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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,102 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 102014


  • 165,000 miles


Air bag warning light does not turn off.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 022016


  • 74,000 miles
NHTSA recall number: 16V065 recall date: February 2, 2016 - it has been 10 months since this recall was issued with no resolution by Toyota. My complaint is the amount of time it is taking to fix this recall and/or trying to ignore it because my vehicle is an older model.

- Suquamish, WA, USA

problem #8

Feb 022016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V065000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #7

Oct 132016


  • 175,000 miles


Inquiring about a recall notice received back in Feb. 2016 and still no info. On fixing airbag problem. Do not understand why Toyota is taking so long to get parts out to local dealerships to fix a dangerous problem.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #6

Nov 052014

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
In miami, fl. At intersection of waterway drive and sw. 72 ave. Made left turn under rain, (all day raining) I lost control of the vehicle after turn. Came to a stand still and momentarily, I accelerated towards a tree aprox. 15 feet away, vehicle crashed against tree so severely that passenger side of frame bent bad (declared total lost by state farm insurance). Air bag did not deploy. I hit my against head against the windshield, hit steering wheel with rib cage, I was taken to South miami hospital emergency room. After two cat scans and two X-rays I was sent home to follow- up with my primary care physician I am still in pain mainly neck an shoulders and lately my lower back. Still have trouble sleeping, etc. Cannot do house chores. Pcp forbidden any type of exercise for the time being. Please advise. I surrendered the car to state farm insurance but did not sign the title over to them yet. I was unable to drive for over a month. Thanks in advance. Please contact me...updated 01/14/15

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #5

Mar 012014

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 59,490 miles
I own a 2005 4runner sport 4.7L. I bought it brand new from gene reed Toyota in charleston, SC. This is not my daily driver and stays in the garage most of the times. It only has 59K on it. This past weekend I was dusting it off getting ready for a Sunday drive and noticed a crack starting at the gauges and following the curve on the dash all the way over to the top of the radio. I just drove it a week ago and that was not there. I have never used any chemicals on my dash, only a damp cloth. At first glance I thought it was a factory seam. I pulled it out of the garage and into the sunlight where I could see it better and sure enough you could see the yellow foam inside the crack. I went to google the problem and could not believe my eyes at all the same, exact problems that were going on. There are thousands of complaints with the 4runner's dash cracking for no apparent reason. I am very disappointed in Toyota with the quality of materials that they used to make this dash pad. My vehicle is in mint condition and has been garage kept it's entire life.this seems to be happening mostly to the 2003-2005 4runner's all over the country. I have read that other owner's have contacted their dealership and Toyota motor sales usa, Inc. About the problem and they have all refused to do anything about it. This needs to be resolved by Toyota because I have noticed the crack is getting bigger when it expands in the heat of the sun. The dash pad goes directly over the passenger side airbag and if the cracking continues it could make the airbag malfunction and deploy unexpectedly. I have read other 4runner owner's are very worried that the cracking dash will effect the airbag too.Toyota could at least pay half for the part and let a Toyota tech install it.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #4

May 012012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles


Cracks in the dashboard began to appear of which I first noticed after 90K miles in the area of the fr passenger air bag. I first thought the air bag may be defective and ready to explode. As the cracks increased in number and size, they began to appear all over the dashboard. I notified both the local dealer and the main Toyota office in California, they made an offer to replace the dashboard but I would have to cover more than half of the cost. They did not admit to any problem that Toyota is responsible for. I was informed though that Toyota used recycled plastics in the manufacturer of some of the interior parts. At that point, being uneducated in the use of recycled plastics I began to do some research and, this is what I found; Toyota has used recycled plastics for the manufacturer of its automobile and truck parts for sometime and are considered experts in the recycling field. I also found that due to environmental concerns we have different types of recycled plastics being used "virgin, recycled and degradable." This has presented a problem of which my Toyota 4runner is a victim, through no fault of my own. The users of recycled plastics in the manufacture of long life span products (my dashboard) has to be sure that degradable (short life span) plastics feedstocks do not get mixed in together. What you have if you allow this to happen is a dashboard that disintegrates before its time, like a bottle made to be disposed of in a landfill. I believe this happened since Toyota is in the business of using all of the different types of plastics feedstocks for manufacturing including creating equipment that is used in all aspects of the recycling industry. I believe this is a safety issue since a faulty, disintegrating dashboard could affect the safe use of my airbag in the case of an accident. The correction of this should not be on the consumer.

- Fruitland Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 292012


  • 78,000 miles
Toyota 4runner was stopped at red light and was rearended by a Chevrolet S10 and caused the 4runner to slam into the Chrysler SUV in front at light. The 4runner and S10 were both totaled. The 4runner front airbags did not deploy and both occupants suffered cuts and bruises along with whiplash and minor neck injuries.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162011


  • 46,000 miles
A small crack started to appear on the dashboard above the instrument panel back on may of 2011. As time passes by the crack has been growing past the top part of the gauges towards the passenger side. New cracks have also appeared around the air vents, above the radio and the passenger air bag area. I have tinted windows and always use a sun visor when vehicle is parked. I believe this is caused by the swelling of the high density foam used to manufacture the dashboard.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 162011


  • 57,525 miles
My vehicle has been preforming perfectly with no accidents or other collisions until the other day, when I turned on the vehicle and the check airbag light was on. I took it to the dealer and they said that there was a faulty wire and that the airbag was partially deployed and that I would have to replace the entire air bag unit. The dealer stated that because the car was out of warranty, that I would have to pay for all repairs. The car is undriveable because of an internal defect and not because of any fault of my own. This is Toyota's responsibility to correct.

- Kailua, HI, USA

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