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:
24,000 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 172006


  • 28,000 miles


I have purchased it. I have been told that there are not any recalls or tbs's on the 4runner for that problem. Today(2/24/10) I find online a tbs for the problem that I have. I called a dealer and he said that since I have over 80K on the truck, that I would have to pay for it. This is not fair and I should not have to pay for it. Your people have told me several times that there was nothing that could be done about the smell. From what I have read online there are several others in the same situation that I am in. Tsb no. EG00303.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 212009


  • 20,000 miles
Sudden acceleration, where the brakes have to be applied to stop vehicle. This has happened numerous times since vehicle was purchased new in 2004.

- Coram, NY, USA

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