CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
161,400 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. beyond repair (1 reports)
2008 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 162018

4Runner SR5 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,366 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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frame rusting through frame rusting through frame rusting through frame rusting through frame rusting through frame rusting through

TOYOTA CORPORATE SENT AN INSPECTOR TO LOOK AT THE FRAME AND HE SAID IN HIS REPORT

RECOMMENDS VEHICLE NOT BE DRIVEN DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS C/S BRACKETS ON FRAME ARE ROTTED

I ASKED HIM WHICH ONES “HE SAID ALL OF THEM” ALONG WITH THE REAR CROSS MEMBER THE TOW HITCH ATTACHES AND THE FRONT CRASH BAR THAT’S WHAT WAS SCARY, BECAUSE I TOWED A 4,500LB FROM FLAGGLER BEACH, FL BACK TO CT IT COULD HAVE BROKEN OFF THE FRAME AND KILLED OTHERS ALONG WITH ME. I RECEIVED THIS AND ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK. OMG - TOYOTA YOU NEED TO FIX THIS BEFORE SOMEONE DOES GET KILLED!!!!!!!!!

NHTSA Complaint Filed: Your Complaint Number: 11114355 2008 Toyota 4Runner Vin Tag: JTEBU14R380131264

To Add a Complaint Please Click This Link: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/?

My Frame brackets that hold my suspension and other parts like my Fuel Tank and Driveline are rusting off and my mechanic says don't bother because it'll cost more than the truck is worth. It needs a FULL FRAME REPLACEMENT!!

If I would have been driving it when the last part broke at highway speed we wouldn't be chatting right now because I would have been KILLED but I had just left Greenwich Hospital and was driving 20mph and the truck slid off the road onto the grass but at 65mpg highway speed I would have crashed out of control taking out other vehicles and me. It was my complete drivers rear spring perch and track bar bracket off the axle and the frame side is just as bad. I'm worried one day something is going to break off at highway speed and if I don't get hurt I'll hit someone else or worse. I've enclosed the photo's of the Rust its serious and I need help along with lots of other 4th Gen Toyota 4Runner Owners that will sooner or later get injured or kill someone due to the serious failures of our vehicle frames rusting. I went looking to replace the brackets and they don't sell them I was told I need the Frame it's the ONLY way to get what I need.

SO CAN YOU GET THE WORD OUT AND HELP US OWNERS AND THOSE WITH FAMILIES NOT GET KILLED OR WORSE KILL OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- John K., Greenwich, CT, US

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