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:
19,818 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012008


  • 5,000 miles


2008 Toyota 4runner clunk felt and heard when coming to a stop and when releasing the brakes to go. After researching it is obvious that there is a design flaw with the driveshaft slip joint in the Toyota. The Lexus GX470 is identical yet Lexus customers can have this problem fixed and there is a tsb issued for the Lexus (L-sb-0116-08).

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072009


  • 34,637 miles
My 2008 Toyota 4runner has a clunking sound as I am about to take off from a complete stop. I can tell when it will happen because when I am almost stopped, with my foot on the brake, my car feels like it surges forward. I have to push on the brake pretty hard to keep it from doing this. Then when I take my foot off the brake to proceed, there is a "clunk" from the back end. I took it to my totally dealership today because it is still under warranty (I've had it for a month and it has done it ever since I purchased it). The dealership called the Toyota technical assistance system. The answer they got...the condition is a normal operating condition and that no repair attempt should be made. They said it was the driveshaft slip yolk extending and retracting and is normal operating condition of the vehicle. Here is my case number - 091880146, repair order number - 13509, case date - 7/7/09, tas hotline number 1-800-233-3718.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

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