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:
29,000 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012012


  • 18,000 miles


There is corrosion in the frame and drive-train components. There is pitting, rusting throughout the frame undercarriage and the suspension and differential components. This barely 4yr old vehicle is a southern vehicle. Regardless, this corrosion is a safety issue in any vehicle let alone in a 4runner with a service inception date of 11/30/2008 with 19K miles. This is totally irresponsible of the manufacturer and they claim it is not covered by warranty. Yes, it (should be) covered by warranty and more importantly it is manufacturer's liability to correct safety/quality issue.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 092010


  • 40,000 miles
A steering vibration occurs at highway speeds between 65 mph to 80 mph. A new set of tires where installed and balanced properly at discount tire but the steering vibration would not go away. Then I had the store change the tires and install another set of four thinking bad tires where installed. The tires are dunlop grandtrek at 20 what Toyota originally puts on the car. However, the steering vibration is still there. I have had the tires balanced a multiple times and the problem is not fixed. I even took it to the dealer to balance them and they also checked the steering and suspensions and tires and found nothing wrong. However, there is still vibrations at highway speeds.

- Troy, MI, USA

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