CARISTA for 5th Gen 4Runner – OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter to Unlock Hidden Features on Your 4Runner

Carista Electronic Customization 4Runner

OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter and App: Diagnose, Customize and Service Your Toyota

One of the huge selling points that drew me to the 4Runner was its ability to have a rear window that rolls down. With the twist of a key, I can open and close the rear window from outside the vehicle. I just wish the other windows had the same ability.

After checking the manual, I found that they can!

The Toyota 4Runner Manual lists a variety of customizable features that you can change, however says, “Programming these preferences requires specialized equipment and may be performed by your Toyota dealer.”

Sounds easier said than done, sometimes it’s hard to find time with a busy schedule to visit the dealer, and wait for them adjust a few personal settings.

Toyota 4Runner Customizations

During a warranty-covered oil change, I asked if they could adjust a few features while it was there. I was told I would have to book a separate time because the only one tech that performs these tasks was unavailable.

Some Toyota 4Runner owners mentioned that some dealerships charged a labor fee for adjusting these customizations, while some were able to get theirs done for free.

All of this research led me to this amazing little product, Carista, that not only lets me change those features around my own schedule, but does so much more.

The Carista app also has the ability to run diagnostic tests on your vehicle, allowing you to find out which fault codes are trigging a “Check Engine” light, as well as their meanings. Though the app you can reset, clear codes, and perform dealer-level electronic diagnostics of all modules in the vehicle.

The Carista OBD2 Module also supports third-party apps such as OBD Fusion, Dash Command, or Torque.

Apps like these provide an advanced display for engine and sensor data (e.g. transmission temps, MAF, battery voltage)

Price

STEP 1. DOWNLOAD

Download Carista on the app on the App Store (Apple) or get it on Google Play (Android)

STEP 2. PLUG IN

Carista works by plugging in the module into the vehicle’s OBD2 connector port, usually located in the driver’s footwell area. Locate the port, and plug your adaptor in.

STEP 3. CONNECT

Connect to your device via your phone’s bluetooth

STEP 4. REDEEM YOUR FREE TRIAL

The app should prompt you, that if you would like unlock the apps full capabilities, you will need to pay for their subscription. To redeem the Free 1-Month Trial you will be presented with a purchase option. Select the one with the Free Trial to unlock all the functions of the app. (During the 1-Month Trial, or after making your customizations, you can cancel your subscription)

STEP 5. CUSTOMIZE OR CHECK FAULTS

The CARISTA home screen gives you three service options to choose from, tap ‘CUSTOMIZE’ to begin changing the personal preferences of your vehicle.

Example: From here on the vast customizable preferences are yours. One main feature I wanted to add to my vehicle was the option to roll all my windows down, from just the click of my remote. Making the adjustment was as simple as scrolling through the list of features, selecting ‘Open windows and sunroof via long-press on remote – OFF’ and toggling it from OFF to ON. Click ‘SAVE’ and you’re done!

4Runner Customizable features

Below is a list of all the Customizable features for the 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner (defaults)

  • Doors / Windows / Remote
  • Wireless Door Locking – Enabled
  • Blink Turn Signals When Locking/Unlocking with Remote – YES
  • Beep When Locking/Unlocking with Remote – Yes
  • The volume of Beep When Locking/Unlocking with Remote – MAX
  • Beep when Opening/Closing Windows with Remote – YES
  • Warn (Beep) When Door Can’t Be Locked Because It’s Still Open – YES
  • Panic Function on Remote – ENABLED
  • Re-Lock doors automatically if you unlock, but don’t open a door – YES
  • Re-lock doors automatically if you unlock, but don’t open a door within… – 60 Seconds
  • Auto-lock doors when moving – OFF
  • Lock doors when shifting into gear – ON
  • Unlock doors when shifting into park (P) – ON
  • Unlock all doors when driver’s door is opened – OFF
  • Close rear hatch window by turning and holding key in door lock – YES
  • Open rear hatch window by turning and holding key in door lock – YES
  • Open windows and sunroof by turning and holding key in door lock – OFF
  • Close windows and sunroof by turning and holding key in door lock – OFF
  • Open windows and sunroof via long-press on remote – OFF
  • Close passenger’s window using a single button press -YES
  • Rear-left window single-touch-close – YES
  • Rear-right window single-touch-close – YES
  • Passenger window single-touch-close from driver’s switch -YES
  • Rear-left window single-touch-close from driver’s switch – YES
  • Rear-right window single-touch-close from driver’s switch – YES
  • Rear hatch window auto-close – YES
  • Rear hatch window auto-open – YES
  • Rear hatch window open/close delay – 0.8 SECONDS

Instrument Display / Dings

  • Seat belt warning ding (driver) – ENABLED
  • Seat belt warning ding (front passenger) -ENABLED
  • ECO Drive indicator zone – ON

Interior/ Exterior Lights

  • Coming-home lights duration – 30 SECONDS
  • Auto headlights activation threshold – NORMAL
  • Instrument lights dimming sensitivity – NORMAL
  • Instruments restoring sensitivity – NORMAL
  • Dim interior lights after… – 15 SECONDS
  • Turn on interior lights when you shut off engine – YES
  • Turn on interior lights when you unlock doors – YES
  • Interior footlight (brighten doors open, dim when driving) – YES
  • Turn on interior door-handle & center console lights dimly (flood lights) when ignition is on and shifter is not in park (P) – YES
  • Turn on exterior footlight (on side mirror) when doors unlocked via remote – YES
  • Turn on extra foot light (on side mirror) when doors unlocked via interior switch – YES
  • Turn on exterior footlight (on side mirror) for… – 15 SECONDS
  • Interior light control – ENABLED

Other Features

  • Run rear wiper automatically after rear window washer use -ON
  • Additional ‘tear’ wipe after rear window use – ON
  • Rear wiper intermittent run time interval – 3 SECONDS
  • Rear wiper retract time – 3 SECONDS

Final Thoughts

Carista has given me the ability to change all the extra customizable features to my liking, and more. I found the device very affordable, and gave me the freedom of customizing the features I wanted, without booking an appointment at the dealership.

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Rickn68
Rickn68
3 months ago

I have a 2014 4runner limited with push button start. Will it work on my vehicle?

_JT_
_JT_
6 months ago

Great article, really helps knowing the options available. Stumbled across the settings using another app but seeing it laid out helps. Really was hoping you found the secret to making the Factory VIP remote start work like any aftermarket system. The turning off when entering the car is infuriating.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

Is there an OBD plugin that can accurately read transmission fluid tempt besides scan gauge? The temp check mode option using automatic shifter is a pain.

Kikacrane
Kikacrane
1 year ago

Just tried this out and all went well! Thanks Frank. Cheap, fun, easy mod!

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

This is a great find!!!

Does anyone know of an OBD plug-in to bypass the TPMS?

Dan Reebs
Dan Reebs
1 year ago

I enjoyed reading this article. And you pointing out all the different features that you can change. There are a few things I’d like to change also. Thanks for the information.

JFlo
JFlo
2 years ago

Do these settings apply to all 4Runner trims? I have the base model SR5, will the remote window setting work?

Frankie V
Frankie V
1 year ago
Reply to  JFlo

Yup, I just did this on mine.

Rocker357
Rocker357
2 years ago

I just got this for my 2015 4Runner and tried to get the windows to go up and down by remote but it did not work? I can use the key to put them up and down. Also the sunroof and back window do not work with key or remote.

Rocker357
Rocker357
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank Rebelo

Which button on the remote should you push to get them to go down. I tried both but maybe i need to hold longer can’t get it to work at all.

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago
Reply to  Rocker357

Same thing here. I can only get my windows to go down via remote. I assume that’s normal?

Rocker357
Rocker357
2 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Remote not working at all for me.

Mike Z
Mike Z
2 years ago

Question: Are the customized settings retained if the vehicle’s battery is disconnected and reconnected? I’d like to just have to program my configuration once and not every time my battery is disconnected.

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago

Super slick. Super easy. Took 2 seconds to download and activate app on iPhone. Super easy to use and modify dealer features. Awesome buy!

Ralph
Ralph
2 years ago

I was looking at that but I’m trying to stay away from adding more lights hahah. I’ll keep digging. Thank you

Ralph
Ralph
2 years ago

Ah I see. I guess I’ll have to dig a little deeper on how to keep them on until starting up the car

Ralph
Ralph
2 years ago

Coming-home lights duration – 30 SECONDS… is this when you disarm via remote? If not is there an option to do this. I’d like the courtesy lights to be on for my wife when she goes to the runner at night

Craig
Craig
2 years ago

For whatever reason my 2016 4Runner Trail would not let me turn off the Eco light even though there was an option and I opted to turn it off. Tried toggling multiple time but no luck. Unfortunately that was the one thing I really wanted to turn off.

Dave Rich
Dave Rich
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Rebelo

The 2020 TRD Offroad Premium doesn’t have that DISP button on the steering wheel. Does anyone know how to disable the ECO light on the 2020? Thanks

Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago

Thank you for this! Fixed so many of the little things I had wished I could change easily. Windows down with key fob and increasing the rear window wiper intermittent time made my day. Plus I already had a WiFi OBDII device and the Carista app worked with it. No need to buy the Carista OBDII device.

Paolo
Paolo
3 years ago

Is there a way to unlock all doors with single push of the unlock button?

Paolo
Paolo
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank Rebelo

What does this one means?

“Unlock all doors when driver’s door is opened”

Robert Martinez
Robert Martinez
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank Rebelo

Sorry if this was covered…

Can you use your phone to unlock the doors if you left your keys inside the locked car?

Will you be able to still use this feature after the trial membership ends?

Paolo
Paolo
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank Rebelo

Gotcha. Well it never hurts to press the unlock button twice, more exercise for the thumb. =)

James Roark
James Roark
3 years ago

So glad you posted this! Was told I had to return to my dealer where I purchased to customize the remote settings and beep volume. Just ordered one!

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