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2003 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Best SUV on the market

by from Richland, MI on April 20, 2009

I've owned my 03 V8 Sport since 9/06 and have put about 35k on it. Absolutely love this SUV. No other midsize SUV holds a candle to the 4Runner. Top notch quality (zero issues to date, nothing more th...
I've owned my 03 V8 Sport since 9/06 and have put about 35k on it. Absolutely love this SUV. No other midsize SUV holds a candle to the 4Runner. Top notch quality (zero issues to date, nothing more than oil changes), tows awesome (tow a 6500 trailer and a 3600 travel trailer and its prewired for a brake controller from the factory, very handy), very well built, drives great, lots of power, great brakes. I also have a 89 Toyota truck with 177k miles that has had very few issues in the 12 years I have had it. You just can't beat a Toyota 4Runner or mini truck, they run forever. I plan to have this 4Runner for a very long time to come, there is nothing on the market to this day still that compares to it. Only areas for improvement would be the weak stereo and power drivers seat which they have added now on newer 4Runners.
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Uses car for Towing

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Best SUV for the money 2003 Limited 4X4

by from Hartford, CT on April 7, 2008

I have owned several SUV's prior to this one, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Isuzu Rodeo and prior generation 4Runner. I would never buy another suv. Handles well, tow's my 20' boat with ease. Great in snow ful...
I have owned several SUV's prior to this one, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Isuzu Rodeo and prior generation 4Runner. I would never buy another suv. Handles well, tow's my 20' boat with ease. Great in snow full time four wheel drive system works great. Great vehicle for everyday use, I have 90,000 miles now, just did the major tune up and other than brakes nothing on this vehicle has broken. Take it off roading about once a month, has never gotten stuck. Only downside is gas mileage i have the V8 and average about 13mpg city and 17mpg highway. I will trade this one in for another one when Toyota comes out with the next generation 4Runner. You can buy a less expensive suv but you will pay for it in the long run.
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Does anything you ask of it

by from Charlotte, NC on May 27, 2008

I've had my '03 V8 4WD 4Runner for 3 years now and have put 45k miles on it for a total of 90k. I tow a 2000 lb boat/trailer about 20% of the time and do not even notice it's there from a performance ...
I've had my '03 V8 4WD 4Runner for 3 years now and have put 45k miles on it for a total of 90k. I tow a 2000 lb boat/trailer about 20% of the time and do not even notice it's there from a performance standpoint. MPG dips to an average around 15 with any towing, most of which is highway miles, and I get 18 mpg on the average tank without any towing. The max MPG I've gotten with any one tank is 20.2. Also it'll take 24.5 gallons of gas when it's bone dry, but I wouldn't suggest letting it get quite that low, based on personal experience. The ride is comfortable for an SUV even with Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor A/T tires and (knock on wood) I have yet to have any significant mechanical or other issues. I bought this vehicle to tow my boat, have space for the dog and 5 people when necessary, and get me anywhere on or off road I need to be. So far I have no regrets and would recommend it to anyone.
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I really enjoy this vehicle

by from Vancouver, Bc Canada on April 12, 2010

I bought a 2003 limited, v8, 4x4 a few months ago and am really impressed by it's solid ride, comfort and overall performance and handling. I am also getting close to 20 miles to the gallon with the v...
I bought a 2003 limited, v8, 4x4 a few months ago and am really impressed by it's solid ride, comfort and overall performance and handling. I am also getting close to 20 miles to the gallon with the v8 5 speed and I love the power. Enjoy.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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You can't go wrong with the Toyota 4Runner

by from Lewisville TX on August 20, 2008

I've had several toyotas and two 4Runners and they amaze me how they're like the enegergizer bunny. They just go and go w/o any kind of repairs. Truly fantastic engineering and quality has gone into t...
I've had several toyotas and two 4Runners and they amaze me how they're like the enegergizer bunny. They just go and go w/o any kind of repairs. Truly fantastic engineering and quality has gone into this technology!
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Best I've ever owned

by from Pittsfield, ma on November 23, 2012

I used to hate toyotas, but this car made me change my mind. I bought a used 2003 4runner sport edition with the 4.7v8. I've had it for a while now and it's great. 156000 miles and its never had anyth...
I used to hate toyotas, but this car made me change my mind. I bought a used 2003 4runner sport edition with the 4.7v8. I've had it for a while now and it's great. 156000 miles and its never had anything but routine maintenance (tires, brakes, oil changes etc). It's comfortable and well built. I used it to tow a car on a heavy trailer and it did great. I try not to bring it off road, however I have used it to pull a few Chevys out if the mud. It's an amazing, versatile suv
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2003 4runner excellent choice for a mid size suv

by from on January 26, 2015

I got this truck at 193000 and it still looking good. I'm hoping to get 300k on it. Loving 4runner. It does aound 20 mpg which is not bad .
I got this truck at 193000 and it still looking good. I'm hoping to get 300k on it. Loving 4runner. It does aound 20 mpg which is not bad .
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Love the 4-Runner

by from Raleigh, NC on December 27, 2012

Great great vehicle...this is my third 4-Runner and I will be buying another when needed................
Great great vehicle...this is my third 4-Runner and I will be buying another when needed................
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314,000 miles and runs like the day I bought it!

by from Washington, DC on October 7, 2015

This is my 3rd Toyota (technically I had a Lexus, but under the hood it was a Toyota Supra engine). This is the 1st new vehicle I have owned. I have driven it in the city on long commutes, road trips ...
This is my 3rd Toyota (technically I had a Lexus, but under the hood it was a Toyota Supra engine). This is the 1st new vehicle I have owned. I have driven it in the city on long commutes, road trips across the country and long day trips. I garage it and faithfully change the oil and get the maintenance done by a small trust worthy garage. I just turned 314,000 miles and it runs like new. There is a reason you can not find these vehicles at the junkyards. The only reason I sold my first Toyota was because I had a small fender bender. The second Toyota was a Lexus and I sold it after putting 210,000 miles on it. If you dont believe all the positive reviews, call a few small garages and ask them if Toyota makes a reliable vehicle. Disclaimer: If you fail to get oil changes, keep the scheduled maintenance up with a reliable mechanic then you damage the vehicle. All vehicles must be maintained. Make sure you get the maintenance records or speak with the mechanic who maintained the vehicle if you buy from a private owner. Good luck!
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there is no going back...

by from Mexico on July 1, 2016

Once you own a 4runner, you realize why they have a cult following. My 03' V8 limited is just about to Crack 200k and runs great. Purchased in nov. 2012 with 118k and spent the last two years in mexic...
Once you own a 4runner, you realize why they have a cult following. My 03' V8 limited is just about to Crack 200k and runs great. Purchased in nov. 2012 with 118k and spent the last two years in mexico... during which I put 60k on it ...and let's just say those were not kind miles. Great cross county cruiaer. Can tow and haul plenty of weight. More comfortable seating and cabin than most modern uni body "SUV-cars"...although you will not forget this is on a truck frame. There is a reason 4runners are known for reliability. .. they simply last. As for the creature comforts, the only thing this 14 year old truck lacks is Bluetooth. In the limited V8, the stereo is fantastic, seating has lumbar support, A/C outlet in the console, loads of torque and unlike many, this is a champ off road and in the snow. I have driven my 4runner 40,000 miles in the last 12 months... and during that time also drove(Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Tauras Limited, Subaru Forester, Opel Insigni/Buick Regal, Chevy Equinox)...I'll take the 14 yr old V8 cross country ahead of them all.
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