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:
50,000 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 262009


  • 50,000 miles


-the contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance. The technician detected the left and right front pistons were frozen due to excessive corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The front brake calipers required a replacement. The estimated cost for repair was $835. The contact was displeased to know the manufacturer refused to be financially responsible for the total cost of the repair. The manufacturer offered to cover fifty percent towards the service repair cost. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 56,000.

- Saint James, NY, USA

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