Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 125 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).
Frame has started rusting near welds and holes. Very poor prevention of rust by Toyota. Skid plates totally rusted out and fuzed bolts. Rear diff housing is also rusty. Car will probably fall apart in a year or two.
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner.
The frame on my 2003 4runner has "perforations" in it's frame rails and the front cross-member is totally rotted away. . . This has been and issue with these suvs for years. . The Toyota tacoma shares the same frame/platform as the 4runner and has had similar issues, with 1 difference Toyota has repaired many of them free of charge ,but has not extended these repairs to the 4runner. . . A $30,000 dollar 12 year old SUV shouldn't have a rotted frame. I brought the truck to a Toyota dealership and they said "front crossmember is rotted off. Only be held by frotn skid plate. Found a hole in frame rail drivers side by fuel tank. " I was then told I would be informed when a Toyota USA engineer would be able to look at it to see if they would do anything about it. I was called about a week later and told the engineer refused to look at it and would not be helping me with this matter. . I then called Toyota USA and explained what was going on (I have a case # they gave me) , they told me to expect a call from the dealership (where the SUV was purchased & where the frame was inspected) in 2 days. . That call never came. . . .
See all problems of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner.
Upon removing and replacing my exhaust and muffler on our 2000 4runner limited I spotted a hole in my frame on the rear passenger side just before my right passenger wheel and suspension. I finished installing the new exhaust an began inspecting the frame along the length of the vehicle. While the truck is not new . . . It only had what appears to be limited surface rust to most of the framework. However , the portion that was detected was clearly rusted through and now threatens the frame integrity. I expected to keep this car for a long time and am disappointed that this might shorten my expected ownership of this vehicle.
See all problems of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner.
The contact owns a 1997 Toyota 4runner. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 02v021000 (suspension), however, the dealer refused to perform the recall repair due to a rusted chassis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.
See all problems of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner.
My private mechanic informed me that my vehicle's frame was rusting and was a safety concern. He notified Toyota customer care who stated that Toyota was not responsible. Toyota has taken responsibility in the past for other vehicles with the same problem. My case # with Toyota is 1504150016. Please investigate and advise. Thank you!.
I have a 1997 Toyota 4runner. I was driving down the road and my frame suddenly broke. This caused me to loose control and crash into a ditch line. I've contacted Toyota and they are not wiling to help me with a replacment frame. This frame is rusted to the point of no repair. Something needs done about this.
Left side frame rotted out.
See all problems of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner.
The frame is completely rusted threw in multiple parts of the frame. Someone has already tried welding some plateing to keep rear suspension components of the lower four link attached to the frame. Extremely unsafe.
My son was driving vehicle and hit a pothole causing damage to the vehicle. After further inspection the frame had broke into because it was rusting from the inside out.
See all problems of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner.
Tl-the contact owns a 2000 Toyota 4 runner. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed. The contact heard a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle in addition, the contact had to steer the steering wheel in excess in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the rear trailing arm had corroded and fractured. The technician also stated that the vehicle could not be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000. Oo.
Frame has rusted through.
See all problems of the 9999 Toyota 4Runner.
Tl-the contact owns a 1997 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle veered from left to right independently. The failure occurred on two occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 220,000. Djr.
The driver's side lower rear link fell off the frame due to severe rusting. Passenger side about to. Mechanic won't even attempt a repair. The frame is too rusted. The vehicle is not safe to drive. I bought it used and have had it for 2. 5 years. Toyota has no recall on it and can not assist me, even though this is the same issue that the tacoma and other models were recalled for.
See all problems of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner.
Took my 2003 Toyota 4runner in for service and to have it inspected. The service guys say they cannot inspect my truck because it has a hole in the frame of the truck. The front of my frame is severely corroded after only 160k miles and completely unsafe for the road. This truck has always been well taken care of and kept clean in the winter months. This is entirely unacceptable for a vehicle of this era and highly unsafe to drive. I am sure there are many others out there driving around not knowing their trucks are rusting away to the point the frame they are riding on is falling apart under them.
Vehicle frame is completely rusting out around the rear suspension. Trailing arm mount from axle to frame is separated from frame and vehicle is not safe to drive.
I was informed of and shown excessive frame rotting/rusting through from a mechanic. The frame looked relatively normal roughly 6 months ago. I am aware that some of their other trucks have recalls due to the same issue, and I am seeing instances of this on the internet for this vehicle.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota 4Runner.
Went in for a oil change and was offered a 28 point inspection. At dealership, ira Toyota, milford, MA 28 point inspection tells us there is holes and rust in the frame and the vehicle would not pass inspection. This 4runner has been kept in mint condition with receipts to prove. Did some research on line to learn many 4runners and tundra's have been recalled for just this reason.
The frame on the 2002 4-runner has completely corroded and caused the Toyota dealership to deem the vehicle unsafe for driving. Even though this a recognized design failure, Toyota refuses to cover the cost of replacement. Toyota has recalled tundra models for this defect, but refuses to acknowledge the 4-runner design flaw since it was manufactured completely at their hino japan plant.
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The frame metal and bracket that connects the frame to the rear axle has rotted off completly making the car undrivable and unsafe to drive. The whole rear axle can move forward and backward.
Extensive rust thru on drivers side of frame, rear suspension link rusted to the point where complete failure in coming soon. Last two feet of frame completely gone. Doubt it will pass another safety inspection without significant repair. Rear differential rusted to the point gear oil leaks. This is common on all 4 runners and should be recalled just like the tacomas.
Vehicle suddenly became very unstable and loose in the rear end while driving down highway at 50 mph. Rear end started swaying back and forth pushing vehicle into center of 2 lane highway. Once vehicle was under control and off the road frame showed significant rust. Lower suspension arm mount on frame had rusted and broke. Roughly 24 inch section of this frame area had rusted out. Leaving no attachment of the suspension arm to the frame mount. Upon inspection many areas of frame are showing signifficant rust damage. Vehicle us now unsafe to drive. I have owned this vehicle for 11-12 years. Bought it with 12,000 mile and have taken great care of it. Engine purrrrrs like a kitten. Runs as well now as when I bought it. Toyota will not warranty a bad design/manufacturing process. Called Toyota dealership whom I purchased it from and they said they have been seeing many of these coming in and Toyota will not warranty the bad frames.
On routine check and inspection, Toyota arlington and Toyota schaumburg called my attention regarding a premature rusting on the underbody frame and resulted in a linear hole by the rear left and right portions of the vehicle. This according to the service advisors of both Toyota dealerships may make the vehicle unsafe to operate and may result to uncontrolled stability during driving.
On October 11th 2014, I was driving my 2001 4runner, on my way to work. Had just turned off a road with a speed limit of 55. As I hit 35mph, my car comes to a jolting stop with a loud bang and drag on the tires. The car still ran, but the car wouldn't move. I had to finish walking to my job, as I was cellphone-less at the time. I had to pay to have my car towed home, missing an entire day's work, which was a loss of 120$. The guy who towed me told me it was definitely something to do with my rear end. So I had a family friend who is a retired mechanic look it over to see if he could spot what the problem was. First thing noticed was my emergency break was on and frozen. They remove it, clean it, put it back on. I start the car, go to move it and theres a continuous loud bang and the car again comes to the stop. The emergency break froze again. They once again take it off, and so far it hasn't refroze. However, my car is still making the loud banging noise coming from the rear end, which they have concluded is coming from the rear differential housing unit. Which they found a decent sized hole in, which it appears someone tried to cover with a yellow glue type substance. I just bought the car, and am now carless. As I have 2 small children, and cannot afford to fix a problem that can cost up to $3,000 to fix. Luckily I was only going 35 mph when it broke, and there was no one following behind me, or I would have been re ended, and had more to fix that I already do. This is a huge problem with the model car, and Toyota really needs to issue a recall on the differential unit!!! it's fairly dangerous. I loved this car before this incident. But now it's useless til I can afford this fix.
The vehicle was severely damage in the front left and middle of the truck. The truck airbags did not deploy causing injury.
The frame on my 1996 4runner is rusted beyond repair. A place with significant rust had bend and would break off at any moment. The vehicle is unsafe to drive and completely useless at this point.
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|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problems||
|Rear Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Stabilizer Bar problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Sway Bar problems||
|Rear Suspension Springs problems||
|Front Suspension Leaf Spring problems||