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Old 01-22-2013, 12:09 PM #1
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4Runner Redesign?

When will the next redesign for the 4Runner be? I currently own a '12 Grand Cherokee that I plan on getting rid of once the warranty is up due to a number of problems I have had with the vehicle. I have had it to the dealership 8 times for 2 separate issues. I am undecided on if I like the looks of this current 4Runner. There are days I like it and other days I don't. Sorry if this is not the proper place to post this thread. Any info is appreciated.
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Like most Japanese manufacturers, Toyota is on a 5~6 year redesign cycle for major redesigns. That would put the 6th gen 4Runner around 2015/2016.

Several minor upgrades are expected along the way on the current model year.

The design is all about personal preference. I'm fond of the design, but there is more to a vehicle than just looks (although important). You may want to rent one (if you can find one) and spend a couple days with the truck so see how you like it in daily usage.

Do keep in mind it's a body-on-frame truck, so it will definitely handle different from your JGC with the fancy air suspension.

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I like my Grand Cherokee but am concerned about problems occurring once the warranty is up since I have had major issues within the first year I owned the vehicle. My model doesn't have the air suspension and I'm glad it doesn't. The bells and whistles on the Jeep are nice but I want something reliable. I really liked the 4th generation and if Toyota had not redesigned the vehicle there would have been no question that I would have purchased a 4Runner instead of the Jeep. Thanks for the info.
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Several minor upgrades are expected along the way on the current model year.
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Come on Danny.. you know this... We already saw the head unit switch to being Entune and there may be other things, I just don't know them off the top of my head. Other minor things I'm sure will come along.

Nice new Cowboy Bebop avatar!

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Come on Danny.. you know this... We already saw the head unit switch to being Entune and there may be other things, I just don't know them off the top of my head. Other minor things I'm sure will come along.

Nice new Cowboy Bebop avatar!

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I thought you had some kind of insight to what they are upgrading in the next model.. Oops

I didn't think anyone on here would know about Cowboy Bebop... Isn't it one of the best Anime's?

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I thought you had some kind of insight to what they are upgrading in the next model.. Oops

I didn't think anyone on here would know about Cowboy Bebop... Isn't it one of the best Anime's?

See you later space cowboy
More a Ghost in the Shell kinda-guy here, but I enjoyed the Cowboy Bebop episodes. and no special insight here... I just fill out the Toyota surveys.. they dont tell me anything though For all I know the next version will look like a Tachikoma!

So to take this entirely off topic.. ever watch Akira?

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I expect we'll see a mid cycle refresh this fall. Expect slight headlight, taillight, bumper, and interior trim changes. Maybe some different trim packages, colors, etc.
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.... and don't forget the V8, the Diesel, the dual zone CC, and the memory seats.

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I really liked the 4th generation and if Toyota had not redesigned the vehicle there would have been no question that I would have purchased a 4Runner instead of the Jeep.
I was just the opposite. I have a 97 that my 17 year old daughter now drives. I held out to see what Toyota was going to do with the 4Runner. The 4th Gen had no more cargo area than my 97 and finally the 5th Gen is bigger and was exactly the size I was looking for.

I have two friends of mine who bought the JGC and so far are pleased with them. They are comfortable for sure and are more car like.
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I was just the opposite. I have a 97 that my 17 year old daughter now drives. I held out to see what Toyota was going to do with the 4Runner. The 4th Gen had no more cargo area than my 97 and finally the 5th Gen is bigger and was exactly the size I was looking for.

I have two friends of mine who bought the JGC and so far are pleased with them. They are comfortable for sure and are more car like.
I like my JGC. I'm just tired of the problems. I had a misfire in one of the cylinders. Dealer flashed the CPU first trip. That didn't work so they replaced the cylinder head. Picked it up and it ran worse than before. Took it back the next day and the new cylinder head was bad so they ordered the part and I had to take it back again to get fixed.

I also had a knocking sound in the front end. Dealer said it was sway bar bushings but had to replace entire sway bar so they ordered the part and replaced it. That didn't fix it so I took it back and they said it was the control arm. Again they ordered the part and I took it back and they replaced it. They called me once they replaced the control arm and said the noise was still there. Said they were going to order and replace the bearing and axle. So again I took took it back again and they replaced it. I thought that fixed the problem the problem as the sound disappeared for a month but is back. So I have an appointment to get it looked at.

This is why I am apprehensive about keeping this vehicle past the warranty end date or mileage. Maybe I just bought a lemon and most JGC's are more reliable.
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I wouldn't look for a complete redesign until model year 2017. The 3rd gen ran for 7 years (96-02) and the 4th gen ran for 7 years (03-09). I'm guessing they will do the same 7 years with the 5th gen.
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I also got here from JGC, since 1999 until 2012 I had two JGC, same WJ, and was very happy about those vehicles, however reliability of our cars much lower that Japs. First jeep i drove until 65k without problems, developing humm from front axle. Second i drove until 80k without problems, but tranny started throwing codes. This time i turned to Toy made in Japan hoping to get 100k without problems and still have good resale value (if I don't mod it). Domestic cars for some unknown reasons depreciate faster than imports. I wonder, why?
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Brother, with a repair track record like you've cited, I have to admit I admire your loyalty. I'd be soooo pi$$ed .... All that in ~1 yr! Too bad, really.

I'm glad you're on here - sure makes me appreciate my 4R. Best of luck.
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Just because they run their generations pretty long, doesn't mean they wont change the look up. They've done it before. They even upgrade or change up interior as well. They might not change the overall look but you can bet they will refresh it somehow to keep people intrigued and happy.
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