Our trip out to Colorado and Utah was a success!
(Minus a broken ankle and having to skip mountain passes in CO because of it)
Our 2000 4Runner preformed great and got us into some wild areas and more importantly got us out!
The White Rim Trail, a 3 day/2night 100+mile off road trail through Canyonlands in Utah was intense! Much more technical than we originally thought and at several points I though "there is no way we are getting out of this alive, let alone with the truck still operational!" But our 4Runner pulled us out of some very very difficult, steep, rocky inclines that I am still shocked from experiencing!
Having the opportunity to work as a team with my wife to get through the most challenging terrain I have yet to come across was a true life changing experience. Our bond with each other and with our 4Runner has never been stronger. Now, laying in bed back in Philadelphia, nursing my ankle I busted while hiking in Ouray CO, I can't help but to dream of our future adventures and what wild places our 4Runner will take us too next!
The only issues we ran into was with climbing the mountains through Colorado. The Truck did NOT like the altitude and would regularly burp coolant from the overflow tank pressure release valve.
It chugged along however and for up and down the mountain range twice! Water temps hit 220 and trans temps hit 265!!!
A trans fluid swap was done before we left and Inwill be doing another this weekend.
Motor oil used for the trip out and for the White Rim was 5w30 Redline. At 3000 miles we changed it while in Moab to M1 0w40. That oil now has about 3000 miles on it and I will be changing it out with PUP 5w30 this weekend.
Sadly this Toyota did not make it out alive. I hope everyone was ok!