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The 4Runner is among the best off-road-ready SUVs in this price range. Despite retaining a body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner rides better than some car-based SUVs. While its cabin is very roomy and quiet, the 4Runner doesn't provide the nimble, carlike handling of car-based models. Still, it is sound and secure. Side- and curtain-airbags are standard.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available; standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2001. Side and head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2008.
Road Test

The 4Runner is among the best off-road-ready SUVs in this price range. Despite retaining a body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner rides better than some car-based SUVs. While its cabin is very roomy and quiet, the 4Runner doesn't provide the nimble, carlike handling of car-based models. Still, it is sound and secure. Side- and curtain-airbags are standard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (239 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Toyota 4Runner owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“abs computer failure”

George F., PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Fails as a single unit. Replacement cost is > $3200”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The calipers seized up causing a squeaking sound once the systems heated up. I noted the squeaking, but dealer did not address problem until I went on a drive with the mgr. The problem caused premature brake wear. Calipers and brakes were replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Corrosion caused partial locking”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Seizure of calipers”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“caliper froze causing rotor to warp”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“One caliper was stuck in the closed position and worn down my brake pad on that side”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“front calipers needed replacement at 110,000 cost $1200.00”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replaced both front calipers due to rusted pistons”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Calipers have seized regularly over the past several years requiring expensive replacement of calipers, pads and rotors”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I've had two calipers freeze up in the last 12 months”

Frederick G., MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Calipers regularly seize up and cause rotors to warp”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The left rear caliper froze on my 4Runner, causing my wheel and hub assembly to get very, very hot and change color to a shade of light blue due to the heat created by the frozen caliper assembly. I have had a lot of problems with the calipers on the front and rear of my 4 Runner corroding, freezing the pistons in place or not releasing the pads easily, and have had to replace them multiple times during my 14 years of ownership as the original owner of this vehicle”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“rear calipers seized but they had lasted nearly 2 yrs..just past warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Back passenger side caliper didn't fully release and got hot from driving. Was able to get to a repair facility in my town. I had both rear calipers replaced. Brake pads were ok”

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“master cylinder failed while driving. Very expensive to replace using factory parts. Found a used one from a junk yard”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“replaced front brakes left and right”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Normal brake wear”

Larry D., IL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Had to have the rotors turned, pads replaced. Not unexpected at 230K miles, but the dealer charged over $1100 to do this”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“I had to replace front and rear brakes - normal brake wear. I did also have to replace the front calipers”

John C., BC (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“needed new brake pads”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“It was time to replace the pads and grind the rotors”

Laurence J., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

“Parking brakes needs to be readjusted frequently”

Sherry B., TN (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Breaks wear very quickly since I've owned the car”

Robin K., NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Brake pistons tend to freeze and cause the brake pads to wear too fast. Replace pads every 6 months (7500 miles) and calipers about every 18 minths”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Normal brake wear, just had to vist several different mechanics to resolve a pulsing issue when brake pedal presssed”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“all in all ok vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Pulsing while braking”

Michael K., IN (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“warped due to seized caliper”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Rotors on both my Toyotas have been problematic”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The rear breaks were warned out & had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Warped rotors was the reason for the vibration during breaking”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Squeaking

“Made the mistake of replacing original brakes with non-Toyota replacements”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited Unsure)

“I noted squeaking on several consecutive maintenance visits to the Toyota dealership and their inspections did not turn up any source. The squeaking was due to the calipers seizing up and thus prematurely wearing out the brake pads”

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Just before 1000,000 miles brakes began squealing when backing out of garage in the morning or any time first driven during the day. Had rotors and pads replaced with quality NAPA products. Brakes squealed even worse after a couple of months. Another”

Steve E., SC (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Squeaking is a helpful hint that brakes services are needed”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Have had car in 3 times and I still have squealing of brakes when backing out of garage”

Donald P., ID (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“prior installed ceramic brake pads worn out prematurely”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“not ball joints, had to replace rubber boots”

Jerry N., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“In CA, Toyota OEM parts cost double what they do in the U.S. This makes upkeep with OEM parts unaffordable. After paying this much for the vehicle, this price gouging is hard to take. I can see a 20% premium, but 100% is far too excessive”

Claude S., AB (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Worn out rubber causing grease leakage. Replaced CV axle”

Terje D., AL (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Joints rusted out and required replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Front struts needed to be replaced. Over 110,000 miles”

Robert R., GA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The shocks have had to be replaced three times since OEM. Very annoying,”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“One shock is leaking and because of linked RES system will need to replace system with 4 new independently working shocks, expensive and a pain”

Berta G., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Same comment about parts prices being double the U.S. applies to the control arms”

Claude S., AB (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I was told regular wear after 120k miles and replaced the Struts, but the repairs were inexpensive of about $300”

Scott M., IL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Tires were showing uneven wear. Needed new shocks and an alignment”

Laurence J., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“worn shocks & struts, replaced at a cost of $1200”

David A., NC (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Still running on original equipment and the ride is pretty good, but this needs attention soon”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I am not sure whether the problem was in this area we had boots of some sort that were leaking”

Jackie W., MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner Unsure 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The u-joint in the steering column wore out and needed to be replaced. Caused difficult and uneven turning pressure which created a safety issue. The u-joint was replaced and works now”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Related to Monroe shock/strut used to replace Toyota original. Express Tire facility service error”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Both front bearings started making noise. I took it to the dealer. They identified the problem as worn out bearings and replaced them”

Chris M., OH (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear wheel bearings were in very bad shape and had to be replaced. This was a very difficult problem to diagnose, but when we did it, the noise was drastically reduced”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Car does not lock automatically when put into reverse or drive. It used to do that”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited Unsure)
Gauges

“unsure”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“some heater dial lights were out. was told that job to replace was very expensive. Went to you tube ,followed video directions and replaced bulbs in 45 minutes and $15”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“light bulbs (or fuses) providing back-lit illumination to HVAC dashboard controls don't work. can't see what is on or off”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“condensation inside headlight on right side of auto caused by slots in wheel well allowing water to be thrown onto back of headlight from tire rotation”

Theodore M., WI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“LF light bulb has repeatedly burned out in recent months”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“2nd time front running lights have shorted out”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota wanted several hundred dollars to repair the interior front panel lights because they had to remove the entire front panel. I went to the internet found the repair needed, bought a light for $12 and installed it. They guys are crooks”

George C., TN (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“lights on the dash like the a/c fan, temp control, etc busted”

Maria E., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“One of the dashboard lights behind the clock burnt out. it is cost prohibitive to replace the $2. bulb because the entire front of the cd, radio, clock, and cassette unit has to be removed to replace the light bulb”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited Unsure)

“Entire internal electrical system went out”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The TPI giving faulty readings resulting in the dashlight staying on all the time, which in turn triggered the dash maintenance light. Tires had to be replaced with new sensors to correct the flashing dashlight which my wife had temporarily solved by sticking a piece of tape over it”

Neil T., OK (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Spare tire sensor was a continuing problem”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“oil pressure warning lite on. Problem was electrical wiring iissue”

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Clock

“Clock stopped working. Would not allow reset or restart”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Car would suddenly stop running. We eventually had the remote starter removed”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Dashboard material has cracked and is peeling off - received a letter from Toyota saying they will replace defective material”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint fade I suspect due to being left outside in the Florida sunshine”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“right front fender is cracking”

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Though the vehicle is not garaged, but has regular washing and hand-wax care, the paint has noticeably faded and oxidized over the 11 years I have owned it. When I purchased this SUV new, I purposely chose the color white to try to avoid this problem”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“tops of fenders and front bumper have faded; paint has been "soft", easily nicked or scratched from beginning: titanium white metallic”

John A., NV (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Paint is flaking, chipping and fading off vehicle everywhere”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport Unsure)

“Silver paint fades and oxidizes too quickly”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Paint on the plastic bumpers and plastic trim over the wheel wells is faded and the wheel well trim has a rough brushed look about it”

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rust

“Toyota replaced frame at no cost”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“A rust spot in the outside paint near the rear back hatch window, has grown to about a 1/4 inch in diameter with no apparent cause, during the past 3-4 years. Several other smaller rust spots have appeared in the painted surface of the top and back h”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Hitch area is rusting within several years of purchase, windshield cracked with several months of purchase and exterior luggage trim place came off within 5 years of purchase”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Rusted frame replaced by Toyota as a goodwill gesture not a recall. I paid about $ 1700.00 as my share of a $12000.00 job. Excellent service”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rust on the frame of vehicle”

James S., VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“the frame rotted out so badly the vehicle is unuseable. this is a common problem on all toyotas built on a frame. tundras, tacomas, and sequoias have been recalled, but tough luck if you bought a 4-runner. CR should warn its readers about this issue on otherwise reliable vehicles. this makes them unacceptable no matter how reliable the rest of the vehicle is. a great running vehicle is now a useless paper weight. they probably got a great buy on some cheap chinese steel”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“front wheel bearing noisy. Cv joint boots leaking”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The ESC used to have a beeping sound when it took control of the brakes and throttle to do its job, but I have not heard this beeping for a few years. All I hear is the rapid-fire application of the ABS brakes through the brake pedal and braking system components”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“Won't shift into 4wd low, but works fine otherwise”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Shifting into and out of 4WD is hard to do. Does not want to engage and after it does it is hard to disengage”

Leslie H., NC (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“4WD would not engage”

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Transfer case problem is causing more 4wd issues”

Kris L., MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Differential

“Had to replace all of the bearings in and around the Differential”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“rear end differential needed replacement after 200000 miles...not a big deal...only problem ever had with my 13 yr old 4 runner”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Traction control

“Traction Control was disabled because of a Warning Light issue”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

“won't shift into 4wd low. But works fine otherwise”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“actuator motor rods seized up”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Transfer case leaks and has grinding. Needs to be replaced”

Kris L., MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor Clutch Relay”

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“compressor could not be activated due to defective switch in the compressor unit”

Maria E., CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Refrigerant leak”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Compressor cycle. Spasmodic cycling resulting in compressor replacement”

Neil T., OK (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“makes noises at times”

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower motor went out and had to be replaced, it looks like the resistor is going too, should have replaced both at the same time”

Gilbert B., IL (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

“condenser leaking. Too expensive to replace. Recharged AC”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“schrader valve leaks. Valves replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota recharged my system at the cost of $129 for refrigerant. They say I may have a pinhole leak in the system. If this is the case, the system is self-enclosed so possibly the whole system would have to be replaced at a substantial cost”

Linda H., FL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

“The evaporator began to leak inside dash. Expensive repair”

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“I think the oxygen sensor failed and destroyed the catalytic converter”

A E., NV (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The converter is part of the exhaust manifold system and you can't replace just the converter. As a result the parts and labor to fix cost $1,500.00”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace both of them - somehow vsc lights etc kept coming on”

Robert C., VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“had to be replaced”

William S., NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The manifold cracked around the welds, and now leaks, which sets off the oxygen sensor. The manifolds are very expensive because they are only sold as a unit including the first of three catalytic converters. The upside is that it does not effect the”

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“the exhaust manifold was cracked, a very expensive repair, and also a common problem on the v-8 engine that toyota should have paid the repairs. maybe its me, but I believe if it is a common problem, then it is a defect, and a reputable company should stand behind their product and fix it”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“The bolts on the heat shield broke off one by one over time by the dealer tightening them too much with air wrenches following an oil change”

Chris M., OH (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The muffler developed a hole in it and was replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Age, weather related rust through from manifold to pipe”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Had to replace both upstream catalytic converters”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“All of the O@ sensors (4; front and back) went out in a 2-year period and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced up and downstream O2 sensors on both sides”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“These sensors are terrible. I have 2 Toyotas and have replaced 4 of the 6 total sensors”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Ended up having t replace both catalytic converters for $3,900 + couple hundred for sensors”

R C., VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Check Engine Light”

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“As described, the O2 sensor failed and destroyed the converter. HUGELY expensive”

A E., NV (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“had to be replaced”

William S., NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leaks when washing car. Some through sunroof and can hear water inside roof. Some inside panel of passenger side door, Not sure of entry”

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“wheels squeak while driving .squeak stops when appling brakes”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“sun roof, etc”

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Noise from a loose item in the undercarriage. After spending $3000 at the dealership for axles and bus hinging the noise returned. Local mechanic identified problem and fixed for less than $100”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“heat shield corrosion”

Andy W., NJ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

“We live on a gravel road with steep hills. Brakes were used a great deal. Downhill assist gears were not properly used”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Became noisy and stopped working”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“My fault for feeding CD into the player too fast. Replaced radio system with an aftermarket one”

D T., NM (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

“The radiator and temperature gauge stopped working, was told due to a sensor”

Orlando S., FL (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Speakers

“The subwoofer and the speakers in the upper rear corners of the vehicle are torn or ripped”

Naomi G., HI (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Vvolume control leaps to 20-25 whenever you try to adjust it and trying to turn it down works intermittently”

Norman D., TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Toyota wouldn't tell me they just replaced it”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Head gasket

“overheating. both gaekets replaced”

Roy E., MA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“head gasket leakage causing rough idle”

Anonymous, NE (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“timing belt and water pump catastrophic failure, with no audible notice from the car what so ever, just a small dim yellow light at the bottom of the panel to let me know I was about to spend $5,000, I only noticed after the burning smell, and the t”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

“I took my 4runner in for maintenance, the dealership installed a "new" computer application on the cars systems, and since that install my car has had engine lights on, over heats, steering wheel is shaking during driving and multiple other problems”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“replaced the fan assembly that lasted six months and overheated started again”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Radiator

“Original radiator developed a leak and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“pin hole leak in radiator without incident”

Anonymous, NE (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“transmission seal was seeping”

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Slow transfer case leak. No need to repair yet, but it will be a substantial cost in the future”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“replaced transmission fluids and replaced transmission lines”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The 4-LO switch/actuator/sensor on the transferase is a common problem with these 4-Runners. The part is about $20, but the labor for replacement is around $2000”

William D., OR (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Driver door lock fails to unlock when opening door with door lever . Have to use the unlock button to release the lock before opening door”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

“Motor for driver's lumbar support adjustment died. Replacement cost would be $1500+”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Can't open tailgate”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Tranny ok, it's the transfer case failed/inop. $2500 to fix a $20 part inside the case. Can NOT replace part, have to buy new transfer case plus related part. Bad design/concept”

Johan K., MI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Transmission simply failed at about 125000 km, which I thought was rather premature”

Chris S., BC (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“4-wheel drive did not engage”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“hard to fill gas tank because when filling tank the gasoline foams up to top of the filler neck causing the pump handle to shut off, then I have to wait for the foam to settle down the filler neck to begin filling again, then repeat same over and ov”

Theodore M., WI (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Oil leaks

“haven't been able to determine what's leaking or where it's leaking from”

Gilbert B., IL (2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Failure, due to age, where battery indicator displayed. Without operational system, stranded / dead car possible”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
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