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Why (Not) the Toyota 4Runner?

Toyota 4Runner reviews by TrueDelta members get to the point: the best reasons for buying (or not buying) the 4Runner.

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Toyota 4Runner Reviews

07/13/13

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  what a insult to the world's #1 car maker!!
A member in British Columbia, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Exterior styling
Rugged looking, offroad capability

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Powertrain performance
Bought this car from a &quot;large and reputable&quot; Jim Pattison Toyota dealership in May with good faith and confidence, looking forward to years of adventures and enjoyment. Odometer showing 141000 when I picked it up, supposed to be low for a Toyota.<br />
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But.........transmission simply gave up on my 31st day of ownership, after 2200 kilometer of highway driving and less than 50km of not-so-rough dirt road. It lived in the shop for 3 weeks and I just got it back yesterday with a rebuilt transmission and new torque converter. <br />
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Global Warranty is supposed to pay the repair bill but the shop manager is still struggling with them on the payment issue.<br />
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Here is my advice: If you are thinking about buying any Toyota, buy it with model year earlier than 2000 and make sure its built in Japan.

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Ride smoothness

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Dealer practices, Audio & nav systems, Brand reputation & image, Safety & braking

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03/04/12

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A member in Ontario, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Reliability & durability
This thing is over-the-top-reliable. I take it off-road, slam the under-belly on to rocks, bull it over large stones like a Hummer, pull over 10,000 lbs for drives well over 2 hours (it stinks of sulfer on the hills but...) - only in shop for oil/brakes.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Dealer practices
The big hit on these trucks is the dealer network. I personally hate Toyota dealers. I have had a lot of Toyotas and only ever change the oil and the odd air fllter - never did the scheduled stuff and then lasted for ever.

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Past personal experience, Materials & workmanship, Insurance & depreciation, Safety & braking

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Ride smoothness, Rear seat room & comfort, Discounts & incentives, Price or payments

This member owns or leases the reviewed vehicle.

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02/02/12

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A member in California, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Exterior styling
Robust and desirable styling, will stand the test of time like older Landcruisers. Form follows function overall. Classy yet low key demeanor. Definitely a masculine design with restraint. 2010 and newer more "butch" and stylized.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Fuel economy
If fuel cost is a concern, then this is definitely not the vehicle to have. Manages 18mpg combined if driven carefully. Does what it does extremely well so nothing unexpected.

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Powertrain performance, Ride smoothness, Materials & workmanship, Quietness

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Front seat support & comfort, Rear seat room & comfort, Dealer practices

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09/13/11

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A member in Tennessee, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Feature availability
Built for true offroad capability

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Materials & workmanship, Powertrain performance, Brand reputation & image



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03/26/11

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A member in Illinois, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Powertrain performance
The 4Runner is a fantastic "go anywhere" vehicle..IF you need that sort of thing.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Fuel economy
The dash readout is optimistic. I often though I was getting over 25mpg only to calculate as low as 14--on the highway! Ultimately, this was the 4Runners undoing. I traded it for a much more efficient Camry.

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Driving position & visibility, Reliability & durability, Materials & workmanship, Cargo capacity



This member used to own or lease the reviewed vehicle.

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03/26/11

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A member in Ontario, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Reliability & durability
Judging by orevious records 4Runner is the most rliable midsize SUV on the market

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Materials & workmanship, Powertrain performance



This member owns or leases the reviewed vehicle.

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02/11/11

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A member in Ontario, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Powertrain performance
Powertrain drives just like I did the day I bought it. Sure footed in winter road conditions with FT 4WD

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Quietness, Driving position & visibility, Cargo capacity, Dealer practices



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01/11/11

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A member in Arizona, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Cargo capacity
Enough space for luggage, backpacks, trip paraphernalia

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Color choices
No white available for trail model

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Reliability & durability, Powertrain performance, Materials & workmanship, Feature availability

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Fuel economy, Front seat support & comfort, Ride smoothness, Price or payments

This member owns or leases the reviewed vehicle.

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12/10/10

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A member in Ontario, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Handling
The base SR5 will not go in a straight line, it leans like a boat around curves and dives when braking.



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10/11/10

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A member in Utah, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Reliability & durability
2nd 4runner. Had no issues with the first at 189,000 miles. Feel safe taking this car out in the sticks, and down the highway

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Fuel economy
Lousy mileage around town. ~ 18.

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Past personal experience, Brand reputation & image, Rear seat room & comfort, Cargo capacity

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Price or payments

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10/03/10

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A member in Texas, United States

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Interior styling
Very bland.Poor layout, materials are questionable.

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Fuel economy, Powertrain performance, Driving position & visibility

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08/04/10

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A member in Alberta, Canada

Compared to 2003 Toyota 4Runner (silver)

Best Reason to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Reliability & durability
Like the new body style and ride, very smooth for a truck. Gas mileage with the new 6 seems to be very good for such a large truck so far. The seating is spacious and the hvac works well for such a large seating area. The features on the limited exceed

Other Reasons to Buy the Toyota 4Runner: Past personal experience, Cargo capacity, Materials & workmanship, Safety & braking



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