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:
42,786 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Toyota 4Runner windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 252008


  • 75,000 miles


Both sunvisors have failed, they do not stay up or all the way down, they must be held up with velcro straps.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 012010


  • miles
2004 toy 4runner. Drivers side sun visor is loose and "drops" into the drivers filed of view, especially for a tall driver like me... leaning forward will allow the driver to hit head against it. This started a little while ago, and is now just ongoing.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 092009


  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota 4 runner that has a problem with its rear wiper blade not working and rear defrost. I had to bring it in for them to reset it after the reset it worked for about a week then stopped working again. I was told that there's a glitch in the wiper and rear defrost computer that needs replacement but was not recalled yet so I had to pay for it myself. Not have the money to do so it still not working and find it very hard to drive in inclement weather.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 152005


  • 15,000 miles


After about 12months of normal/ typical use, the sun visor (on the driver side) will no longer stay up; it constantly drops. This is a huge distraction and obstructs the field of view.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 202008


  • 89,500 miles
The moon roof would not return to original position, had to buy a repair kit from Toyota, they know of this problem but would not fix it. Had to bring repair kit to a local body shop. Toyota knows of this problem, but does not think it dangerous enough to fix at their cost. Laid out $225 to fix.

- Kauneonga Lake, NY, USA

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problem #2

Jan 102009


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the blower motor that produces the heat is frozen. While driving various speeds, he cannot defrost the window. The dealer stated that there was a safety bulletin for this failure, but the contact would have to pay $600 for the repair. He left the vehicle at the dealer for repair. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

May 312007


  • miles
-hatchback electronic closure fails for the second time within a one year period -replaced motor once because vehicle does not operate without--exhaust fumes come through the hatchback, unable to lock vehicle, lights don't automatically shut off, water during rain or snow gets inside vehicle, etc there is no manual over-ride to enable closing the hatchback there is no purpose for an electronic closing device--you still manually pull down the hatch, and once closed, the motor engages to latch it shut! the part wasn't covered under warranty, despite other hatchback complaints (poor aerodynamic design with lots of dirt thrown up on hatchback), so there have been issues with using the key lock, being unable to roll down the window, and now the vehicle is rusting around the window.

- Kaministiquia, 00, USA

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