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Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:49 am
by TyroBullmastiff
Hi,
I'm looking to replace my very reliable 01 4Runner with 200k miles & have been researching H3's & looking for some advise. A friend of mine had one & it seems it was a lemon. I read on another forum "If the last 6 of the VIN are less than 287591 you are in the range for a bad head". I've also read about some radiator problems. This will be a family car so my main focus is reliability. Any advise on what to watch out for?
Thanks!!!

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:26 am
by Mark
If you go on vehicle specific forums you hear more about the issues which makes them seem like they are more common than they really are. There was an issue with early '06 H3 heads but more than likely at this point if it was going to be an issue it would have happened already. This is no guarantee but the odds would be in your favor. That being said the '06 model year was extremely reliable for a first model year vehicle but getting a later model year will have benefits such as a slightly higher displacement to the 3.7L. The radiators do have a tendency to crack at the top and can be replaced with an aftermarket if it does happen. It's common enough that you hear about it but not common enough that you can expect it to happen to you. I would look for an H3 with the adventure package which gives you the rear locker in '06-'08 or front and rear lockers in '09-'10. I would also look for the lowest mileage H3 you can find with the features you want. As you know as with any vehicle the higher the mileage the more issues you are going to have but overall they are very reliable. I know a lot of people with 130K plus miles and still very reliable trucks.

Not sure your budget but I do know of a '06 with luxury and adventure packages with only 34K miles on it. It's priced based on the mileage (think he is around $18,900) which is high for most '06s at this point but is supposed to be in like new condition if your interested.

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:33 am
by TyroBullmastiff
Thanks for the info! Where's the 06 located? I'm in North Carolina.
Thanks!

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:00 pm
by Mark
I believe it's in Illinois just outside St. Louis. I can put you in contact with the owner if you are interested. Let us know if you think of any other questions.

If you get one, what are you plans for it?

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:07 pm
by TyroBullmastiff
Thanks, that would be great. It would be used to transport the kiddo & the bullmastiff around & vacations in the NC mountains & the beach....along with some occasional play of course.

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:49 am
by Mark
Here are a few pics of the H3 I mentioned. The owner is either going to contact you here or will send me his contact info which I will pass on.

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Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:53 am
by TyroBullmastiff
Perfect! Thanks!

Re: Which H3 to buy advise?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:41 pm
by Mark
Just sent you a PM with his contact info.