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Head gasket. 2004 Toyota 4Runner

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by im.new.here, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. Sep 6, 2020 at 2:08 PM
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    im.new.here

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    Hi! I just recently bought a used 2004 4Runner in need of a head gasket replacement and was quoted $2500. I need advice. I am not educated in cars. Someone please pass along their knowledge in what I should do. I looked up how much it is to replace the whole engine and noticed it wasn’t too far off the price of a head gasket repair. What is the better option? I want this car to last me as long as possible. It currently has 230,000 miles. The check engine light is on as well.
     
  2. Sep 6, 2020 at 2:37 PM
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    Good question. I'd like to know if anyone has the answer. I have a 2005 V6 4runner with 150,000 miles and runs like new. I am the OEM owner. Only things that have failed on my 15 year old runner is the OEM starter and three other replacement starters. They (starters) last on average of 4 years for me.

    OEM water pump, radiator and alternator/regulator still performing their jobs.

    If the body of your 4runner is rust free, I might look for a hit/junk yarder replacement motor with under 89,000 miles. Trouble is, how do you know it ran right before its accident.

    I prefer the V6. The body on my 4runner is perfect. No rust anywhere peeping out from the paint. The underbody has superficial rust, but no structural issues caused by rust. I owned a GMC Jimmy from new and after ten years she had rust everywhere and I sold it for $800. Ran well.

    My 4runner was built in Japan The Japanese build such excellent autos. American manufacturers won't make/build cars in the USA any longer, I'm told??? I've read of 4runners with 400,000 miles.
     
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  3. Sep 6, 2020 at 4:24 PM
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    that $2500 head gasket repair quote is not that bad than taking your truck to the dealer where for sure they will charge you more. Unfortunately, I had mine fixed in a toyota dealer and it cost me for $4K. They did fix the left & right head gasket, replaced the water pump and all spark plugs. It has been 4 years since the repair and 40K miles of daily driving & it didn't give me any problem at all. A friend had the same issue but he had it fix and is close to 300k miles now. For reference, mine is a 2005 sports edition V6 4WD with 195K miles.
     
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  4. Sep 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    I have an 05 V6 and the 6th cylinder head gasket went out at 206k. I believe it is a known problem with the gaskets, a defect, on some 04/05s. I love my truck and everything else works great.
    I got a similar quote as you for fixing it, which was outside my price range. We ended up going to a junkyard in a big city and getting the motor out of an 09 with 97k for $1100. Luckily my husband has a mechanic friend who installed it for us on his own time for $500. Worth it to me because I’m hoping to take the truck to 300k+ and I didn’t know what damage the block may have sustained while I drove around with the leak (it took me a long time to take it to the shop.)
    15k miles since the swap and everything is good so far.
     
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  5. Oct 2, 2020 at 9:20 PM
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    We just had ours done. Private mechanic for 2300 in so cal. Got tons of other parts replaced while we were at it.

    We researched for 7 months before we decided to just do it.


    After looking at engines we decided a few things.

    1. No guarantee the used replacement engine wouldn’t be bad or fail without a rebuild.

    2. The cost of replacing the engine ended up coming out more than repairing what we had.

    3. Once it was done it now runs amazing and we know exactly the condition of everything under the hood.
     
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  6. Nov 14, 2022 at 7:57 PM
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    I also have a 2005 4Runner with what looks like a blown head gasket. Could THE RIGBY UNIT please tell me how your mechanic made the 2009 engine compatible with your 2005 Toyota truck? And, LONDONRAIN, did you just replace the head gaskets (and do other needed work) on the original engine in your 4Runner? THANKS MUCH, jim
     

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