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Do not avoid. 05 v6 4×4. I am at 310K miles – 20 k in Baja fully loaded w/kayaks and fishing/camping gear hitting road obstacles at high speeds and muddy trails and beaches – always amazed at how well it has performed as a stock vehicle. Tough and safe. I have had a head gasket issue – but my fault. I ignored a light that I thought was standard maintenance because I was distracted by a sick family member and it ended up being a radiator leak. Engine overheated, head gasket melted, etc., etc., — had to drop the engine and rebuild.

Weak points/problems – if or when you need to drop the engine – make sure they do timing belt and head gasket at same time – the stealership didn’t do both and had to drop the engine again 2 1/2 years & 100k miles later – a ton of labor for a minor issue. Brakes – keep an eye on calipers and rotors – I had a lot of misdiagnosed issues w/rotor/pad replacements and maintenance that ended up being sticky calipers. A lack of power plug-ins and crappy plastic tie-down hooks in the back that can barely take shopping bags. Finally avoid the moon roof – cheap plastic gear that will strip with a grain – if it is real bad – $1k to get to it and fix – whole ceiling has to come off. Plus it averages only 17mpg in town or w/4wd and 21 in 2wd on hwy w/nothing on the roof.

So considering all of that – I have been asking my local dealership (largest in the world) and both sales reps and mechanics are telling me to stand pat because there is still not enough improvements to alternatives to justify the cost of a new vehicle. If they would bring in the 4×4 diesel Hilux or a competitor do something close and durable, I would make the change then. Hope that helps.

Do not avoid. 05 v6 4×4. I am at 310K miles – 20 k in Baja fully loaded w/kayaks and fishing/camping gear hitting road obstacles at high speeds and muddy trails and beaches – always amazed at how well it has performed as a stock vehicle. Tough and safe. I have had a head gasket issue – but my fault. I ignored a light that I thought was standard maintenance because I was distracted by a sick family member and it ended up being a radiator leak. Engine overheated, head gasket melted, etc., etc., — had to drop the engine and rebuild.

Weak points/problems – if or when you need to drop the engine – make sure they do timing belt and head gasket at same time – the stealership didn’t do both and had to drop the engine again 2 1/2 years & 100k miles later – a ton of labor for a minor issue. Brakes – keep an eye on calipers and rotors – I had a lot of misdiagnosed issues w/rotor/pad replacements and maintenance that ended up being sticky calipers. A lack of power plug-ins and crappy plastic tie-down hooks in the back that can barely take shopping bags. Finally avoid the moon roof – cheap plastic gear that will strip with a grain – if it is real bad – $1k to get to it and fix – whole ceiling has to come off. Plus it averages only 17mpg in town or w/4wd and 21 in 2wd on hwy w/nothing on the roof.

So considering all of that – I have been asking my local dealership (largest in the world) and both sales reps and mechanics are telling me to stand pat because there is still not enough improvements to alternatives to justify the cost of a new vehicle. If they would bring in the 4×4 diesel Hilux or a competitor do something close and durable, I would make the change then. Hope that helps.

Both engines are great and each one has pros and cons to go with it. The V8 requires a timing belt change every 100k. The air injection system can fail on the V8 and is expensive to fix (there are write-ups on how to bypass and prevent this). Less MPG depending how and where you drive. If you plan to lift and add big tires, it may be a little less taxing on the V8 vs V6.

My 2008 is a V6 with 148k and has been absolutely perfect. Plenty of power for what I do and has seen temperatures from -35 to 120F. I believe the key to keeping timing chains from stretching is clean oil in the right viscosity. Fuel dilution in the oil is probably the worst thing for timing chains. The timing chain is designed to last the life of the engine, however long that might be.

A head gasket can fail on any vehicle at any time, just like any other part. Avoiding one or the other doesn’t remove the risk of something major failing down the road. Just like owning a Toyota vs a Jeep for example. There have been lemon 4runners just like there are lemon Jeeps.

Honestly, I’m more paranoid about the master cylinder failing when I’m in heavy traffic or coming down a steep mountain trail. I would avoid the moon roof if possible, they all seem to start rattling/leaking and fail at some point. That goes for every make and model out there. I would take the increased headroom over the moon roof any day.