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:
61,297 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 052016


  • 72,000 miles


Vibration issues.sterring whell vibrates even after with a set of 4 knew speed of about 5O milles / hour vibration starts.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 062016


  • 169,066 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4 runner. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle became difficult to steer. The steering was very tight traveling around curves. The steering failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column U joint was severely corroded. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 169,066.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #5

May 192014


  • 90,000 miles
Unable to turn wheel without great effort, wheel does not return to straight after turn without driver pulling wheel back to original position.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 152011


  • 45,000 miles


Vehicle is vibrating when braking, unstable at speed of 50mph, Toyota dealer diagnosed the problem as bad left & right ball joint/lower control arm, and needs to be replaced at a cost of $2300 vehicle only have 55000 miles no accidents..I searched online and found out that almost every 4runner owners are having this problem.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 212009


  • 0 miles
2005 Toyota 4runners have a very frequently reported vibration issue. This issue is reported all over the web and acknowledged by dealers nationwide. From my understanding, 2004 to 2007 4runners are all impacted. Customer spend 1000S of dollars replacing tires, balancing wheels, replacing steering wheels, etc and the car still vibrates and is suspect to be unsafe. This is a well known issue and Toyota claims that this is the design of the call. Steering wheel can shake badly. I have had my 4runner in many times for this issue to multiple dealers. All say it is a problem, but all 4runners of same vintage have same issue, so nothing that Toyota will do about it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 132009


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4 runner. While driving approximately 55 mph, the driver noticed that the steering wheel always turned to the left. He then heard a clunking noise near the front end of the vehicle when the transmission was placed into drive. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and the mechanic discovered that the rear passenger side stabilizer bar snapped and the metal appeared to be crystallized. The mechanic replaced the stabilizer bar and the rack and pinion. The manufacturer stated that they would not provide reimbursement since the vehicle was out of warranty and was not serviced at a dealer. The contact believes a recall should be issued. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 53,000.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052005

4Runner 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Steering vibration at highway speeds - 2 dealerships unable to balance wheels - possible tire/wheel defect.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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