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:
55,283 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 suspension problems

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 012015


  • miles


There was no "frame rotting" selection so I just chose what I think is affected. Major scaling on the inside. Outside looks perfect. Well, it seems that the inside rotted so bad that my inner frame rail on the passenger side near the rear track arm had almost rotted through. It is soft like a sponge, but yet the factory Toyota frame paint held it together. Poking it with my finger and it all crumbled revealing quite a few holes. Hood also has a lot of little rusted parts. This didn't happen because of negligence of my part. I take good care of my cars and never had troubles like these with any other car brands.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Sep 162014


  • 113,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota 4runner. The frame is rusting so severely that it may not pass inspection next year at this time. I live in pa. I have heard that Toyota has acknowledged that they have had frame issues with the Tacoma (same chasis), the early Tundra (I own a recalled 2000 with same issue), sequoias (same chasis as Tundra...... please tell me that the will recall my 4runner. I love the vehicle but the rust on the frame will kill it.

- Emlenton, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 122014


  • 57,100 miles


Hello, I have a 2005 Toyota 4runner with 57,000 and the frame is badly rusted with a hole in the subframe and Toyota says there is no problem with the 4runner frames but does admit they have problems with the Tacoma frames and the trucks share the same platforms. What can be done for an owner of a truck that has a frame that is falling apart but no rust on the body? the frames are poorly made and can give out.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 052012

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota 4runner which is rusting on the chassis and rear end housing Toyota tell me that there no recall on the 4 runner or Tundra but sequoia is recalled there must be a complaint filed some where we cannot wait for somebody to die as a result the rear end falling out or front end break away you must check into that just check online for all the complaints.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

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problem #6

Jul 062013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 268,000 miles
Passenger side a arm bracket broke.

- Sadieville, KY, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 012010


  • 60,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota 4 runner has become so rusted along the frame and undercarriage that the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I have used the vehicle for highway and normal road use. I bought the vehicle brand new and have never towed anything. My Tundra was purchased at exactly the same time and has been driven under the same conditions. It has no rust problems. There seems to be a problem with the undercoating of some of Toyota's vehicles. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

- Key West, FL, 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 142006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel pulls to the right when brakes applied, at random times( a few times it has done same to the left) this dose not occur all the time, but never gives you warning(almost hit another car last week it pulled so hard) this very seldom happens twice in a row, I know this is a very hard problem to find but I'm afraid this will cause a accident sooner or later "?? there must be someone who has had this problem or can find a answer ???"

- Clearwater, FL, 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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