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:
33 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 202005

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Rotten egg smell while driving. (cat converter).

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 212005

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated that there was a rotten egg odor in vehicle. The service dealer referred the consumer to the manufacturer, and they stated that the odor was coming from the fuel that was being used in the vehicle because new england fuel had a higher rate of sulfur.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota 4runner sport and there is a horrible sulfur smell that is emitted into the cabin while reaching RPM's of approximately 3000 - 5000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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