Awesome vehicle and value for the dollar
By Ed on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 856
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Excellent build and quality"
Cons: "No locking fuel filler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own a 2013 limited for 1mo+ with 800 flawless miles, and I also still own a 2003 toyota 4R SR5 with 125+k flawless miles.
I would have bought it in 2010, but they had took away the auto rear locking hatch and remote locking fuel filler door, so i waited for them to bring it back but they haven't.
However, my wife wanted it, so i traded my '08 TSB & recall ridden and mechanically flawed pontiac and kept her 2003 Toyota 4R SR5 which i plan to own for another 5 years at least.
And yes, it is, that sound and rock solid still.
But upon close examination of the 2013 Toyota 4R, I came to find out the auto-locking rear hatch isn't really needed at all on the new model as it closes with the same ease as the previous.
in fact, the previous one has been a hinderance because a couple ppl have slammed it in closing it, unawares that it is auto-self locking.
Lucky for us it is Toyota build quility, and nothing at all has happened as a result.
As for the lack of a locking fuel door, I installed a stant locking gas cap with no adverse or service engine light issues so far whatsoever.
But yes, they need to bring the old locking fuel filler door back for convenience sake.
I also though the quality of the plastic on the interior of the new one was of inferior quality, until I brought it home and compared it with the old one, side by side.
Happy to say they both appear to have the same lvl of quality except for the glove box door, which is substantially lighter than the old one.
It is however excellent quality, and a much better fit and finish than the vehicle i traded it for, and on which I had to replace the globe box lock that fell apart when it was less than a year of ownership.
The factory paint job is Toyota flawless quality, but the dealer prep was lacking, as I had tar over-spray in the driver's bottom rocker panel that they didn't remove after washing.
The factory does apply special paint protection treatment to the bottom of vehicle to protect against chips and stones that looks like a defect or paint ripples, but trust me it is not, and i have that on my 10 year old 4R as well.
I must say that after having spent 30+ years in the automotive service industry, and owning many different type & brands of vehicles, the new Toyota 4R still gets my nod of approval for mechanical and workmanship excellence."
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