Suspension Problems of Toyota 4runner
Toyota 4runner owners have reported 57 problems associated with suspension (under the suspension category).
#1 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved is a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3HN86R5X_. Well maintained 99 4runner. . . Original-excellent condition paint and no rust on body panels. Noticed after examining the underside that frame has rusted through in multiple sections. Some sections near rear suspension mounts. If mounts break loose could result in serious accident. This issue happened on 09/27/2013.
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#2 - Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle having this issue was a 2000 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3HN86R8Y_. Frame rusted rusted in front of both rear tires load bearing area. Toyota refuses any warranty or acknowledgement of this safety problem on truck frames used on SUV's. Tacoma frames all recalled for same reason. Toyota still states not to undercoat when purchase is new or to rust prevent at any warranty/preventive maintenance inspection. Consumer put at risk to a problem only observable from a lift,and told to spend thousands of dollars in repairs or total loss,and will not sell the frame even at five thousand dollars. Upon reading blogs of 4runner owners this is a common frequent increasing safety problem with all 4runners. It was Aug. 3, 2013 when this suspension issue occurred.
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#3 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved was a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of the problem 4runner is JT3HN86R9X_. My 1999 Toyota 4 runner has a severe issue with a rotted out frame. I was simply backing out of my driveway and came to a halt when I heard a thump. As I preceded to drive the vehicle it became apparent the backend was not responding well. I could feel the back end swaying and it felt as if there was an issue with the suspension. I took it in for inspection and was told the frame had rotted out right where the springs attach to the frame on the left hand side of the frame. The right side is rotted as well but the frame is still attached. This suspension problem happened on September 2, 2013.
#4 - Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4runner
The car was a 2001 Toyota 4runner. Driving down the highway in 2001 Toyota 4-runner going about 60 and all of a sudden the rear end/tires locked up and got it to the side of highway barely and then it started smoking really bad. Very lucky that it didn't cause a wreck or no one got hurt. Can't drive it or nothing, makes a loud knocking noise in the rear end and also when you turn the key on inside the vehicle all lights are on and its making a terrible buzzing noise. So had to have it towed and that cost me also and I need the whole rear differential and that's a lot of money. I've seen other problems/complaints about the same thing that happened to mine. I really think something should be done about it, Toyota should be fixing the problem and we shouldn't have to pay for it. Hopefully something gets done about this. This problem occurred on Friday, July 19, 2013.
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#5 - Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4runner
The car involved was a 2005 Toyota 4runner. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTEBU14RX5_. Passenger side a arm bracket broke. This suspension problem happened on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
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#6 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The car is a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3HN86R0X_. Upon inspection of vehicle, the inside of the frame on both sides had rusted completely away. After investigation this seems to be a common problem on this vehicle. I have always kept the vehicle clean and the body has zero rust on it. This problem occurred on 06/27/13.
#7 - Suspension problem of the 2007 Toyota 4runner
Tl-consumer owns a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the contact heard a unusual noise from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the rear axle barron gear assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000. St. It was Jun. 19, 2013 when this suspension issue occurred.
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#8 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The car is a 1999 Toyota 4runner. Driving down road and car started swaying badly even when shifting gears heard a noise when got home I had vehicle looked at and the bracket that holds the rear was broke it is rusted right from frame on passenger side and further inspection shows severe frame rust just like the trucks that were recalled stated the same issue is taking place and these should have been recalled. I notified Toyota and they don't want to be bothered. I have contacted a lawyer and the attorney general office. Please open an investigation for a recall before someone gets killed. This suspension problem happened on Sat., May. 11, 2013.
#9 - Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner
The car was a 2000 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of this vehicle is JT3HM84R6Y_. Frame has severe rust that has caused the frame to become weak and unsafe. Multiple holes in frame have developed. Vehicle has been washed regularly and stored indoors for years but has severe frame rot. Toyota will not repair because they say there was never any problem with the 4runner frames just the tacoma and tundra had issues. The frame on the 96-02 4runners are the same as the tacoma, only difference is the rear suspension setup. They appear to have the same rust issues. This suspension issue occurred 06/03/13.
#10 - Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4runner
The car involved was a 2002 Toyota 4runner. Recently purchased this vehicle and started cleaning it, after I drove it home and pressure washed undercarriage, pieces of the rear differential started flying off and gear oil started running out of holes. I have a 1971 Dodge challenger with original rear end that has never been in garage and have never seen a rearend rust like this. I'm really worried about how strong the axle housing structure is and if it could possible break in half while driving vehicle. This suspension issue occurred Monday, May 20, 2013.
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#11 - Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of the problem 4runner is JTEBT14R14_. Major rust on frame and other mechanical parts. Not exposed to salt does not occur with my other vehicles. The failure date was 12/31/2009.
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#12 - Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner
The car involved is a 2000 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Toyota 4runner is JT3HN86RXY_. Severe frame rot on otherwise very well cared for vehicle. Will certainly result in catastrophic failure. This issue happened on Friday, January 1, 2010.
#13 - Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner
I was driving my Toyota 4runner at highway speeds (60 to 70 mph) and it started getting hard to handle. If you accelerated it would turn hard to the right, if you let off the gas it would veer back hard to the left. We stopped and checked it out and the frame mount on the passenger side is rusted off. This problem occurred on 12/31/2012.
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#14 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3HN86R3X_. Tl - the vehicle was a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while reversing from a parking space, the contact heard a loud popping noise. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the rear end trailing arm was detached from the frame. The failure was caused by corrosion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician advised that they were unable to perform any repairs to the vehicle however, they did take pictures of the damage and sent them to the manufacturer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 284,000. Kmj. This suspension issue occurred Nov. 12, 2012.
#15 - Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved is a 1997 Toyota 4runner. I own a 1997 4runner. During my driving the vehicle few weeks ago, the chassis located on the rear passenger side split apart and almost resulted in a fatal accident with my family. This failure, however, is purely an engineering design and manufacturing failures. Hence, the vehicle has become un-drivable. When I contacted Toyota and its dealerships, they said to repair the vehicle will cost me $8,100. 00. Hence, I feel that, in comparison to other vehicles from different brand of cars companies, therewith, whereby, they are still on some part of the world, are still drivable and useful. However, for the kind of money spent on the purchase, the required maintenance, the vehicle is that old they are liable for a fifteen year old vehicle. The failure date was November 21, 2012.
#16 - Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4runner
The car was a 1996 Toyota 4runner. The rear end of the frame broke on the drivers side back by the rear wheel going at a speed of 60 mph. Upon applying the brakes the rear end of the vehicle started to sway out of control. To make matters worse there was an on coming semi & another one following behind me, way too close of course. This scared the hell out of me for I thought for sure that there was going to be a serious accident. I have taken excellent care of my 4runner from the day I bought it new in 1996 & prided myself for it looking like new. All the scheduled maintenance had been performed over the years. It does not leak any fluid or burn any oil with 250,230 miles on it. In fact I receive compliments regularly on it's excellent condition. No door dings, keep it polished & in the winter rinse the under body at least once a week to keep the salt off. I had planned on driving this vehicle for at least another 100,000 miles. After escaping a near death accident I nursed it over to the Toyota dealership for I could not see anything wrong by simply looking under the vehicle. Once I arrived at the dealership they put it up on the lift & asked me to come look at it. I was in disbelief at what I had saw. A portion of the frame that kept the drivers side rear wheel in place was completely separated. When I asked them what could be done they suggested a new frame. I said can you tell me how much that would cost he said he would check & come & get me. He came back several minutes later to tell me it would be a minimum of $10,000. 00. Even in excellent condition the vehicle might be worth $3,000. 00. Not only do I not have $10,000. 00 to fix & if I did, would I? I don't know a lot about replacing frames, but I know it's no small job. Would it be worth it? I bought a Toyota because they're supposed to last forever. Now I'm left with no vehicle & I have nothing to trade in! will Toyota stand behind it's product?. It was Mon., Dec. 3, 2012 when this suspension issue occurred.
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#17 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The car involved was a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of the car is JT3HN87R8X_. The frame has rotted out of this vehicle due to excessive rust. Most notably on the passenger's side towards the rear axle. Apparently this is a major problem with Toyota vehicles and the manufacturer is refusing to do anything about it. This suspension problem happened on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
#18 - Suspension problem of the 2008 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Toyota 4runner. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTEZU14R18_. There is corrosion in the frame and drive-train components. There is pitting, rusting throughout the frame undercarriage and the suspension and differential components. This barely 4yr old vehicle is a southern vehicle. Regardless, this corrosion is a safety issue in any vehicle let alone in a 4runner with a service inception date of 11/30/2008 with 19k miles. This is totally irresponsible of the manufacturer and they claim it is not covered by warranty. Yes, it (should be) covered by warranty and more importantly it is manufacturer's liability to correct safety/quality issue. This problem occurred on Oct. 1, 2012.
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#19 - Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle was a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTEBT17RX4_. 2004 4runner limited, frame rusted out. This suspension issue occurred Thu., Nov. 1, 2012.
#20 - Suspension problem of the 1998 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle is a 1998 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of this vehicle is JT3HN86R4W_. Rear differential housing is leaking fluid as a result of rust. Local Toyota dealership says the entire rear axle needs to be replaced (it is all one piece) to the tune of $3000. An online search of a diy repair shows this problem (google: rear differential rust) shows this problem is unique to Toyota 3rd generation 4runners. This amount of rust on an integral part is extreme and unacceptable that Toyota has not done a recall, even though they did one for virtually same vehicle in the tacoma for frame rust. This problem occurred on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
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#21 - Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Toyota 4runner. Extreme wheel shimmy at highway speeds. 3 dealerships can't find a problem thought they all feel the vibration and shake. Tires are wearing prematurely. Front end components are wearing prematurely. This issue happened on Aug. 1, 2007.
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#22 - Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved was a 2003 Toyota 4runner. The VIN of this vehicle was JTEBU17R23_. The front crossmember of the vehicle frame has severe corrosion. The amount of corrosion was identified to me by a service technician during recent routine maintenance, and the technician pointed out that Toyota has had numerous problems with suspension/ structural corrosion on other models. The amount of corrosion has the potential to weaken the structural integrity of the vehicle in a crash situation and potentially during normal vehicle use as well. The problem was discussed with dealership service manager who referred me to the Toyota national hotline. Toyota representative at that department stated that Toyota has not provided any extended warranty or repair programs for this condition, nor do they offer any financial reconciliation for the costs of correcting this problem. The information was documented in Toyota case number [xxx]. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). This problem occurred on August 1, 2012.
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#23 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The car was a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The rear axle seals repeatedly fail on this vehicle, I'm now having to make a fourth costly replacement of both the rear axle seal and contaminated brake shoes. For the fourth time the rear axle seal has failed which leaks brake fluid onto rear brake shoes, resulting in severe reduction of rear braking power. Also, as a result the front brakes are placed under undue pressure and warping of front brake rotors occurs which must also be addressed. While I have previously filed complaints over this same issue since 2005 with both Toyota and the nhtsb, there has been no recall initiated. The last time my rear axle seals were replaced was less than 20,000 miles ago. This vehicle only sees normal wear and usage. I am not the only complaint as many others have experienced the same issue based on Toyota forum discussions and a search of nhtsb complaint filings. Toyota customer service center again refused to assist me in any way with todays complaint filing on 7/31/12. It was Tuesday, July 31, 2012 when this suspension issue happened.
#24 - Suspension problem of the 2012 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle involved was a 2012 Toyota 4runner. Applied brakes firmly at yellow light and vehicle nose dived, brakes locked and vehicle stated to skid. Let up on pedal and applied brakes again and vehicle stopped without further drama. Did not feel the antilock brake system pulse the pedal or hear the system growl. Second time this has happened under same circumstances. Plenty of room to stop before the light changed from yellow to red. Light brake application always required to avoid vehicle nose diving. Light application of brakes doesn't slow it very well. Brakes seem to be very touchy. Last vehicle was a Toyota highlander which had no brake problems. The failure date was 07/30/12.
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#25 - Suspension problem of the 2007 Toyota 4runner
The car involved was a 2007 Toyota 4runner. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTEBU14R47_. 2007 Toyota 4 runner. Consumer states problem with tires cupping on the inside. The consumer stated the tires were replaced three times. The consumer was informed the cupping was a michelin tire defect and there would be no future replacements. Independent dealers and mechanics informed the consumer, the cupping on the inside of the tire was caused by a bad alignment or defective suspension. This suspension problem happened on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009.
#26 - Suspension problem of the 2007 Toyota 4runner
The car was a 2007 Toyota 4runner. The left rear section of my vehicles frame where the rear traction bar mounts is completely separated at the welds leaving a large hole in the frame where the bracket once was. This issue is similar to the tacoma frame recall. My 97 4 runner is basically totaled at this point and will not pass mass state inspection even though the drivetrain and body are in excellent condition. This issue happened on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
#27 - Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle is a 2003 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was JTEBT17R23_. I have had this vehicle since new, and only travel back and forth to work approx 30 miles a day. . (now has 59,000 miles). Vehicle has been regularly serviced at a local Toyota dealer. . . Vehicle never used for towing or never been off-road, and maintained like a baby. . . All of a sudden dealer told me my front axle cv joints are leaking and needs replacing including the rear shocks? this is fully loaded 2003 Toyota limited edition v8. . . Seems very unusual at 59k miles? will contact Toyota to see if they can help out in any way. . . It was 02/24/12 when this suspension issue occurred.
#28 - Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3HN86R31_. 3rd generation 2001 Toyota 4runner with excessive frame and body rust. The gas tank stem is rusted, the rear differential is literally porous and leaking oil due to excessive rust. Rear bumper is rusted, spare tire mount is rusted. Other areas of rust are too numerous to list. Repair shop said car is not worth fixing. Dana corp that made frames for Toyota tacomas/tundras that were recalled also is best know for rear differentials. Why weren't the 4runners included in the recall/buyback by Toyota?. This suspension problem happened on May. 5, 2012.
#29 - Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JT3HN86R4Y_. I own a 2000 Toyota 4runner. I took my car for state inspection. My mechanic told me that the frame is rusted out an is a major safety problem. The 2000 $runner has the same frame as the 2000 Toyota tacoma in which Toyota bought back the tacomas from the owners for 150% of the kelly blue book value. If Toyota knows that there is a problem with one model (tacoma) and fixes then they should also fix the 4runner. It was May 10, 2012 when this suspension issue occurred.
#30 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle was a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was JT3HN87R1X_. Frame rusted to the point where it broke. When it happened it almost caused a major accident. Left the vehicle in a condition that is very dangerous to drive. This vehicle has high miles but is in excellent condition otherwise. No rust anywhere on the vehicle except for the frame. Toyota is aware of the problem. I've seen the same problem with other 4runners. This suspension problem happened on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
#31 - Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner
The VIN of this 4runner is JT3HN86R2X_. Tl- the reporting person's vehicle is a 1999 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken in for brakes and it was discovered that the right rear and left rear of the frame had rusted. The contact stated the right was worse then the left and they were told the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told there was no recall for the frame and nothiing that could be done. The failure mileage and current mileages were 225,000. Rl. The failure date was Monday, July 9, 2012.
#32 - Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JT3HN87R2V_. This 1997 Toyota 4runner has premature structural frame failure. The frame is rotting from the inside out. The frame rot is located in the rear on the drivers side where the rear suspension bracket is welded to the frame. This is an epidemic among older Toyota trucks and SUV's. Toyota has already recalled the tacoma's of this model year due to the frames rotting. I have read countless numbers of complaints on the internet from other 4runner owners. It is time to push Toyota to help all of the owners of these Toyota's out. It was Tuesday, April 24, 2012 when this suspension issue occurred.
#33 - Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4runner
The car is a 2006 Toyota 4runner. Yes! I've been having a steering problem. "unintended veering" that I began to notice a month after I bought the vehicle (then at 13,000 miles). Something is causing the car to wander at high speeds. I also began to notice that after crossing a bridge (a lot of bridges on the way to work) the steering wheel will ?jerk? back and forth really fast, which can be frightening. At other times it can seem to pulse. If you let go of the wheel the vehicle will veer to the left towards on-coming traffic (had it aligned twice -- still happens!) the dealership does not notice it when they drive it! so I eventually bought 4 brand-new tires and had it aligned again (all at the dealership at my expense) and I still have the problem. Anybody else that drives the vehicle notices it -- except people at the dealership! I was told I would lose $6,000 if I returned it. I did not, as that would set me back considerably. My father had just died and I was paying off the house too!. This problem occurred on Jan. 1, 2007.