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Suspension Problems of Toyota 4Runner - part 1

Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 173 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 1
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

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

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Toyota 4Runner 2
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

The contact owns a 2015 Toyota 4runner. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle vibrated and the steering wheel shook and made a chattering noise. The tires were replaced because the contact thought they were the cause of the failure; however, the failure continued. The dealer was notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 27,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 3
Failure Date: 09/15/2016

I own a 2000 Toyota 4runner sr5. The frame is very badly rusted and is beginning to fail. I have been notified by my mechanic that I should consider replacing the frame for safety issues. Toyota has recalled and replaced the same frame on the Toyota tacoma but has yet to issue a recall on the 4runner.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 4
Failure Date: 09/08/2016

Frame rotted apart have to have several mechanics look at it and told me not to drive it any longer I need my vehicle fixed cannot afford another vehicle at this time not in our budget my wife and I both work not financially set. . Driving this vehicle is very dangerous totally rotted frame needs replacing.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4Runner 5
Failure Date: 09/07/2016

I have a 2006 Toyota 4 runner that has been developing excessive rust flaking on the rear axle housing,brake components, frame and rear suspension componets. We have had warranty work performed approx. 1 year ago and the mechanics at Toyota stated they needed to replace or repair various transmission lines before they would return the vehicle to my wife. I asked them what am I suppose to do about all the rust problems and they really didnt have a answer and said I need to talk to the service manager that was not there at the time. I have made every attempt to radicate this issue that has been getting worse over time. Vehicle is garage kept and was purchased new as we are the only owner of this vehicle. Myself and everyone else know Toyota knows about this problem and refused to do anything about it. My fear is that we are on a trip and have catastrophic failure of one or more components and getting in a accident. There was no accident yet.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 6
Failure Date: 08/31/2016

I am the original owner. . . Normal driving. Regular maintenance. Last few times I had a truck in the shop (different ones) they recommend I contact somebody, about the frame. . . It is basically rusted all the way thru. It is rusting from the inside out, seems like. . . Had many Toyota's in the past (and present). . . Had never seen anything like it.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4Runner 7
Failure Date: 08/20/2016

1. ) while driving the vehicle is very difficult to steer. The lastest incident occurred while traveling on the highway. The was constantly swaying and pulling to direction forcing me to grip the steering wheel ; pulling it in opposite direction so tightly that my wrist were throbbing. Once I exited the highway and came to a stop, the steering wheel turned almost 180 degrees by itself. I took it to a sears service center and the mechanic could not find anything wrong. Prior to my road trip, I had my vehicle checked out and nothing was found out of sorts. This as occurred on several other occasions. 2. ) my vehicle will lose power if the key is left in the ignition for a brief period of time without the vehicle being started. It will also loose power if the vehicle doors are open, even if the keys are not in the ignition. I have to get a "jump start" often. I've had my battery replaced and the problem checked out at the my local Toyota dealer but the cause of the problem could not be detected. The latest incident occurred while I was waiting for a service representative to assist me at the Toyota dealership. I pulled into the service area, waiting for the service representative with the key in the ignition, but the car was not running. It could've been more than 5 minutes before the the representative got in my truck and tried to start it; but it was dead. It had to be jumped started. The battery was checked , as it usually is when this occurs; and it had full power.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 8
Failure Date: 08/12/2016

My 2003 Toyota 4 runner has massive frame rot. I fixed what I could, but still fighting with the problem. I know Toyota recalled their pick up trucks because of frame issues, they should do the same for their 4 runners.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 9
Failure Date: 07/18/2016

Traction control system malfunctions intermittently while driving around curves. Several times while driving approximately 30-40 miles per hour on a mountain road, the anti skid light illuminates without warning on a dry paved road with a subsequent sudden pull to the right and "grinding" noise. This has happened multiple times without warning. The Toyota dealer can not help, since he can not replicate the problem. The latest occurrence pulled the vehicle across the center line into the oncoming traffic lane. (had there been oncoming traffic this would have been a serious accident).

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 10
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

Well maintained vehicle failed nh state safety inspection based on significant frame rust. Rust points around radiator support mounts, and passenger side rail, near muffler mount, and rear suspension mount point. With damage, car is unsafe to drive. Toyota states no resolution option exists. Similar year tacomas frames are being replaced with identical damage.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 11
Failure Date: 05/19/2016

We were told today that our 2001` Toyota 4-runner has frame rot that is inconsistent with the age of the vehicle and the condition of all the other parts on it. Frame rot that constitutes a danger to our safety when driving it. The repair technicians advised us to determine if it was part of Toyota's frame rot recall with the tacomas and other vehicles because the frame rot rust was consistent with the pattern of damage they had seen on other recalled vehicles. When we looked up our 4-runner in the recall information, supposedly Toyota hasn't included our truck in the recall. We were advised by our auto repair specialist that the recall covered damage in trucks that were the same age and overall condition, so it's not as though the rest of the truck is eaten up by rust and we just happened to complain about the frame rot. The frame rot pattern found on our 4-runner is consistent with the frame rot found on recalled Toyota trucks and inconsistent with the rest of the vehicle's stability. Because this is such a dangerous situation, and because the frame rot is a known problem, it's important for other consumers to know that regardless of their care of the vehicle, the frame may rot at a rate that is inconsistent with the rest of the vehicle, and it costs lots of money to repair. 4-runner owners should have their vehicles checked for premature frame rot, and Toyota should do the right thing and fix the frame rot in the 4-runners. Just thought that after we were made aware, so should other consumers and safety organizations.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 12
Failure Date: 04/20/2016

Looks like the fran around and in front of the front suspension is rusting in two.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 13
Failure Date: 04/10/2016

Rust eat my frame into.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Toyota 4Runner 14
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

I have a new 4runner that I was not pleased with how it was handling. I took it into an independent wheel alignment shop to get an objective opinion. The results are included in the attached document. 10 out of 14 of the settings were out of specification. I paid to have these items fixed. My car now tracks better. Corners better and has a more stable ride. These settings were so bad I now realize that I was in car that was not as safe as it should have been. I have submitted this attachment to Toyota USA and the dealer and the only response has been they will file my complaint. I am amazed that Toyota did not consider this a manufacturing defect that they should remedy as part of a new car sale.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 15
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

There is excessive rust/corrosion on the frame of the truck. The skid plates completely rusted off the truck in 2010. The transmission lines have corroded to the point they have to be replaced. The engine oil cooler and radiator supports have rusted through. The exhaust rusted off the truck in 2010 as well. Currently there is extensive corrosion on the frame of the truck and the suspension components. These issues appeared in 2010 and I have been fighting them ever since. Mechanically the truck runs great, never a problem, however the vehicle's frame is disintegrating due to corrosion.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner 16
Failure Date: 01/13/2016

Trd pro model front shocks make a clunk below 40 degrees. Toyota t-sb-0054-16 Toyota won't look at.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 17
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

To whom it may concern: thank you for your immediate attention to this concern. I just purchased a 1997 Toyota 4runner with 173,000 miles on it. I was made aware before buying the vehicle that there is some rust underneath and so I examined the problem and determined that it is not major and is repairable. After purchasing the vehicle, I found that the problem is quite larger than I initially assessed. I realize that this makes me responsible for a bad decision but I also think that it is important for the safety of the general public to bring these rust issues to the attention of the NHTSA with the hope that enough complaints will affect a response that will hold the manufacturer responsible. I realize that this vehicle is 15 years old and has high mileage but at the same time, I don't believe that the rotting frame is an acceptable defect in an 18 year old vehicle that was clearly very well maintained by it's original owner, and by the number of submitted and unsubmitted complaints, this is a common problem with this particular vehicle which points to a defect in manufacturing. In addition, this rotting frame problem must have started when the vehicle was much younger because the frame is rotted through in two places and it doesn't take a scientist to know that this kind of damage takes time. The main frame on my 4runner is rotted completely through in front of and behind the left rear wheel. I cannot drive the vehicle that I just bought because of the safety concerns and I'm concerned that there are less mechanically inclined persons out there who are unaware of this issue and unknowingly putting themselves and the general public at risk. Please take immediate action to hold the manufacturer accountable for this defect. Thank you.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 18
Failure Date: 12/22/2015

Vehicle has 129,881 miles. Severe rust through of frame underside. Had plated & welded. New rust through holes appeared within 6 months of previous weld on same frame structure but in different locations posing imminent rust through failure in center of vehicle. Cannot pass safety inspection.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 19
Failure Date: 12/14/2015

I took my vehicle in for a routine oil change recently and the technician said that I have some major rust issues on my rear axle and drivetrain. He should me when it was on the lift. He explained to me that the bolt and clip than holds the brake line down on the rear differential had rusted and broken off of the differential cover. The rear differential is now leaking gear oil. The technician advised me that it is too risky to attempt to repair as it may cause the entire differential to be damaged and the whole rear axle would need to be replaced. The technician also said that it is a risk to drive the vehicle and is possibly unsafe to keep driving. He stated that it is unknown how much longer I would be able to drive it until the rear axle ceases.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 20
Failure Date: 11/05/2015

I have a 2002 Toyota 4 runner that was taken in for yearly state inspection and the technician informed that the frame is rotted through. He stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and a rejection sticker has been placed on the vehicle. Not sure what to do now. The vehicle still looks and runs very well, but unable to drive.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 21
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

Frame rotted out on passenger side of car, track bar for rear mount rusted off frame.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4Runner 22
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

Purchased a tcuv in 2012 and live in eastern nc. Took vehicle in for diagnostic and was told that frame was severely rusted. Was not made aware when purchased. Called Toyota and awaiting a call but rep says that its out of warranty and will not assist. Vehicle can't go from fine to severe in 3 years and was certified by Toyota to be fine or "like new". Something has to be done and a recall has to be issued. This is an ongoing issues that many individuals are experiencing and a severe safety hazard should something go wrong on the freeway. No one should have to die before something gets done and it would be in poor taste for this to happen before this complaint moves from its current status to investigation by our government to protect us from companies like this.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 23
Failure Date: 10/06/2015

While driving on the highway the passenger rear side of my Toyota 4runner began to move up and down and wobble making the car wander all over the road. We immediately went to the local Toyota dealer, carver Toyota of columbus in taylorsville, in. Inspecting the car on the passenger rear side we found that the rear suspension had pulled away from the frame where the frame had completely rusted leaving a big hunk out of the frame. There was extensive rusting of the frame in multiple places. The car was inspected and photographed by matt warren, service manager at carver Toyota and was determined to be undriveable. This is a well maintained vehicle which is in tip-top condition in every other respect than the rusted frame. We are very upset to lose a good car which still had a lot of value still left in it to us. We also feel that this is a very important safety issue. We were incredibly lucky that neither we nor anybody else on the highway that day were injured by this dangerous situation. And we are very concerned that this has been reported in other 4runners as well and there hasn't been a recall and these dangerous vehicles are still on the road. We are holding on to the vehicle hoping that there will be some remedy for this situation. Thank you so much for your attention.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 24
Failure Date: 09/30/2015

Vehicle was stationary. While replacing exhaust system components. Found what appeared to be minor rust on the passenger (right) side rear suspension mount. Further investigation uncovered a larger area of rust along the 3 welds on the inner frame rail. Cut / ground the metal back to good metal and am in the process of patching for my yearly maine vehicle inspection. Either Toyota has built an inferior frame or the newer chemicals being used to keep the roads clear in the winter to be the cause of this rust which could cause the rear suspension to fail at this point in the frame and cause a accident.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 25
Failure Date: 09/15/2015

Frame and some suspension parts are very rusted, frame has holes and is becoming unsafe to drive. Vehicle is only 13 years old, only 100100 miles. Passenger side front suspension pop's when stressed in cornering. When at idle, you can hear the vibration from rust chunks in the frame. All heat shields rusted. Skid plates on front and fuel tank so rusted must remove. Now nothing is protecting the fuel tank.