really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
136,534 miles

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2001 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

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2001 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jul 052014

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles


Took vehicle to local Toyota dealership for safety and mechanical inspection after purchasing used; mechanic notes that frame is rusted through on passenger side, near lower trailing arm bracket and on drivers side near fuel tank skid plate. Damage appears to have originated on the inside of the frame and has eaten its way to the outside. Mechanic advised that vehicle may not be safe to drive, no recall by Toyota on 4runners despite similar issues with same year Tacoma.

- Boone, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 082014


  • 112,080 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the dealer found the suframe corroded in the fuel tank area while the front rotors and brake pads were being replaced. The frame was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 112,080.

- Warren , MA, USA

problem #9

Oct 082013


  • 147,000 miles
Brought vehicle to Toyota dealer for removal of seized hardware. Technician pointed out rust spot on frame, rot has spread to wheel well on both sides of frame and has continued down to transmission crossmember. Technician pointed out rot has eaten through frame on both sides at rear control arm bracket. Spoke with other early 2000's 4runner owners who all have rot in same places. Preventative maintenance practices have been used on this vehicle since I purchased it. Frame has no drainage holes forward of rust holes in wheel wells. Concerned for other 4runner owners who are unaware of rust spots by control arm brackets. Further rust on frame in same spot on other vehicles could result in separation of bracket, control arm and rear axle from frame.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #8

Sep 242013

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • 306,781 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted, several times. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000. Updated 12/20/13 the consumer stated the vehicle is on the same frame as other recalled Toyota vehicles. Updated 12/26/13

- Bath, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 102013


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was informed by an independent mechanic that due to the massive amount of corrosion to the frame, the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- Massillon, OH, USA

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problem #6

Aug 282013


  • 229,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that he noticed the muffler making a loud noise when driving at various speeds. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the rear sub frame mount area was corroded and exhibited holes. The manufacture advised the contact that the vehicle was a Canadian vehicle therefore it could not be repaired in the United States. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 229,000.

- Traverse City , MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 012013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


Frame rusted through at rear near muffler. Bottom of frame section approximately 4" missing, inside of frame perforated through approximately 18". rear support rod structural integrity compromised. Vehicle was purchased new from local deal (lynch Toyota, manchester ct) and is one owner garaged and maintained. Contacted Toyota and local dealer. Both unwilling to take any action. No recall on this vehicle.

- Bolton, CT, USA

problem #4

May 052012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
3rd generation 2001 Toyota 4runner with excessive frame and body rust. The gas tank stem is rusted, the rear differential is literally porous and leaking oil due to excessive rust. Rear bumper is rusted, spare tire mount is rusted. Other areas of rust are too numerous to list. Repair shop said car is not worth fixing. Dana Corp that made frames for Toyota Tacoma/Tundra that were recalled also is best know for rear differentials. Why weren't the 4runners included in the recall/buyback by Toyota?

- Scituate, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012008


  • 122,000 miles
The 2001 Toyota 4 runner is rusting out. My son and I both have cut our self on the rear bumper. I needed stitches for my injury. I have a scar to remind me not to purchase another Toyota. The rust got so bad, I lost my bumper. When I looked under my vehicle at the frame, the entire bottom of the vehicle is riddled w/rust, including the frame. Called Toyota to see if I could at least get a safety inspection of my frame, they told me that my 01 4runner was not part of any recall and any inspection would cost me money.

- Berlin, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 212008


  • 105,000 miles
Hello, I own a 2001 4runner and the front and rear bumpers are rusting horribly with the front and rear bumpers actually having an hole all the way through. I have contacted Toyota directly on 2 occasions and they have refused to do anything. I have been patching with fiberglass but the rust continues. I live in Massachusetts and every 2001 4runner that I see on the road has the same problem. This is a safety issue since the rust affects the integrity of the function of the bumpers in the event of a collision. Also, I cannot get an inspection sticker with holes in the bumpers. The cost to replace them is well over $1,300. From a visual inspection, large chunks will continue to rust off the inside of the bumpers during the next 6 months.

- Sudbury, MA, USA

problem #1

May 032009


  • 85,000 miles
The front and rear bumpers on my 2001 Toyota 4runnder are completely rusted out (from the inside out). The rest of the vehicle is in excellent condition. Never been in an accident. Anyone walking by the vehicle could accidentally brush by the bumpers and get cut from the jagged edges; also not sure what good they would do in case of any impact.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

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