Suspension Problems of Toyota 4Runner - part 1

Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 251 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota 4Runner based on all problems reported for the 4Runner.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Toyota 4Runner 1
Failure Date: 05/03/2018

Has a steering wheel shimmy between 60-70 mph, causing premature wear on tires. Just bought 80k mile warranty tires are they are completely bald at 20k miles even after being rotated every 5k miles, balances, and alignments. Unable to keep vehicle aligned and in balance no matter how soon I have it done after just having it done (once in August and then again immediately in September. Body shop advising that the weld on the rear axle is incorrect causing this issue. Attempted to speak with Toyota warsaw, they aren't getting back to me as they said they would, called corporate 800 number and spoke to a rude female who was unwilling to help me. Was told that I had already been driving on unsafe tread, that what would another week hurt? can't buy new tires until issue is fixed because the tires will just prematurely wear again.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 2
Failure Date: 04/17/2018

Frame is rusting out creating a driving hazard which could result in injury to driver and or passengers.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 3
Failure Date: 03/26/2018

My 1997 4runner has a lot of rust on the chassis frame. The rear shocks cannot be installed because the metal was eaten by the rust.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 4
Failure Date: 03/16/2018

3/4 of the underneath of my 2005 Toyota rusted out and released the bar that held my tire in place. I drove 80 highway miles not knowing that the tire was not supported.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 5
Failure Date: 01/30/2018

After an inspection by our mechanic we were informed that our 2003 4runner�s frame rusted through in multiple locations and will be drivable for a limited time. We are an original owners, the car has been maintained by a professional mechanic and has been garaged its entire life.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 6
Failure Date: 01/30/2018

My mechanic found significant rotting damage on the chassis of my 2005 Toyota 4runner. He advised me not to drive the vehicle as the wheel could break off. I contacted Toyota, but they told me there were no recalls on the vehicle, even though chassis rotting has been a problem with their older vehicles.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 7
Failure Date: 01/19/2018

My 2004 Toyota 4runner frame/chasis is rusted throughout. Everything that is not plastic or rubber on the chasis is rusted out. The skid plate is rusted through in several places and needs to be removed or replaced before it falls off. Toyota has recalled vehicles in the past as well as replaced chasis on all but the 2004. Toyota needs to take responsibility and recall the 2004's. The body is in good shape with no rust.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 8
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

My 4runner frame is rotted out. Cracked frame unsafe to drive.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 9
Failure Date: 01/11/2018

2003 4runner has significant frame rust and is a common and well known problem. Toyota has acknowledged the same problem with other similar models. Toyota has taken action on other models but will not with the 4runners with same frame.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner 10
Failure Date: 01/03/2018

Frame is rusting from inside out. Holes in frame big enough to push your whole arm through. Areas of frame connected to suspension prematurely rusting out. This rest of this vehicle is in excellent condition, body panels included. Welder told me entire frame is rusting away and repair to the frame is very difficult anf expensive even if possible. Vehicle has under 185,000 miles and runs great. I hear creaking developing and am afraid car may split in half. Why is Toyota not stepping up after admitting to badly manufactured frames.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 11
Failure Date: 11/17/2017

The vehicle feels like it's bottoming out going over the slightest little bump when in motion and the rotors were making a horrible sound going down the highway even after the brakes had been checked. Spent $400+ on new brakes & rotors only to find out that the frame is completely rusted out and the mechanic advised us not to drive it at all. It was too dangerous and would cause a bad wreck when it finally did drop out.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 12
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 13
Failure Date: 10/12/2017

Right rear upper shock mount rusted out and shock broke through frame while driving on a city street (bracket sub assembly rear - right rear). Had to remove shock so it would not bust through causing ride instability.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 14
Failure Date: 10/10/2017

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

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 15
Failure Date: 09/30/2017

Frame has extensive rust inside and out . Suspension and rocker panels are affected also. I was wondering about a frame recall since they have done so with other Toyota frames.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 16
Failure Date: 09/22/2017

When braking on a curve on a county highway {55 mph} the vehicle jumped and hopped uncontrollably and almost left the road. After slowly getting it home, I inspected the suspension and found the mount for the rear trailing arm broke off the frame from rust. The vehicle only has 155,000 miles and the rest of the vehicle is in vary good condition. I bought the Toyota for its known longevity and did not expect this from Toyota. If this had been a state hwy {70 mph} I'm sure there would have been a crash, injury and posable fatality.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner 17
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 18
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 19
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 20
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!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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