Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Although it has a stellar record in terms of vehicle problems, initially the 4th generation (2003 - 2009) 4Runner didn't earn our top "Seal of Awesome" rating because it received poor crash test ratings for rear impacts. However it's proven to have one of the lowest driver death rates out of all vehicles (not just SUVs), so we've bumped it back up to our top award.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
54,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace hydraulic pump, brake accuator (1 reports)
2003 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 052016

4Runner Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


vsc off, vsc trac, ABS and brake warning lights & beeping

My car runs fine even with the vsc trac, vsc off, abs and brake warning lights and buzzers going off. Dealership wants $3200 for the accuator/ pump and $600 to install. It probably is just a bad sensor or relay. This is not a rare problem. Everyone is reporting this same problem and Toyota doesn't want to do anything about it. I guess this company doesn't care about all the brand loyalty they were able to build over many decades of building quality vehicles. Shame on Toyota. I will never buy another one and will discourage family and friends.

- , Princeville, HI, USA

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