July 7, 2023

My "new" Toyota 2023 4runner

I started this page back in July of 2023 when I was not yet even sure if I was going to buy a new 4runner. I was looking hard at the Subaru Outback and Forester. This page preserves some of my thought processes while making the decision.

In a nutshell, all the regular "American" brands (Chevy, Ford, Dodge) are crap and not even worth looking at. Toyota and Subaru are about on a par for quality and longevity. Subaru offered better fuel efficiency, but Toyota offered more serious offroad capability. I thought long and hard about just what sorts of things I wanted to do. The 4runner won. No regrets.

Invisible underneath are almost a full set of RCI skid plates. On top there is a Gobi rack. I have 285 BFG KO2 tires, along with 2.5 inches of lift up front and 1 inch in back. Bilstein springs give the lift. Bilstein 6112 shocks in front, 5100 in rear. A tiny bit of trim on the front fender to accomodate the tires. It sometimes rubs a bit on the mud flaps in extreme turns, but who cares?

Repair notes

My decision and purchase

Just this morning (July 7, 2023) I put a deposit on a new Toyota 4runner. The vehicle is on a ship, on its way from Japan. (All 4runners are made in Japan). I expect to see it early in August.
Just this morning 8-21-2023, they told me my vehicle is ready for me to come and pick up. So about 6 weeks from deposit to arrival.

As of August 5, they say it is being loaded on a train in California. I'll note that it only spent about a week on the ship, then has been sitting in Californina for nearly 3 weeks. Well we don't really know what was going on in Long Beach. Maybe it was at the bottom of a hold being unloaded; maybe it was parked in some storage yard. Maybe it got dropped into the ocean and had to get washed off and dryed out. Then I got notified on August 11 that it was in Phoenix. It spent about a week there waiting to get placed on a truck and hauled to Tucson. I found it amusing that the trip from Japan to California was only a week out of the six it took to get it to Tucson.

The decision

I began this decision in early 2023. I have notes dated from early April. I considered another Tacoma. I considered a Subaru Outback or Forester. The 4runner won out. Another Tacoma would have been a fine choice, as would a Subaru if I didn't want hard core 4x4 capability.

Using and customizing the 4runner

I purchased a 2023 Offroad Premium in "Lunar Rock". No sunroof. Blackout emblems and TRD wheels. Cargo tray package. What would come first?

Well, the skid plates came first.
Then a Gobi roof rack.

I am still thinking about lift and the answer will probably be no. This then leads to tires, replacing the stock tires with the same size KO2.

Have any comments? Questions? Drop me a line!

Tom's Auto repair pages / tom@mmto.org