Hello. I am contemplating buying a 2003 V6 4Runner Limited 4WD. I wanted to see what types of problems/issues I should be on the lookout with an 03 like this. The dealership agreed to let the 4Runner be taken into a service shop and have a pre-purchase check done. Will a Toyota service shop be able to find any glaring issues with the truck?Here is the car listed for sale at the dealership. They have been very straight forward with answers to my questions and the fact they would let it be checked out by a Toyota service technician makes me feel good as well.http://www.cedarautogroup.com/2496/2003-Toyota-4Runner-LIMITEDThey also provided the AutoCheck report and it lists a few different items that concern me. I think the car had an exhaust problem (I first saw this in the Carfax report.) It was replaced though and the emissions inspection then passed.https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0 /?ui=2&ik=05c84d313f&view=att&th=138b0c2f88df00ec&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_h4yogkdv0&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9vaa9KUvGprsxS7HmErm6K&sadet=1342995518913&sads=eYVT9qCfOAD8xqzcvdxKCB5nWN8&sadssc=1Basically I want to get some input on if this car could be a good decision and what would be some glaring issues for this model that a Toyota pre-purchase check could find.Thanks for the help!Charlie
Country: United StatesMake: ToyotaModel: 4Runner LimitedYear: 2003Engine: V6
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The vehicle you are purchasing is generally reliable. The problems I have observed from my experience working on similar vehicles every day were noisy suspension and noise in general. This can be tested for in a simple test drive. Also make sure that when you press the brakes that there is no vibration and that the vehicle does not veer into one direction. Drive the vehicle up to 50 miles per hour before purchasing the vehicle to make sure that the conditions that I mentioned are not there.
As for a more thorough inspection, check all electronics, make sure everything works, make sure all windows open,all doors open, make sure all gauges work. Make sure the sliding roof works. make sure all electric seats work. It is highly recommended that you take it to toyota for a pre-purchase inspection, that way you'll know exactly what the vehicle needs prior to purchase.
I could not view the car fax report, Could you attach it at www.mediafire.com and send me a link?
I'm still trying to attach it to media fire but ill try sending you a link now to it while I attempt to connect it.
I checked the car fax, I am not too alarmed by the emissions failure and the exhaust repair. It is normal that vehicles fail the emissions test and it looks like the vehicle passed the test twice after that repair, initially and then 7 months later with another owner so I wouldn't be alarmed by that.
Inspect the items that I mentioned and see what the pre-purchase inspection say.
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Thanks AMD. This is all making me feel a bit better. I had one last batch of questions for you. If I get the pre-purchase check done, will the Toyota dealer be honest with me knowing that I would be purchasing the 4Runner from another car lot? I don't think they would deceitful but it's something I have wondered about.
Hello again Charlie,
I want you to ask all the questions that you have, My job is answer all your questions and I fully understand the frustration of buying a car and I want you to be well informed and as comftrable as possible with the purchase.
Now since you are not buying the vehicle from the dealership that will do the inspection they will be completely honest with everything, The dealership might exaggerate the needed repairs at some point but they will give you the list of repairs needed to bring the vehicle to a brand new condition so their list might be big, here's what I suggest. Get the list from the dealership and analyze it I can help with that too.
Your vehicle has not timing belt so you shouldn't worry about this. After you purchase the vehicle take it to your local toyota dealership. Have them do an oil change and inspect the tirs,brakes and suspension. Every car needs repairs but if you keep fixing everything it will never end, so I suggest you start with the basic maintenance and safety items. If your tires,brakes and\or suspension needed attention then take care of it since that's a safety concern. Then check your drive belts, check all the fluid levels and top off as needed. then drive the vehicle for 3 months, See what concerns you have with the vehicle, do you hear any noises?Do you have any problems? And go from there with repairs. A typical brake job at a dealership would be around 250-300, if you needed rotors that will add another 200 dollars. A typical oil change would be around 30-40 dollars.
Let me know if you need my opinion on what the dealership finds on the pre-purchase inspection.
That sounds good! I am just trying to gather as much information as possible on this car because my buying situation is slightly odd. I live in Colorado and I will be purchasing this 4Runner in Ohio. This is the only 4WD V6 in the current condition/mileage that fits my budget.
Well since the dealership that is selling the vehicle is cooperative then that's a good indication of their good business, I would definitely ask them to have the dealership test drive the vehicle. Make a deal with them where you will pay a fee for the inspection if you buy the vehicle or not, that way the dealership will do a proper inspection and not a free one.
If it's possible I would say that you are present when the dealership does the pre-purchase inspection, And before the pre-purchase inspection drive the vehicle yourself, If you don't like the way it drives and you see signs of issues then that right there might pull the deal off to begin with, I know it's a long shot but you might want to consider it.
Did you try www.craigslist.org to look for local 4runners?
I have searched it and pickings are just kinda slim in my area/state. Anything that looks close to what I want is over priced etc..
OK i see.
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