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5th gen KDSS questions and more

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Pelican, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Oct 2, 2016 at 5:45 AM
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    Pelican

    Pelican [OP] New Member

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    I lust for Gen 5, had lusted for a Gen 4 when we had no $$$ (kids in diapers) but owned a 3VZ-E model that had its head gasket issue masked. Toyota had ceased recalls on that engine by the time I asked, and we were so disappointed. I think we couldn't be believe Toyota could make a mistake ! I sold it for 1/3 of my cost after only 6 months ownership. I never knew if the gearing was unique but it sure resisted >55 mph. Not surprising, it is still goin'.

    However, in the Gen 5 -- if that's what the latest is -- is the KDSS wonderful ? I see it takes >$40k to get that, in a Trail or Trail Prem or the fem-focused Limited. I'd heard KDSS was great a few years ago but I wonder if now, some years later, whether it is proven. I can't imagine it involves cheap repair.

    I've written Toyota to ask, "Why don't you give us a diesel or some kind of less thirsty engine and also split AC or some Limited features in a utilitarian version ?" I understand its a relatively big package but I am now an able (read: graying) buyer who wants some creature comforts in a vehicle that can tow a boat, be a mobile "shop", and then take others to say.. dinner, a movie, etc. Any comments appreciated !
     
  2. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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    TejasRunner

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    I bought the Trail Premium with tube steps and mats for $37,400. It's fantastic. Mine doesn't have KDSS.
     
  3. Oct 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM
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    Dimhof

    Dimhof More is better

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    I have a '15 trail with kdss and have driven an sr5 of the same year without. Kdss gives a more firm and planted feel on road compared to a floatier less stable feel without. Offroad I have nothing to compare it to first hand but all the reports I have read have been positive and we're well worth the extra cash. If you plan on upgrading the suspension, others have argued that it makes sense to save money with the base model sr5, but i am not disappointed. Hope this helps
     
  4. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:13 PM
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    TedRCASC

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    Our Canadian Trail model came with KDSS, locker rear, moon roof, running boards, and pretty well all the goodies. Glad to get Dimhof's report as we're planning a lot more off-roading next year and, to date, are very pleased with the highway handling, even with the Goodyear Duratrac knobbies. - Ted
     
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