2015 Toyota 4Runner Gets A Makeover

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner has a striking new design that says ugly is the new pretty. For 2015, we can still select from the well-equipped SR5, the bold and rugged Trail model and the highly rated Limited model. All three models are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 with a 5-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-I) and sequential shift mode. A manual transmission is not available for the 4Runner. With the standard features provided on the new 4Runner it is one of the best SUV values available.

Rugged Appearances

Toyota has gotten bold in 2015 with their new front-end design on the 4Runner. It portrays a look that suggests a tough, rugged and aggressive vehicle and its new gaping maw almost looks better coated with a layer of dust and dirt. The bold styling is not limited to the sculpting of the front end either. This year Toyota chose to emblazon its name in large three-dimensional letters as opposed to the traditional logo used in previous years.

If you are a serious off-road enthusiast, consider the 4Runner TRD Pro model, which is based on the Trail model. The TRD Pro provides some serious upgrades in terms of tire selection and suspension components. The TRD Pro is based on a desert-racing platform with a lifted front suspension. Another outstanding feature is the bright red Eibach springs, and higher-capacity Bilstein shocks that provide another inch of suspension travel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Avoidable Car Troubles and Practicing Preventative Auto Repair

Auto repair is expensive and inconvenient. There’s nothing worse than when your car fails to start or breaks down due to a large and costly problem. While some car troubles are unavoidable, there are methods to protecting yourself from certain auto ailments. Routine maintenance is a major part of keeping your machine up and running smoothly. Neglecting to change the oil, rotate the tires or check the air filters can lead to more expensive problems. By practicing preventative auto repair, you can minimize your chance of encountering these car troubles.

Check and change your oil regularly. This is fairly easy to do in most cars, however if you’re unsure how, you can always pay for the service. Neglecting to change the oil after three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first) can result in sludge buildup, which can ultimately lead to engine failure. Needless to say, this is a problem you’ll want to avoid. By keeping track of the oil changes in your car, and also taking into account certain weather conditions that may prompt faster and more frequent oil changes, it’s sure to run well for a long time.

Spark plugs are what help your engine run. The spark plug delivers an electric current which ignites the compressed fuel air mixture, which maintains the efficiency of the engine. Over time spark plugs can wear out or can become dirty. Thankfully, they don’t need replacing often, usually every 50,000 miles, but it’s important to check them before their expiration date. Read the rest of this entry »

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