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Holy grail of 4th gens

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by Connerliam, Feb 9, 2019 at 11:26 PM.

  1. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:26 PM
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    Connerliam

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    What do you guys consider the holy grail of 4th gens? I am interested in purchasing a 4th gen, and currently own a 3rd gen. I just would like a little more info on what to stray from in a 4th gen and what to look for. Ideally what is the best year, options, lockers? etc...
     
  2. Feb 10, 2019 at 5:59 AM
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    Hyper15125

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    Depends on what youll be using it for. For me i liked the look of the Sports with the V8 and full time 4wd. They actually did better on fuel than the 6 in the real world and were much safer IMO with the FT 4wd. Liked it better than my 5g for sure.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    The V8’s are unique amongst all 4Runners. Other than that I liked mine because it’s an early V6 with a serviceable auto and sunroof.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2019 at 3:07 PM
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    DIRTBIKEDAVE

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    My 2nd 03' 4th GEN. even better than the 1st. V8 SPORT
    VOLANT cold air intake, LED's inside, rear, and front. tinted window shades.
    I had the V6 '03 a few yrs ago and was REALLY great. had to sell at that time and missed having it. so a few yrs later (now) cam across another '03 V8 Sport and LOVE IT! just be aware of the timing belt /water pump change at about 1K recommended (will cost$$).
     
  5. Feb 10, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    I agree, it depends on your intended use. For some it's finding a late model sport with the V8 but for me it's the 2009 Trail Edition. Only available for one year and they didn't sell many 4th gens that year anyway. I've only seen one in person. It's the only 4th gen with a factory E-locker.
     
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  6. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:14 AM
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    Had an 05' Limited with the V8.... loved it
     
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  7. Feb 11, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    Like Hyper said, depends on your use. After researching, im very happy i was able to find a later in the year generation (2009). Have the projector headlights, less engine problems, nicer interior. The V8's are nice, but working on a V6 seems easier with the way the engine bay is setup. The Trail Edition is probably the biggest Unicorn of them all. I couldnt be happier with my runner though, it was in immaculate condition, had one owner and great service records. Only bad thing was that I was in need of a vehicle while we got hit hard by Hurricane Harvey so prices were a lot higher.
     
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    All wheel drive with L4 and center diff lock.
    Stupid reliable. Leather. Fully loaded.
    Projector headlights.

    One of the best engines you'll find in a Toyota. 2uz-fe 4.7L V8 with VVt-i

    More get up and go than the 4.0L V6 and ironically better economy to boot.
     
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  9. Feb 12, 2019 at 5:19 PM
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    Hoping I don't get flamed but, here is an "out of the box" suggestion... Check out the GX470 which is called a Land Cruiser Prado in other parts of the world but is actually a 4Runner V8 with some luxury options thrown in, 3rd row seats, and a taller roof. It has FT 4wd with 4H and 4L and a center diff lock. Lockers were never an option for these though :(. Because it is not a Toyota, they can be found for substantially cheaper than a Toyota 4Runner, the same is often true for the LX450 and LX470. I am new to 4x4 and new to Toyota but recently bought a GX for $8k with 160k on the clock and was a southern truck and very well maintained. I am thrilled with it. I bought mine because I like the idea of a mechanical 4wd selector rather than an electronic actuator. I love the VVT-i motor with the 5 speed tranny and it does okay on MPG (not great though). Just a suggestion.
     
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  10. Feb 13, 2019 at 4:17 AM
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    They are nice trucks, Ive seen builds of them. Just like the V8 4Runner with a little more class. Id rock one.
     
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    I agree... nice rigs they are.
     
  12. Feb 13, 2019 at 6:43 AM
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    I would definitely consider a GX470 for my next vehicle as well. I've watched a few good deals on some pass.
     
  13. Feb 13, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    One odd feature worth mentioning is it has a rear door instead of a hatch. AND, it opens the wrong way (hinged on passenger side). One benefit to this however, it I can open the rear door and step on the trunk floor to reach my roof rack.
     
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    With the hinged door on the GX, one of those nice 270° awnings would work really good. Personally, I like the door better than the hatch.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2019 at 7:40 PM
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    05+ with the VVTi V8, great torque and fun to drive. Plane on replace both exhaust manifolds if it is 150k plus miles. Pretty common problem. I ended up doing full exhaust, headers with cats plus second set of cats and magma flow stainless cat back.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2019 at 7:42 PM
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    Oh I think 09 had a one year only 4th gen Trail Edition with rear locker. Only came in V6 however.
     
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    That is correct. That is the rarest of the 4th gens.
     

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