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:
35,258 miles

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2007 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #8

May 012011


  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving, there was a beeping noise in the engine area and the brake pedal began vibrating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the ABS brake actuator. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 28,000. Updated 09/28/11

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 222011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2007 Toyota 4runner with 55,000 miles. Hydroboot assembly (ABS brake system computer and motor assembly) abruptly went out on March 22 with my 18 yr driving. He could not immediately get the car to stop using all of his strength and force. Toyota dealership claims this is a "freak" occurrence. If this would have been on a highway or my 15 yr with learners permit driving, this would have been a fatal accident. Toyota says "out of warranty" and "sorry".

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 272010


  • 80,481 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph proceeding to make a right turn. When the brakes were engaged there was a loud screeching noise outside of the vehicle; and several warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Suddenly, the engine stalled. The ignition was turned off, and then restarted. The vehicle resumed and when the brake pedal was applied there was no power response. The contact drove over a curbside and the vehicle came to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed two different independent mechanics and they informed that the failure was related to the entire brake system. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for a third diagnosis and repair at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 80,481. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 292010


  • 25,580 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) vehicle is a Toyota 2007 4runner SR5. VIN [xxx]. the plastic cover (Toyota part no.72124 35010) that fits over the front driver seat hold down bolts broke off and slid under the brake pedal. The brakes could not be used until I removed the loss part.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010

4Runner 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota 4 runner. He stated that when he was driving 30 mph and began slowing down with his foot on the brake pedal, the braking system failed and the vehicle did not slow down. He then depressed the brake pedal very hard multiple times to stop the vehicle. The failure has also occurred 5 times. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer who stated that there was nothing wrong and the failure could not be duplicated. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileages was 20,000. The current mileage is 25,000. Updated 6/1/10 updated 06/04/10

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Dec 182009


  • 40,000 miles
I drive a 2007 Toyota 4runner SR5 and believe it has the same issue with brakes as the Toyota prius. When I try to brake on a bumpy road, the brakes do not properly work when I have to stop going more than approximately 25 miles per hour. The car makes a beeping noise then the car's brakes fail, then they overcorrect by becoming extra sensitive once off the bumpy section of road. This has happened on numerous occasions - I was just not sure it warranted a complaint - I was not sure if that was normal. I do not feel safe driving my car on bumpy roads as it is not safe.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Apr 102008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact previously owned a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the braking system was defective because when she would depress the brake pedal, the vehicle would shake and keep moving forward. The contact noticed the issue at least 6 times. She took the vehicle to the dealership and after the dealer test drove the vehicle, she was informed that they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. She called the manufacturer and a representative was sent to inspect the vehicle; however, the rep stated that they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact traded the vehicle for another. The current and failure mileages (when the contact returned the vehicle) were approximately 10,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008


  • 23,000 miles
Purchased pre-owned 4 runner "certified? from russel Toyota 12/07 with approx 21K miles. Complained of unusual brake performance immediately but was told the vehicle was ?performing to factory specs? brake performance issues including aggressive stopping, stiff pedal, loss of pressure, and random ?anti-skid system? responses nearly caused a few accidents. On 3/14, approx 23K miles, complete brake failure, no pressure, accident avoided and coasted vehicle to a stop, pressure did not return. 4runner towed to dealer, master cylinder was ?internally leaking" and replaced. Symptoms continue and vehicle is completely unsafe. Numerous attempts have failed to re-produce the intermittent problem at the dealer and therefore the dealer keeps saying there is nothing wrong. Vehicle is unsafe and Toyota unwilling to help and referred us to ncds dispute resolution program or told us we can file a suit. This vehicle is unsafe and should be replaced. Breaks continue to fail/malfunction approximately 1 time per week. Dealer always says no problems found.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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