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2003 4Runner History:

2003 Toyota 4Runner

2003 Toyota 4Runner
Sport Edition

2003 Toyota 4Runner
Sport Edition

2003 Toyota 4Runner



Toyota introduces the fourth-generation 4Runner.
It is an all new model for U.S., Japan, & Export Markets. Related to the Land Cruiser Prado not previously offered in the U.S. This platform will be shared with the new Lexus GX470. Remains body on frame construction but severs the connection with the Tacoma truck line.
For 2003, the 183hp 3.4L V6 has been replaced by a new 4.0L V6, while an optional 4.7L V8 has been added. The 4.0L V6 is an all new engine design that incorporates some firsts for a Toyota truck. It's the company's first all-aluminum truck engine, the first truck engine to make use of Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and the first Toyota truck engine to employ a variable intake manifold. The results are impressive: 245 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 283 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. All V6-equipped models retain the same 4-speed automatic transmission used on the previous model. The engine is also LEV-certified and boasts significantly reduced amounts of lead to make it more recyclable in the future.
The Land Cruiser's 4.7-liter dohc I-Force V8, 235hp 320 lb torque, is a first time 4Runner option. Debuting in the Tundra pickup in 2000, the iForce V8 has gained a reputation as one of the smoothest, most refined eight-cylinders ever to grace the engine bay of a pickup. The introduction of an all new 5-speed automatic transmission is another first for a Toyota truck.
All 4-wheel-drive units boast a full-time 2-speed transfer case with a Torsen sensing-type limited slip center differential. With a normal 40/60 torque split front to rear, in slippery conditions a maximum of 70% goes to the rear, or up to 53% to the front. Traction control and Vehicle Stability Control are standard on all models. Also standard are Toyota's Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-start Assist Control, which use the throttle and brakes to improve stability and reduce slippage on loose surfaces.
The wheelbase is increased by 4.5", to 109.8". Overall length is 187.8" also a 4.5" increase. The new 4Runner is 5.7" wider at 73.8". Height (with Rack) is 71.2". Weight comes in at 4025-4450lbs. In back, the 60/40 split seat offers increased head, shoulder and hip room. No third seat is offered. According to Toyota representatives, the typical 4Runner buyer isn't looking for a family vehicle as much as he is a capable sport-utility, so the third-row seat option was reserved for the Lexus GX470. 4Runner cargo space has decreased by 2.4 cubic-feet, to 42.2 with the rear seat up. With the seats folded, maximum available cargo space is 75.1, down 4.7 cubic-feet. Hard core off-roaders take note, that the maximum ground clearance is now just 9.1" which is 2" less than the previous model.
There are three distinct trim levels. All trim levels offer both two or four-wheel drive and either the V6 or V8 power plants. The SR5 continues as the entry-level model, and the Limited remains the top-of-the-line version. The Sport Edition slots between the two.
EPA fuel economy numbers have increased, the V6 model registering 18 city/21 highway in 2-wheel-drive models, and 17 city/20 highway when equipped with 4-wheel- drive. Base stickers will range from $27,500 for an SR5 4X2, to $37,000 for a Limited 4X4.
Colors available for 4Runner are Natural White, Titanium Metallic, Galactic Gray Mica, Black, Impulse Red pearl, Dorado Gold Pearl, Imperial Jade Mica, Stratosphere Mica, and Pacific Blue Metallic. The Sport Package is only available in the following colors; Titanium Metallic, Galactic Gray Mica, Black, Imperial Jade Mica and Stratosphere Mica. Exterior colors are coordinated with Stone and Taupe interior colors in fabric or leather-trim.
Standard Equipment on the SR5 includes...
  • rear-wheel drive
  • independent front suspension and a solid-axle rear axel.
  • 1GR-FE 4.0L 60degree V6 DOHC 24V VV-TI all-aluminium 245HP(5,200rpm) and 283lb torque (3,400rpm), Requires 91 octane premium fuel.
  • 4 speed transmission
  • gated shifter
  • V6 Shift on the fly Multi-Mode 4WD, V8 Full-Time 4WD
  • torsen limited slip center differential, lockable in H4 or L4
  • 4 channel ABS with brake assist and electronci brake force distribution
  • VSC and TRAC
  • hill-start assist control (HAC) and downhill assist control(DAC)
  • multi information display shows clock, temp, remaining distance, avg speed, avg fuel consumption, A/C mode, temp setting and fan speed
  • tilt and telescope steering wheel
  • automatic climate control.
  • homeLink transmitter.
  • remote keyless entry
  • cruise control
  • front consloe with A/C ducts for rear seats
  • rear seat arm rest
  • cargo area backup mirrors
  • gray metallic fender flares and body cladding
  • 7-layer plastic fuel tank, w/ steel outer liner
  • full skid plate protection

    Standard Equipment on the Sport Edition includes...
  • hood scoop
  • P265/65/R17 white outline tires on 17" aluminum alloy wheels with 17" alloy spare
  • sport edition badging
  • silver painted, grille, door handles, license garnish, roof rails
  • X-REAS shocks
  • integrated fog lamps
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel with satellite stereo and cruise controls
  • silver tone shift knob
  • high-contrast seat fabrics
  • color-keyed heated power exterior mirrors

    Standard Equipment on the Limited...
  • P265/65/R17 tires on 17" aluminum alloy wheels with 17" alloy spare
  • color-keyed bumpers, cladding, grille, door handles, license garnish, flares, power outside heated mirrors
  • silver painted bumper accents and roof rails
  • silver painted illuminated running boards
  • integrated fog lamps
  • dual-zone automatic climate control, rear ventation and air filtration
  • leather-trimmed interior, 8-way power heated driver seat and 4-way power heated passenger seat
  • leather wrapped steering wheel with integrated cruise and audio controls
  • anti-theft with immobilizer
  • rear-seat audio controls and wireless headphone capability
  • an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
  • special granite or silver interior trim
  • auto on/off headlamps
  • double decker cargo system with net
  • 115 volt AC power inverter

    Optional Equipment...
  • 2UZ-FE 4.7L V8 DOHC Iron Block, Alum. Heads, generating 235HP(4,800rpm) and 320lb torque(3,400rpm), producing 80 percent of its peak torque at 1,100 rpm. Recommended 91 octane premium fuel.
  • X-Reas, diagonal-linked relative absorber system (standard on Sport, optional on LTD, N/A on SR5)
  • factory-installed DVD entertainment system .
  • GPS DVD-based navigation system, with voice guidance and JBL Synthesis audio system .
  • heated front seats.
  • audio controls on steering wheel (standard on Sport and LTD, optional on SR5)
  • rear seat audio system (Standard on LTD)
  • sunroof with auto open and close
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • power sunroof.
  • side curtain shield air bags and seat mounted side air bags
  • wood-and-leather steering wheel.
  • color-keyed roof rack
  • color-keyed spoiler
  • double decker rear storage shelf (standard on LTD)
  • towing package with auxiliary transmission and oil coolers
  • adaptive Variable AIR Suspension damping and Adaptive Height Control (optional only on LTD, requires X-Reas)

    Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., reported 2003 4Runner total calendar year-end sales of 109,308 units, up 41.9% from prior year.
    2003 Product Introduction (PDF)
    2003 Standard Equipment, Optional Equipment and Specifications brochure (PDF)
    2003 Full Standard Equipment Listing (PDF)
    2003 Full Option Listing (PDF)
    2003 Full Technical Specifications (PDF)

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    Global Extremes 4Runner Aftermarket Modifications:
  • Safari Gard Inc. front bumper
  • Safari Gard Inc. winch mount
  • Safari Gard Inc. rear bumper
  • Safari Gard Inc. rock sliders
  • Goodyear Wrangler MTR 265x70R17 tires
  • Allied Wheel beadlock wheels
  • Hella Rallye 4000 lights
  • Hella FF300 lights
  • Yakima roof rack and net
  • Pelican cases
  • Superwinch X9000
  • Odyssey battery 1700

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