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9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
137,762 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

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2000 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2000 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012012

4Runner Sport 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

unsafe but no other ride at this time. cant sell not safe for anyone. rearend broke away from frame shocks busted through also whats next?

- , Stuarts Draft, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010

4Runner SR5 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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frame rust, rot

Seems that Toyota would take ownership here. Other frame issues have been taken care of, in the Tundra, or Tacoma. Being fully aware that this is a 15 year old car, I would expect many other things to fail before the main structure of the vehicle. It is shame that a perfectly running vehicle that is unsafe to drive

- , Middletown, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 052015

4Runner Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,974 miles

Yesterday, my 2000 4Runner Limited failed Pa. state inspection due to my frame being rusted out and not repairable; meaning not able to box out the rusted area but needing a whole new frame. I was told that if I was rear ended that the back of the SUV would collapse. Now, last year for inspection, I took the 4Runner to a nearby Toyota dealer to do the inspection and they replaced dry rotted and torn ball joints and some other repairs and passed it for inspection. No mention of any problems in the frame. With this inspection, I asked the man how it could have incurred this type of damage to the frame in just one year. He told me that this type of damage took more than one year and that he could put his fist through parts of the rusted frame. He said that ballpark figure to replace the frame about $4000.00 did not say labor cost. Now, if the Tacoma and Tundra have the same frame as the 4Runner, why was the SUV omitted from recall? These automobile companies talk up "safety" to the public as their main priority; but basically it's all about their bottom line - $$$$$. Now I have to go shopping for a new vehicle when the only problem with the 4Runner is the frame. The body and engine is in good shape, I gave it regular maintenance and was hoping to get over 200,000 miles on it without any huge problems. Thanks Toyota for now costing me big money.

- , Media, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 072013

4Runner SR5 Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,075 miles

My 2000 4runner didn't pass Maine state inspection this year due to some frame rot and rust that wasn't there last year. I did call Toyota Corp about this, but there is nothing they will do as there were never any recalls for this. I did point out to them that the 4runner and Tacoma of said year share the same frame and they should be ashamed of themselves for not including the 4runner is the same recall. I did get an estimate on repair/replacement and its going to be around $1500.

- , Wells, ME, USA

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