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:
112,250 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 112015


  • 94,500 miles


The front windshield defrost does not clear the window. I had the veh at the shop today and was told it would be in excess of $1,000 and the dashboard would have to be taken completely off and they still could not guarantee a fix. I have read a lot on line about this make and model having this problem. Why has there not been a recall"?? this is a very dangerous issue on this veh. I bought my vehicle used in February and have just now tried to use the defrost. The switch does not convert to the windshield from the blower at the feet with sufficient air. It has nothing to do with the air recirculating or not, the A/C compressor being on or not. The Toyota service center advised it was a switch or a part that may have failed and it would be expensive to repair. Why are so many people having the same problem with this make and model if it is not a universal problem??"

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 152013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the front metal frame for the sun roof glass was corroded. The vehicle was taken to dealer, who suggested replacing the seal. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 130,000. The current mileage was 132,000.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

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