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4Runner newbie seeks thoughts on Gen4 price

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by charleypartanna, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Nov 7, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    charleypartanna [OP] New Member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Hi all!

    About to buy my first 4Runner (first offroad vehicle, actually).

    I'm looking for a Gen 4 (2003 - 2009) Sport that is near-stock, has been very well maintained, and has little or no rust. High mileage is fine, provided it has been well maintained.

    I plan to do some mild upgrades (2" OME lift; AT tires) so that I can do some offroading but also use it on the road and for towing.

    I've found one at a dealer about 500 miles away that fits the bill. It's a 2005 one-owner with 165k miles. The prior owner looks like they maintained it very well:
    • Oil changes every 3-5k
    • Timing belt and water pump 125k (a bit late, I know)
    • Spark plugs, diff fluid, xfer case fluid, steering fluid flush at 90k
    The dealer is asking $11k, which sounds fairly reasonable. Thoughts on that price? KBB is around $7k, but that's not market reality as far as I can tell.

    I will take it for a PPI first, of course.

    I would plan to do a refresh on the fluids. Assuming the PPI doesn't reveal anything, is there any major preventative maintenance I should plan on?

  2. Nov 8, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    RonT4R New Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    First Name:
    Virginia Beach
    2007 4runner SR5 4WD
    Well like everything else in this world, things are only worth what you are willing to pay. With that said there are a lot of good 4Runner deals out there, a lot more than Tacoma Deals. Take your time, be patient and I am sure a good one will come along. I prefer to buy from private party over dealers. Not sure the area you are in but dealers ask $1k to $2k more than private party sellers. Vehicles today are not appreciated like in the past so finding one well maintained and clean might be more challenging. Main issues are 2003 to 2005 had some head gasket issues and I would inspect all frames for rust. Good luck and welcome to the forum!!!!:thumbsup::wave:
    rjbiii and brochacho like this.
  3. Nov 9, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Batmango66 New Member

    Aug 11, 2017
    First Name:
    N.E. Hoosier Land
    2006 Limited
    '06 Limited V8 Shadow Mica | USB Charger | OCD Console Organizer| Int. LEDs | Always on Fogs Mod | added LED strip light foot well | Smokers kit | Always on 115v | Always on 12v Cig. Lighter Mod | By-passed TPS | Wind Deflectors | 3/2 Corn Fed | 18" Moto Metal MO962 0 offset with General Grabber AT2 275/65's | Bilstein 5100's | 15% tint min. | 22" LED Light Bar Behind lower Grill | TINMANS Awesome Front Cup Holder. Yeah, I know it's mostly convenience and looks...
    As usual, I agree with Ron. A lot depends on your location or how far you are willing to travel if you live in the north. I haven't bought a vehicle within my state for a long time but with that comes other risks. Frame rust is a realistic problem, search frame rust on any 4runner forum and you'll quickly be discouraged but, that's why you should ALWAYS take it to a shop and have it put on a lift as part of the inspection. If possible, BE THERE when it is on the lift so that you too can take a look for yourself. I personally would not have a problem buying a 4runner (or any vehicle for that matter) from any place in the nation as long as I could clearly see the frame. I've seen rusty frames on South Carolina vehicles and clean frames on Michigan vehicles. It really depends on the owner and how much they actually care for the vehicle. Years with inherent problems should be avoided, there is always the risk that the problem has already surfaces once and they fixed it themselves just to sell. Most new car dealers will not even bother with a vehicle that is a certain number of years old, problems or not, this helps them maintain their rating and keep service returns to a minimum, cars from auction are a risk but sometimes you can get lucky. It's hard to give someone a good answer for a used vehicle because if you are willing to give yourself enough time to search for the perfect vehicle, you will find it. If you are in a hurry, that's where the risk comes in. Don't get attached before you buy and always plan to walk away. a one owner is most likely going to have a better record than a many times traded or sold vehicle even if it has a ton of miles on it, one owners usually have maint. records. Don't be afraid of high mileage 4Runners, maintenance is the key. If you are looking online you can start to see which vehicles have been taken care of and which ones are junk just by looking at the picture and I don't mean as a package, if there is something that seems like an easy fix thats isn't fixed, it's likely the same throughout. Take your time and be picky. It took me 4 months to find mine but I wanted exactly what I wanted, no less and did not settle. I've bought off of eBay and Auto Trader with good luck and I have gone 300 miles to see a piece of junk too so just be patient you are spending a lot of money and i'm sure, hope to have it for a long time.
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