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#716 of 769 2010 4Runner spare tire
Oct 05, 2010 (9:10 am)
Here is sharing an unpleasant discovery upon finally getting around to rotating the tires on my 2010 purchased last December. The spare is on a cheap steel wheel that does not even come close to matching the other four aluminum wheels. Worse yet, it omits the pressure sensor and transmitter that keeps the low tire pressure alert system from signalling a problem. With the spare tire effectively unusable on a regular basis, Toyota has shortened the life of my tires by about 20%. This is the type of thing that drove me away from Chrysler, GM and Ford!
#717 of 769 Re: 2010 4Runner spare tire [warreb]
Oct 05, 2010 (3:11 pm)
Where is the news here? It's a well known fact that the bean counters were involved in the redesign of the new 4Runner. To name a few - no locking gas cap, no L.E.D. tail lights, old fashion radio antenna, and now your telling us a steel spare tire?
That's really no surprise.
BTW-if you really wanted to go through the trouble, you could rotate the spare by dismounting it and putting it on one of your regular rims, and then take that tire and mount it on the spare. It may be cost prohibitive to do it this way.
#718 of 769 Re: 2010 4Runner spare tire [chuck1]
Oct 05, 2010 (3:34 pm)
You're certainly right about it being cost prohibitive (unless I damage one of the regular tires). Also, you have to add in the cost of doing it at a Toy Dealer to assure that the pressure sensor assy continues to work. I found out the hard way with my '04 that the gadgets are very sensitive and easily rendered inoperative by regular tire shops. Of course, the alternative would be to give up on having the tire sensors work. As you pointed out, the bean counters are wrecking the brand.
Oct 13, 2010 (11:19 am)
At Toyota.com, I tried to compare the 2010 LTD with the 2011Ltd. It twice reported that there was an error. Probably there is no change for 2011. There is no V8 option yet. Has anyone heard of any new options or changes/improvements of any kind for 2011?
Oct 21, 2010 (8:34 pm)
I just ordered a 2011. The only difference is the sliding cargo rack in the back is now optional instead of standard for the Limited. That is why the MSRP price is slightly less for the 2011 limited verses the 2010. Otherwise there are no color changes or anything else as far as I can tell.
Oct 23, 2010 (4:34 pm)
After a year of driving and research I selected the 2011 Four Runner SR5 with leather sunroof etc. It has met my expectations, when you reach for something it is in the right place, very quiet comfortable ride on the highway. I see a lot of people carping about what it does not have like padded dash, wood trim, locking gas cap etc. but non of these are important to a good driving choice. Spend some time
in one, it fits a lot of needs for its price level. Plenty of cargo space, decent miles per gallon of regular gas, enough power, fit and finish is very good. It sits you up high with an old fashion feel of strength with good handling. It is not a sports car that takes curves with abandon but it is quite fun to drive.
If like me you are here researching what to buy I hope this helps assure you this is a good choice if you like a big strong feel when you drive.
#722 of 769 Re: Good Choice [nothardly]
Oct 23, 2010 (6:08 pm)
It may suit you, but this new gen will never be for me. I'm treating my '08 Limited with 24k miles as if it is a classic. With the dollar now trading below 82 yen, mine would sell new for over US$56k. In percentage terms, the resale value of previous gens will be substantially higher than this latest decontented model.
#723 of 769 Re: Good Choice [tsu670]
Oct 24, 2010 (11:47 am)
um, that's totally bizarre. setting aside the standard Torsen on the 4th gen (which 95% of people know—and care—absolutely zero about), the "decontenting" amounts to what? no LEDs; locking gas cap; tailgate-assist motor; projector headlights? ok stuff, sure, but remember Toyota added things: roomier cabin; Optitron gauges; USB input; better ergonomics and intelligently designed HVAC controls; auto-up/down all windows; LandCruiser trickledowns like KDSS, multi-terrain and crawl mode...
by all means, continue to enjoy and take care of your '08. but sorry, you're totally deluded if you think the 5th gen will be devalued in comparison to the 4th gen. they're both good vehicles.
#724 of 769 Re: Good Choice [stateofmaine]
Oct 24, 2010 (1:25 pm)
The decontenting is real and necessary. These vehicles are 100% contented and assembled in Japan. Since August 2008 the dollar has plummeted over 36% against the yen. You are dillusional if you think you are getting anywhere near the value in a 5th gen than what was offered by 4th gens.
#725 of 769 Re: Good Choice [tsu670]
Oct 24, 2010 (1:53 pm)
wow! you were so lucky to get the last valuable 4Runner before the dollar dropped! pity all those suckers thinking their newly redesigned LandCruisers are actually worth something. /sarcasm
yeah, i get that the dollar's dropped; and that the 4Runner (thankfully) has always been built in Japan. but like i said before, both the 4th gen and 5th gen 4Runner are good vehicles.
and sorry to dispel your illusions, but it's delusional.