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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.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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

“When apply the brakes suddenly the nose of the car dives and the brakes lock even though I have ABS”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Front caliper seizing at 110000 miles. Replacement part more expensive than conventional calipers due to a 4-piston design”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Original Toyota calipers failed at 40,000 miles (early). I am now on my second set of aftermarket calipers in 30,000 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Both front 4 piston calipers were replaced due to not releasing the brake pads. Just this week both front rotors & pads were replaced at n/c including the labor. Previously the brakes were shuttering & vibrating while trying to stop. My mechanic stoo”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Passenger side front caliper locked up, required replacement”

Charles H., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Left front brake was dragging since it did not fully release”

R H., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“I went in originally for a rattle underneath the car. It was a rotting heat shield which they said was okay to just remove. Then they said the front disc brakes needed replacing and in replacing them they said the caliper "froze" on one side and it”

Deborah J., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“rusted”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I have exper. several caliper "failures" due to rust on the pistons which as been a cause of rapid break pad wear and in one case a loss of breaking”

Anonymous, RI (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Seized calipers”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Calipers overheated and locked up on front left and right (two separate incidences)”

Jim M., MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The Toyota 4Runner calipers last about 25,000 miles, or about a year and half before they fail. This is common and well documented on the Internet in areas that use road salt in the winter, Toyota refuses to address the problem”

Steven M., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Front left seized at 100K, then front right at 125K and front left again at 155K”

Francis D., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Front calipers routinely rust so bad that the lower Pistons seize and the calipers must be replaced. This has happened on 4 calipers in the last 100,000 miles. A significant design flaw”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“difficult to replace rotors resulting in very expensive need to replace caliper”

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Dealer said caliper needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“one side froze, replace both”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Both front calipers froze up a year apart of each other. Because ABS compensated, I didn't notice the problem until I replaced brake pads. One side was worn. The other was not. Then I could not depress the piston. Replaced the calipers”

Stephen N., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Calipers on this 4Runner are known to fail”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“rear brakes replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Not really a problem”

Francis C., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“too much rust on body”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The rear axle breather vent failed causing the wheel seal to fail.2nd result is brake pads get oil so are contaminated. BUT, it was due for break pads”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replace brake discs”

Jack S., AK (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Front brake pads needed replacement, mechanic recommened replacing rotors & calipers”

T R., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“excessive pad wear”

Thomas D., NH (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Original set of front rotors had to be replaced due to premature failure of calipers. Second set of aftermarket rotors had to be replaced due to premature failure of aftermarket calipers”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“After having front rotors and pads replaced I had excessive brake dust while in Florida. Returned home to find out the 4 piston calipers were sticking and not releasing the pads. Both front calipers replaced. I just had both front pads & rotors repla”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Rotors were warped and had to be turned twice to smooth out”

Tammy S., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“rotors warp with routine use in hill or mountainous country”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“For no known reason the front rotors warped and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“just wore out”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Worn and needed replacing”

Lori K., OH (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

“We had to replace the CV joint because it completely degraded. We've taken this 4Runner to Mexico and London so lots of roughy road, from !exico, and sea air, traversing the Atlantic”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“right front ball joint bad. Had it replaced, no problems since”

Daniel C., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“bushing on 1 of the control arms was dry, replaced control arm”

David H., MN (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Pump blew a seal, sucking air. Pump had to be replaced to be replaced. Down time was 3 days”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“The XREAS system should be declared to all owners of Toyota vehicles with this system. It is difficult, expensive and needless to repair. Most of us, me included, abandon this system due to cost and it being a useless "technology" add to a great ve”

Michael W., CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Normal wear and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Need to replace them”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Small leaks in my struts - have not fixed yet Makes ride on bumpier roads worse”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“The REAS system failed”

Mike L., UT (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Shocks leaking oil at 35000 miles. All 4 had to be replaced. Pavement driving only. No 4-wheeling. Toyota paid half the cost due to premature failure”

Tonya C., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“X-REAS system malfunction”

Doug M., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Shocks and struts both needed to be replaced/typical of a vehicle with almost 100,000 miles on it”

Eric N., WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Dealer said from struts needed replacing, so we had them do it”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Rear shocks were leaking so I replaced alll the shocks”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The steering shaft linkage had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The rack and pinion had to be replaced last month at a cost of 1800”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Power steering hoses deterioration, requiring flushing”

Doug M., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tie rods

“both front went bad after 160,000 miles”

Raymond H., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“tie rod end's bushing wore out and caused a clunking nice when going over bumps. Midas replaced the ends when Toyota dealer couldn't find the noise”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Had to be replaced twice; mostly due to wear caused by rubber boot failure and loss of lubricant”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

“Balance was due to shock wear”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Had wheel bearing failure following routine inspection and repair. Something to warn others about”

Michael W., CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“One of the front wheel bearings had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2005 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

12V power plug

“the one by driver's seat and in rear don't work anymore”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The back light went out on 1/2 of the clock display. Not a fuse issue”

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Radio lamp burnt out”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Headlights

“Just due to age of car, but had to replace the whole headlight assemblies due to crazing and cracking of the plastic. Unfortunately they were over $200 a piece”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“burnt ot light bulb”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“They are just very dim. I had the same problem with my 1996 Rav4”

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Short in wire to running board light”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“a few of the marker lights work when they want to. you can tap the lens and make it work or not work”

Mike D., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The parking lamps burned out which I consider normal. However, there was significant corrosion within the bulb sockets that caused great difficulty with bulb removal. One of the sockets was ruined and had to be replaced. We live in Georgia so road salt contamination is NOT an issue contributing to the corrosion”

Carolyn M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Interior lights

“Lights on the temp controls went out”

Mike T., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Dash light bulb burned out in clock panel”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Lights on fan and climate controls went out. Had them fixed but 6 months later they are out again”

Anonymous, ND (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Interior lights do not work so i can not see the display (clock, temp, etc) at night time”

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The lights on the dashboard do not light up anymore making it difficult to find the buttons when its' dark in the vehicle. I replaced this once already but the replacement light part is now not working either”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Some dash lights out as well as rear tailgate locks and electric window causing tailgate to not open-frozen in locked position”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The car is 11-12 years old now, but the interior lights on the dashboard are now going out all over the dash”

Jon M., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Tire pressure light is flashing, meaning malfunctioning. Too costly to fix. Also, radio/clock panel light is out and also too costly to take out just to change bulb”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Tire pressure warning light comes on even though the pressure is within limits”

Brian J., OK (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Broke about 2 years ago, and repair is costly, so it remains broken”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Tire pressure monitor fixed for one wheel-another one failed and was told all need to be replaced!”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The wiper no the back window doesn't work at all. I hardly ever use it, but when I tried to use it, it wouldn't move at all. I asked about how much it would be to fix it, and I don't remember the exact amount, but it was in the hundreds of dollars”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“rear wiper and window defroster stopped working”

Herbert D., PA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Key fob no longer unlocks the rear driver side passenger door”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Various plastic parts including padded dash are cracked or failed completely”

J W., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint on fender flares is fading/peeling”

Anonymous, ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat is starting to peel off on the fender wells”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“paint chipping on front hood around grill”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Roof paint is peeling and cracking. The paint over wheel wells are fading bad”

Nancy L., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The moldings around the wheel wells are faded out”

Gayle D., NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“wear marks around all door handles, even those not used much”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“fading of paint on driver side fron wheel well”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“all the plastic painted parts are fading badly”

Mike D., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“clear coat is peeling/cracking”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat is pealling”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The paint on my 4runner in various places is faded and peeling”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Attempted to repaint peeling areas on hood and roof, however ended up repaint of entire auto so it would match”

John G., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The roof is showing sections with a chalky glaze look and very small sections are flaking. The top of the exterior mirrors paint has lost most of its color”

Douglas M., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The paint on fender skirts has faded badly on one side”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Rust

“Recurring rust around the tailgate window and at the bottom of the tailgate”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“rust in cabin on floor just inside driver and passenger doors”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“front frame cross piece rusted out. had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The underside is universally rusting on all components. The frame is exhibiting sections that indicate sections may flake off”

Douglas M., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“I did already”

Anonymous, OR (2005 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

Blower (fan) motor

“Defective relay that activates blower motor”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“At approx. 120,000 the fan motor would fail to start running. Replaced w/ aftermarket”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“second problem with AC”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

“Evaporator leaking causing loss of refrigerant. Entire dash had to be removed to replace the evaporator. VERY expensive repair”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“wore out”

John S., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Evaportor leak, had to replace”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“leak”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Evap coil leak replaced coil. Toyota Shop did not properly affix hoses”

Louie G., LA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Evaporator Core needed replacement due to leaks”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Large refrigerant leak”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Recharged Freon DIY”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Radiator leaked. Had to replace”

Jim M., MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Refrigerant needs to be recharged each year”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“After 12 years of use the A/C wasn't blowing cold. Took it to a mechanic and he charged the system using a dye. After driving the 4Runner for 2 weeks, I took the vehicle back to the mechanic and he could not see where the dye had leaked”

Michael H., AL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“blowing warm air while visiting in Florida. refrigerant r134a added about 1 lb. no leaks found at this time”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Leak discovered under the dash. Estimated $1500 to repair”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 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)

“Smog pump failure”

Frank M., NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“All idiot lights came on. $600 to fix then it happened again”

Philip J., MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“something to do with the emissions and a pump that cost 2500 to replace. it's fairly common with this engine”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“check engine light goes off and on intermittently. Hard to pass annual inspections”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Fuel evaporative emissions replaced due to fault”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“SECONDARY AIR INJECTION PUMP FAILURE”

John P., KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Air injection system failed. $2,000 repair and Toyota agreed to pay half based upon a "hidden" technical bulletin I discovered online. Apparently, this is an ongoing problem with 2005 4Runners with a V-8 engine”

Carolyn M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“See this: http://www.toyota-4runner.org/4th-gen-t4rs/174030-secondary-air-injection-pump-failure-v8s-important.html At 60K miles had failure described here and dealer repair quoted at $3,,000. Car is operational and have not had repair done. Same engine in Tundra got warranty enhancement but not 4Runner. As result of computer indicators of failure, a few of my warning lights (e.g., failure of traction control I believe) are stuck "on" thus effectively disabling warning lights due to this failur”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Fuel cap

“Leaking”

Frank M., NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“10 years old, needed replacement to maintain proper tank pressure”

Carl S., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Service engine and Stability Control lights on. Fuel cap replaced. Light off”

Daniel J., WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Tire pressure sensors, have to replace one once a year - $200!”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“I had to have O2 sensors replaced and also catalytic converter”

Deborah M., PA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“$3200 job. had to replace entire system”

Duane L., NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Sensor indicated trouble”

Ronald A., AR (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“emission control issue”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“one failed”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Catalytic converter is bad and dealership wanted over 5,000 to fix it”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“One side of the catalog converter had to be replaced at a cost of over $1,000”

James A., SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Didn't pass inspection requirements and then discovered it was overheating badly and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Needs replaced and dealership wanted $6000”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“Leaking secondary muffler”

D S., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“warped exhaust manifold--- replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Both exhaust manifolds were defective and leaked”

Mike L., UT (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Hairline cracks in exhaust manifold. The defect is covered by TSB but only covered if vehicle has less than 90000 miles”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Muffler

“pipe came undone leading to the converter. Replaced pipe and muffler”

Daniel C., OH (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The muffler rusted out, replaced it with a new Muffler”

Douglas M., ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“muffler and pipe rust out”

Thomas D., NH (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“the pipes were rattling and loose”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

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

“Front driveshafts, making noise, cv boots cracked, replace with no issues. Feel like it was appropriate for the year”

Garrett O., ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“replaced the 4-wheel drive actuator assembly”

Vincent M., MA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“I needed to rebuild the differential at 160,000 miles”

Robert T., NV (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Rear differential required replacement”

Robert T., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Began to leak and required a new gasket”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
CV joint

“The boot covering the CV was torn, and needed replacing. It is the first major repair I've had on the 4 Runner”

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“CV Joint was going bad after 150,000 miles so had it replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Inner cv boot completely tore on both sides in normal driving. Since the outer boots see far more stress and were in near new condition at the time the others failed, I think the material used on the inner boots is sub par”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“misfire. Engine lights came on. Code "P0304". Replaced injectors, coils, plugs. Still same code. Now having head gasket replaced”

Michael B., OR (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“OBD set misfire codes that would come and go. Traced to head gasket leak allowing coolant into Cylinder No. 6”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Started losing antifreeze and discovered the head gasket had failed so was replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Blown head gasket at #6 cylinder, leaking coolant into engine. Major repair $3000. Also replaced radiator that was leaking and water pump prior to head gasket. The head gasket is a known problem with the 4runner and at the #6 cylinder. There should have been a recall on this issue but never was that I know of. No lives lost I guess”

Stephen N., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“slight leak - told by mechanic that it is a common problem with 4 and 6 cylinder Toyota engines of this age. Will ultimately require and expensive repair or engine replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“No problem. At 100,000 miles I had the timing belt replaced per recommendations”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Very expensive but necessary. In the process it was discovered that the water pump was on the verge of failing so it was also replaced, Why they used a belt rather than a chain is not reasonable”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

“timimg cover was replaced”

Laurie M., WI (2005 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

“the sunroof drains get clogged and water leaks down the a pillars and makes the car stink”

Bradley B., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rain water leak into rear hatch door due to weather stripping failure”

Michael C., SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Had front windshield replaced with non-toyta parts (what I am told) and until I went out onto the highway did not notice”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

“Rattling noise in the roof due to luggage rack, present since purchase Oct, 2004”

Michael C., SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Sounds like a loose component in the suspension”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Thumping is heard on highway......nothing appears to be loose anywhere”

Brian J., OK (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

“There is a rattle in the rear and I cannot find it. The seal of the door does not seal well as I can hear noise as if the door or widow is slightly open”

Wesley W., NM (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 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

Coolers and lines

“Corroded lines, very expensive to replace for a small part”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“It would not shift out of 4-wheel drive-low and non-slip differential. A dealer's mechanic had to crawl under and "unstick" the drive train”

Jon A., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Slip transmission on hills when starting from a stop”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“One of the cylinders in the transmission needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Transmission leaks

“Transfer case leak due to poor design of actuator assembly that requires removal of entire transfer case from transmission to replace a leaking seal. (a 12.8 hr. job according to Toyota) Incredibly bad design”

Rick H., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 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

Display screen difficult to see

“LCD display is half blank. May simply be light behind that is burn out. I have not had it looked at yet”

Anonymous, SK (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“lights do not work with the information gauges”

Aaron D., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

“rattle”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“It seems to be the ABS controls”

Wesley W., NM (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Radio

“Volume control on radio does not work. Doesn't reliably lower or raise volume on all aspects of the radio(i.e.: CD, Radio or tape volume)”

Anonymous, FL (2005 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

Locks and latches

“one door lock not responding to remote for past two years. Could get it fixed, but likely quite expensive”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Rust on the talgate. Had it fixed two years ago and now will need to replace the entire tailgate”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Rear window won't raise/lower, rear wiper does not work. Already spent over $1,000 having the same problems fixed a couple of year back. Electronic module/computer failed the 1st time. Would not communicate with dash controls”

J W., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Windows

“Regulator and motor had to be replaced in window”

Nancy L., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Sunroof frame rusted. Debris clogging up sunroof drain”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Service department reprogrammed the computer to have brake system to over ride the accel without notifiying me. This caused the engine to randomly go to idle during accel. almost causing accidents and cost to me while trying to debug issue. If I had”

Anonymous, RI (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Had to reseal engine with new gaskets. It was leaking oil at timing belt cover”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

“Valve cover gaskets were leaking. Replaced them”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Oil leak @ front of engine I believe around timing chain. Had to remove everything in that area to get to the leak. Cost approx $2000 to correct the small leak!”

William W., SC (2005 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 failed while driving. Vehicle had to be towed and alternator replaced”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Replaced battery with OME. Got five years on last one”

Michael B., OR (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“battery died...it was the original battery”

Kathrine L., MA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Developed several leaks in radiator seams requiring replacement of radiator”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Water pump leaking. Replaced it”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“transfer case was replaced. 4 wheel drive did not work”

Laurie M., WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

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Recalls
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SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Jun 02 2016
If damaged, the copper strand heating element may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2005-2011 4Runner, Highlander, Sequoia, and Sienna, 2005-2010 Avalon and Tundra, 2006-2008 Camry Solara, 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid, 2006-2011 Rav4 and Tacoma, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2007-2011 Camry hybrid, 2009-2010 Venza, 2010-2012 Prius, 1988-1990 and 2005-2010 Camry, and 1989 and 2009-2010 Corolla vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters with a copper strand heating element. The electrical wiring in the seat heaters may be damaged when the seat cushion is compressed.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the seat heaters, free of charge, and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET number for this recall is SET16B.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7749
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Feb 05 2016
If the side curtain-shield-air bags deploy unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner and Lexus GX470 vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags. The affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming, free of charge. The recall began on December 1, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is G0C and GLB.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V065000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 320409
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Feb 24 2011
A STUCK OPEN ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN VERY HIGH VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2011 LEXUS LX570, 2003 THROUGH 2009 TOYOTA 4RUNNER, AND 2006 THROUGH 2010 RAV4 VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL CAN GET STUCK IN THE WIDE OPEN POSITION DUE TO ITS BEING TRAPPED BY AN UNSECURED OR INCOMPATIBLE DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT.
What should you do:
THE REMEDY IS NOW AVAILABLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN EARLY APRIL 2011. THE REMEDY WILL INVOLVE MODIFICATION OR REPLACEMENT OF THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND REPLACEMENT OF ANY TOYOTA ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MAT. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331 OR LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
TOYOTA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBERS ARE 90L (TOYOTA) AND 90LG (LEXUS).CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF SAFETY RECALLS 09V-388 AND 10V-023.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1363244
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Feb 03 2010
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V036000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 153418
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Feb 03 2010
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL ALSO CORRECT THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA AT 713-580-3300.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V035000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 271417
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