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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 032007

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


- the contact stated that all of the door lock modules failed and he was unable to open or lock the door latch. The driver's front module failed at 38,000 miles, and the passenger's frontand rear module failed at 48,000. The contact had the driver's door lock module repaired. The dealer diagnosed the problem as the a failure in the modules. The dealer agreede to pay for the parts on the passenger front and rear doors, leaving the labor costs to be covered by the contact. Updated 01/28/07.

- Cincinatti, OH, USA

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