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Suspension Problems of Toyota 4Runner - part 1

Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 236 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 1
Failure Date: 10/19/2017

Excessive rust on the frame and under structure of the vehicle for a 2003 4runner limited. Noticed during inspection 10/19/17 and prior years.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 2
Failure Date: 10/10/2017

Frame has rusted similar to tacoma and seqouiya recalls and do not see why they have not been recalled.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner 3
Failure Date: 08/25/2017

I was getting on the hiway ramp and was traveling 60pmh when my vehicle felt like it wanted to move over to the next lane while the steering wheel was held steady. I took the vehicle to northpark Toyota in san antonio texas on August 29,2017. Iwas told the parts were ordered and would take 2weeks to come in. I called 2weeks later and could not get any info on the parts ordered. Today is 10/16/2016 and still no info. I have been driving the vehicle little because it has wanted to move over to the next lane several times even though I hold the steering wheel straight.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 4
Failure Date: 08/08/2017

My 2003 4runner sr5 looks great and its v8 engine hums like it is new but the frame rails are totally rotten and I have been advised not to drive it at all as it is too dangerous to drive. So its value should be about 5-,6000 and now it is totally junk and has only scrap value. Toyota USA recalled the sequoia, the tundra and the tacoma from the time period, approximately 2003-2007 maybe more year models, but did not recall the 4runner because there were too many sold and it would have cost too much money. The frame and frame rail rot on the 4runner from that time period is well documented and many complaints have been filed with the nhta yet Toyota has seen fit not to recall the 4runner!! . What a disgrace!! the most important fact is the 4runners, past and present, sit on the exact same frame as the tacoma. The tacoma was recalled for the frame rot but the 4runner were not. Could you please provide the reasoning for not recalling the 4runner for frame rot while the tacoma with the exact same frame from the exact same factory was not/has not been recalled?.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 5
Failure Date: 08/01/2017

As I was driving down the interstate I crossed a bridge and rear end of vehicle was going all over the road. The passenger side sway arm and ripped away from the frame. The frame to me seems to made out of too thin of metal. Never had a vehicle frame do that ever.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 6
Failure Date: 06/18/2017

Frame rusted out where the rear axle arm attaches. Arm mount broken loose from frame. Vehichle is undriveable and virtually not repairable. (frame replacement) ridiculous Toyota!!! you know about this problem, make it right to your customers!. Myself and fmaily own 7 Toyotas. Might reconsider ever buying another!.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 7
Failure Date: 05/18/2017

I bought the vehicle recently and was taking it to have it safety inspected. Driving down a curvy road, the vehicle became difficult to steer straight. A loud thunking noise was coming from the passenger rear quarter. Upon inspection it became apparent that the passenger side rear lower 4 link frame attachment tower (just forward of the passenger side rear wheel and tire) had detached from the frame. This condition seems to have been caused by severe metal deterioration from the inside out, hiding itself until it perforated the frame. On further inspection the frame was found to be perforated all along the lower inside wall - from the 4 link tower to the middle crossmember attach point . This area of the frame is adjacent to the muffler and is exposed to exaggerated thermal cycling on a daily basis. Some metallurgical reaction to this condition is causing extreme corrosion of the frame rails to the point of failure. This is happening to a lot of 1999 to 2003 4runners in the same exact spot and it's going to get someone seriously hurt or killed. Many people are unaware anything is amiss until they poke around the area of the inside frame rail.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 8
Failure Date: 05/17/2017

My 2000 4runner only has 123k mils on it and the frame is so rusted it might be unsafe to drive. I tried to get new shocks on it and was told they can't due to the bad rust. The rest of the truck is in perfect condition!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 9
Failure Date: 05/13/2017

Frame rusting underneath the rear of vehicle. Happened within the last year because when the auto was inspected in 5/2016 the rust was not there.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner 10
Failure Date: 05/09/2017

Excessive rusts on frame with concentrations around mountings of critical components like suspension, gas lines, brake lines etc.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2009 Toyota 4Runner 11
Failure Date: 05/08/2017

Excessive rust on frame with jeopardized integrity at joins connecting brakes, fuel lines and suspensions system.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner 12
Failure Date: 04/07/2017

Frame badly rotted crossmember for transmission and left rear are worst .

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Toyota 4Runner 13
Failure Date: 03/24/2017

It's been close to a year since my name was put on a list to have the leaf springs inspected,called the dealership today and still have four more months to wait. The person that I talked to said they are not getting the parts fast enough. They are doing about 12 cars a month. For a recall this is not right?.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4Runner 14
Failure Date: 03/22/2017

�purchased car in boulder 3/22/2017 �2006 Toyota 4 runner VIN # jtebt14r060063571 �rust damage / dealer stated rust was because car was from NY, but would not get worse and was just superficial rust. �purchased car and set an appt. With pueblo Toyota 3/24/2017 to mount spare tire and do an inspection �Toyota could not mount spare tire and stated vehicle was in good condition except for severe rust damage, could not install spare tire, and informed me that it may cost double to do repairs in the future because of rust damage. �took car to pro-masters auto body shop on 3/24/2017 and they informed my son that the rust was severe and they would not attempt to repair, but estimated costs to repair the rear end to be $6,000 to $7,000 �reviewed on internet and there were several complaints about rust damage on 2006 Toyota 4-runners, tundra�s, and tacoma�s from n. E. States. Comments were also made that the vehicle with severe rust damage could be unsafe to drive. �took car to individual who restores cars and he said the rust was so severe and car was not worth repairing and unsafe and he would not let his wife or family drive it. �took car to custom care repair shop to review rust and install spare tire and they concurred that the rust was severe and unsafe and could not install spare tire. �I called pro-masters auto body shop to confirm what they had inspected and if I could give his name and phone number if asked. Ohe informed me that rust was so severe that if he attempted to secure spare tire, that the frame holding it was so thin he could not guarantee it would not fall off. Ohe also informed me that as the vehicle gets wet the frame becomes weaker and could start to crumble.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner 15
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

In my own words, I have a 2008 Toyota 4runner 4x4 with only 27,000 original miles and the chassis is completely rusted thru, with huge big holes on the chassis. Toyota used some very cheap metal and didn't spray any chassis pretection from rust. The rear driver side shock mount rusted completely that the shock fell off while I was driving, now there is no mount for the shock now. I almost lost control on a curve that was a little bumpy, as I passed the curve my 4runner felt like the back kept sliding, I felt like it was almost about to flip over. There are recalls for all other Toyota SUV but not for Toyota 4runner what's the difference if they used the same metal to make the chassis. My chassis is even more rusted on the front passenger side where the air conditioner has a small drip rubber tube where the air conditioner drops any ac condensation. I don't feel safe driving my 2008 4runner but it only has less than 27,000 original miles. . . Can you. Relive that. I even have pictures and videos to prove it. Smh and I really like my 4runner.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 16
Failure Date: 02/21/2017

2003 4runner failed inspection due to rotting frame. Recall was available on the tundra's tacoma's and sequoia's. Why not the 4runners?.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2012 Toyota 4Runner 17
Failure Date: 02/04/2017

I was driving in the freeway beltway 08 when tehran trasmision of my car run out last Saturday 02/04/2018.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 18
Failure Date: 12/23/2016

My 2004 4runner, with less than 80,000 miles, has significant and overwhelming under carriage rust. There is a frame rot hole. One of the trailing arm brackets on the axle has rusted to the point where the trailing arm was no longer connected. This is one of the points where the axel is connected to the vehicle and keeps the axel from rotating. There are front suspension parts completely rusted to the point my vehicle can no longer receive a successful front end alignment. These are the biggest problems, there are several other issues due to unbelievable rust.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1998 Toyota 4Runner 19
Failure Date: 12/14/2016

Frame rusted out and rear axle support detached from frame while driving, causing vehicle to sway uncontrollably almost rolling over. Found that manufacturer has recall on trucks with similar frame for rust issue, but not this vehicle because there are not enough complaints or deaths.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner 20
Failure Date: 12/07/2016

Whenever I go over potholes and bumps my car makes clunking noises and sounds horrible.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2014 Toyota 4Runner 21
Failure Date: 12/01/2016

Vehicle shakes "violently" upon putting brakes while driving at or above 60 mph. I took my vehicle in to Toyota several times for this same problem and they keep telling me it's a brake pad/rotor problem. The first time I took this in to Toyota my vehicle had maybe 28,000 miles, I took it in today 3/20/17 and it has 35,000 and they said the same thing so I took it to a brake repair shop and explained what Toyota had said, the employee and actual owner of the shop told me "I would love to take your money however it will not fix the problem because your brakes and rotors are perfect. That is actually what the another shop employee told me when I took it in back in 2016. I am hoping if anyone else out there has this same problem they will find a solution before something terrible happens to anyone.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 22
Failure Date: 11/11/2016

Brought the car in for rear end repair and had 2 reputable mechanics refuse to repair the truck because they said the frame was so badly rusted that it would be a hazard to even drive the truck irregardless of any repair that they could perform.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 23
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

My 2004 Toyota 4runner has extreme amounts of rust on the frame to the point where there are actual holes forming. This is a major structural issue for the vehicle and incredibly unsafe. I worry that this may cause an accident or render my vehicle inoperable in the future.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 24
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

Frame rust - problem is the same as what has happened to same year Toyota tacoma pickups. These vehicles should also be recalled and have the same fix applied to them as was applied to the tacoma pickup. Purchased vehicle used in October and had shop put it up on a lift 2 months later for routine maintenance. They said frame rusted and unsafe to drive.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 25
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

Frame and suspension attached to the frame corroded early. The attachments for the rear shocks are almost corroded through.