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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
166,225 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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2002 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 182016

4Runner

  • 181,900 miles

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

Traction control system malfunctions intermittently while driving around curves. Several times while driving approximately 30-40 miles per hour on a mountain road, the anti skid light illuminates without warning on a dry paved road with a subsequent sudden pull to the right and "grinding" noise. This has happened multiple times without warning. The Toyota dealer can not help, since he can not replicate the problem. The latest occurrence pulled the vehicle across the center line into the oncoming traffic lane. (had there been oncoming traffic this would have been a serious accident)

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 172014

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Vsc, trac off, ABS and brake lights came on while driving. High pitched buzzer/alarm started and remained constant. Brakes became very hard to depress and I lost most braking power.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032011

4Runner 6-cyl Diesel

  • 138,000 miles
Vehicle frame, front & rear bumpers and undercarriage have excessive / unsafe rust corrosion.

- Bellvale , NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 152013

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
Vibration from braking causing very decreased vehicle control posing very increased accident risk. Toyota four runner 02 limited, recurrence of pulsing brake pedal and very high vehicle vibration when braking. This occurs after short or long mountain descents at normal / posted highway speeds under normal passenger loads (not hauling), clear dry conditions. This is the second time this low mileage vehicle has experience this issue. First time, the front rotors were replaced at the dealer by the previous owners expense under 60K miles. The vehicle is driven at most 7K miles a year. The problem has returned over and over and poses a serious hazard to occupants and other highway travelers. Searching the web, there are numerous complaints of warped rotors which Toyota dealers are saying is driver error / normal use. I have not driven this vehicle much and not hard. My use would qualify as normal highway travel. The vehicle was purchased by me in 2008 and I have replaced rotors every year. I have purchased the slotted rotors with ceramic as well as semi metallic with no benefit. Certainly the expense of again replacing rotors is concerning, but really, the amount of vibration and decreased control causes me to be very concerned for my, and others, safety. Even if the rotors are replaced, it seems very likely that the vibration and loss of control will return in a few thousand miles of normal use. I would like Toyota to admit their vehicles have faulty assembly which causes excessive wear on pads and rotors. I now just took it in again, and this will be the 4th set of rotors, pads and rear drums!

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

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