hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,000 miles

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2001 Toyota 4Runner fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 072012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


On 7/7/12 I was driving for a dog rescue Transport and noticed a strong fuel smell in the vehicle. I thought nothing of it at first since I had just filled up the truck and a gas can. What I did notice was my gas gauge was dropping incredibly fast so I looked for a clear area on shoulder that should the truck catch fire. (very dry in NJ at the time) I found my area and shut truck off and drifted into the shoulder. Exited the vehicle and began rushing to empty the seven dog crates (just in case) on the shoulder behind guard rail. Once we were all clear, I walked over to vehicle and popped hood. There was fuel saturating everything, including still dripping from insulation material under the hood directly onto and around the exhaust area. By Toyota design, there is a clip that retains/separates two hoses directly on top of the fuel line that had worn a hole into the fuel line. On 7/9/12 I went to Toyota dealer to get the hose which I find out is part number 23801(P)-62071. It turns out there are only seven of this listed part in the whole United States and that it would cost me $75 and a week or more to get the part. I went home and browsed the net to find only one store that stocks this item and ordered through them to save about $20 but still the same turn around time (lost about $67 in fuel as tank is now bone dry plus a $250 flatbed tow fee. I am out almost $400). I has been a week my vehicle has been out of service due to a Toyota design flaw, and they will not fess up to the design flaw or even offer a loaner car.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

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