2004 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 Sport Edition V6 from North America
This vehicle is highly recommended
Vehicle is brand new still, but thought I would let people know this vehicle is an improvement over previous 4 Runners. There is nearly 100 more horsepower over previous models.
Only one minor problem has been noticed. The roof rack adjustment screws can work themselves loose and must be checked periodically for tightness. Failure to do so results in clanking noises at highway speeds.
Previously I drove a 92 4Runner and upgraded in 2004. The 04 vehicle is much better and drives more like a car. The suspension is very tight and steering is easy. The only negative is visibility out the side rear windows is somewhat challenging. Toyota has placed mirrors in the rear inside corners of the vehicle to help with driver sight. This helps somewhat.
The factory tires do not grip the road that well.
The seats are comfortable and the rear passengers have more leg room than previous models.
The oil filter is much easier to access than old models. Access is available under the hood and the filter is inverted with no obstructions.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2004
Considering the added weight, this is barely a minimum to expect. The japenese figures about HP is under revision at the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineer). Simply put, a 235HP Dodge 4.7L will leave in the dust a 300HP Toyota because the available power is obtained at lower RPM. So far, Toyota uses lower gearing to compensate for the lack of torque and HP. Basicaly, compared to a Jeep, more ground clearance is needed in the rough since momentum is hard to achieve.
2004 4Runner Sport is the second best vehicle I ever owned, the first is a 1999 4Runner.
The only reason the 2004 is not the best yet: it still has many more miles to put on it with no problems to compare with the 1999 that never had any problems.
Best vehicles, period TOYOTA!
I also had an 1982 Honda Civic, also an unbelievably great car. The worst are Chrysler and Ford, speaking from experience.