1. Welcome to 4Runners.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all 4Runner discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other 4Runner owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Purchasing a new 4Runner need advice

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Lab-Lover, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. Dec 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM
    #1
    Lab-Lover

    Lab-Lover [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2017
    Member:
    #5188
    Messages:
    9
    Gender:
    Male
    Hi everyone.

    I am in the market to purchase a new car and had my sites set on a 4Runner. I was looking for good highway and around town vehicle. Two yellow Labradors that are with me most of the time. I have a boat that I launch on boat ramp every weekend here in Florida (appox. 3,500lbs.) First test drive 2018 Limited 4x4 and was not thrilled with the feel. Second, 2018 Off Road with no options, and it was better. Third, 2018 Off Road Premium loaded with KDSS and felt even better. I am trying to figure out which model to buy. I will probably never be off road but need the 4x4 for the boat ramp. I was thinking of getting the ORP w/KDSS but wanted to know if it was more maintenance and problematic than base 4x4. It was also a thought that the ORP would be more desirable for resale when that day comes - probably three years or so. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. Dec 21, 2017 at 3:20 PM
    #2
    PapaRappa

    PapaRappa New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Member:
    #5066
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2018 Black 4Runner TRD Pro
    Hi, I'm a recent member after recently purchasing a TRDP. I looked at a few trims but limited was never on my radar. If you're looking for something to last approximately 3+ years I'm thinking you're going to get no complaints or warnings about KDSS. It adds mechanical complexity but if you're not going off road there is little chance it'll be knocked around by something and if you're only owning it 3 years it should not pose any longevity problems. Before I settled on the Pro without KDSS I was looking at an ORP with KDSS and I did the research. Those who have it seem to love it, and there were people who had taken their 4Rs north of 100k miles and not experienced any issues. I certainly noticed a difference in highway driving...it was much more planted. If I wasn't going off road I'd have an ORP with KDSS.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2017 at 3:20 PM
    #3
    Buggs

    Buggs New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2017
    Member:
    #3617
    Messages:
    31
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 Limited
    I have a limited so my information is based off of research. Im sure someone with that actual model could give more information. From my understanding the KDSS acts as a movable sway bar helping with articulation when off road. If you're not going to off road the vehicle than sounds like a ORP w/o KDSS might suit your needs better and save some money. The ORP is an amazing model and has all the bells and whistles. I'm sure the locking rear diff will also come in handy launching a boat when the car gets its feet wet.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2017 at 3:25 PM
    #4
    jester243

    jester243 rabble rabble rabble

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2016
    Member:
    #2304
    Messages:
    1,633
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    Spokane, WA
    Vehicle:
    2016 4Runner Trail Premium w/ KDSS
    Welcome to the site :wave:

    I have what is now the TRDOR premium with KDSS, I love it on the highway, I keep thinking something that weighs this much should not be this pleasant on the highway in the turns. If you're only looking to keep it 3 years I can't imagine anything you would run across for problems. my Dad bought a limited and it a much different ride, a bit to harsh for my liking, mine is just a softer ride overall. Cant wait to see what you go with :cheers:

    The KDSS is kinda the best of both worlds, less body roll in the corners on road and better articulation off road if you need it, for me money well spent.
     
    Bob likes this.
  5. Dec 22, 2017 at 5:58 PM
    #5
    SnowroxKT

    SnowroxKT New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Member:
    #5149
    Messages:
    143
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kyle
    Alaska
    Vehicle:
    2018 T4R TRD Offroad
    2018 T4R Offroad SAS 1995 Tacoma
    Should not have any issues. The rear diff on these is best to be used every month or so, but no real maintenance differences. Get the one you like the most!
     

Products Discussed in

To Top