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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

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2006 Toyota 4Runner miscellaneous problems

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2006 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 192006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


: the contact stated while driving 60 mph on normal road conditions, the surf board strapped to the luggage rack flew off. The contact noticed the rear cross bar detached from the rack side rails. No warning signals were observed. The dealership and the manufacturer did not accept responsibility because the front cross bar moved towards the rear hitting the rear cross bar forcing its detachment. The cross bars were adjusted to the side bars by thumb screws. The contact expressed concern because the board could hit another vehicle with fatal consequences. The contact was also convinced the thumb screws were not safe to strap any load on the luggage rack.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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