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2003 Toyota 4Runner
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com 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.
Worst 2003 Toyota 4Runner Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems27NHTSA complaints: 5
- body / paint problems11NHTSA complaints: 115
- brakes problems7NHTSA complaints: 58
- drivetrain problems3NHTSA complaints: 14
- engine problems3NHTSA complaints: 33
- AC / heater problems2
- seat belts / air bags problems2NHTSA complaints: 10
- windows / windshield problems2NHTSA complaints: 1
- electrical problems1NHTSA complaints: 7
- transmission problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 38
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 29
- steering problemsNHTSA: 15
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 10
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 6
- exhaust system problemsNHTSA: 5
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 4
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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