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Pros: DurabilityGreat Vehicle in Excellent condition
Pros: the v8 engine
Cons: gas milageGreat car
Pros: Selectable 4 WD
Cons: Plastic Fenders (Bumpers)
Advice: Go for itOverall good car. However, Toyota needs to re-think the Driver's seat, as it's difficult to find a good position on long drives. Telescopic steering wheel would be good. Engine is very responsive and braking is good (V6). I have the third row seats, which give ample space to teenages, full size adults would be a tight fit. Another Toyota quirk, you can't get sunroof with 3rd row seats... god only knows why and Toyota!!! Only one issue, a 4x4 with plastic bumpers??? I always envy the Chevy and GMC owners for their Metal fenders. This is the only major flaw I could find on this car. I love this SUV, great for drives on crowded highways besides semis, etc. on I-95, you feel safe and have the power to overtake. This car is very smooth, even at 80 MPH you will not feel any engine noise or vibration. However with the roof rails you will hear a lot of wind noise. Gas milage is ok, realistically you'll get 10 to 12 miles / gallon if you use only within city and your house is close (1 to 2 mi) to work. On the highway, I've clocked upto 24 mpg, if I watch the speedo (don't go over 70 mph), beyond 70 mph the consumption goes up again, however I've never got below 21 mpg on highway drives.
Pros: Limited came standard with locking differential
Cons: Gas milage
Advice: Test drive the V6 model first, if torque is not an issue.Bought the V8 model and maybe it is a little harsh in the gas department but I love it. This truck does everything that the Land Rover does for a cheaper price and from what I have heard, much more reliable.
Pros: the tight handling
Cons: haven't discovered anything
Advice: Opt for the Sport edition over the plain SR5. By the time you rig the SR5 to looks its best its as much as the SportThis SUV is the perfect fit. I didn't want something that felt like a tank on the road and I didn't want one of those SUV's that's really a car 'disquised' as an SUV. I handles beautifully and I love the tight turn and manuevering ability it has.The Sport edition is the best buy in my opinion for someone who wants some USEFUL extras.
Pros: car like excelleration
Cons: cloth seats
Advice: buy this car but opt for the leather if you can afford 1k more.I purchased a 2004 v8 sport edition last year (nov) and absolutely love it. If you want a 4x4 with sport car handling and ride this the one. I have had zero problems with it what so ever. I have a cadillac escalade as well and the 4runner drives smoother and is more responsive. i would recommend the leather for 1k more.
Advice: Buy one, it's worth it.I drove it, I like it, and now I got it.