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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,167 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.

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2007 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012012


  • 50,000 miles


The rubber on the inside the tailgate handle has melted and erroded. In warm weather, it is sticky and causes black tar-like substance on hands. In colder winter months, it is difficult to depress to open the tailgate. In quickly scanning all complaints on this site related to the 2007 4-runner, about 10% are for this issue! not a serious safety or vehicle operation issue, but indicates a faulty part on the vehicle. Understanding that this model year is long out of warranty, it should still be corrected, as a goodwill measure if nothing else.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152013


  • miles
The lift gate handle is sticky and leave black residue on fingers. When you look at it looks like it is melted. I think it is a real problem. I'm research how to repair, but once I've been on this site I see there are others with this issue. I think Toyota needs to address this issue.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 022013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The rear hatch door handle turned into a melted rubber/plastic mess. Our hands are covered with black melted rubber type material whenever we try to open the rear hatch. After online research, I see there are allot of other Toyota 4 runners with the same problem. The part is called, switch assembly, back part #84840-35010. No doubt that the part is faulty.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 032012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


The pad (located on the hatchback latch) where you place your hand to press down to open the hatchback has melted. It is difficult to open the hatchback as the rubber has melted & the button no longer releases properly. When I called don mcgill Toyota in houston, tx, they explained this is not a recall item & it would cost approximately $350 to repair since it includes replacing the entire button & electrical parts associated with the hatchback. This is a safety issue since I cannot open the hatchback properly. I believe this is a faulty hatchback handle which Toyota should repair at no charge. The parts that were originally used on this handle are faulty.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 242009

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles
The back, trunk handle switch consists of a black, rubber type of material that melts every summer. I live in Texas so summers can get extremely hot. So, it has melted/gotten hot to the point where it almost burned me and my husband's fingers. Additionally, it will leave black stains on our fingers regardless of the weather. This is not only an inconvenience but also a hazard. I'm currently trying to get it fixed at the dealership. However, I was told that the part that would replace it is the same material. So, I'm writing this to hopefully get a response from Toyota to replace these handles with another type of material. I've researched online and have found that it is not only with 4runners that this happens on but also siennas. We should not have to experience this with any vehicles we purchase regardless of where we live. Toyota should do something about this issue and not expect customers to just fix it on their own, not to mention replace it with the same switch that we had issues on to begin with.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #1

Apr 012008

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Toyota 4 runner with bad ground clearance. Consumer states that the vehicle scrapes the ground. Toyota reps and service reps keep telling her that ground clearance is measured different ways. The consumer stated she wanted a vehicle with high ground clearance. The dealer told her the vehicle had 9.1 inches of ground clearance, but later the consumer discovered that wasn't true.

- Sharon, CT, USA

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