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NEED ADVISE-3rd or 4th GEN BETTER?

Discussion in '4Runners' started by Mad Man Marty, May 15, 2013.

  1. Mad Man Marty

    Mad Man Marty [OP] Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. JWaldz

    JWaldz Well-Known Member

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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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    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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    if you're above the height of the average female, dont get a sunroof. I regret it dearly.
     
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    Redfox1 'Stralia! Riding Roo's and wrangling koalas

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    Advice
     
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    Glad I did not get one. Amazing how much headroom they take up.
     
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    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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    6'8" ??? :eek:



    freak.



    :D
     
  9. Mad Man Marty

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    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
     
  10. Mad Man Marty

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    Anyone else?
     
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    Definitely 3rd gen, unless you want a V8. Look for a 3rd gen with an e-locker.
     
  12. Mad Man Marty

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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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    I'd start searchin' over here: http://www.toyota-4runner.org/4th-gen-t4rs/

    A wealth of info
     
  14. Mad Man Marty

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    Thx. Ill check it out.
     
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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...
     
  16. Mad Man Marty

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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?
    Thx, marty
     
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    I have owned both. The 4th gen is better to live with as a DD.
     
  18. Mad Man Marty

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    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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