Owning A "Fort": My Pre-Owned First Gen Toyota Fortuner


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100% fun Sir !! It's such a nice feeling to drive a tall n rigid SUV on open roads in such a pleasant weather.. You're enjoying your Fort a lot!!
Wish you many many miles of happy journey ahead!
BTW, does a Fortuner (Your gen model) costs a bomb to maintain? Many people say this, so I want to get clarified from a proud and happy Fortuner owner.. [roll]
 
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My experience with Fortuner 2013 model (3L automatic , 4WD) , was not that great , I think it depends on diff dealership run service centre, and most importantly , the 5k service interval is a major cause for the cost hike.
 
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100% fun Sir !! It's such a nice feeling to drive a tall n rigid SUV on open roads in such a pleasant weather.. You're enjoying your Fort a lot!!
Wish you many many miles of happy journey ahead!
BTW, does a Fortuner (Your gen model) costs a bomb to maintain? Many people say this, so I want to get clarified from a proud and happy Fortuner owner.. [roll]
Thanks for your kind words! Indeed I enjoy and am trying to make the most of the vehicle abilities.
Coming to maintainence mine is a manual transmission vehicle and has very good service history.I do the general upkeep personally and am very observant on the vehicle behavior and service needs.
Age and distance ( nearing 1.5 lakhs) are always detrimental to any vehicle .Periodic service as per schedule and being mechanically empathetic to the vehicle is important.Parts which need to be replaced after certain time better be replaced even if there is no issue as otherwise can cause cascading effect on related parts or catastrophic failure.
Toyotas are reliable as far as the build quality goes and definitely timely service extends life of any vehicle.
Since I am a DIY guy most regular services are done by me to the last detail.
I stay away from unnecessary modifications which can strain the vehicle components and like to stick to factory settings.Iv had a very happy ownership until now and guess TANTOR would agree with me

My experience with Fortuner 2013 model (3L automatic , 4WD) , was not that great , I think it depends on diff dealership run service centre, and most importantly , the 5k service interval is a major cause for the cost hike.
Hi VISHNUCARCRAZY, very surprised about your experience! Could you kindly let me know what issues you faced with your vehicle so that I can relate to mine .
Once the vehicle is out of warranty most people service the vehicle outside of the company and I think that's when things can go wrong .Use of less expensive parts and workmanship can affect vehicle in long run.
The dealership as far as I have seen are good in their work and don't upsell unnecessary works when the car is in for service .They stick by the schedule.Labor charges are reasonable .Labor charges can be mitigated if you are ready to get down and dirty .
Kindly pen down your opinion sir I'd like to hear more about your experience
 
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I had bought a used Fortuner (mint condition ) , at 50k km on odo (48. something ) .
The main thing is post 50k km , the vehicle needs replacement of crucial parts at different intervals specified in manual ,moreover my running was quite high (me and my cousin shared the ride for our long drives ), so 5kkm in 2-3 months , such interval thereby economically it wasn't feasible , so sold off the ride at 67k km .
Resale was good , just 10k difference from the price we bought.(we had for 9 months )
 
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I had bought a used Fortuner (mint condition ) , at 50k km on odo (48. something ) .
The main thing is post 50k km , the vehicle needs replacement of crucial parts at different intervals specified in manual ,moreover my running was quite high (me and my cousin shared the ride for our long drives ), so 5kkm in 2-3 months , such interval thereby economically it wasn't feasible , so sold off the ride at 67k km .
Resale was good , just 10k difference from the price we bought.(we had for 9 months )
Wow an auto 4x4 at 50k is still a virgin ! I do agree that Toyota recommends its genuine parts for its vehicles and the build quality when you compare really shows .
The price for a Toyota genuine front brake pads is around Rs 6000 while a bosch or delphi costs around 1800-2400.
Something as trivial as a cabin air filter costs Rs1600 while a purolator costs Rs 400. The wiper blades are also exorbitant and can go to the tune of Rs 4000 for a pair.
The engine and transmission as far as i know don't need any special service .the timing belt is to be done at 1.5 lakhs KMS
5k service is for check up and top-ups only ;and if anything found amiss its informed before repair /replacement.This is only preventative but i agree it does escalate ownership costs.
Oil change at every 10k is done as with other lubrication of prop shafts.Other than this I cant fathom that they had asked you to change any major parts as the parts really are hard wearing .
Any ways since you have changed hands with the car with a very good resale value there is nothing you have lost largely[cheers]
 
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Exactly , the parts cost are high , I had to change the Front Brake pads (Previously was changed at 30k ) .
And also wheel bearings .
I also don't prefer to give to other service garages, wipers I had put in Bosch Frameless.
But parts quality wise , they are great . Service experience wise , its Ok , but for me Ford's service is always the best .
 
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Automatic vehicles usually have a higher rate of brake pad wear and more so the Fortuner due to its weight!
Wheel bearings are a surprise[roll]
The speed sensor for the vehicle is inbuilt to the bearing and could be a other reason for high replacement cost .
Did you have ABS malfunction light on dash ? How was it diagnosed to a bad wheel bearing ? Sorry for asking too many questions it's just my eagerness to understand the issue you faced
 
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Bearing noise .
Symptom - Noise when vehicle moves from wheel side (Point to be noted , from wheel side )
How to diagnose- Lift the vehicle , rotate the wheel , you may get the same noise , or you may find uneven rotation of wheels when spinned together , one spins as if there is friction on the wheels (Like jammed motion).
No probs sir , you may ask any doubts , only issue being fortuner was handled mostly by my cousin than myself , although am quite equipped myself with many vehicles and can share technical knowledge whatever I know.

No malfunction light was lit .
 
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Meanwhile , automatic version(4 Speed DCT) of Fortuner is more like a caged lion than its manual sibling (Although this issue had been addressed in New fortuner having a 2.8L engine , and better auto gear box - paddle shifters TC), where it shined was the 4WD system , which was robust .(Best in segment even now) .
 
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100% fun Sir !! It's such a nice feeling to drive a tall n rigid SUV on open roads in such a pleasant weather.. You're enjoying your Fort a lot!!
Wish you many many miles of happy journey ahead!
BTW, does a Fortuner (Your gen model) costs a bomb to maintain? Many people say this, so I want to get clarified from a proud and happy Fortuner owner.. [roll]
Definitely not. Not a bomb to maintain as per my experience.
We have some heavy rain and driving through heavy rain is fun.
Vehicle Maintenance is normal, cost on every 5000km routine maintenance is normal.
 
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