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2003 Toyota 4Runner
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: Although the 2003 model year is the "worst" model year for the 4Runner, it's not really bad at all -- mainly it's just that the other 4Runner model years are even better. Howver the 2003 model year has no major problems & no unexpected problems for a 17-year old vehicle. We award the 2003 4Runner our Seal of Awesome, since overall versus other comparable models of the same age, it's very reliable.
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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- body / paint problems37NHTSA complaints: 277
- interior accessories problems28NHTSA complaints: 5
- brakes problems9NHTSA complaints: 77
- suspension problems5NHTSA complaints: 110
- drivetrain problems3NHTSA complaints: 19
- engine problems3NHTSA complaints: 41
- AC / heater problems2
- seat belts / air bags problems2NHTSA complaints: 12
- transmission problems2NHTSA complaints: 1
- windows / windshield problems2NHTSA complaints: 3
- electrical problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- fuel system problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 95
- steering problemsNHTSA: 31
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 12
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 5
- exhaust system problemsNHTSA: 5
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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