3rd Generation (1996—2002) 4Runner Problems

This generations ranks 37th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the body (48%), suspension (7%), and the drivetrain (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Frame Rust, Rot 15 complaints at an average of 174,025 miles in the 2000 Toyota 4Runner.
  2. Engine Cuts Out at Highway Speeds 1 complaints at an average of 45,000 miles in the 1997 Toyota 4Runner.
  3. Frame Is Rusting Out 5 complaints at an average of 121,780 miles in the 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

What 4Runner Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 20 3 61 3.84
2001 15 3 58 1.48
2000 22 2 38 5.05
1999 13 2 35 2.44
1998 9 4 35 1.15
1997 9 4 24 3.43
1996 1 5 21 0.38

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