre-owned model before buying new?
#485 of 769 Re: Warreb [chuck1]
Jan 03, 2010 (5:19 pm)
No, my assessment of the price & possible problem tradeoff, especially since I tend to keep vehicles a very long time, motivated me to purchase near the beginning of the model year -- at a time when dealers seem especially motivated to discount aggressively.
#486 of 769 Re: Warreb [warreb]
Jan 03, 2010 (5:28 pm)
I noticed that you mentioned you purchased dealer added running boards. I have not been able to find them anywhere for my 2010 and have been told at least a three month wait. If you could point me to the dealer you purchased from I would be thankful.