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:
107,802 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 312015

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 167,300 miles


On July 31, 2015 while traveling East on I-78 near easton Pennsylvania at approximately 70 mph the steering wheel in my vehicle abruptly began to shake violently. I was fearful of loosing control of my vehicle. A subsequent inspection by tri-county Toyota in royersford, pa to determine the cause of this malfunction revealed extensive rust damage to the frame of the vehicle. The dealer did not offer any remedy to correct the condition to make it safe for me to drive. Via email I contacted the executive offices of Toyota motor sales, usa. Their representative did respond to me but did not offer me any resolution to correct this hazard. She did offer me a $1,500 "loyalty" offer towards the purchase of a new Toyota. That response is not acceptable to me. This is clearly a design flaw with this vehicle that make them dangerous on the roads. There are other 4runner owners who have similar experiences with their vehicles. Additionally, other Toyota vehicles have been recalled for the same condition. My vehicle is in very good condition mechanically because I have diligently adhered to Toyota's maintenance schedule. I regularly wash it so that neither the body nor the interior show any undue signs of wear. I am merely seeking reasonable remedy to this issue that was not caused by any fault of mine.

- Sumneytown, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 182015

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 99,005 miles
Upon inspection of the frame I have found an excessive amount of rust. This concerns me in two ways, possible frame failure and loss of any value the truck may have.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 122014


  • 57,100 miles
Hello, I have a 2005 Toyota 4runner with 57,000 and the frame is badly rusted with a hole in the subframe and Toyota says there is no problem with the 4runner frames but does admit they have problems with the Tacoma frames and the trucks share the same platforms. What can be done for an owner of a truck that has a frame that is falling apart but no rust on the body? the frames are poorly made and can give out.

- Carmel, NY, USA

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