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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
702 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 022006

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Driver's seat on new 2005 Toyota SR5 4runner rocks and shifts back and forth while driving. Dealer has already replaced seat linkage and frame assembly and seat movement has gradually returned in a very short time period. Dealership tried to call it a normal condition prior to replacing saying that all seats in 4runner's on the lot were loose from the factory. As vehicle is driven and weight of driver shifts back and forth from stops and starts, linkage in seat weakens and works loose. Very poor design. Condition is very dangerous and safety should be Toyota's #1 concern but obviously not yet.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #4

May 172005

4Runner 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
2005 Toyota 4runner sport edition: Front driver seat faulty. Seat shifts upon breaking & acceleration. Safety concern/issue.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jul 282005


  • miles
Driver's seat on brand new 2005 Toyota 4 runner moves and rattles while driving. Dealer replaced seat frame assembly on one occasion and problem still exists. After dealer examined problem again they contacted Toyota and were told this seat problem is a known "design defect" that they are trying to fix. I have been told that I have to live with the problem for however long it takes Toyota to resolve this problem. Having a driver's seat that moves along it's mounting rails while driving is inherently dangerous and needs to be addressed.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 222004

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
New 2005 Toyota 4runner 4X4 started to show seat rattles after 500 miles. Talked to dealer and two service departments, Toyota dealerships has deemed the seat rattle an "inherent Toyota" problem. No service can be done until Toyota issues tsbs. Since all new 4runners come from Japan with the rattle, service dept. Does not know how to fix. But more improtantly, they will not fix B/C all other 4runners in the dealership lot come with rattles. Now, 1600 miles and two moths old, the driver seat rattles more than ever. This problem was "inherent" since 2003 whent the 4th generation 4runner was completely redesigned. Tons of unhappy customers on the internet "" all report the same problem and same lack of "serivice" from Toyota. No quality control before the trucks are delivered" I find this hard to believe. Dashboard rattles are fixed easily, why not a driver seat? possible saftey concern"

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

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