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TOYOTA QUALITY!! THE BEST REAL SUV!!!
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By dwillix
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The 4Runner is the best of the best in terms of a true off road SUV!! It has a super smooth ride and the styling is awesome. This is the best vehicle I've ever owned! I have just over 50K miles on it now and get 20+ MPG overall! Goes great in snow, sand, over large hills - and on the road! A must buy if you're looking for a great SUV!!!


Favorite Features

The ride - very smooth. Offroad capability - unmatched! Styling. Legendary Toyota quality and reliability!


Suggested Improvements

Can't think of a thing!!


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Best SUV made for the price
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By John Rawlings
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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This is a high-end vehicle for a mid- range price. I purchased my 4-runner brand new and 63,000 miles later have only one regret. This truck was not the best design for tall people but ok with the floor position for the seat completely back. Not much ceiling clearance either. Now with that said the Toyota 4- runner deserves recognition as a premier SUV by which all others should be judged. Large enough for a family of 4 to take on vacation, convenient roof racks ,and equipped with a powerful 4.0L engine that can effortlessly take you anywhere. Toyota has always impressed me with quality control that is unparalleled by any auto maker in for comparatively priced vehicles.


Favorite Features

Rugged, attractive, sporty exterior design. Comfortable interior, user friendly instrument placement. Very safe. Equipped with a durable chassis & suspension. The ample 245 HP engine makes it a pleasure to drive (up mountains with little effort). The fuel efficiency is above average for the vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

Add 6" of length for leg room evenly split front to back. Add 1.5" of headroom. Change absolutely nothing else!


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Bulletproof...
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By keokisan
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Great overall vehicle! 4x4 in snow EXCELLENT! Rides better than C-Class Benz. Ended up selling Benz was driving my SR5 90% of the time. Took a road trip from Seattle to Santa Monica and it drove like a DREAM. I have owned many, many vehicles. My advise: "GET YOUR HANDS ON A TOYOTA"! My 2005 looks brand new, gas, oil and scheduled maint. is all I do. It NEVER FAILED, EVER... Just gas and oil.


Favorite Features

Handling/ride, Reliability, Fit & finish, 4x4 is the REAL DEAL! No wonder these vehicles hold 'book' so well.


Suggested Improvements

If you have a lead-foot it will cost you dearly! Drive easy = 18mpg OVERALL at best. The 7 seat configuration is ok for kids(in back) but not for long treks. When the extra seats are in their 'up/stowed' position, it KILLS visibility!


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67,000 mile review
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By t h a m
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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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After driving 4.5 years I figured I would write another review w/ reliability notes. Following service manual to a T and everything is running fine other than my sunroof which broke wide open at 55k mi with a $2400 replacement bill that I did not fix (just got it closed). Computer read out says I'm averaging 20.3 mpg but it's 10% off so actual is 18 mpg - reasonable for a body on frame SUV. Replaced tires at 40k from dealer oem's to Mich Cross Terrains - nice improvement. At 6'3", head and leg room are just adequate. 2 prong outlet is great, but only 1 12v is not. Front passenger space is small - friends ride knees up at 6'1". Good truck overall and would recommend to friends/family.


Favorite Features

'Yota's ability to have a body on frame, live rear axle, truck style SUV that gives toughness and offroad ability while still delivering a smooth and quiet ride with acceptable mpg. Excellent reliability reviews are why I purchased it, and so far the reviews were correct. No major mechan. issues.


Suggested Improvements

High floor and low roof equals short interior space, broken sunroof under normal operation, tranny revs like it's in neutral on occasion (diagnosis said nothing wrong), stank exhaust odor with rear window down, "nose to the ground" factory look - had to add a front spacer to level out vehicle.


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Best Buy Ever
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By 4Runner man
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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my 4runner Limited 2wd certified vech, I have had this vech for six months, the more I drive it the more I like it. My Limited came with all the features, JBL sound system, Nav system, rear camera, driver and passenger air bags, sunroof, night time rear view mirror, compast, 17 inch rims, running (lit) boards. The ride is smooth and swift, runs on regular unleaded, gets 18mpg in the city and 24 on the hwy. I have put six thousands trouble free miles on this vech, maints is low change the oil and drive, I live in the land of Cars Los Angeles, You name it we drive it and still prefer my 4runner Limited because it fits in every where from Beverly Hills to beaches of Malibu.


Favorite Features

Nav system, sound system, back up camera, heated seats


Suggested Improvements

none


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Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned
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By 1Happy Camper
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car new in 2005 and I couldn't be happier. I travel a lot for work and put a great deal of miles on this truck. Other than replacing the tires at 90K miles (yep, you heard right, 90K miles) and a new set of front brakes, I have not had a single thing go wrong with this vehicle. If you're in the market for a good looking, dependable SUV then the 4Runner is a great deal.


Favorite Features

Steering wheel audio control, fold- flat back seats, smooth ride.


Suggested Improvements

Interior lighting is less than adequate, driver's seat is not that comfortable on long trips.


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Not too bad for the money
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By suishin
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I was very happy when the first two year. Everything goes downhill when I took it off road once. Bad gas mileage. Used to be combination of local and highway got me 22-24. As now with only 40,000 miles on it gives only 16-17. And cd player went out at 35,999 mile. Not just that, the tire sensor went out too.


Favorite Features

great body type style


Suggested Improvements

need quality improvement


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How to make this great ride work for you
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By Nathan M.
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I shopped every SUV on the market and after multiple years of ownership I feel qualified to give this vehicle the review it deserves. There were a few drawbacks to this vehicle when comparing it to others, but I've come up with a few work-arounds: Cargo Space - lower than most SUV's this is easily and inexpensively fixed with the addition of a roof box or hitch mounted rack / storage. Leather Seats - a dealer add on! Confusing 4wd system - just earmark the page the description is on. Once you figure out when to drop it into Lo / lock the center differential / etc., you're going to love driving this thing in the snow. Dash - You'll get use to function over form.


Favorite Features

4 Wheel Drive - great in rain and snow. Functionality - it can go anywhere. Gas Mileage - glad I stayed away from the Jeep!


Suggested Improvements

More aggressive styling.


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Love'n it
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By 4Runner man
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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I traded my 2000 4runner limited for the 2005 2WD Limited I have to say this vehicle is by far the best vehicle I have owned, a nav system, 10 speaker sound system, leather heated seats, a back up camera, power moon roof 17 mpg city 23 hwy, and a ride that is excellent. 245 hp, a tow package (5000 lbs) well you get the picture, love everything about my 4runner. Oh it comes with 4 different airbags. Plan on keep it for a long time. Oh yeah it runs on regular unleaded fuel, yahoo!!!


Favorite Features

The nav system, sound system, mpg, ride.


Suggested Improvements

MP3 hook-up


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Best Mid-Sized SUV on Market!
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By klegg
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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I've read most of the posts here, and most of positive ones are right on. We have the 2005 v8 4x4, and it's exceeded our expectations. Plenty of power, interior room is good and the height-adjustable driver seat is very comfortable and accommodates a variety of body types. Towing our 2300 lb popup camper from Denver to Page AZ with climate control gave us 16mpg at average of 65mph! That's pretty good! Control layout is very good. MPG in town has been a consistent 17, and we've had as much as 24 on highway. It's been as bad as 16, but if you don't drive it like you stole it, it will easily do 18.


Favorite Features

5 speed automatic, room in front, 17" wheels, v8 power. 3rd row seat is great for kids.


Suggested Improvements

Visibility out back is limited with 3rd row seat deployed.


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