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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
555,000 miles

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2007 Toyota 4Runner suspension problems

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172015


  • 160,000 miles


Severe rust problem on the frame/hitch/rear hatch. We were advised not to use the rear hitch due to the rust and that it could come loose when towing..

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 192013


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was an unusual noise heard from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was advised that the rear axle bearing gear assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 012011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 2,002,000 miles
The left rear section of my vehicles frame where the rear traction bar mounts is completely separated at the welds leaving a large hole in the frame where the bracket once was. This issue is similar to the Tacoma frame recall. My 97 4 runner is basically totaled at this point and will not pass mass state inspection even though the drivetrain and body are in excellent condition.

- East Longmeadow , MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 272009

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota 4 runner. Consumer states problem with tires cupping on the inside. The consumer stated the tires were replaced three times. The consumer was informed the cupping was a Michelin tire defect and there would be no future replacements. Independent dealers and mechanics informed the consumer, the cupping on the inside of the tire was caused by a bad alignment or defective suspension.

- Cornwallville, NY, USA

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