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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 072005


  • 6 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. While driving approximately 30-35 mph, the contact noticed a chemical odor. If the windows were open, the smell seemed stronger. The contact stated that because of the smell, he had to take medication. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer six times but the failure could not be remedied. The contact was advised to change the type of fuel he did but the odor was still present. The contact called the manufacturer who also stated that he to change the fuel type. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 6 and the current mileage was 48,200. Updated 02/02/11

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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