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Suspension Problems of Toyota 4runner

Toyota 4runner owners have reported 86 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 1
Failure Date: 08/28/2014

I own a 2000 Toyota 4runner. Went to the dealership to inspect a leak from the rear differential. Found out that not only was the rear differential so rusted that the fluid was now leaking from the porous rusted housing. But the frame was rusted and cracked so bad that that dealership said it was unsafe to drive. My now otherwise immaculate condition 4runner is now useless and rendered inoperable. This is a ramp if problem with tacoma/tundra for the same issue and same model years. How is this not a recall.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4runner 2
Failure Date: 08/24/2014

I was going over a rail rd crossing, and there was a loud bang and knocking after. Brought it to a shop, and they said that my driver side upper, rear shock went through my shock mount.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4runner 3
Failure Date: 07/24/2014

Rust perforation in right side rear frame rail across from fuel tank inboard side. I understand Toyota has already recalled the tacoma (same year) for the same issues however has not recalled the 4runner. Car will not pass inspection nor can dealer repair.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner 4
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

I heard a noise toward the rear of the vehicle, so I took it to the garage to have it checked. They informed me that the left rear frame was completely rusted into and the frame on the right side was almost as bad. I was told to take it home and park it before a bad accident happened.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 5
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The vehicle frame is deteriorating from rust on the passenger side of the vehicle. This severe rust is prevalent at suspension attachment points; significantly where the right-side rear "track bar" is attached. If this were to fail, the rear axle of the vehicle would become disconnnected from the vehicle undoubtedly causing a crash. Found out tonight the frame rail forward of the track bar has also deteriorated on the bottomside and is exhibiting numerous holes. This condition makes the vehicle unservicable from a safety aspect. It cannot be safety inspected in nys any longer. This vehicle was puchased new in ithaca, n. Y. The framework deterioration is indicative of other Toyota vehicles with frames rusting and causing major structural integrity issues. Toyota has done due diligence in supporting their customers on their tacoma and tundra vehicles. They performed frame replacements and a buyback program on these. I believe they ought to do the same for the 4runners seeing they are a virtual duplicate of the tacoma trucks' frame. The fact that the tundra and tacoma frames were produced in USA and the 4runner's frames were produced in japan does not have a bearing on this rust problem. . It does show an engineering deficiency on tundra, tacoma and 4runner's frame design. This issue is causing my family an undue financial burden. I most emphatically believe Toyota should address this issue. There should be a recall !!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Toyota 4runner 6
Failure Date: 06/01/2014

My wife was at a red light waiting for the light to change when she was hit on the driver side front fender and tire area . No air bag deployed there is over 8. 000 dollars in damages the other driver was moving 35+ mph at impact so now along with the whiplash and shoulder bruises and seat belts cuts there mental damage she feel the vehicle is not safe and is afraid to drive it when repaired in closing I feel at the speed of travel on impact the air bag should have deployed.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 7
Failure Date: 05/30/2014

I am writing to report a defect in the frame of my 2000 Toyota 4runner. I just purchased this vehicle used for my 16 year old daughter to drive. Inspection by a certified mechanic revealed that the frame exhibits extensive rusting. The frame has rusted through on the passenger side between the front and rear wheels. It has holes and has separated along the bottom weld. The mechanic warned that catastrophic failure is likely to occur.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Toyota 4runner 8
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

No incident to report, but a complaint about the approach being taken by Toyota to remedy the rear suspension problem described in their safety recall #csj. Their plan is to adjust / tighten the rear lower suspension arm , then seal it with epoxy, thus making it no longer adjustable. This would preventy any future rear wheel adjustments / alignments, thus creating a new safety hazard. All over the country , the roads are in bad shape ; I have my vehicles re-aligned at least once a year . I am not interested in having Toyota " fix" my car so that I can't get it re-aligned. I think it is a pretty lame and cheap way to address the issue. Thank you for looking into this.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 9
Failure Date: 05/16/2014

Safety issue do to frame rot. . Common issue with 3rd gen Toyota runners. Bought the truck new, and now my investment is at risk because Toyota makes vehicles with poor steal and the us dot will not step up and force them to correct the issue.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Toyota 4runner 10
Failure Date: 05/15/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that there was an extensive leak of an unknown fluid under the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the hydraulic system needed to be replaced. Also, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a second opinion who diagnosed that the suspension system needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4runner 11
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

When driving at 70 mph, the vehicle vibrates on the highway. I have taken the vehicle constantly to the dealership for over two years complaining about this problem and they always told me that nothing was wrong. Today (5/10/14), the mechanic at the dealership put the truck on a rack and ran the car at 45 mph and there was visible vibration coming from the drive shaft and a loud noise that I could never hear from within the vehicle. All this time, I have been driving a vehicle that I was unaware could have snapped apart. The sound cannot be heard in the cabin, so I could not even report that as a problem until today. I purchased three sets of new tires, had shocks and struts replaced, and brake pads to no avail. Finally, after searching the web yesterday, I realized that this is a common problem with other vehicles of the same make and model. I'm not sure if this problem has caused injury to others, but there should be a recall. This could cause a potentially fatal accident if that shaft breaks. I read that for similar models (Toyota and Lexus), the manufacturer replaced the parts under warranty, but nothing for the 4runner. The dealership is charging over $700 for this repair.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4runner 12
Failure Date: 05/05/2014

This vehicle has accumulated a scary amount of rust on the underbody. I took it to a local Toyota dealership and they told me it probably wasn't safe to have my kids riding in this vehicle becuase of the amount of rust on the suspension.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 13
Failure Date: 04/29/2014

While having an oil change done my mechanic noticed sever fram rust, some spots go right through fram. I know Toyota recalled many vechiles for this so I call Toyota and they said they can do nothing for me, they didn't even want to look at it. They said if I wanted it looked at I would have to pay! sounds like they know they have more problems but they are not going to do anything about it.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner 14
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

Rear frame is rusted badly where the rear suspension connects.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4runner 15
Failure Date: 04/12/2014

Hello, I have a 2005 Toyota 4runner with 57,000 and the frame is badly rusted with a hole in the subframe and Toyota says there is no problem with the 4runner frames but does admit they have problems with the tacoma frames and the trucks share the same platforms. What can be done for an owner of a truck that has a frame that is falling apart but no rust on the body? the frames are poorly made and can give out.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 16
Failure Date: 04/09/2014

The frame has serious internal rust rot. The exterior of the frame appears relatively rust free, but the interior is filled with rust and crumbles when pushed with a finger.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 17
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

Frame rust is more severe than it should be for a car of this age.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 18
Failure Date: 03/16/2014

Went to do preventive maintenance and noticed my frame is rusted trough on passenger rear close to axle. There is a hole about 10-12 inches long. Very very unsafe and probably won't pass inspection. Makes me sick to my stomach. Why won't Toyota fix this issue. From what I've seen it's common on this year of 4runner.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 19
Failure Date: 03/14/2014

The frame on the passenger side rear rite under the rear door frame is rusted all the way through very bad don't feel safe driving it !!! I just bought it less than a month ago from an individual that is a car sales man for Toyota west in columbus OH !! wanting to know what I can do I haven't even put a 1000 miles on it !!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4runner 20
Failure Date: 03/01/2014

Vehicle developed serious rear end sway when going over bumps in road. Loud popping noise was heard in the vicinity of the rear axle on the passenger side. Upon investigation it was observed that the frame rail had rusted through in several areas. Additionally the frame had rusted away from the lower track arm mounting plate on the passenger side resulting in foward and backward movement in the mounting plate. The vehicle is otherwise virtually rust free.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4runner 21
Failure Date: 02/17/2014

The contact owns a 1996 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, an abnormal noise was present from the driver side rear wheel area. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who advised that the metal bar that held the rear axle was rusted and became detached from the frame. The contact was informed that the defect was not repairable. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 186,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4runner 22
Failure Date: 01/30/2014

Frame is rusting out.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 23
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

While operating the vehicle on a public road, the rear end of said vehicle began to "swap" back and forth at most any speed, acting as if a suspension component had malfunctioned. When making a left turn from a dead stop, a loud thump was heard un the vehicle. The handling issue had become much worse. We were a short distance from home, and were able to make our way slowly until reaching home. Upon inspection, I discovered that the frame had rusted out in from of the rear axle where the trailing arm mounts to the frame, causing the bracket for the trailing arm to disconnect from the frame almost completely. There are many other areas on the frame which are severely rusted and appear will fail as well. This is the second Toyota we've owned with this problem. The first was a 1998 tacoma that Toyota bought back from me. Why isn't frame an option on the list of affected parts above? why is it that this make and model is not being handled the same way or with a frame replacement? this is not something I can afford to replace. I bought Toyota because of their reputation for quality. Just what I need after the sudden death of my mother just 2 days prior. Thanks for nothing Toyota. Dodge is looking pretty good right about now.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 24
Failure Date: 12/26/2013

I own a 1999 Toyota 4runner, the inside frame rail is almost completely rusted through near the rear trailing arm bracket . Upon investigation I've came across multiple images, websites, and forums that show the exact same problem! how is it that a manufacturer can have this much of a wide spread problem and nothing be done about it! they fixed the problem on their trucks around the same year and replaced the frames or bought back the vehicles, I understand the frames where made in different places but there is obviously still a problem! Toyota cannot expect people to believe that these frames were not defective when the exact same problem is prevailing in a majority of these vehicles! how can a manufacturer like Toyota fix such small issues such as blinkers, interior lighting, reflectors etc and totally ignore such a major safety concern as this! I guess it's going to take a 4runner with a family of 4 to crash injuring or killing all of them to make someone step up and say we have a problem! something must be done!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 25
Failure Date: 12/17/2013

Rear differential housing is rusted very badly leaking gear oil. Rust is extremely thick. Huge flakes more like chunks. Leaking from rear of housing where rust has penetrated far enough to cause a slow leak. Rest of 4runner is in good shape.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 26
Failure Date: 12/11/2013

Frame is rusting through causing instability concerns.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 27
Failure Date: 11/12/2013

Recently had new tires put on car. I then had a muffle repaired, was not happy and took to Toyota dealer to have done properly. I was told that my car was unsafe to drive and it could not be repaired. The frame is completely rusted and could cause a major accident. The car looks great and there is little issues with the body and engine. I was planning on getting another 100,000 miles on the car. I took it to a garage for a second opinion and was told that you could push your finger through the frame. I now have a pretty good looking car parked in a driveway which is unsafe to drive. I cannot believe that there is no recall or warning on this safety issue! I volunteer for a dog rescue and drive on the highway to pick up and drop off these beautiful dogs never knowing that I could have ended their life as well as mine and others! unbelievable! Toyota did have a frame recall on the tacoma, why are they risking innocent lives with no warning!!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 9999 Toyota 4runner 28
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Farfield Toyota went to put my 4-runner on the lift for tire rotation, wheel balance and front end alignment. Mechanic started to lift it up when he heard a crunching noise. He said my frame was giving away so he lowered back down. Guy said his brother-in-laws 99 4-runner did the same thing in the same place up in by the gas tank. Took it to get it repaired and frame was very bad in by the gas tank. Guy said he has fixed many with the same problem. Why are they not being recalled like the trucks. Same issue. The more research I did the more I see how big this problem is. It's a shame because the rest of the vehicle is in good shape. Toyota should look into fixing this issue. Dangerous to let it go!!!!.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 29
Failure Date: 09/27/2013

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4runner 30
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4runner 31
Failure Date: 08/03/2013

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4runner 32
Failure Date: 07/19/2013

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4runner 33
Failure Date: 07/06/2013

Passenger side a arm bracket broke.