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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
152,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace wheel bearings (1 reports)
2004 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 162011

4Runner SR5 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Failure was due to extreme driving conditions. Vehicle is driven approximately 15-20,000 miles/year. Many of those are very rough/washboard mountain and dirt roads, so the bearings had heavy stress on them. Similar situation happened to a 2007 FJ Cruiser at exactly the same mileage under the same driving conditions, so this is an unusually low mileage failure due to driving conditions.

Repair procedure was extremely expensive (compared to serviceable bearings) because these are sealed bearings that need have the hub pressed in at 40-45,000 pounds of force. This requires complete disassembly, and transfer to a machine shop if a powerful press is not avaliable. Estimate was for labor at a typical shop (dealer is around $1500), however, cost for myself to do it was $120 in parts, plus $80 at the machine shop and 3 hours of work.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 122013

4Runner SR5 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles

This has happend 4 times in the past 2 years resulting excess tire wear and needing 2 sets of wheel bearings and rotors.

- , Seymour, IA, USA

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