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  1. Join Date
    Sep 2002
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    #1
    i am thinking of getting a new prado and was offered a 4 cylinder gas model. would like some advice on this. ty.

    ok ba ang parts availability? could it be underpowered?

  2. Join Date
    May 2004
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    #2
    I have the same 4-banger in my 96' SURF/4 RUNNER, the 3RZ-FE! It's an excellent engine for everyday driving and strong enough for occasional off-roading just as long as you won't tow a boat or something as heavy. It's very economical (22-24 mi./gal. mixed hiway and city), reliable (just change oil regularly, every 10,000 kms. for me) and bullet-proof! Its also the same engine on the TACOMA Pre-runners in the US, and the Hilux here in New Zealand and in Australia! Go for it! you wont regret it!

  3. Join Date
    Sep 2002
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    #3
    thanks for the input. engine sounds kind of dated though, almost 10 years old. they must have a lot of faith in it.

    question now is; are there a lot of differences in the parts used in gas and diesel variants, since only diesel is available locally.

  4. Join Date
    Oct 2002
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    #4
    The whole engine is different. But for the rest of the vehicle, most of it will be similar.

    Madami din naman parts for 4 cylinder Prados sa Banawe and other third-party sellers.

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  5. Join Date
    May 2004
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    #5
    Yup, the engine is a bit dated but as you have said , it's really reliable! Some of the 4runners and Tacomas in the US have like 200 k miles on their rig with no major problems and maintained with just regular oil changes! And I forgot to mention that It's also chain-drive so you wont have to worry about belts breaking and destroying yor engine. And you can always install a TRD supercharger if you really want speed:D

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