Tag: Toyota

Nobody Loves a Three-Year-Old SUV?

Unless you’re Toyota, I guess…

What Business Week is plowing onto the American public here is garbage, at least as far as this SUV owner is concerned.

Just as this article was coming out, I got a call from Toyota. It seems my “contract is running out” ( i.e. I’m close to paying off my FourRunner). Toyota is contacting me, wondering whether I’d be willing to trade in this vehicle (now worth a bit more that Kelly Blue Book, according to them) for a new Toyota vehicle of equal or greater value than the one I now own. They are willing to give me several thousand dollar, as a “coupon” on a new vehicle. My vehicle is in excellent shape and probably has a good ten years of useful life left in it. I of course declined.

If gas prices fall off their spike, I can only think that the rush to dump SUVs, perpetuated in good part by the media, will retrospectively be the next, closest, convenient way to jam more indebtedness down the throat of US consumers. “Trade in that gas hog now! It’s worthless! Get a small car before it’s too late! By the way, we’ve got a financing deal for ya!”

PS: My SUV – the one the media says is a dog – is now exactly three years old.

UPDATE: Forbes thinks the swan song of the SUV is overblown too.

UPDATE 2: Five reasons to keep that machine.

A helpful hint for late-model Toyota 4Runner owners

[singlepic id=680 w=100 h=75 float=left]Particularly those begging for that tire pressure sensor light to just burn out!

I’ve stared at that light ever since getting caught on a rutted-out road in a raging downpour, coming back from fishing. All four tires were set at 32 psi, but the light would not go off. I did not want to take this puppy down to the dealer only to find out it was something stupid. Instead, I did some digging, and found out it was (something stupid).

Contrary to what you might read on various forums, the 2005- 4Runners do not have a reset button on the steering column for this issue. And those tire pressure sensors are not statically-powered (meaning, they don’t have to be moving to work). I found this out after deciding to check the pressure on the spare, which I frankly hadn’t seen until this point. Sure enough, it was eight pounds low, and the moment I pumped it up the light went off.

[singlepic id=688 w=100 h=75 float=right]For those like me who’ve never seen their spare, and for those unlike me who don’t carry a portable compressor, don’t worry. Toyota makes it easy to get to that spare: pull out your jack kit, assemble and insert the crank rod into the little hole by your rear hatch catch, and turn away; the tire will lower nicely to the ground, where you can check pressure and inflate as needed. When you’re done, just crank it back up, and pull out of the service station like nothing ever happened.

Why Apple Won’t Deal?

A week or so back I compared Apple to Toyota, regarding pricing and quality. I left one major issue out which some may say speaks to the difference between good products and truly excellent ones.

I’m talking about warranties.