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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,000 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012013

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Toyota installed a sunroof that had known design defects in the 2003 4runner, the first model year of the 4th generation 4runner. The sunroof would eventually stop working, and the drainage tubes in the sunroof would clog and back up. This would cause water to rain down on the head of the driver and front seat occupants during acceleration or a sudden stop. Toyota has known about the sunroof issue since at least 2006, and had issued multiple Toyota service bulletins on the assembly without initiating a recall.

- Washington, DC, USA

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