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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,528 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Toyota 4Runner windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2006 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 102008


  • 51,000 miles


Front windshield on my 2006 Toyota 4runner has cracked twice for no apparent reason. This is expensive and unsafe. I have seen scattered internet reports of 4runner owners reporting the same problem.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #4

Jan 302007

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,092 miles
2006 Toyota 4runner: Vision problem exists when viewing lights, I.e. headlights, street lights, traffic lights, etc. Through windshield. All lights have a double, or ghost, image that exists above the actual light source. This problem exists all of the time, but is much more noticeable at night with a dark background. I have had no success resolving this problem with the Toyota dealership or the district service manager. The windshield has been replaced twice and all three windshields (original and two replacements) exhibit the same problem. I have also inspected approximately 10 to 12 other 2006 and 2007 Toyota 4runners and all of these vehicles exhibit the same problem.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 162006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles
Experiencing double vision in windshield of 2006 Toyota 4runner during nighttime driving.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 112006

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Optical safety problem when looking through the front windshield of my 2006 Toyota 4 runner: Any increased light situation, @ night or during the day, provides a double vision of the light source that appears above the source ~ 8 to 10 feet @ ~ 1 mile away. As the vehicle gets closer to the source it converges downward toward the light source until it reaches the front of the vehicle when it almost merges completely. This action actually causes me to become nauseated while driving practically any distance causing an unsafe optical view distracting me while I'm driving taking my attention to the double vision conditions. At times it is almost hypnotizing. I have documented this complaint 3 or 4 times to the dealer and once to the home office via email to no avail. I've been told by the dealership that this condition is common on this model yet they will not replace the windshield as it is seen as not a problem to be replaceable. No personal accident has occurred yet due to this condition. Maybe other owners are experiencing the same phenomenon.

- North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 202006

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,550 miles
Double vision in windshield when night driving.

- Lockport, NY, USA

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