Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner

2003 Toyota 4Runner
List price range
$5,995 - $9,995

Pros

  • Powerful V6 engine, rugged off-road capabilities, many standard and optional features.

Cons

  • No third-row seat, cargo capacity isn't much more than what many compact SUVs offer.

Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner for Sale

Toyota 4Runner 2003 Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
142,116 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
Limited
List$9,995
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
142,849 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Dealer Notes
Fully Detailed, 6 Speakers, Cassette, Cloth Bucket Seats, Driver door bin, Outside temperature display, Overhead console, Power steering, Power windows, Remote keyless entry, Tachometer, Trip computer. Odometer is 22842 miles below market average! Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Clean CARFAX. White 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive
Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
171,801 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
Ace Motors LLC
27.3 mi away
List$5,999
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Dealer Notes
You will instantly feel at home once you step into this Toyota 4Runner. It is a super clean one-owner SUV, one of the best that we have ever seen. We have confirmed that the previous owner was not a smoker. Anything meant to stand the test of time must first be built upon a solid foundation. Without a shred of doubt, we guarantee that this vehicle's foundation has not been compromised by any structural damage. Overall, the exterior is in really good shape with just a few insignificant blemishes in the finish that aren't even noticeable from a short distance. This interior has wear but is 'cleaner than a whistle' with no stains, tears, or rips. Want a CARFAX%3F Not an issue%2521 We supply a free report with all of our vehicles. Let the CARFAX report prove to you that this is a one owner SUV. Be sure to ask us about our optional extended warranty packages that are available and at very affordable prices. We are only minutes away from Brandy Station, stop by and visit us today. USED CARS UNDER %252410,000 4 Wheel Drive,4WD/AWD,AM/FM Stereo,Adjustable Seats,Adjustable Steering,Air Bag%28s,Air Conditioning,Anti-Lock Brakes,Automatic Headlights,Body Side Moulding,CD Player,Cargo Area Cover,Cargo Area Tiedowns,Cassette Player,Child Proof Locks,Child Safety Door Locks,Cloth Upholstery,Cruise Control,Electronic Brake Assistance,Fog Lights,Fold Down Rear Seat,Front Air Dam,Front Power Lumbar Support,Full Carpeting,Full Size Spare Tire,Heated Mirror%28s,Interval Wipers,Keyless Entry,Limited Slip,Locking Differential,Map Light,Power Brakes,Power Locks,Power Mirror%28s,Power Mirrors,Power Steering,Power Windows,Premium Wheels,Rear Defroster,Rear Window Defroster,Rear Window Wiper,Rear Wiper,Running Boards,Second Row Folding Seat,Security System,Side Airbags,Skid Plate,Splash Guards,Stability Control,Sunroof,Tachometer,Telescopic Steering Column,Tinted Glass,Tow Hitch Receiver,Traction Control,Trip Computer
Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
131,646 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
List$6,990
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Dealer Notes
After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Brand new on our lot, we have a BEAUTIFUL, 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5! This 4Runner is white, sitting on black painted alloy wheels with GREAT tread on the tires, tinted windows for privacy, and is matched inside with a CLEAN gray cloth interior! Powered by 4.7L V8 motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is equipped with a selectable 4wd mode! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, built in sunroof, and that's only the beginning! Premium JBL Synthesis surround sound speaker system, with aftermarket AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 playback capable, blue-tooth capable, built in auxiliary and USB cord hook ups, and even has a built in SD card slot! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss your chance to own this IMMACULATE, 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5!
Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
157,514 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
List$7,789
Est.Loan: $159/mo
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
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Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
175,703 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
ListNot Listed
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Dealer Notes
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
150,138 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
(1)
Malloy Toyota
38.4 mi away
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Toyota 4Runner 2003 SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
121,440 miles
Used 2003
Toyota 4Runner
SR5
ListNot Listed
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Dealer Notes
2003 Toyota 4Runner Titanium Metallic 4D Sport Utility 4WD 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive Odometer is 42278 miles below market average! 17/20mpg Jones Junction is proud to announce that 2018 marks their 101st consecutive year as a family-run automotive business serving the Harford County and surrounding Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware communities. The Jones family believes their success lies in focU dedication to hard work and integrity. Their goal is not simply to sell a car; it is to create a lifelong partnership with their customers. All prices plus Taxes, Tags, and $300 Dealer Processing fee, not required by law, Feel free to visit us at WWW.JONESJUNCTION.COM, or come by today at 1713 Harford Rd Fallston, MD. 21047.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 4Runner legend continues. This is one of the best midsize SUVs for 2003.

vehicle overview

After keeping the 4Runner in its current form for nearly 10 years, Toyota will introduce a fully redesigned version for the '03 model year. Few technical details are known, but the design is said to be radically different from the current model.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Toyota 4Runner.

BEST OF THE BEST
techman8, 1/27/2015
I've been a mechanic for almost a decade and my opinion of the 4th Generation 4runner is ..IF YOU HAVE ONE, KEEP IT. These things are incredibly well built. Toyota is know as the all-around most reliable brand amongst cars worldwide but little did I know that buying a used 4runner with 230,000 miles would of taught me a lesson in how a true SUV should be. It's rock solid body-on-frame design is top notch. I also average an awesome 19 mpg/city which is really good for a heavy SUV. It's got all the power you want and delivers a great package of both handling, style, and comfort. I'm currently at 367,000 miles worry-free.
Best Car I've Ever Owned
abc66, 1/2/2012
As others have opined as well, this is the best car I have ever owned as well. At over 203,000 miles, it still runs better than some other SUVs I've owned have at 50,000. Have had no mechanical issues, and have only performed routine maintenance. The Edmunds reviewer who placed the lack of a third row seat as a con is a fool. An SUV isn't a mini-van/people mover first. It is a utility vehicle first, and cargo capacity is a higher priority than carrying over 5 people! With the rear seats folded down, which they do completely, there is a ton of storage capacity in the 4Runner. Not sure what compact SUV he was comparing to, but I've never seen one that has half as much capacity.
Solid
ABennett, 12/24/2015
166,000 miles and nothing has EVER gone wrong with the engine. All I have ever done is change the oil every 4,000 miles. Great car if it fits your needs.
230 thousand strong
viper driver, 12/23/2015
Great vehicle, the best I've owned in the past 32 years. I have the limited version. The all time 4WD (4 hi) is fantastic. Handles like a dream, have not been able to get it stuck yet (live in CA with frequent drives into OR and NV; avid skier in the Sierra Nevada's). Only issues are cosmetic; some of the backlighting behind the temperature controls has burned out, and there's a CD stuck in the CD player (with no way to get it out). Leather seats have held up well; but I'll need to have some stitching repaired on the driver's seat soon.
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
MPG
15 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
245 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
14 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
MPG
15 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 Toyota 4Runner
More About This Model

The fact that the 2003 4Runner represents the fourth generation of the nameplate says a lot about the popularity of Toyota's midsize SUV. With rugged good looks and true off-road capability, the 4Runner has earned a reputation as a stout no-nonsense sport-ute. While other SUVs in its class have evolved into kinder, gentler versions of their originals, the 4Runner has retained much of its truckish character.

This might seem like a misguided philosophy when you consider that few SUV owners actually go off-road, but Toyota looks at the situation a bit differently. It sees the 4Runner's all-terrain capability as a selling point over its rivals. If you want a "soft roader," there are plenty to choose from (the Toyota Highlander being a convenient suggestion). But if you want a real sport-utility, the 4Runner is still the real deal.

So when it came time to revamp its bread-and-butter sport-ute, Toyota stuck to the same game plan that has served it well since the 4Runner's introduction way back in '84 — keep it off-road-worthy, good-looking and built to last. After our brief introductory test drive, we would consider it "mission accomplished." It still tackles trails with ease, has plenty of eye-catching lines and looks to be put together as sturdily as any 4Runner before it. Factor in the larger interior, more powerful engines and numerous passenger amenities, and it looks as though the 4Runner's popularity will be secure for many years to come.

Previous-generation 4Runners gained a strong reputation for their stout V6s and durable four-cylinders. But increased competition within the ranks of midsize SUVs and dwindling sales of four-cylinder models forced Toyota to rethink the 4Runner's drivetrain options. For 2003, the weak 183-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 has been replaced by a new 4.0-liter V6, while an optional 4.7-liter V8 has been added.

The 4.0-liter V6 is an all-new engine design that incorporates some firsts for a Toyota truck. It's the company's first all-aluminum truck engine, the first truck engine to make use of Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and the first Toyota truck engine to employ a variable intake manifold. The results are impressive: 245 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 283 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. The engine is also LEV-certified and boasts significantly reduced amounts of lead to make it more recyclable in the future.

The optional 4.7-liter V8 is not quite as new, but it is no less deserving of mention. Debuting in the Tundra pickup in 2000, the iForce V8 has gained a reputation as one of the smoothest, most refined eight-cylinders ever to grace the engine bay of a pickup. Generating 235 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 320 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm, the iForce engine offers slightly less horsepower but significantly more torque for those who need the extra grunt for towing.

The biggest news for V8 buyers is the introduction of an all-new five-speed automatic transmission — another first for a Toyota truck. It features slightly lower gearing overall than the previous four-speed, but a taller overdrive gear for better highway mileage. All V6-equipped models retain the same four-speed automatic used on the previous model.

Both engines move the truck out quickly, with the differences in their torque production barely apparent. The new V6 is as smooth as the buttery V8, with the slightly higher pitch of its exhaust the only hint of its smaller displacement. We expect most buyers will be perfectly happy with the power and performance of the six-cylinder, but for those who would like the added punch of the V8, the iForce is a gem of an engine that performs flawlessly.

Building on the 4Runner's reputation as a capable off-road machine, all 2003 4WD 4Runners get redesigned transfer cases and a new Torsen limited-slip center differential — the first of its kind used in a midsize SUV. This differential can alter the bias of the available engine power between three different settings depending on which wheels have the most traction. Four-wheel-drive models with the V6 engine come equipped with a shift-on-the-fly multimode system that offers both two- and four-wheel drive, while all V8-equipped models feature a full-time four-wheel-drive system. Both systems use dash-mounted switches for activation and both offer a fully "locked" mode that locks the center differential for maximum traction in difficult terrain.

Also new for 2003 is the addition of a standard Downhill Assist Control (DAC) system on all 4WD models and a Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system on both two- and four-wheel-drive models. The DAC system integrates the brakes, electronic throttle control and active wheel speed sensors to maintain a slow and steady descent on tricky downhill sections. The HAC system uses control of the brakes to keep the vehicle from sliding backward on an ascent between the time you let off the brakes and apply the throttle.

We sampled variably equipped 4Runners on moderately challenging logging roads as well as a few steep, muddy pitches to test all the new hardware. Not surprisingly, the higher-speed logging roads were tackled without much drama. We never sensed the workings of the torsen differential but we did instigate a couple beeper warnings from the standard stability and traction control systems. The steeper, more difficult sections required the full capabilities of the new sport-ute, but after multiple passes of the same gnarly terrain, we were duly impressed with the 4Runner's adept hill climbing ability as well as its slow, well-controlled pace down the same treacherous route. Hard core off-roaders should take note, however, that the maximum ground clearance is now just 9.1-inches, slightly less than the previous model.

Back on more civilized terrain, we were able to appreciate some of the 4Runner's other notable improvements. The frame now employs fully boxed side rails that significantly increase torsional rigidity. This has eliminated much of the body flex that gave the previous version such a sloppy ride on the highway. Also new are optional X-REAS (Diagonally Linked Relative Absorber System) shocks and a rear air suspension. The X-REAS system connects diagonally opposed shocks to help quell body roll in turns, while the air suspension (only available on V8 Limited models) uses air bladders instead of traditional coil springs to maintain proper ride height when towing heavy loads (maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds). The air system can also raise the rear end an extra one and half inches for a better departure angle and lower three quarters of an inch for easier trailer hookup.

Pushing a sport-utility hard through the turns on public roads isn't exactly our preferred test method regardless of what new fangled suspension it has, but our less taxing maneuvers indicated that the X-REAS shocks kept the substantial sport-ute well under control. The lack of an unhitched ski boat lying around also prevented us from properly addressing the merits of the air suspension, but our experiences with similar systems in the past have proven them to be quite helpful when it comes to maintaining a safe ride height when towing.

With all the mechanicals out of the way, we turned our attention to what probably matters the most in the grand scheme of things — the interior. The 2003 4Runner features a much improved cabin that benefits immensely from the vehicle's larger overall size. The longer wheelbase (up 4 1/2 inches) and increased width (2 1/2 inches) result in more interior room in nearly every dimension. Front and rear legroom are up by 2 and 1 1/2 inches respectively, while shoulder and hiproom have increased between 4 and 5 inches front and rear. The effect will be quite noticeable for anyone used to the cramped feeling of the previous version, as 4Runner's cabin now feels like the more spacious interiors of its newer competitors.

The overall design of the interior is both aesthetically pleasing and seriously functional. The large analog gauges are easy to read at a glance and the center stack controls have been kept neat and well within reach. The console features numerous storage bins of varying sizes and well-placed cupholders right at your side. Our only major complaint concerns the climate controls. Although they look like traditional dial controls, they work more like joysticks, requiring you to press the pad in the direction of your preferred vent location or temperature. They felt cheap on our preproduction prototype and weren't exactly the easiest things to work — we would much prefer plain old dials any day.

Another aspect of the interior that might be cause for concern for some buyers is rear cargo room. With a maximum cargo capacity of just 75.1 cubic feet, the 4Runner still lags behind the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Dodge Durango which offer 88, 85 and 88 cubic feet respectively. Toyota isn't completely oblivious to this fact as the company offers a foldable cargo shelf that allows for two-tiered loading, but it hardly makes up for the deficiency.

Oh, and to those hoping for a third-row seat, it doesn't have one of those either. According to Toyota representatives, the typical 4Runner buyer isn't looking for a family vehicle as much as he is a capable sport-utility, so the third-row seat option was nixed. With the limited space available we hardly blame them, but considering that nearly every new midsize sport-ute on the market is finding a way to offer this option, the 4Runner might suffer in head-to-head comparisons without it.

There are three distinct trim levels depending on your appetite for gadgetry and/or larger monthly payments. All trim levels offer both two- or four-wheel drive and either the V6 or V8 power plants. The SR5 continues as the entry-level model, and the Limited remains the top-of-the-line version. A new Sport Edition slots between the two.

Standard features on the SR5 include gray metallic fender flares and body cladding, ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), automatic climate control with rear vents, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer and full skid plate protection, among other things.

Stepping up to the Sport Edition adds larger 17-inch wheels and tires; the X-REAS shocks; a hood scoop; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with satellite stereo and cruise controls; high-contrast seat fabrics and color-keyed exterior mirrors.

High-dollar Limited models ditch the gray body cladding in favor of more subtle color-keyed panels along with illuminated running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-trimmed interior, rear-seat audio controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and special Granite or Silver interior trim.

Additional options for all models include JBL sound systems with up to 10 speakers, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system, a power sunroof, front and rear side curtain airbags, and a color-keyed spoiler.

Needless to say, the '03 4Runner stacks up favorably against just about any other midsize sport-ute on the market when it comes to creature comforts and standard equipment. Add in the powerful new engines, advanced vehicle control systems and stout underpinnings, and there's little doubt this 4Runner will uphold the legacy of the numerous 4Runners before it.

Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner Overview

The Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), Sport Edition Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A), Sport Edition Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), and Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner?

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Price comparisons for Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 is priced between $5,995 and$7,789 with odometer readings between 131646 and171801 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Toyota 4Runner Limited is priced between $9,995 and$9,995 with odometer readings between 142116 and142116 miles.

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