Originally Posted by HB Taco
Another stealership nightmare. $1100 maybe isn't too bad. IDK I have a SC on my wishlist and I was quoted $1700 for install by my local idiots. I feel confident I could do but would like someone with experience (on SC install) to assist. You would still have to have it reflashed by the dealer. Anyone know how much that is? What did the kit cost BTW? Congrats on getting it done. How do you like it? stupid question More important you have to run super right and how about MPG (after you run a few tanks and are not getting into the boost all the time - which we know thats going to happen)? IE if you drive normal does it suck more fuel?
Unfortunately, the nightmare didn't end when I went to pickup the truck on Tuesday. I specifically asked the tech to ensure that the coolant hoses were secure and had zero leaks. He assured me after driving it nearly 20 miles and checking everything that it didn't leak and I was ready to take it home. So I drove it home and parked it in the garage. It was later in the evening so I waited until the morning to really check it out in the garage. When I went into my garage to pop the hood I noticed about a quart of coolant on the floor
I started checking the hoses and I saw where it was coming from. The bottom (and top) ports on the coolant reservoir were leaking. They were secured with pressure clamps. I had a screw clamp in my work shop so I secured the hose with a screw clamp and it stopped the leak. I then had to use my wife's 4runner to pick up another gallon of the "super pink" stuff at the dealership (another $28). Refilled the reservoir and then I started really looking over the work. My fan shroud was missing the top two bolts. It's being held on by the plastic clips. You can easily flap it back-n-forth. I then notice a few washers on my skid plate. Unreal....Just about this time the phone rings and it's a survey of the dealership (since this was my first trip there). What a coincidence...The person was actually very polite and stated more than once this will go to upper management. Besides the bait-n-switch price issue, I had coolant leaking, bolts missing, extra washers on my skid plate. The coolant plumbing could have been neater as well (but it is functional). I got the Service director of the dealership and after I just explained everything told me he would like to make amends. He was going to send a tech out to my house (it's about 1.5 hours away with traffic). I told him I'd rather not have the techs touch the truck anymore and I'm more than capable of putting screws back. In the end, he is shipping the bolts, another gallan of pink stuff (which I will return and get my money back at the other dealership), a free oil change (I use amsoil and like I'd ever drive way out there for an oil change), a free buff-n-wax (I'll use this as a regift for someone), a plea to give them a second chance for my next vehicle purchase. I will say he went out of his way to help make up for all the mistakes. He also said the service guy quoting me prices is on his way out (which is NMP, and he still represents the dealership). On the subject of the leaking clamps..I explained to him I had a copy of the install instructions and it is clearly printed as well as pictures in the guide explaining to use the screw clamps on the reservoir and the pressure clamps on the in/out ports on the SC (mine are reversed). Apparently Toyota had a reason for using the screw clamps and I can tell you the pressure clamps were not sealing the hose to the port. I then told him for their next SC install the tech should read the manual (I wanted to say RTFM, but I controlled myself).
Now that it's not leaking and I had a chance to drive it, I really enjoy it. We have a very large hill on a highway going towards my house. Cops have vascar on the side going down but nothing going up the hill. I caught myself laughing last night when I punched it going up the hill. I can't say before having the SC (and the hundreds of times going up that hill) I ever laughed. That sums up how I feel about it
I had an SC in my 2000 and that felt more power sooner than this one does. If you drive it easy and keep it below about 2200 the SC really doesn't kick in (and my milage is showing that). It's only at about 2500 and up that the invisible hand at your back is pushing you and your face starts to crack a smile.
My tires where the biggest hit to my MPG so far. I filled up my tank and reset my trip meter so I'll post what I'm seeing later this week. I also realize the ECU will continue to learn so my MPG may get better after a few tanks.
None of the dealers would match trdparts4u's price. I got the SC and fit kit delivered for $3890. I've purchased a lot of items from trdparts4u and I'm very happy with their service and prices. For 5K (with stealership installation) it's a pretty steep price compared to the 3.4 SC kit. This is my third second gen (2005, 2009, 2011) truck and every since the 05 I've always told myself I would get an SC. Something always came up, kids need something, house needs something, spent the money on lift kits and tires, kids are eating more...you get the idea. I pulled the trigger when I finally had saved up a 100 here and there for the past 2 years and did the bucket list. I'm not getting any younger and when I laughed out loud to myself last night going up the hill, it made the wait worth it.
Good luck with your build. This site has some of the best advice/info on our trucks anywhere.