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New and looking for v8 4wd 4th Gen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bkosick, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Jul 31, 2020 at 7:34 AM
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    bkosick

    bkosick [OP] New Member

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    Hi All! New guy here, don't have a 4runner yet....

    I'm looking for 4th Gen 4runner in decent condition to use as an snow/off-road and tow vehicle.

    I while I'm willing to consider any year v8 4wd 4runner, I would prefer a 05-09 (for the hp/torque bump) Pretty much everything else is optional. Higher trims would be nice, but not necessary.

    I live in Denver, wife and 2 kids under 8, already have a modified TJ, so I'm thinking stock or close(ish) to stock for the 4runner... They seem to be listed at quite a premium here in CO so I'm willing to travel a bit for the right one.

    Also, I'm curious to think what current owner think I should look for during my search, other than replacing the timing belt, what are some tells that a vehicle has been maintained well? Or not?

    Thanks!
    Brian
     
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  2. Jul 31, 2020 at 9:39 AM
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    SlvrSlug

    SlvrSlug New Member

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    Welcome, and good luck with the search. Rust is an issue to consider in some areas.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Bigcanoe

    Bigcanoe New Member

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    Rust as mentioned. Intake manifolds crack causing a tick when cold started. Other stuff, less major: sticking brake calipers (front I think), driveshaft thunk. Good luck, I love mine, its a beast!
     
  4. Jul 31, 2020 at 11:21 AM
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    bkosick

    bkosick [OP] New Member

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    Thank you,

    I appreciate the feedback!

    I test drove an 03 that I liked quite a bit, the exterior was scratch to heck and a bit beat up, but interior was decent and no rust. Which for my use case is fine. But there was a very distinct thunk, especially noticeable the last few mph at the end of a stop. Is this the thunk that you speak of? Dealer said it was normal mumbled some things about all I needed to do was pump some grease into the zirc fittings on the driveshaft. Is that correct?
     
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  5. Jul 31, 2020 at 11:33 AM
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    Bigcanoe

    Bigcanoe New Member

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    Yes that is it and that is the standard remedy, sounds like he was in the know!
     

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