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Hello:

I have a prerunner and love it. Now I am getting a 4x4, used. But I have never driven a 4x4. Would anybody like to give me some basic advice, what to look out for when I am test driving a 4x4.

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hey cheeko -- I'm no expert, just kickin' ideas around...

I'd say mostly common sense stuff:
- stuff you would usually pay attn to when buying a used vehicle (check the body and interior for signs of prior damage; see if it sits level or is tilted to one side; ask if it's been in any accidents; etc.)

4x4 specific:
- make sure 4wd hi and low engage and disengage smoothly
- check to see if it has a rear locker (bunch of posts that I've read say the TRD locker (1) increases resale value and (2) is a decent locker for the price -- and not having to deal w/ the hassle of installing one later.
- check the suspension/shocks/tires for signs of abuse (are they worn out, mismatched?)

If you have AAA (or know someone who does) take the rig into a AAA diagnostic center if you can. It's not expensive, and it's even cheaper w/ AAA 'plus'. They'll check everything out -- from the frame/suspension/motor/brakes/etc. I did this when I bought a used 4Runner and it gave me total peace-of-mind.

Another thought, you could always go to a dealership and test drive a similar vehicle in "good" shape -- certified even; and compare the way the two vehicles sound/handle. I'm not sure how much you'd gain by doing this, but it might offer you a baseline for judging the truck you're about to buy.

Like I said, I'm no expert but maybe this gives you some ideas.

-r
 

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cheeko said:
Hello:

I have a prerunner and love it. Now I am getting a 4x4, used. But I have never driven a 4x4. Would anybody like to give me some basic advice, what to look out for when I am test driving a 4x4.

Thanks

cheek :rolleyes:
To add look at the cv boots(if it's a IFS rig), make sure there is no grease escaping. Get under it and check how it was really used. Lots of rust and dirt adhered to the frame and in nooks and crannies indicates it was mudded, investigate the rear of the frame rail in front of the rear tire for signs of exccessive corrosion if mud or salt use is suspected. Also check the body mounts for corrossion or bend. If you find dented, skid plates and gouges in the reame it has likely seen rocks.( fresh paint on the undercarriage is also a flag to look more closely) Check the driveline carefully for slop, grab the cv axles and give them a godd tug and shake to make sure the joints are in good shape(they should give a little and slide in line with the acle a little but not excessively), jack up back the truck up slowly and pull it forward in a quiete location(away from traffic so you can listen to the truck) in all modes of the transfer case. If locker equiped function check it..(know how to engage it) Bring a small refrigerator magnet, and go over the rocker panels and fenders with it and make sure it sticks to find repaired body damage.

Just like any other used vehicle you want to investigate how it was maintained and if it was in any accidents. Good luck!
 

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The good tips were all mentioned. One other thing, limit your driving in 4wd on high traction surfaces (pavement or on road). If youare gonna test it on the test drive, try not to turn while on road and in 4wd.
 

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cheeko said:
Hello:

I have a prerunner and love it. Now I am getting a 4x4, used. But I have never driven a 4x4. Would anybody like to give me some basic advice, what to look out for when I am test driving a 4x4.

Thanks

cheek :rolleyes:
What are you doing with the pre-runner? It probably has a locker, yeah?
 
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