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2004 Toyota 4Runner
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com 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.
Worst 2004 4Runner Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems28NHTSA complaints: 9
- brakes problems7NHTSA complaints: 62
- engine problems6NHTSA complaints: 46
- body / paint problems5NHTSA complaints: 83
- wheels / hubs problems5NHTSA complaints: 8
- AC / heater problems2
- drivetrain problems1NHTSA complaints: 16
- electrical problems1NHTSA complaints: 13
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 4
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 33
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 20
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 19
- steering problemsNHTSA: 10
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 8
- windows / windshield problemsNHTSA: 7
- transmission problemsNHTSA: 6
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 4
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