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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

May 082011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Toyota 4runner, 2004, V6-sport edition during warranty period 2009 (purchased extended warranty), low tire pressure sensor light came on, repaired by Toyota dealership, after a year light returned. Check all tires at recommended pressure, light remains on. Had vehicle serviced for recall on floor mat issue on May 8, 2011 and asked tech to check on low tire pressure warning light, was told that all tires are properly inflated; however, light would not go away and a diagnostic check and cost is $90. Personally, I feel previous problem was never resolved...recurring issue.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #2

May 022011


  • miles
2004 Toyota 4 runner. Consumer states problem with the tire pressure sensor the consumer stated after he left the dealer, the tac light and another trouble light illuminated on the dashboard.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Oct 182009


  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I am an original owner of a 2004 Toyota 4runner, sport edition. Two safety issues: 1) during the fall of 2009 on the way back from franklin va, I experience a continuous acceleration after my foot was removed from the gas paddle, speed exceeded 80 mph and after tapping the gas and pulling up on the gas paddle, the speed returned to normal and I was able to regain control of the 4runner [xxx] 2) air monitoring system warning light kept going off, have had repaired during warranty period and is not resolved currently mileage: 49,892.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

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