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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,502 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced ring & pinion gears (1 reports)
2003 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 082010

4Runner SE 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,502 miles


When it comes to fixing a Toyota, OMG it cost so much. Toyota is clever because even though you purchase a warranty, it may not cover your problem. It's sad because things really start to break down when the warranty expires. That's where they can make money because it cost so much to fix. Then talk about the labor, it costs more!!! Not so bad if everyone was rich I guess.

- , Waipahu, HI, USA

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