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Old 08-24-2019, 02:41 PM #1
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Considering 2011 4Runner in DFW ...

Hi there!

My name is William, I go by Will, and live here in the Dallas, TX area.

I have a son and we go camping with his Boy Scout Troop (Plano, TX) and after the first few years of Cub Scout camping taking the family sedan I finally got frustrated with the lack of space and searched online on a Thu evening, and run into a guy selling a 2002 Suburban with 207K miles, which must have been keep indoors as it looked very nice for the age. Interior showed the age/usage, but it looked promising. My next door neigthbor is on his 3rd "burb", so I took him with me the next day, and by evening I had the burb with me.

Fast forward 2 great years camping with my son all over Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Now that we take less kids with us camping, I "still" need an SUV, but I need a smaller one, so I will be putting the burb for sale shortly, and I am 100% decided on a 4x4 4Runner.

One of my co-workers who lives in Austin belongs to a 4x4 group that have lots of Jeeps and Toyotas, and after talking to him a lot, I have decided to stick with the 4Runner since they are "generally" more reliable in the long run.

My 2002 burb is RWD, and I have come too close to being stuck while camping 3-4 times. Almost had to be winched out on Jan of this year!. So hence why I "want" to get a 4x4 model.

I can probably get $3-4k for the burb, to use as downpayment, and with a a small $5-6K loan that gives me a working budget of $10K for a 4x4 4Runner to use for camping

I am currently looking at this one (5th gen) - any thoughts?
https://www.cranshautotx.com/details...unner/52838684

Who here in the DFW could help with a pre-purchase-inspection?

Will
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Awesome - thanks

I got negative feedback on that dealer above, but found this one, in fact closer to those two locations, which could be a possible buy for me:
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Thoughts on year/options/mileage on this one?
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Hi there, wanted to thank you for the recommendation on TandemAuto. Got them to do a pre-purchase inspection on a 2010 4Runner Limited with 171K miles and except for being almost ready for new shocks, got a good bill of health.

Thanks much!
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Hi there, wanted to thank you for the recommendation on TandemAuto. Got them to do a pre-purchase inspection on a 2010 4Runner Limited with 171K miles and except for being almost ready for new shocks, got a good bill of health.



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Glad to hear it!

Alex, Pablo & Brandon are great guys and their shop is top notch.


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Glad to hear it!

Alex, Pablo & Brandon are great guys and their shop is top notch.


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Yup, it was actually Pablo who did my inspection. Not only that, but since I asked him, he was nice enough to explain to me what he was doing and why. Half-way through I started to help by holding the light so that he can use both hands to pull/push every joint, every suspension part, to check for play. He showed me signs where he knew they have been doing maintenance to the truck. About the stock/OEM shocks that were leaking, he also advised me not to replace/fix with the factory, but to do to better Bilsteins instead for almost a 1/3. He also gave me tips on what things were good DIY vs stuff that was a little more "tricky".

Again, a great experience, and the best $130 I have spend on my "new to me" 4Runner ;)
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Just finished replacing the leaking shocks with Bilsteins 5100 front/back, after removing the leaking x-reas system:
Considering 2011 4Runner in DFW ...-20190920_093833-jpg


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