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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,520 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 272007

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,079 miles


Driving West on interstate 8 at appx 77 mph; 60 miles East of yuma when right rear tire sidewall blew out. Vehicle swerved severely but was manageable. Roadway was dry, 90 degrees F, no debris, tire still in owners possession.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 032006

4Runner 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,960 miles
I had just begun acceleration from a stop sign when I heard a noise and the 4runner became loose on the back left. It was making a noise like I had never heard before. I was able to pull to the side of the road after about 100 yards. On inspection, the sidewall had blown in a straight line from about 2 inches from the rim toward the tread creating a nearly straight gash that I could stick my entire hand into. I took the vehicle to gosch Toyota (the dealer who sold me the vehicle 8 months ago). They said they do not take care of warranty issues with tires. I took the vehicle to America's tire and they attempted to contact bridegestone for warranty authorization. Bridgestone was not open. The service manager agreed to try to call them on Wednesday.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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