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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,437 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner miscellaneous problems

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 102016


  • 87,000 miles


Frame rust - problem is the same as what has happened to same year Toyota Tacoma pickups. These vehicles should also be recalled and have the same fix applied to them as was applied to the Tacoma pickup. Purchased vehicle used in October and had shop put it up on a lift 2 months later for routine maintenance. They said frame rusted and unsafe to drive.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 062015


  • 110,000 miles
My dashboard is cracked from the length of the drivers side to the passenger side. I received a letter from Toyota in 2015 about this condition and they were extending the warranty until May 2017. The local dealer said they could not order the new dashboard until January 2016. Mine was ordered, but I have been waiting 11 months and they can't tell me when the dashboard will be in. I would like to know when the new dashboard will arrive. Toyota's letter stated it would take several months to get the parts. The letter also stated I would get another letter once parts are available. I have never received another letter.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

May 292016


  • 186,000 miles
I was driving the vehicle, hit a pot hole. Little bit after that, when I came to a stop and started to accelerate, the vehicle started to swirve all over the road and become uncontrollable. I was able to pull over and stop the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the rear component broke off from the frame due to rust. The dealer stated that the SUV will need frame replaced due to rust. The vehicle 180K miles tune up was performed at the dealer in winter 2015 and no rust was mentioned upon "complete" inspection. The vehicle is now non operation and is a total lost due to rust. Every 30K miles the vehicle was taken to the dealer for maintenance. Oil changes were performed every 5K miles with synthetic oil. The car has been garaged for since purchasing it new in 2005. It has never been on the beach. Salt is not used on our road.

- Sterling, AK, USA

problem #7

Apr 012016


  • 167,000 miles


There is a massive amount of rust on the frame of the truck. I was at a Toyota dealer where they were replacing Tacoma frames. The pile of frames they have been taking out look so much better than mine that I am amazed that 4runner are not included in the recall.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 012015


  • 155,026 miles
Bought vehicle and 1st service was notified that I have massive amounts of frame rust. Vehicle was purchased in South Carolina where it rarely snows.

- Girdletree, MD, USA

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problem #5

Sep 012015


  • miles
There was no "frame rotting" selection so I just chose what I think is affected. Major scaling on the inside. Outside looks perfect. Well, it seems that the inside rotted so bad that my inner frame rail on the passenger side near the rear track arm had almost rotted through. It is soft like a sponge, but yet the factory Toyota frame paint held it together. Poking it with my finger and it all crumbled revealing quite a few holes. Hood also has a lot of little rusted parts. This didn't happen because of negligence of my part. I take good care of my cars and never had troubles like these with any other car brands.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Feb 092015


  • miles


I had my electronic sun/moon roof replaced a year or so after the warranty, because it jammed in the open position. Toyota replacement charge was $2000 +. it jammed again this spring and the "basic repair" has not worked and Toyota wants to again charge $2000 +. this is a chronic complaint about this make/model and feature and Toyota only will warrant any repair/replacement work to 1 year.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 012015


  • 55,000 miles
Two service center refused to worked on 4-runner because of major rust issue. This is a garaged 58,000 4-runner with parts that are falling off from the underside. Toyota claims they do not have rust problems with there 4runner.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #2

May 042015


  • 109,345 miles
Rust! frame is rusting severely. Its looks to be a matter of time before something major fails on the frame. Most recently, the heat shield above the catalytic convertor rusted off and fell from the moving vehicle. The mounting bolts had rusted to nothing allowing the heat shield to become loose and eventually fall off.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 132009

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My Toyota 4runner, 2005 was speeding and I couldn't control to stop it. Finally I managed to steer and hit the median of the highway and it stopped. There was a damage to my car and injury. I contacted Toyota about the accident but they are not fully cooperating to inspect and fix my car.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

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