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Suspension Problems of Toyota 4Runner - part 1

Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 91 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 1
Failure Date: 09/16/2014

I own a 2005 Toyota 4runner. The frame is rusting so severely that it may not pass inspection next year at this time. I live in PA. I have heard that Toyota has acknowledged that they have had frame issues with the tacoma (same chasis), the early tundras (I own a recalled 2000 with same issue), sequoias (same chasis as tundra. . . . . . Please tell me that the will recall my 4runner. I love the vehicle but the rust on the frame will kill it.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 2
Failure Date: 09/06/2014

The 4runner has developed surface rust on the frame underneath the car. The rust is also apparent on suspension components and brakes.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 3
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

1997 Toyota 4 runner frame rot and rust: I noticed rust debris in my driveway. I inspected under the vehicle and found that the inside of driver-side frame was completely rotted with extensive rust along entire length of adjacent fuel tank. Holes large enough to put four fingers in and crumble. It is clear that the rot has almost gone entirely through the frame as there are several small holes on outside of frame as well. The rust has also seriously compromised the weld seam on the suspension component attached to the frame. Rust and rot of this severity on this vehicle is isolated only to this area of the frame. The rest of vehicle frame shows typical surface rust as expected with age of vehicle.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 4
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 5
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 6
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

While driving on a family vacation, the 4 runner had a near catastrophic frame failure. The speed of the vehicle at the time of the failure was approximately 30 mph. This failure caused total loss of vehicle control and the inability to safely operate the vehicle. The vehicle was rendered unsafe for operation and it had to be towed. An independent inspection revealed multiple failure points along the frame rail related to corrosion.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 7
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 8
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

Rear frame is rusted badly where the rear suspension connects.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 19
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 20
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 1997 Toyota 4Runner 21
Failure Date: 03/28/2014

I have a 1997 4runner that is catastrophically rusted through the frame and has been a danger since purchasing. The amount of rust has completely evaporated my investment.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.