really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,810 miles

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2010 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 122010

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


I will preface this notation with a statement that I am very familiar with the functionality of a motor vehicle. As months went on after I first purchased the said vehicle I began to notice that I would have to depress the brake pedal more and more to engage the braking system. Once deployed the brakes did bring the vehicle to a stop, albeit with a 'soft' pedal. I brought it to a local dealership and requested that they check the error codes as well as the brakes Inc. Lines, pads rotors etc.. they stated that everything was within factory specifications. They measured the distance the pedal traveled while the vehicle was idle. I commented that when I first start the vehicle the initial activation of the brake pedal engages the brakes fairly well. It is after a few stops that one has to depress the pedal further to have the same feel that was noted upon the initial stop after the car was first started. I said he felt like the brakes needed to be bled. They complied with my request. They were ok for ~ 2 weeks. I once again brought the truck back to the same dealership and they stated that it was up to factory specifications. I am right back to where I was a year ago. I will note that it does feel better after a car wash and or it rains. I'm beginning to wonder if it's brake dust that's interfering with the contact with the rotor. There is not an unusual amount of dust on my rims though.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated the brake pedal felt loose and rattled whenever he applied the brakes. During the failure, the contact would also hear an abnormal hissing noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions where the contact was told the vehicle was operating as intended. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 9,000.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 092010

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 640 miles
This complaint concerns the new 2010 Toyota 4runner. There is an issue with the braking system and handling for this vehicle. Upon depressing the brakes, the pedal travels a considerable distance sounds squeaky and notchy and delays in stopping. The anti-lock brakes do not interact quickly and often times engaged at the very end of the brake distance and creates a very uncomfortable and unsettling feeling. The height clearance is also a concern because when cross winds hit the vehicle it creates a very unsettling feeling and causes the vehicle to sway and get under the vehicle making prone to loss control. That wind does not have to be excessive; the mildest of winds will cause a disruption. Several measures have been taken to have a local Toyota dealership review and address the issue and they have come back and stated that it operates according to specifications. No one other than Toyota knows of those specifications and they will not disclose them until enough people highlight this issue by complaining. To add further insult to injury, Toyota has placed an administrative hold on any repairs unless they sanction it. In one of the latest uses, I had a deer cross my path and I tried to stop and the vehicle kept moving along and the brakes grabbed after 12 feet. I missed the deer but I was forced to relive the issue of how faulty the brakes are for this vehicle. It reinforced the issues with the braking system. We need for Toyota to own up to this hidden defect. The electrical systems in these vehicles seem to control every operating aspect of the vehicle and that appears at issue as well. Updated IVOQ 01/20/11 the consumer would like a response to his complaint updated IVOQ 03/01/11

- Tenafly, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010


  • 1,500 miles
Toyota rav4 2010 - on stop and go traffic I was going about 5 mph and I looked down for a second and rear ended another car. Before I hit the car I slammed on my brakes and based on my many years of driving experience (12+) I believe the car should have stopped but it did not. The incident was very minor. My car has a few scratches that may go away with just soap and water. The other car did not have any damage. I did have neck pain all week and I still have it on and off. After the incident I tried, on safe conditions, to go up to 20 mph and brake suddenly and noticed that the car looses braking power as you do this. The brakes full power is felt mid press (as they are half way down) but as they are pressed all the way in they loose power. I had noticed a loud sound when I used my hand brake after putting the car in park. The car also moves about an inch or two after I put the car in park and depress the brake pedal. I called the dealer about the hand brake issue and they said it was normal as the gear was going into place. I didn't think to much of it but after my car crash incident I think that there may be a problem with the brakes.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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