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I bought a new 4runner in 1986. It was a standard with a 4 cylinder motor. It was very under powered. I lived in Pa. at the time and I actually had to downshift going up some hills. I didn't keep it to long because it was gutless but it was great in the snow. It would have probably rusted up anyway as the metal quality was very poor but the motor would still be running today. I bought my first Toyota in 1981 and I always keep at least one. I have a 2012 V6 Camry SE now. You can't go wrong with a Toyota.


 
Posts: 924 | Location: Toano, Va.  | Registered: January 11, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I think your right. They are great vehicles.

I had 160,000 on my first one when I sold it. I have 149,000 on this one.

If I sell this one I will buy another.
 
Posts: 52 | Location: SE PA | Registered: January 22, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by MikeGLI:
Unfortunately, Toyota has made it very clear they have zero interest in bringing their diesel to the states, QUOTE]

They announced they will have a diesel Tacoma in 2018 or 2019.
 
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by MikeGLI:
Unfortunately, Toyota has made it very clear they have zero interest in bringing their diesel to the states, QUOTE]

They announced they will have a diesel Tacoma in 2018 or 2019.


The HELL you say?!




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We were talking and I mentioned that you never see one, regardless of the year model, sitting on the side of the interstate with the hood up.


Ironic that I saw this very thing, a 4Runner on the side of the road with its hood up just this week. But, that it was a 4Runner made it noteworthy.

They are a little too highly stylized both inside and out for my taste, but there's no denying the quality. Incredible ride and handling for ladder frame and chassis construction. I wish it were about 15% larger, though. I'd buy new, because they don't depreciate enough to make them a particularly good value as a used vehicle, IMO. The small amount you might save means little if you buy it and keep it'til the wheels fall off. I'd seriously consider one if my Tundra ever decides to stop running, but at 340K and still going strong I think they'll bury me in this thing.




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Posts: 9481 | Location: Richmond, VA | Registered: December 11, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have a 2007 that I bought new, it now has 105k miles on it. When it was brand new there was a glitch with the CD player and the passenger seat airbag weight was not calibrated correctly, it would not turn on with my 110 lb wife. Both things were fixed promptly under warranty.

The only other issue has happened this past year with 3 of my 4 lock actuators going out. Dealership said it was likely due to my aftermarket alarm, which was installed in 2008. Probably not gong to get them repaired as I am looking to get a new 4-Runner in the next year or so.

Love the car, can't wait to get a new one.
 
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Ironic that I saw this very thing, a 4Runner on the side of the road with its hood up just this week. But, that it was a 4Runner made it noteworthy.



Probably had just put the cables away after the guy he gave a jump to drove off. Big Grin





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Brett,

From what I understand, the CPO models get the balance of warranty out to 100,000 miles for the power train so you got 80,000 miles warranty for the power train. But when you buy new, I think it's only 60,000 miles power train.

We're thinking about a CPO Toyota next, just thinking of the economics behind it. Seems the power train warranty is longer but not the bumper to bumper. It also seems that CPO vehicles aren't that much cheaper than new vehicles.

Did the economics of it make it worthwhile for you?


Yes the CPO extended the warranty out to 7 years and 100k miles. It covered a lot of things but it was not bumper to bumper, I think that was only 1 extra year.

The CPO was nice to have but it was not a requirement for me. I needed a V8 4th gen for the 7000lb towing capacity, so the 5th gen was off the list. My 4th gen was priced much below the 5th gen models at the time as well since I bought it in December 2011 with 26k miles on it.

I have never had a single thing break, so since I never needed the warranty paying extra just for the CPO warranty would not have been worth it in hindsight. But it sure gave me peace of mind when I bought it that it had been thoroughly checked out by Toyota.

My 4th gen was only slightly more expensive than similar 4th gens that were not CPO. But this one turned up 6 miles from my house, was locally owned and serviced, was exactly what we were looking for, and when I checked it out on the lift it was pretty much brand new (had been a garage queen). All things considered the price was right so we took it home.

When I bought my new Tundra in 2014 getting a slightly used one that was CPO would NOT have been worth it. The savings weren't there and Toyota was offering great incentives to move out overstocked new inventory. So I think it depends on the specific model you are looking at. The Tacoma's hold their value so well that CPO may not be worth it on one of those either.

If I were looking at something like a Lexus IS350, new ones have an MSRP of ~$50k, probably selling for around $3k less. You can get a nice CPO only a couple years old for $30k. That price difference is definitely worth it for me and as cars get more complex with electronics the extended warranty makes sense.




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My 2003 4Runner is just about broken in at around 231,000 miles. I just drove it about 7 hours to the Outer Banks and back and wasn't the least bit concerned.
 
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