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Advise needed on 2004 4.7

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by travel8809, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Jul 7, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    travel8809

    travel8809 [OP] New Member

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    Hi i'm new to the forum and need some advise. Looking to replace our 99 4runner due to corrosion issues.

    I'm looking at a 2004 4.7 with 168,000. Owner is saying it has a check engine light on and the code is calling for a shift solenoid. Also he is saying it needs an exhaust manifold gasket replaced, but it was in that condition when they purchased it. And it may need a universal joint. When i asked what the symptoms were he said it doesn't shift into overdrive. And there's a "squeak" which made him think universal joint.

    I have no problem doing the mechanical work to address these problems. I think i could pick this up for the low end of KBB vaule. My question to those more experienced: Is there anything obviously alarming about this situation that i'm missing? I'm considering it a moderate risk to move forward on this, but i'm looking to see if others think it's a high risk and there's likely more severe mechanical problems going on.

    Owner said his fiance' currently uses it as a daily driver and it runs fine minus not shifting into OD, and the "squeak" and exhaust leak apparently.

    Thanks for any informed input!
     
  2. Jul 7, 2019 at 11:31 AM
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    4scooter19

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    I would pass. If Toyota felt their transmissions didn't need overdrive they wouldn't have it. To me, the fact that it's been driven around with no overdrive ( for who knows how long) is unnecessary wear and tear and I would avoid it.
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2019 at 3:02 PM
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    captsolo

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    I would pass too. I have a 2005 with 150,000 miles - no rust, no tranny issues, no check engine lights.

    His 4 runner is worth $500.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2019 at 2:20 PM
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    travel8809

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    Alright thanks guys for the input. You persuaded me against it. My search continues
     

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