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:
152,664 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 032011

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • 152,664 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota 4 runner. The contact was driving 55 mph when the transfer case imploded and spewed out from under the vehicle, damaging the driveline. The vehicle was then towed to a local mechanic shop. The mechanic replaced the vehicle with a used transfer case and driveline at a cost of $1,374. The manufacturer was contacted and a case was filed. No other assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 152,664. Updated 06/16/11 the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 10/12/11

- Goldendale, WA, USA

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