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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,000 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 052012


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph with the windshield wipers activated, smoke began to emit from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed the wiper switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. On another occasion, the contact stated that smoke was present coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the wiper switch and the wiper motor failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

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