definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,904 miles

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2010 Toyota 4Runner drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2010 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012015


  • miles


Vehicle randomly and suddenly revs itself both from a stopped position and while driving. When driving downhill and I take my foot off the gas the vehicle will continue to rev itself around 3000 RPM then when I start to travel uphill it will down shift to about 1500 RPM. This seems backwards. Tapping brakes does not cause it to downshift as needed, does not seem right to apply brakes and vehicle continues to rev itself higher nor does it seem right to take foot completely off the gas pedal and the vehicle continues to rev up. The only way to get it to idle is to apply pressure to the gas pedal and speed up which is dangerous when already going downhill. When travelling in a parking lot it rev itself up and will jump forward. From a stopped position such as in my driveway or at a stoplight I will press the gas and it will not go into drive but it will rev up to about 3500. None of these issues can be duplicated by the dealership of course. At one point they finally changed out some type of component in shift mechanism and that worked for about a week then the problem started again. There is never a code indicating there is anything wrong although the trac light will randomly come on and not turn off. I have been driving for 30 years and know when a car is not driving properly. This is my 2D 4 runner. First was an '03 and had similar issues but since was less than a year old I finally convinced the dealership to replace the transmission at Toyota cost. This one was purchased used and has more miles on it but it seems to be the same problems as my original. The only way I have been able to get dealership to believe me is to ask the service manager to drive my vehicle for several days then they are like oh I see what you mean. Another incident was on a snow packed road. Travelling 10mph when the vehicle downshifted I lost control.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 152015


  • 81,712 miles
Periodically seemed stiff when shifting into drive, then the "4 lo" light starts flashing. I tried putting the range selector in 4 lo which resolved the flashing light a few times. Took the vehicle to Toyota and they could find nothing wrong because there were no codes. The last time I it happened, it stuck in 4 lo and the check engine light came on. Not a good situation to be far from home with a vehicle stuck in 4 lo. I took it to a transmission specialist. They could find nothing wrong and said the code indicated a "range problem" with the transmission and they reset the codes. Now the 4 lo light is flashing again, trac off and check engine lights are on. Going back to Toyota. Hope they can figure out what the problem is.

- Munhall, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 142012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I was driving into town (approx. 12 miles) and slowed to about 40 mph as I was approaching a stop light. I had to apply all my weight to stop the vehicle. The engine did not return to idle speed when I was stopped. I shifted to neutral and the RPM indicated 1500 revs. I kicked the gas pedal and the engine returned to normal idle speed, 700 revs. The floor mat was nowhere near the pedal. I can not find any recalls for this vehicle. Is there a fix for this problem?

- West Columbia, Tx, TX, USA

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