pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,800 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Toyota 4Runner engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 162010

4Runner SR5 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Engine stalls when i accelerate in 4wd mode.... also happens in 2wd mode when i turn from a stop occasionally. Pretty dangerous when you think you have time to go but then realize you don't and you're in the middle of the road. You need to take you foot off the gas and press it again and then you accelerate. It's the vehicle's Skid Control (VSC) that seems to be off. Could be a sensor. This should be a recall... very dangerous.... must of been cause for a couple of incident i'm sure.

- , Granby, Quebec, canada

problem #1

Feb 022010

4Runner SR5 4WD 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,601 miles

My 2001 4Runner.SR5,4WD, automatic, limits engine power to normally accelerate from a stop while in 4WD. The vehicle believes it should engage the VSC stability/traction control system which has resulted in many near miss rear end collisions because my 4Runner is not moving at a normal speed. It displays the Traction/Stability control icon and cuts engine power to almost nothing. After 2 or 3 seconds, which seems like an eternity when other vehicles are barreling toward you, the dash icon goes out and power returns to normal. This condition has been going on since new in 2001! When I complain to the Dealer Service their only fix was to replace the ashtray! What that has to do with acceleration I can't fathom. Other than during the upstate NY winter where I occasionally use 4WD this problem is a non-issue. It doesn't occur in 2WD mode except occasionally when turning form a stop and the tires are truly slipping in snow. In 4WD it happens, accelerating normally, from a stop going straight, or turning either direction 99% of the time.

Update from Apr 29, 2010: I wonder if Toyota is going to end up recalling my 2001 4 Runner? It seems that the 2003 Sequoia has this same lack of acceleration problem and it just got recalled!

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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