Toyota 4Runner is it returning to Australia ????

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 18:13
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I heard a rumour that the mighty 4Runner may return to challenge the Mitsubishi Challenger ?
I'll buy one, a diesel auto please, if they do, better looking atleast than current crop of bigger Toyotas which have been hit with the UGLY stick.
4Runner is a great size, I use to own the old 4Runner & I have had a few Surfs aswell, unfortunatley Toyota did not really support the Grey import market.
Hopefully Toyota will release it here.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 19:28

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 19:28
I believe they are called the Fortuner in Thailand

http://www.toyota.com.ph/cars/new_cars/fortuner/index.asp
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 13:58

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 13:58
They've got the same thing in Indonesia - available with either a 2.7L 4-cyl petrol engine or a 2.5L D-4D (though I expect it would have the larger Hilux engines offered if/when it comes to Australia.

They seem quite popular in Jakarta (although the Challenger (Pajero Sport) is already a common sight in Jakarta and they haven't been available for very long).
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Reply By: Nutta - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 19:48

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 19:48
Give me a challenger any day, and at a cheaper price!
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:47

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:47
Yep

Called the Fortuner in South Africa as well

Went there for a holiday, saw the car, read reviews,

Not great reviwes, in fact bad reviews

Local reports are that they are useless off road even on good quality dirt roads
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:21

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:21
An immensely compromised vehicle IMHO.

Essentially a Hiliux trying to be a wagon. It's neither a Ute nor a Wagon. Hence it never sold well in Australia. And it commanded a ridiculous price, thus it failed.

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Jim.

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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 22:15

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 22:15
Well I imported a 97 Surf (4Runner) diesel with intercooler & it was a great vehicle with essentially Prado running gear & chassis, well better than the Prado as it was lighter & had the ground clearance of a old shape Hilux. Maybe they have stuffed the offroad ability similar to the new Hilux & Prado, both off which are I reckon too LOW for offroad work, BUT they do handle pretty well. My 97 Surf did the OTL no problems with the centre diff lock etc. I liked it & after driving new Prados & Hiluxs' I have my old Surf back - IF parts etc were not an issue - it was unfortunate that Toyota did not support they Grey imports. Yep it was an import & cheap because of it, great value for money, chasing the correct parts was a big issue though.

I liked the Surf as you could sleep in the back with the seats down, cannot do that in any current wagon, not if your 6ft or over.

Anyway I have always been a Toyota fan, might have to go for the Challenger, my old Sigma that I use to own at Tibooburra, went heaps of places where other more capable vehicles feared to tread (Tib to B'Hill after 6 inches of rain) - maybe thats because it was my first Japanese vehicle & I though it would not last, drove it like I stole it, I was impressed. So I have in the past had a good experience with Mitsubishi.
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:52

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:52
Put me down as a buyer as well.

LOVE THEM TO MIA

thanks for the heads up
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Reply By: PaulBron - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 15:49

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 15:49
Sorry but I think the ugly stick has been brought out again!!
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