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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,090 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 172007

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,090 miles


In general, when I pull up to a stop I sometimes feel a clunk. Then, when I start again, it feels like the brake release is delayed with another clunk. There's a few Lexus GX470 owners (same engine and drivetrain as 4runner) that are complaining at other sites. I've been told the two piece driveshaft gets air compressed inside, and when the compression leaks out, you get the clunk. Lexus is apparently fixing the problem.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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