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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,140 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 #5

Feb 042013


  • 107,000 miles


Without any warning the vehicle lost all braking power. The brake pedal would not go down and at that moment the warning lights came on but that was after the vehicle had already lost it's brakes. The car was towed to headquater Toyota and they determined that the "hydraulic brakes power booster assembly" had failed. It was replaced at a cost of $3127.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 112011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
I own a 2002 Toyota 4runner with approximately 94,000 miles. The vehicle primary use is driving less than 10 miles a day off highway. The following alarm lights came on: Brake light, check engine light, vsc light, trac light, ABS light, and the speedometer quit working. The vehicle was taken to mike calvert Toyota in houston, tx to diagnose the problem. Their scanner was unable to identify a code for the problem. The conclusion was that the ads control module (skid control sensor) was at fault and thus had to be replaced. The assistant service manager, grant miles advised me not to drive the vehicle until the ads control module was replaced. The cost for the parts and labor was quoted as $2377.01. It would take 3 to 5 business days for the part to be ordered and replaced. I had to rent a car from the dealership because of the vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive and because of the lengthy repair time. The cost of the rental car is approximately $289. Because of the possible safety issues with the ads control module (skid control sensor-part # 8954035270), I am registering this notification with the NHTSA.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 112010


  • 258,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota 4runner. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and all the service lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact had to apply more pressure to stop the vehicle. The contact pulled over and turned the vehicle off. The failure continued after the vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the ABS needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 258,000.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 022010


  • 51,700 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 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 at the owners expense under 40K miles. The vehicle is driven at most 5K miles a year. The problem has returned 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 its driver error / normal use. I have not driven this vehicle much and not hard. My use would easily qualify as normal highway travel. The vehicle has less than 65K miles on it now. 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.

- Superior, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005


  • miles
Reading about the problem with the braking systems of the Toyota prius, I learned that the braking system might not work when the vehicle hits a pothole, uneven pavement, or bump. I've had the same problem in my '02 4runner. If the brakes are applied and the vehicle hits a bump, the brakes feel as if they are not working, (brake pedal goes straight to the floor w/no pressure). This issue goes away if you release the brake pedal and reapply pressure to the brake, (pump). I always thought this was "normal" until I read about the prius issues with it's braking system. The issues with the prius sound too similar to dismiss the issue as just a problem with the car's electric engine.

- Denver, CO, USA

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