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Old 04-10-2010, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Part Time 4WD/ Full Time 4WD

I was told by my salesman that the 4Runner with part time (selectable) 4WD can be left in 4WD all the time if desired. Even at hwy speeds. If so, then it would be less expensive getting the 4WD (part time) SR5 than having to get the one with Limited package (full time 4WD).
Can anyone confirm that what the salesman told is correct?
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Which year 4Runner are you referring to?
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Which year 4Runner are you referring to?
I was speaking to him about the 2010 model but I was wondering if it also applied to the 2009 models.
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I don't know what they are calling it these days on the new car lots but I do guarantee finding a salesman that knows something is rare. As far as I know, part time 4WD always refers to the type that you can only use off hwy. You must be on loose ground so the drivetrain does not bind up. Full time is more like an all wheel drive setup. Made for all surfaces.
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I don't know what they are calling it these days on the new car lots but I do guarantee finding a salesman that knows something is rare. As far as I know, part time 4WD always refers to the type that you can only use off hwy. You must be on loose ground so the drivetrain does not bind up. Full time is more like an all wheel drive setup. Made for all surfaces.
That's a pretty good summary. You can use the 4wd where any slippage might be present, including wet roadways, but don't make a habit of it.

Yes, 2003 thru 2009 models have AWD capabilty on all the 4wd models. For 2010 Toyota made one less improvement by only giving the AWD option to the Limited..........the other models are now 2wd or 4wd only.

The Sequoia has AWD capabilty on the SR5. Another brand that has full-time 4wd on all 4wd models is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, however the Laredo model doesn't have a low-range. Right now they're about $10,000 off MSRP as the 2011's are coming, but Jeep has so-so reliability, and the dealers apparently hate warranty work from what I've read.

In all honesty, get SR5 and you'll be happy.
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