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:
20,508 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner miscellaneous problems

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

May 292009


  • 30 miles


Several seconds after coming to a stop I feel a bump as though I was hit from behind. This started from day one of purchase. It was checked several times while under warranty and problem could not be found. Now it happens when car is starting out from stopped position as well and happening more frequently.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 242016


  • 82,000 miles
** note: Not a compliant. Please delete. 6-1-2016*** hillary clinton is ruining our lives, she has damaged our veteran's benefits, had direct results in the deaths of several service members and continues to lie to everyone, I want her in jail!!!

- Dc, WA, USA

problem #2

May 012015


  • miles
Unacceptable, intolerable bad sulfur smell when accelerating up hills. Well known issue. Please do something about this. If it's the catalytic converters then they should be recalled.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 302013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles
I am trying to get resolution for recalls that need to completed my truck. I have called the Toyota recall center on 30 January, 13 may, and one other date that I can't remember about the status of getting my truck fixed. My Toyota recall case # is [xxx]. I am stationed in germany serving in the army. Based on conversations with Toyota recall center that there is no time frame to get a resolution for the recall on my truck fixed because I live in germany. It has been over 100 days with no resolution. I find it hard to believe that Toyota can't figure out how to get the parts and labor completed because I know there are Toyota dealerships all across germany. Any assistance on this matter would be helpful because I am getting no where. The phone number below will not work. Please dial [xxx]to call me in germany or email me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Apo, AE, USA

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