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Old 03-12-2012, 03:35 PM
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Out with the old, in with the new(er) - BlackAck's 4Runner thread

Just traded my 2003 4Runner Sport in for a 2008 4Runner SR5. Couldn't be happier, although there are some things that I miss from my sport, like the JBL 10 speaker system and the 6 disk changer, but overall I am very excited about the new whip. Here's a few pics of the old and the new
Here's my old girl, I will miss her


Her best use aside from daily city driving


Out with the old and in with the new


The new girl in my life




I will post better pics once I wash and wax her, I have already started with some small things. I moved my WeatherTech DigitalFit floormats over, installed all my cool white wide angle LED bulbs, replaced the passenger mirror, and getting ready to replace all the interior speakers with the ones from my old runner, just excited to have a new project to work on. And the wishlist is already a few grand of new stuff

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Congrats! Nice looking ride!
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Originally Posted by teranfon View Post
Congrats! Nice looking ride!
Thanks Terry, the 03 had 50K on it when I bought it in 2005, when I traded her in, she had 119K. This one had 37K miles on her when I bought her, so I'm hoping that she'll last a while
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I know a few guys with 4Runners. All they drive for regular transportation. They usually trade them off for a new one every few years, but always because they choose to and not out of necessity. Those things seem to run forever.
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Congrats again. Looking good
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Originally Posted by teranfon View Post
I know a few guys with 4Runners. All they drive for regular transportation. They usually trade them off for a new one every few years, but always because they choose to and not out of necessity. Those things seem to run forever.
They really do run forever, the sales guy was joking with me saying that 4Runner owners always come in looking to trade in on another newer 4Runner

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Congrats again. Looking good
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Just curious, what's your opinion on the new 4runners? Seems like people either love or hate them.

Nice upgrade btw!
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Body colored side molding FTW
The unpainted plastic was nice for offroading and brush, but I wasn't a big fan of the look, only the 03's had that and then they switched to the painted moldings

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Just curious, what's your opinion on the new 4runners? Seems like people either love or hate them.

Nice upgrade btw!
Thanks, I personally love the new ones as far as the interior and the features, but I'm not a huge fan of the exterior styling, I like the look of them, but hate the way that the headlights and tails stick out, and it looks too boxy for me. I looked at the newer ones, but really wanted this body style with the projector headlights, and with such low mileage, it was a no brainer.
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didnt the sport/limited have the XREAS shocks? wondering how different it drove from the SR5 models
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Originally Posted by 97BlackAckCL View Post
Thanks, I personally love the new ones as far as the interior and the features, but I'm not a huge fan of the exterior styling, I like the look of them, but hate the way that the headlights and tails stick out, and it looks too boxy for me. I looked at the newer ones, but really wanted this body style with the projector headlights, and with such low mileage, it was a no brainer.
Agreed, I hate lights that bulge out of the body. My dad calls them frog lights lol. The projectors and led taillights make this version very upscale looking. I guess they needed something for the refresh when it comes out.
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3 of my friends have 4runners, from 2005-2006. They love them and gonna keep them for a very very long time.
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I've always loved 4Runner's...great to drive. I wasn't a fan of all the plastic cladding they (and everyone else) were using back then, though. New one looks great!
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Very nice rig brah. Use it in good health...
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Nice pickup, brother!

Enjoy your new ride.
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nice, im pretty sure the new won't have any problems reaching the previous ones mileage....those toyotas do sure run forever! I just remembered an episode of Top Gear and tested a tacoma with high miles thru different kinds of crap and it still kept going.
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Congrats, my sister in law drives a 1997 4-Runner and it's been a little Energizer Bunny.
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Originally Posted by Infamous425 View Post
didnt the sport/limited have the XREAS shocks? wondering how different it drove from the SR5 models
The sport had the XREAS yes, it was VERY stiff, and the shocks on it were definitely going. The SR5 is a lot smoother and softer which is good on my bad back

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Very nice!
TY

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congrats again
TY sir

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Haha the 2008 has a puppy face.
Yeah it does, I love it

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3 of my friends have 4runners, from 2005-2006. They love them and gonna keep them for a very very long time.


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I've always loved 4Runner's...great to drive. I wasn't a fan of all the plastic cladding they (and everyone else) were using back then, though. New one looks great!
Me either, but it did ok

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Very nice rig brah. Use it in good health...
Thanks Hapa

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Nice pickup, brother!

Enjoy your new ride.
Thanks SB

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nice, im pretty sure the new won't have any problems reaching the previous ones mileage....those toyotas do sure run forever! I just remembered an episode of Top Gear and tested a tacoma with high miles thru different kinds of crap and it still kept going.
Yeah, that was a great show. I'm watching it thinking, my 4runner is built on the same chassis as that

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Toyota trucks FTW! Just change the radiator cap within the next 6 years...
um, ok....

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nice upgrade bud.
Thank u sir

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Congrats, my sister in law drives a 1997 4-Runner and it's been a little Energizer Bunny.
They do keep going and going

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Cool. I like those 4 Runners. Not a bad year in the whole bunch. Only truck, other than the Pathfinder, that I like recommending.
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Congrats ! My gfs mother has the same 4runner as you. I drove it to Texas and back with no complaints! Very comfortable. I love that truck !
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Cool. I like those 4 Runners. Not a bad year in the whole bunch. Only truck, other than the Pathfinder, that I like recommending.
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Congrats ! My gfs mother has the same 4runner as you. I drove it to Texas and back with no complaints! Very comfortable. I love that truck !
They really are great trucks, and they're built so well, they last forever. My last one was on the original timing belt at 120K miles and still ran like a champ
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So I removed the pitiful magnetless speakers from the SR5 stereo, and replaced them with my Alpine Type S speakers and Audiobahn 1" silk dome tweeters that I had on my old JBL amp, and I am not happy with the lack of power from the stock head unit. I already have a set of MB Quart Reference Component 6x9's and tweeters that I was planning to put in when I install an amp and head unit, so I am looking into getting another set of MB Quart components for the rear, a 4 channel amp, and a double din navi head unit. I already ordered the stock JBL sub enclosure for my JL 8" sub that I never put in my 03 sport, and need an amp for that as well. Looks like I'll be moving very quickly on the stereo upgrade. I'll throw some pics up of the other speakers when I get a chance to upload them off my cell phone
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Nice. Should help out a lot. I have a Boston Acoustics 10 inch sub sitting collecting dust in my garage. That will get installed when I swap the suspension in the TL.
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Great choice Black Ack! A friend of mine has a 4Runner as his only wheels (remembering we're in Colorado). Still one of the most comfortable body-on-frame vehicles on the market. I went el cheapo and bought a new 2007 4x4 Nissan Frontier years ago for my "serious fun" vehicle. Body-on-frame definitely "gets 'er done" when it comes to off-roading and towing. Congrats!
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Nice. Should help out a lot. I have a Boston Acoustics 10 inch sub sitting collecting dust in my garage. That will get installed when I swap the suspension in the TL.
Definitely should, I'm very excited, I just ordered all new components for the front and rear, a new double din navi touchscreen head unit, a 4 channel amp for the highs, and a mono amp for the JL sub. Cannot wait to tear in and put some good stuff into her.

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Great choice Black Ack! A friend of mine has a 4Runner as his only wheels (remembering we're in Colorado). Still one of the most comfortable body-on-frame vehicles on the market. I went el cheapo and bought a new 2007 4x4 Nissan Frontier years ago for my "serious fun" vehicle. Body-on-frame definitely "gets 'er done" when it comes to off-roading and towing. Congrats!
Thanks! I definitely love the 4Runner, and have been a loyal fan of them since I was young, they definitely are great vehicles. How do you like the Nissan?
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Getting ramped up to start on the audio for the 4Runner. I'm actually going to have nicer equipment in my daily driver than in my show car
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Congrats. Love the Toyota SUVS. Really digging the new highlander, it looks gorgeous. Toyota as its slogan states "moving forward" is moving forward while honda on the other hand is moving backwards. The new pilot/crv/accord crossover are all a joke compared to the toyota SUVS.
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Congratz on the T4R. I own an '06 SR5 4X4. Very reliable. Closing in on 100K Miles. Only issues are the common ones: Driveline Clunk, Seat Creak, Frozen Calipers, and stuck moonroof. Did you have the accelerator pedal cut down per the recall? I don't like the 5G 4Runners, as Toyota has decided to de-content and take the Fat Engineering out of the vehicle. No standard running boards, mud flaps, roof rack and rails, locking gas door, and no Multi-Mode Transfer case except for Limited edition. I have more stuff on my 4Runner stock than the 5G. I don't like the direction Toyota is going with the 4Runner. It is one of the few reliable Body on Frame and true SUV's left on the market. I can see the 4Runner going to Unibody due to CAFE rules.
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Congrats! My step dad has a 2001 with 275,000 miles that he still drives every single day. He loves that thing. They'll last forever if you take care of them.
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Congrats. Love the Toyota SUVS. Really digging the new highlander, it looks gorgeous. Toyota as its slogan states "moving forward" is moving forward while honda on the other hand is moving backwards. The new pilot/crv/accord crossover are all a joke compared to the toyota SUVS.
Yeah so true, or Acura Advance... What exactly have they advanced?

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Congratz on the T4R. I own an '06 SR5 4X4. Very reliable. Closing in on 100K Miles. Only issues are the common ones: Driveline Clunk, Seat Creak, Frozen Calipers, and stuck moonroof. Did you have the accelerator pedal cut down per the recall? I don't like the 5G 4Runners, as Toyota has decided to de-content and take the Fat Engineering out of the vehicle. No standard running boards, mud flaps, roof rack and rails, locking gas door, and no Multi-Mode Transfer case except for Limited edition. I have more stuff on my 4Runner stock than the 5G. I don't like the direction Toyota is going with the 4Runner. It is one of the few reliable Body on Frame and true SUV's left on the market. I can see the 4Runner going to Unibody due to CAFE rules.
I did not have the pedal cut down thank goodness, as I have a size 13 shoe. I do have the driveshaft clunk, but I am planning to try and get it replaced under warranty with the Lexus one. And I completely agree about the 5G, I had several people ask me why I didn't go newer, and that is exactly why. Mine has all the standard options I want, minus the stereo of course, but I'm taking care of all that on my own

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Congrats! My step dad has a 2001 with 275,000 miles that he still drives every single day. He loves that thing. They'll last forever if you take care of them.
Thanks bro
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