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Suspension Problems of Toyota 4Runner - part 1

Toyota 4Runner owners have reported 108 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 1
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner 2
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 3
Failure Date: 01/26/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1998 Toyota 4Runner 4
Failure Date: 01/15/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 5
Failure Date: 12/31/2014

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner 6
Failure Date: 11/11/2014

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Toyota 4Runner 7
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 8
Failure Date: 11/09/2014

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 9
Failure Date: 10/20/2014

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.

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

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1996 Toyota 4Runner 11
Failure Date: 10/02/2014

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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car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 12
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

My mechanic told me that my perch springs/shock mounts had rotted off. Brought the vehicle to a welder and told me that the frame was so rotted out that I should contact Toyota to see if there is anything they could do. Said he had a 2000 tundra with the same issue that was recalled and replaced. Why hasn't the 4runner been recalled yet?.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 13
Failure Date: 09/28/2014

Vehicle frame is rusting to the point of perforation. I discovered today two holes, one on each the driver and passenger side, inner frame rails just behind the rear crossmember. My concern is it may be rotting from the inside out. Is the manufacturer going to issue a recall on these frames as they have done on tacomas and tundras? this car is in excellent condition otherwise and I had planned to drive it for much longer due to its handling and safety.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Toyota 4Runner 14
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 15
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 16
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner 17
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Toyota 4Runner 18
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 19
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 20
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.