2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
This is my second 4Runner. My last one was a 2001, which in my opinion, is the best looking 4Runner made. The difference in some of the designs, especially getting away from the horrible ball joint design of the third gens, is a huge difference. The extra room is great for when the whole family is coming along or if you need to fill the back with stuff. The V8 is an amazing engine. I think it's the perfect balance of power/performance and gas mileage. Mileage isn't great by any stretch, but the power is worth it. I bought a V8 4X4 sport a few months ago with 186K miles. It drives and runs perfect. 4Runners build quality is like no other SUV. Both of the Runner's I've owned, the other had over 210K, have been solid and have never had issues. Only routine maintenance. I will drive this one until it literally falls apart or they put a V8, diesel or standard tranny in a new generation. The only thing I would change on my 4Runner are the HVAC controls. Adjusting the temp takes too long, everything else, they knocked out of the park.
2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
For me, the ride, power, comfort of this 4runner is perfect! I know at a cost over $40,000 new, this wouldn't be for me. But buying it at a great used price and it was well cared for by previous owner. It has 182,000 on it but you wouldn't know it. I think the one drawback to this would be the timing belt. On this engine damgage can occur if belt would break. From what I hear , it is costly to have done at a dealership to have the belt replaced. I plan on doing it myself however. I have driven it in slippery road conditions and it has performed excellent! Better then my 4wd Tacoma. Knowing what I know now...I would have had one sooner if the price was right.
2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Mechanical performance of the car is ok but the interior electronic controls are not user friendly. Air conditioning system went out prematurely and cost about $1800 to repair. Rear hatch is electronically controlled, and the electronic controls failed. Could not open rear hatch & took several days at dealership to resolve. Cost about $600 to repair just so we could open the rear hatch. Air pressure warning light comes on and takes and act of congress to get it turned off. Finally just stays on all the time and we are told the sensors will have to be replaced.
Very frustrating and very expensive electronic issues.