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Starter came with lifetime warantee

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by captsolo, May 11, 2021.

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  1. May 11, 2021 at 2:52 AM
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    I have a 2005 4runner. The OEM starter that came with the car failed in 4 years. I had it rebuilt but that failed in 1 year. I then ordered a starter from Amazon and it failed after 4 years.

    Then I ordered a starter from Amazon that came with a LIFETIME Warranty. It's been in the 4runner for 4 years and 4 months. I kept the receipt and the box and called the manufacturer and asked about the lifetime warranty, and was told if it fails they will replace it, and I don't have to send the failed unit back.

    Amazon no longer sells a starter with a lifetime warranty. But, how can any manufacturer offer a lifetime warranty on a new 4runner starter? Why doesn't Toyota put them in their new 4runners?

    Amazon.com: DB Electrical SND0491 Starter Compatible With/Replacement For Toyota Tacoma & Tundra 4.0L 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 & 4Runner 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 FJ Cruiser 2007 2008 2009: Automotive

    The lifetime warranty starter has lasted longer than the OEM or any other starter I used as a replacement. Will it last 9 years?

    I have a backup non-lifetime starter from Amazon that costs $80 for when the lifetime warantee starter fails and I have to drive my 4runner.
     
  2. May 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM
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    I got 22 years out of my factory starter. Then the key wore out....
     
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    My experience with Lifetime Warranties. I'm still here - they're all gone. Lifetime to me has come to mean they know they're close to the end. Think about it.:playball:
     
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    I’ve had similar experiences with Toyota starters. My key held up longer than yours, though
     
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  6. May 13, 2021 at 4:59 AM
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    Yes I thought about that. Time will tell. Good marketing scam if they are gone.

    But, what if it never fails?

    The offer was from Amazon's webpage.
    Amazon.com: DB Electrical 410-52127 Starter Compatible With/Replacement For Toyota 4Runner 3.4L 1996-2002, T-100 Pickup 3.4L 1995-1998, Tacoma 3.4 1995-2004, Tundra 3.4L 2000-2004 /28100-07010 /1.4KW: Automotive

    Get a lawyer and take it up with them? It's part their liability too!
     
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  7. May 13, 2021 at 5:12 AM
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    And...you gotta do the repair again, or pay to have it done. Those warranties don't cover the labor.
     
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    Pretty sure there's no one left on here that doesn't know about the OP's starter, compressor and evaporator woes.
     
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