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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,640,000 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 182013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 7,200,000 miles


On June 20, 2013 approx. 10:30-11:00 am, walked in garage attached to house notice smell of burn, opened driver door and discovered that the front passenger door completely burn, front passenger seat burn, passenger sunvisor burned, carpet burned. No previous problems or technical issues, auto check ups daily.....contacted insurance co. And now their saying it may be fixable or totaled. Would appreciate any assistance in this matter [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My driver's side visor no longer stays up. It sags and I was using velcro to keep it as close to the roof of my car as possible since it would sag into my line of vision.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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