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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,538 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012015


  • 132,000 miles


We bought 4 new sumitomo tour plus lxt tires for our 2008 Toyota 4runner in June of 2013. Two years and 50,000 miles later, we felt a severe wobble in the tires and took the car to the shop. The two rear tires had separating belts and were replaced. Four months later, the two front tires exhibited the same problems. Another tire shop mechanic (different shop and mechanic than who diagnosed the first two tires) said the belts in the tires were separating and these two tires were also replaced.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

May 022012


  • 95,000 miles
Driving 45 mph (speed limit) on dry pavement, outside temperature 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Left side front Bridgestone dueler ht 684 II 265/65R17 110S tire sidewall completely separated from tire, remainder of tire blew out without warning signs and blowout caused extensive damage to front of 2008 Toyota 4runner SR5, blew entire front bumper off vehicle. Damage estimate is not yet in. This occurred May 2, 2012. On October 13, 2011, right front dueler ht II 265/65R17 110S tire blew on wet roads, vehicle damaged over $14,000 covered by geico insurance. Insurance will not cover this incident because vehicle was loaned to driver not authorized by my amica insurance policy. Police reports state mechanical failure on both incidents. Still have two more of same tire on rear.

- Richmond,, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 292011


  • 44,615 miles
I purchased 4 sumitomo all terrain 110 tires on 3/04/2011. On September 29, 2011 the driver rear tire exploded creating a visible hole.

- Miami, FL, USA

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