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    ^^^ You can find 03-05 V8 4runner's for around 7500, but the mileage will be higher, and exterior might have a few blemishes. Out of state, they are stupid cheap. Toyota's interior quality was superb around this era. Even cars with over 200K don't have a single rattle. Plus the V8 (2UZ) is known to go 1 million miles, and still make the same power as brand new off the assembly line engines. I'd pick a Toyota over a Nissan for reliability and overall build quality. You can get V6 gas mileage with the V8 for 06 to 08 model years with the VVTI in 2wd versions, and close to it with non vvti versions (03 to 05). 4th gen V8 4runner in 2wd is rated at 7300lbs, where the 4wd version is rated at 7100lbs.
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    I've been watching the other Toyota V8 SUVs as well. The Sequoias are often a little cheaper, more interior room. The Lexus GX470s also seem to go relatively cheap in comparison to the 4Runners. I watch those and the LX470s.

    I run the Lexus VINs through their ownership site to look at the maintenance records (if any). I find a lot of the Lexus SUVs have better maintenance histories than their Toyota counterparts. Depending on your priorities, some of the GX/LX used vehicles are really nice values.

    The Nissan V8 trucks and SUVs have some odd/scary issues from my research (brake failures, electronics, and the aforementioned coolant/oil mixing).
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    Guys!
    Thanks for all the info, it really helped.

    Here she is:
    2008, 91,000 miles, $7,300, private sale. 4.0L V6, towing package....






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    Looks really nice, well done!
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    What's the tow rating on the 4.0 V6? I thought I made a pretty strong case for a used Toyota
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns_EvoIXSE View Post
    What's the tow rating on the 4.0 V6? I thought I made a pretty strong case for a used Toyota
    5,400lb towing capacity.....

    I couldn't get a used '08 Toyota for $7,300 and with 90k miles on it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns_EvoIXSE View Post
    What's the tow rating on the 4.0 V6? I thought I made a pretty strong case for a used Toyota
    value is a problem with used Toyota, their resale value is so high................you can usually get a Ford / Nissan / GM / Dodge product that's 10 years newer and still come out cheaper.
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    Understandable, but even though miles might be higher, well, it's a Toyota. The resale value is Mr. Market telling you it's a good car
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    Quote Originally Posted by TYP85 View Post
    5,400lb towing capacity.....

    I couldn't get a used '08 Toyota for $7,300 and with 90k miles on it...
    with weight distribution hitch, you have 7,300LB towing capacity.
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    So... next question, what do you guys recommend for a tow hitch and ball?
    Do I need a drop or a rise for uhaul trailers?

    I was looking at this for the hitch https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts...ite/40330.html
    Reasonable price, forged, massively strong!

    What size ball do I need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    with weight distribution hitch, you have 7,300LB towing capacity.
    Wait wait... it's the sticker on the door jam, not the sticker on the hitch that has final say right? That might be a rating just for the hitch part number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Wait wait... it's the sticker on the door jam, not the sticker on the hitch that has final say right? That might be a rating just for the hitch part number.
    Yeah, I think it's 5,400lbs....

    It's listed in the manual only, the sticker on the dr. door gives you the gross vehicle weight....
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Wait wait... it's the sticker on the door jam, not the sticker on the hitch that has final say right? That might be a rating just for the hitch part number.
    I'm confused. Why would Ford print 2 stickers with different tow ratings on it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TYP85 View Post
    So... next question, what do you guys recommend for a tow hitch and ball?
    Do I need a drop or a rise for uhaul trailers?

    I was looking at this for the hitch https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts...ite/40330.html
    Reasonable price, forged, massively strong!

    What size ball do I need?
    U-haul use 2" ball. Everyone else use 2 5 /16" .
    As for rise of drop, every setup is different. Even how you load is different. Yo u might be installing air bags, which is different. Point is no way you know till you load up and measure

    Cheapest place to get hitches is Walmart. they carry a lot of sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I'm confused. Why would Ford print 2 stickers with different tow ratings on it ?
    Nobody has successfully sued for it yet.

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    News flash!
    Went to Uhaul to day to check out thier auto trailers and see what they require, this is what the guy showed me:

    U-Haul has chosen not to rent behind this tow vehicle based on our history of excessive costs in defending lawsuits involving Ford Explorer towing combinations.
    This policy is not related to safety issues. This is an unusual circumstance for U-Haul we have built our success for over 60 years by saying 'yes' to our customers.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are committed to working with our customers to find alternative options to help with their move.
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    Tire blowouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Tire blowouts?
    Don't know, I'm kinda screwed!

    + there's this: https://youtu.be/n160B8FiXbY

    There's a united rentals in Canoga park, they have some nice car trailers, I'll call them tomorrow.....

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    Wow, that's unbelievable!
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