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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,004 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 222016


  • 74,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that part of the vehicle's frame was rusty. The front cross member that supported the skid plate was missing and needed to be replaced, not repaired. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was determined that the vehicle was structurally unsound. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,500.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 172016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact took the vehicle to be inspected and was advised that the frame was rusted and needed replacement. There were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Windham, ME, USA

problem #3

May 312015


  • 88,540 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the frame support member was corroded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,540. MA 10/2

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 102014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact noticed a large amount of rust on the frame near the radiator. The dealer stated that the boots on the front axles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Orrington, ME, USA

problem #1

Apr 092009


  • 61,980 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4 runner. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a state inspection. The technician observed frame perforation due to severe rust corrosion. As a result, the vehicle failed inspection because of the frame. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a structure body welder shop for a second opinion and the technician stated that the frame had excessive blisters. The technician did not recommend that the frame be repaired because the failure would recur within a year. The failure mileage was 61,980 and current mileage was 62,400.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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