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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052009


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph the traction control light illuminated on the instrument panel, and the vehicle began to pull towards the left. After a few moments, the failure corrected itself. The failure recurred approximately seven times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or to be repaired. The manufacturer was aware of the failure and advised the contact to call a dealer. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Haskell, AR, USA

problem #1

Jan 122008


  • miles
I was driving a 2001 Toyota 4runner on a 2 lane mountain highway a couple years ago. Wintertime, wet road. Going 50 mph around a wide right turn, the anti-skid brake system suddenly screeched at me, and apparently applied the brakes on the left side of the car, causing it to swerve left towards the opposing lane of traffic. I managed to correct, and avoid an accident. I went with my friend whose car it was to the dealer later and described the occurrence. The dealer claimed that one of the tires was low. I never trust anti-skid brake systems since this occurrence. This kind of response is completely unacceptable. That same car also had a firmware glitch in the 4 wheel system that would cause the 4 wheel not to be disabled until you pulled over and shut off the engine for a bit, on an unfrequented basis.

- Seattle , WA, USA

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