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:
60,229 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.

2007 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012011


  • 48,000 miles


The hatch latch has melted and presents problems in unlatching. The dealer denies this is a problem. Especially in cooler weather, I am often not able to open the rear hatch. My research indicates that many owners of this model experience the same issues. There is some concern that the cause is faulty wiring that overheats the material. Also, the replacement part is the same as the original; therefore, not resolving this issue. This should be a safety concern and should be remedied by the manufacturer.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 192016


  • 133,376 miles
Rear window defroster was accidentally turned on (right advice cup holder) causing rear window to shatter while driving. It was stationary at a light at the time.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012016


  • miles
Back door latch has become a sticky mess. When opening, a tar like substance gets all over your fingers.

- Edgewood, NM, USA

problem #3

Jun 172015


  • 160,000 miles


Severe rust problem on the frame/hitch/rear hatch. We were advised not to use the rear hitch due to the rust and that it could come loose when towing..

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 012010


  • 20,000 miles
The tailgate latch is made from some rubber component. It has melted into mush. This makes it difficult to open back hatch door. It also has made a mess on paint on tail gate.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #1

Sep 022011


  • miles
On the back of the truck, in the middle of the rear door, my car began to rust out of nowhere. I do not live by the ocean or any other type of environment to cause rust and in the winter time, the truck is garage kept. After hearing from a number of people having the same problem, calling Toyota to find out that they have no recall, I took the car to an auto body shop. The expert looked at the rust, went to scrape it, and the exterior crumbled in creating a decent hole. The expert said that there was no reason for a truck this age should have this problem. He called Toyota to complain saying that this is a problem Toyota should fix, but they said they had no recall on the issue. The expert told me that the car was rusting from the inside and is eating away at the layers of paint. He said I had nothing to do with the cause. He also said that he could fix it at a high price, but that may not even solve the problem. I am filing this because there is no reason a car 6 years old and well kept should be rusting and falling apart.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

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