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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,315 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 282015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. While driving approximately 55 mph, the sun roof cover became detached from the vehicle and fell off onto the road. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 132008


  • 31,131 miles
When my Toyota had reached approx. 31,000 miles, the sunroof jammed while away from home during a rain storm. Fortunately, the car was still in warranty, so the repair was covered. Note: I rarely used the sunroof except for visibility or for ventilation if parked outside without shelter from the sun, I used the tilt mode only, probably a max 50 times.wind noise was objectionable while driving so the only time it was slid was testing at new and after replacement. I like the sunroof as an emergency exit, if it works? at approximately 68,000 miles (equivalent miles from new versus from the first repair to now.) the sunroof again failed, same condition. Use had been minimal, living in cold mountain state, again, use since repair approx.25-30 times, condition of rails would indicate any wear. I was told it would cost approx $700 for parts, $2,000 for labor. Upon contacting Toyota, they said they would pay $700 on parts but no labor ($2,000.). they wouldn't disclose if this was an ongoing problem. Is it an ongoing problem with Toyota sun roofs? thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #2

Apr 012006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,130 miles
04-06/my automatic opener on my moonroof was not working. I took it into Toyota and was told I was not operating the button correctly. 11-06/I opened my moonroof and heard a loud noise once it was fully opened. It then wouldn't close. The cable that pulls the moonroof snapped and destroyed the housing unit. This car is less than two years old but was 2000 miles over my warranty mileage. The part was $2100 and labor was $850. Toyota paid for the parts due to my request for 'out of warranty assistance', but still was the part defective" should I have had to pay for the labor too for a car that is less than two years old"

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192005

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The first time the owner drove the car he noticed the problem. The weight of the driver caused the driver's seat to shift. There was not a loose feeling but there a movement in the seat. The seat felt unstable and insecure. The owner was concerned that the seat could come off was the track. He owner first contacted the dealership, who tightened the bolts. However the problem recurred on the way home. The second time the dealership was contacted they said they would contact manufacturer. Toyota was contacted, and Toyota said they were about to fix the seat problem. The owner was not aware of when the problem will be repaired, and what the fix will be. They will replace the seat at a cost of $1,500. The owner called Toyota, and was assured that a fix was in the process. There was no time frame or indication of what the fix may be. The vehicle's sunroof started to close while the vehicle was being driven.

- Tuston, CA, USA

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