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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,200 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 162006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,200 miles


- the contact owns a 2003 Toyota avalon XLS. While attempting to change a flat tire the jack malfunctioned. The vehicle was released from the jack and injured the contact's hand, causing nerve damage. In addition, it damaged the driver side quarter panel. Per the contact, the base of the jack had a narrow width of 1 3/4 inches and was inches in length. The jack was suppose to be able to lift larger Toyota vehicles. The contact felt that the jack was too flimsy to secure the vehicle and was requesting an investigation to replace the current jack with one of appropriate size. The contact also spoke with customer relations of Toyota. Toyota investigators took pictures of the vehicle and the jack, and promised a response within 90 days. The response from Toyota stated that the jack was not faulty, and the inspection was addressed to evaluate whether the jack was faulty. The contact was concerned about the appropriateness of the jack size in relation to the vehicle. Also, the letter stated this vehicle was not subject to any recalls. The contact spoken to the attorney general. Updated 2/6/2007 -

- Newbury , MA, USA

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