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Old 10-24-2012, 12:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Late 90's 4Runner can't be beat. 180k on mine and it runs like a champ.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:22 PM   #22 (permalink)
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You can find a mid 90's or early 2000's truck or SUV for around that, but miles are going to be up there. Buying high miles isn't a good thing. Seals can start going and all the wear and tear items can start cathing up to you. Buy Chevy or Ford if you do go that route.. Stay away from the Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep brand. I have a 2011 Ram and already have an idler pulley squeeling. The trucks look good, but I would never buy another Dodge.
I'm not much of a fan of Dodge, but bitching about a squealing idler pulley? Really???

It's a 2011. It should be under warranty. Take it in and have it replaced.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm not much of a fan of Dodge, but bitching about a squealing idler pulley? Really???

It's a 2011. It should be under warranty. Take it in and have it replaced.
Settle down there bro.. I'm not an idiot. It is under warranty so I'm taking it in.. Point is a pulley shouldn't be going on a brand new truck. The 2011's also have a whining with the torque converters too. Dealer knows about it but doesn't like to fix it since its a nuisance issue. Not bitching, just making a point about the lower quality of the Dodge brand. I've been around the automotive world for a long time. I've seen the common problems with the lesser brands.

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:37 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Toyota sucks........ Nuff said
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4RUNNERS!!!!! A few people already mentioned them. I live in a snowy climate and I appreciate having a vehicle that can leave my drive way after a 3 foot dump and not get stuck. Gas mileage is not great, but it's not 70's Bronco bad.

However I don't know if this would of been a good vehicle for my teenage years. The later model 4runners like the first and second generation are top heavy and do require careful driving. They are more narrow than some other SUV's and have been notorious for flipping. I think vehicles with high clearances require careful driving and some experience. They are less forgiving than a little subaru.

SR5 Toyota 4runners and SR5 toyota pickup trucks my favorite. They are snow slayers. There are a lot of these on the road from the 80's and 90's with a lot of miles on them that run fine and dandy. They are reliable and long lasting.
Again, 4runners are great on everything except for gas. In terms of safety and "flipping", I wouldn't worry too much. I had a 2000 4Runner when I lived in Lake Tahoe. One night as I was driving across an intersection, I got sideswiped on my passenger side by a drunk who was going around 35-40 MPH. The impact was so severe that it should have rolled any vehicle I would have been driving, but it only lifted up my 4runner for a moment and caused damage to the passenger side as well as smashed windows.

Air bags went off, and I was completely fine minus a few bruises and a mild concussion. The other guy had to be rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

His truck was totaled. My 4runner was expertly repaired within a week and drove better than ever.

Moral of the story? If you can afford the gas, 4Runners are AWESOME vehicles.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Toyota 4runner E-Locker AWD 97 - $5000


fly over buy it and drive it back no problem.
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You are either trolling or too stupid for words. Either way, gargle AIDS.

Again, 4runners are great on everything except for gas. In terms of safety and "flipping", I wouldn't worry too much. I had a 2000 4Runner when I lived in Lake Tahoe. One night as I was driving across an intersection, I got sideswiped on my passenger side by a drunk who was going around 35-40 MPH. The impact was so severe that it should have rolled any vehicle I would have been driving, but it only lifted up my 4runner for a moment and caused damage to the passenger side as well as smashed windows.

Moral of the story? If you can afford the gas, 4Runners are AWESOME vehicles.
It depends on the generation of 4runner. I drive the second generation 4runner. The first and second generations are more narrow than the newer ones. They are known for flipping. After the second generation Toyota made some changes. All the 4runners after the second gen are wider and more street friendly. The first 2 gens are more narrow and top heavy. They also have poor ratings for side collisions. My second gen does not have anti lock brakes or air bags. They really did improve safety.

Your 3rd gen is a fine automobile. I don't think it would be easy to convince a 4runner owner Toyota sucks. I totally agree 4runners are awesome.
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