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2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition V6 4WDReview
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Very Poor! — Terrible anti-slip traction control and stability warning far to touchy. If the traction control system even thought the car might slipspin a tire it would take over and ALL control of the gas pedal was GONE! This nearly caused me to be in a number of accidents while entering traffic from a stop sign and other areas. I could get stuck in front of my own house on level ground with 1" of snow on the ground (with new traction tires on the car)! Terrible System!!! I took this to the Toyota dealer many times and spent over four thousand dollars in their attempts to make it right and ultimately told me that everything was working at manufacturers specs. I will sell this and never buy another! (That is after driving Toyota's for 30 years).

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Looks and fuel economy.

Cons: Terrible anti-slip traction control and stability warning far to touchy.  If the traction control system even thought the car might slipspin a tire it would take over and ALL control of the gas pedal was GONE!  This nearly caused me to be in a number of accidents while entering traffic from a stop sign and other areas.  I could get stuck in front of my own house on level ground with 1" of snow on the ground (with new traction tires on the car)!  Terrible System!!!  I took this to the Toyota dealer many times and spent over four thousand dollars in their attempts to make it right and ultimately told me that everything was working at manufacturers specs.  I will sell this and never buy another!  (That is after driving Toyota's for 30 years).

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition V6 4WDReview
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2005 Sport Edition 4wd — Dislike emissions system, esp O2 and Air/Fuel Ratio sensors. Mine went to dealer 5 times before, I, figured out what diagnostics could not. When those sensors go bad it disables vehicle stability control, skid control, and suspension cannot work properly. Both CATS replaced under warranty at $1800 each, problematic in 4.0L 4Runners. The V8 is much more fun, had in my 2003 4Runner and mpg too close to notice!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Toyota reliability, this is my 3rd 4Runner since 2002, and definitely the best so far.  The list of standard safety features is not matched by any other SUV in its class, standard Downhill Assent Control (DAC)- against every driving instinct one has on a steep downgrade and using brakes, you hit DAC and put it in NEUTRAL; automatic braking to keep from spinning out and not exceeding 5mph. Hill Assent Control- keeps you in place and not rolling back on hill w/o having to keep foot on brake.  The Sport Suspension, called XREAS, is cross linked front tire to opposite rear tire and in event tire starts to leave ground pressure is taken from linked tire to push down.  The only other SUV that has something similar is the Ford Explorer w/ RSC, but it's $1k option.  Crashes well............$12k accident w/ DUI driver and walked away w/o a scratch.  4Runners hold their value so well mine was rebuilt, almost as good as factory, but not quite!

Cons: MPG is so so, back seat is not the roomiest, no more than 2 adults or cramped, maintenance is a bit pricey, but with 4wd to be expected

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited V6Review
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4runner - Suv Of The Year — Lack a bit on the Breaking. seems like the brake are not good enough for the cars power. Great and stylish look. Very low cost of ownership. No need to go into details about the quality associated with a TOYOTA. GREAT SUV. No wonder it's the most sold SUV in its category!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Comfort

Cons: Nothing

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2005 Toyota 4RunnerReview
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Toyota Reliablity Is Something That You Can Take To The Bank. — The most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I've had it 2-1/2 years and it's bullet proof. The only thing it can't do is put gas in itself. You can't go wrong if you're considering buying one. Mine is one of the rare two-wheel drive versions but I still love it!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Power, class, and reliability!

Cons: Not great but I get 20mpg

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition V6Review
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Great Suv — I loved my 4Runner, the way it drove, rode, everything about it and I regret trading it. The Sport Edition I owned had a cool hood scoop that gave it a distinctive look. The total package was a good buy and I wish I had never traded it.

Pros: Ride, Looks, Peformance, features, the great deal I got on it.

Cons: brakes were sensitive, needed about another half inch of head room

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition V6 4WDReview
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One Of The Best All Around Suv's — Love it. Great all around car. Many Upgrades. Magnaflow Exhaust, 3in Toytec Lift, KMC XD Revolver 17'' Rims, Toyo Opencountry 265/75/17, TRD full Cold Air Intake. Great built car handles like a dream. Great Turning radius. Offroad capable. Tows very well. Tons of room and very comfortable. Great Buy and highly reccommended.

Pros: Great Handling and drivable car.

Cons: Hard to lift and Modify Suspension.

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2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8Review
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Great Suv — I tell everyone that i know that they should be buying a 4Runner. best vehicle that i have ever owned. just towed my 800 lb. suzuki M109R from DC to VT and had no power problems but has mileage took a dive. went from around 20 mpg to 15 just by hooking up the trailer.

Pros: Power

Cons: Gas MIleage

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limted V8 4WDReview
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Excellent Mid-size Suv — Drives great Tows a lot Decent on gas Good power Limited package has nice features

Pros: Power, Utility, Decent gas mileage

Cons: A little cramped for a tall driver like me, but not bad.

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Limted V8 4WDReview
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Best Suv Out There! — The exterior looks great. Ride quality is smooth on paved roads for an SUV with a rear live axle. Handling is great with the XREAS and not top heavy for its height. The V8 is fast and has plenty of torque to pull anything. The interior design is alright with the black marble trim and leather. The 4Runner is packed with features like dual zone auto climate control, power everything, auto headlights, heated seats, adjustable ride height, and navigation system. The seats are low to the ground, but I find them comfortable. Headroom can be a little more generous, but it doesn't prevent me from loving this truck! I definitely would recommend the 4Runner to anybody.

Pros: Great acceleration, features, build quality, goes through anything, reliability, its a Toyota!

Cons: Gas mileage, headroom

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition V6 4WDReview
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2005 Sport Edition —

This is 4Runner number 3 for me, so that should tell you I love them. I am so happy she is mine free and clear. Her name is Kaimera, which means Ice Ship or Protector, she is definitely the second. 4Runners are built for safety, I know first hand after a $15800 accident I walked away from w/o a scratch. She was not totaled, but fixed. The emissions on this 4Runner is troublesome! Was to dealer 5 times for unknown problem, I had to find other owners online to see the O2 sensors and Air/Fuel Ratio Sensors act up you lose Vehicle Stability Control, Skid control, and big loss of power and mpg! 3/10/2015 Kai is about to hit 195k miles. Everything has been pretty simple to keep up except for brakes and exhaust. Even Toyota service representative recommended using an aftermarket caliper as Toyota Calipers lock and fail early. I fixed the catalytic convertor problems by putting Magnaflow cats on. Gives her a bit more of a rumble. I also put an open air intake and made the hood scoop functional. Yes it is actually a real hood scoop if you take out the insert which blocks the scoop opening. What a nice growl she has and the motor runs a little cooler with air actually coming in hood scoop. I know other 4Runner owners probably wonder whats under her hood. HID headlights make a huge difference at night, so you SHOULD get them for your 4Runner. I bought mine on ebay for $35 and dealer installed for $100, no problems with lights and I have had them in for over 5 years!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Everything is awesome but the gas mileage, unless you are going over 75mph, then it gets 23mpg.

Cons: Brakes are expensive to replace and precats and cats go bad, very costly to replace

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

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A very well-built SUV. Im sure it will be reliable for years to come. The downside is the lack of storage spaces. no below deck storage. The major storage areas are the glove box and center console. I... Read More

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I love the different look and the detailing, very sporty which I love! Read More

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Love the features, easy to figure out. This car was a reasonable value, that is why we went 2 hour away. Wish that it had a 3rd row seat and a DVD player. Read More

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