Toyota 4Runner – A Brief History

Today we’re learning about the Toyota 4Runner. It all started in 1980 when a Toyota dealership owner in Wisconsin named Jack Safro wanted the 4wd capabilities of a Toyota pickup but with an enclosed cab for the cold climate. Safro contacted @winnebagorvs to make a Fiberglass rear cab for the Toyota Hilux. Toyota agreed to the partnership and they unveiled the Trekker in 1981. They built 1500 and they all sold fast. Toyota realized there was a market for this style of vehicle so they released the Toyota 4Runner in 1984. In Japan they were sold as the Hilux Surf.

Pictured here is a 1989 N60. The last year of the first generation. The 4Runner was the first to coin the term SUV and has been a staple in the class ever since. Iseecars.com named it #5 in their most reliable cars in the US list. With its versatility and longevity it’s easy to see why the 4Runner is one of the best cars on the market to this day.

Star Smog Certified Station!

STAR Certified StationIt’s Official, JUST SMOGS® is a Certified STAR Smog Check Station. We received this honorable certification in late October 2012. The California STAR Smog Check program will be effective January 1, 2013. For more information about the STAR program please visit www.smogcheck.ca.gov

Mercedes Benz smog check in Huntington Beach

Two all black Mercedes smog checked at JUST SMOGS®. Most newer Mercedes cannot be dyno tested because the traction control system is not completely dis-engagable. If you’re a Benz owner, make sure y20111207-125505.jpgou watch the smog technician while he’s inspecting your vehicle…If you see the wheels spinning…stop the test immediately. Otherwise you might be spending big bucks on repairs.

 

OBD II Monitor Readiness – Drive Cycle GM

The following is the recommended driving cycle for General Motors.

A complete driving cycle should perform diagnostics on all systems. A complete driving cycle can be done in under fifteen minutes. Continue Reading →