2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8 from North America
The best truck/SUV I have ever driven
I've had no problems, with the vehicle, during the first 1500 km of use.
I purchased this vehicle for my weekend adventure trips, which means driving on bad roads and highways. It has surpassed my expectations, and is really fun to drive in poor conditions.
I chose the V8 option, for the full-time 4WD. It easily handled a foot of fresh snow on top of ice over a 40 mile stretch without any problems.
The electronic stability assistance does an excellent job of helping to keep the vehicle pointed straight while on icy roads.
The gas mileage has been lower than I expected, earning only 18 MPG combined city/highway.
The climate control functions are clumsy, and a bit difficult to operate without staring at them while driving.
There are no warning bells if you leave the headlights on and exit the vehicle. This has been a standard feature on most vehicles for 15+ years, so I'm surprised it's not on this vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st November, 2004
25th Aug 2005, 10:07
I am getting a 2004 or 2005. You are the 2nd person mentioning the lights on warning bell. Is it possible that this model now has the auto-off light feature, hence no need for the alarm? Can't believe Toyota would leave that off, even my 1997 4Runner has it.
23rd Jan 2006, 20:48
I work for Toyota. Any Toyota equipped with an "Auto" feature on its lights will turn off the headlights with a delayed timer when set in "auto" mode. If you have the light switch in the regular on mode, they will turn off as soon as the driver's door is opened. No need for the "on" chime on these models. If the vehicle doesn't have an "auto" mode, then they are equipped with a warning chime.