4th Generation (2003—2009) 4Runner Problems

This generations ranks 57th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (29%), body (26%), and the brakes (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Rust/corrosion 21 complaints at an average of 153,938 miles in the 2003 Toyota 4Runner.
  2. Frame Rusted 3 complaints at an average of 115,740 miles in the 2005 Toyota 4Runner.
  3. Cracked Dashboard 49 complaints at an average of 80,961 miles in the 2004 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 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 3 6 141 1.59
2008 16 5 134 7.02
2007 15 5 139 5.46
2006 25 5 140 4.5
2005 57 5 151 10.95
2004 86 2 146 11.1
2003 72 3 132 14.87

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