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:
51,975 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.

2005 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 042005


  • miles


Excesive rust under body. Exhaust system and frame.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #7

May 152016


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The check engine and vsc warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an auto store where a technician pulled up diagnostic trouble codes. The contact spoke with a local dealer who stated that, based on the codes provided, the vehicle would be repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 05V123000 (engine and engine cooling). The VIN was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 272015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. When the vehicle came to a complete stop, there was a two second delay before the vehicle jolted. The contact stated that it felt as though someone had rear-ended the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently and became progressively worse over time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the driveshaft was lubricated; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252014


  • miles


Low mileage car and parts of the frame are falling a part. Dealer refuses to service car as it is unsafe. Toyota says they have no problems with the 4runners rusting just there trucks at this time...?

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 282010


  • 62,800 miles
2005 Toyota 4-runner sport edition. Had car parked in driveway. Car was in park with no key in the ignition. 4-year old child climbed into car and put car gear-shft into neutral (no key in ignition and foot was not on brake pedal). Car rolled out of driveway into a busy road. Another car nearly hit the 4-runner. Driver of other vehicle stopped and halted other traffic by honking their horn. Owner of 4-runner heard honking, came out of house and found 4-runner sitting across the road with the 4-year old child still in it. Condition of putting 4-runner into neutral without key or foot on brake pedal was tested several more times and found to be repeatable.

- Auburn, ME, USA

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problem #3

Feb 142010


  • 100,000 miles
When coming to a stop vehicle tends to shift into first gear late, right at stopping and it feels like a bump or someone hitting you from behind. This depends on how fast the vehicle is stopped. If stopped faster, the vehicle never shifts into first gear at stopping. After the brake is released the vehicle feels as if shifting from second to first gear. Manually down shifting the vehicle in all gears feels normal except from second to first. There is a hesitation between these gears, the vehicle coast as if in neutral for about two seconds then shifts into first gear. This website also describes the "bump" feel from other owners, search for "bump"

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 222010


  • miles
Every so often my 2005 Toyota 4-runner will lurch forward at a stop. Its like the vehicle is being rearended. This occurs without warning and at random times during a typical day. The transmission will also lock in 4th gear if while driving on the interstate the vehicle slow suddenly - this is corrected by pulling off the interstate, shutting down the vehicle and waiting a few moments.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005


  • miles
While the consumer was driving 35 mph in her 2005 Toyota 4runner a book slid into the shifter knob and knocked it out of drive and into reverse. On two more occasions, the vehicle was stopped on a ramp like hill at a stop light, the consumers foot was off the brake, and before the consumer could apply the gas a loud clanking noise followed by a ratcheting sound as the vehicle drifted backwards. The consumer test drove another vehicle and the same noise was heard, the mechanic also heard the noise but stated it was normal and was not sure of the severity of it.

- Vidalia, LA, USA

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