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:
30,402 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 052012

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I own a 2005 Toyota 4runner which is rusting on the chassis and rear end housing Toyota tell me that there no recall on the 4 runner or Tundra but sequoia is recalled there must be a complaint filed some where we cannot wait for somebody to die as a result the rear end falling out or front end break away you must check into that just check online for all the complaints.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 152010


  • 75,000 miles
Aluminum wheels have excessive corrosion.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212009


  • 0 miles
2005 Toyota 4runners have a very frequently reported vibration issue. This issue is reported all over the web and acknowledged by dealers nationwide. From my understanding, 2004 to 2007 4runners are all impacted. Customer spend 1000S of dollars replacing tires, balancing wheels, replacing steering wheels, etc and the car still vibrates and is suspect to be unsafe. This is a well known issue and Toyota claims that this is the design of the call. Steering wheel can shake badly. I have had my 4runner in many times for this issue to multiple dealers. All say it is a problem, but all 4runners of same vintage have same issue, so nothing that Toyota will do about it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 162007


  • 12,000 miles
Severe under carriage rust, excessive corrosion of alloy rims, all 5 wheels.

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052005

4Runner 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Steering vibration at highway speeds - 2 dealerships unable to balance wheels - possible tire/wheel defect.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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