4th Generation (2003—2009) 4Runner Problems

This generations ranks 55th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (33%), body (21%), and the brakes (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Crack in Dashboard 22 complaints at an average of 82,206 miles in the 2003 Toyota 4Runner.
  2. Cracked Dashboard 49 complaints at an average of 80,961 miles in the 2004 Toyota 4Runner.
  3. Air Injection Pump Failure 4 complaints at an average of 117,000 miles in the 2005 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 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 3 6 133 1.59
2008 15 5 126 6.75
2007 15 5 131 5.46
2006 20 5 132 3.92
2005 48 5 141 10.26
2004 76 2 136 9.99
2003 60 3 119 9.24

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