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Old 05-15-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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NEED ADVISE-3rd or 4th GEN BETTER?

Have tacoma & may be dumping grand cherokee to buy used 4runner.
My question is, which is better, 3rd or 4th gen & why?
Thx 4 the help.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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If you're wanting a similar sized vehicle to the GC then a 3rd gen is a good match. It's a bit under powered at times, especially when towing or hauling heavy stuff. There are 5 speed manuals out there, otherwise it's a 4 speed auto with od. The 01's and 02's have a some traction options not available in previous years but a lot of people bypass them cus they suck for offroad. Same concept with the xreas in the 4th gens. You can manage to find factory rear elocked 3rd gen with a 5 speed and 4.30 gears but they're getting to be pretty hard to find. Even harder to find one with a supercharger one it. 4th gens were available with v8s which is nice.

What you going to be using this vehicle for should be the main question. If it's mainly a road queen with the chances you'll be using it to tow/haul stuff then 4th gen. If it's going to see trails more often and you don't want the bulky size of the 4th gen, then I say 3rd gen.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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The V8 on the 4th gen is fantastic. Passes everything but gas stations. But, the fuel economy is not much worse than my 1st gen, 3.4 Tacoma.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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if you're above the height of the average female, dont get a sunroof. I regret it dearly.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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if you're above the height of the average female, dont get a sunroof. I regret it dearly.
Glad I did not get one. Amazing how much headroom they take up.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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Glad I did not get one. Amazing how much headroom they take up.
granted im 6'8" but all i need is one more inch and my neck would be so much better. Im cutting up my seat brackets this weekend, hoping that helps.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:26 PM   #8
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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Best 4runner & options

The runner would mostly be used as a taxi & grocery getter. But i live 1/2 mile off pavement & need to use 4wd everyday in the winter to get up my mountain road. My wife would be the primary driver & likes comfort & accessories. We would use it as a daily driver, for camping trips & off road trail trips once a year. My wife drives a grand cherokee, 4.0 select trac now, but has driven a f350 crew cab 8ft bed for 3 years in the past. She is 5'8", & i am shorter than her so head room is not a issue. i was thinking maybe a 2001-2004 with 85k or less miles. I do like the 3rd gen. Option suggestions & problems/things to look out for would also help.
Redfox your video is great. Who is she?
Any other advise would be appreciated
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #10
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3rd or 4th gen advise

Anyone else?
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
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Definitely 3rd gen, unless you want a V8. Look for a 3rd gen with an e-locker.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:18 PM   #12
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I probably am going to go with a v6.
My wife and i took a 2000 sport with the 3.4 (auto) for a ride this weekend.
She was not impressed with the power.
The last 4runner we had only had 3.0, but due to the 5 speed seemed more peppy. So it looks like we have it narrowed down to the 4.0.
Can i get some help with the best year & options, & what to look out for when buying? Thx for the help.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #13
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I probably am going to go with a v6.
My wife and i took a 2000 sport with the 3.4 (auto) for a ride this weekend.
She was not impressed with the power.
The last 4runner we had only had 3.0, but due to the 5 speed seemed more peppy. So it looks like we have it narrowed down to the 4.0.
Can i get some help with the best year & options, & what to look out for when buying? Thx for the help.
I'd start searchin' over here: http://www.toyota-4runner.org/4th-gen-t4rs/

A wealth of info
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:56 AM   #14
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Thx. Ill check it out.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:33 AM   #15
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Depends on how much you want to spend! 4th Gen is very very nice, my wife drives one and I love that thing. V6 has tons of power and has a timing chain instead of a belt so maintenance is much less. It's bigger and has more room for whatever you put in it. But they are much more pricy than a 3rd Gen. If you are tight on money, or want to mod it right away 3rd Gens are still great rigs, just a little slower and a little smaller. I am getting ready to build a 3rd Gen because I don't want to spend the money on the 4th Gen and then have no bidget for mods...
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:28 AM   #16
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Thx mojave.
From 1 mad man to another.
My wife and i drove a 3rd gen '02 with the 3.4.
It was automatic and did not have much pick-up at all.
It will be her DD, so that deal was squashed.
We had a 3.0, but had a 5 speed, & had much more get up & go.
Do u have a stick? Do they have much more pick-up than the auto?
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #17
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I have owned both. The 4th gen is better to live with as a DD.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:25 PM   #18
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I have owned both. The 4th gen is better to live with as a DD.
Anything i should look out for?
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If you want a V6 get 05+ they have 5 speed auto vs 4speed. 06+ gets a body refresh. As far as problems to look out for. I haven't encountered any. Upgrade the suspension to Bilstein 5100s and it should be on par with your TRD, minus the LSD.
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Buddy has a 3rd gen limited . Those leather seats are the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in . Ever.
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