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Old 11-06-2019, 09:18 PM
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Opinions on a 4Runner (4th gen)

I am contemplating on adding a 4th gen Toyota 4Runner to my stable for my off-road stuff.

I wanted to get insight as to how the ride (comfort) and handling are, compared to an E53(Mine is a 3.0 with sport package).

If any of you drive or have had a 4th gen T4R, much appreciated on any advice.

I have not had a frame suv before, so not quite sure how it will handle or ride.
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:54 PM
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We sold a 2005 low mileage V8 TOY two years ago and bought an E70. The TOY broke the transfer box at 55K miles. $4K repair. It was my wire's vehicle and she hated it. Much happier in the E70 and she preferred the old E53 over the TOY!
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:43 PM
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Thanks for the input.

Unfortunate it broke at such as low mileage.

I was under the impression these cars were unbeatable in terms of reliability but I guess there is always an exception.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:09 PM
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Not much experience with 4th gens but my 2nd and 3rd gens were indestructible. For Off-road use sure, but everyday use on the road, won’t have the same feel as an e53. HUGE Toyota fan here, get a 5 speed 3rd gen!

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Old 11-08-2019, 11:09 AM
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My neighbor had one for 16 years before trading it in for a 2016 4Runner. Don't have a 4Runner but do have the Sienna minivan. Compare with the X5 most trouble free car we ever own.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:37 AM
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My son has a Gen 3 and his bride has a Gen 4. They're somewhat akin to comparing an E53 to an E70. The newer one is bigger and more refined, while the older is simpler and more truck-like. The Gen 3 is what goes camping and 4-wheeling in the mountains.

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Solid as a rock....all generations. Resell value unbelievably high even when 10 years old.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:59 PM
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Thank you guys for the info!

I may end up getting my hand on a V6 4th gen (auto).
They hold the value so well so I may just go for it and sell it if it does not suit my taste.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:05 AM
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I use an X5 for offroading too.

I have 2 street driven X5's and a 3rd for offroad. They do fine at it from my uses. Just slap some aggressive tires on it and have fun.

I wouldn't rock crawl with it but it plows thru mud and snow just fine for me at least.
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What was the question? I feel asleep when I saw Toyota.
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