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 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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2008 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Harness for sensor went bad causing warning lights to come oncost about 400 to fix."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"changed during routine brake service"

Ely T., IL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"The brake calipers on this 4Runner are 4 piston and were VERY expensive to replace! Not sure why this vehicle came with 4 piston calipers? Seems like overkill to me"

Kevin K., OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

"Calipers locked up."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Rear brake locked up, had to replace drum and brakes."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"I've had to replace both front tire calipers in the last 2 years. Very scary since one seized up while driving. And they caused more damage. Very expensive fixes. And Toyota says this is a common problem with older 4-Runners. I still love my car but do wish Toyota would come up with a fix and also cut down on the cost for repairs."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

"When replacing brake pads, did not notice loose calipers"

Jim W., TN (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Pistons in other front calipers we either frozen or very stiff. Of the 8 pistons in the two calipers, 5 we're having serious issues. I replace both. The job was easy and less than $200 for both but if I'd had the dealer or garage perform the work, i"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"2 out of 4 pistons were jamed on each front whells"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"replaced them a number of times, front may be heavy due to V8"

Mark D., MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"2nd time the calipers froze and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"caliper piston on any random wheel seize requiring replacement every few years"

Kent H., ON (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Sticking causing uneven rotor wear. Rotors were turned and trued up and not replaced."

M K., OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Brake fluid lines coming out of the master cylinder were perforated."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Master cylinder kept trying to up pressure making a funny noise all the time while driving. Replaced with used one from California as CA didn,t have any and problem was solved. No dealers CA or US had this problem"

James B., ON (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Both the back and Front brakes needed replacing this pass year normal ware"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"This car needs brakes every 25000 miles or less. This seems excessive."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Pads we're replaced and the wear was reasonable for the milage"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"premature brake disc wear"

Matthew L., NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"I had the brakes fixed 2 times and there are still problems with them. I took them to a reputable repair shop which is why it makes me mad"

Ann N., WI (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"On having my winter tires removed it was brought to my attention that I needed new brakes. This was after 100,000 kms. This seemed quite normal to me. I have been VERY pleased with my 4Runner. (I use it to tow my 19 foot Airstream.)"

Wallace H., BC (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"The problem with the calipers , as far as I know was due to routine wear. The vehicle had over 170000miles on it . The need for caliper replacement was discovered when I took it in for routine maintenance and the need for the muffler to be replaced."

Robert T., NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"BRAKES WENT BAD AND CUT INTO THE FRONT ROTORS , CAUSING A VIBRATION /PULSATING"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"serviced during routine brake service"

Ely T., IL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"At 129000 miles it was time to have the rotors, calipers, discs, shoes, etc. changed to new ones"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Glazing on brakes in first 18 months. Not covered by warrantee"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 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

Alignment

"1st wheel alignment. Took multiple trips back to Toyota dealer to realign because continued to pull left or right. Finally settled on least pulling alignment"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The car has needed 2 alignments in 48,000 which seems excessive"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"The joints themselves are fine; it's the boots around them that have failed. My oil change mechanic--and the Toyota dealership--said they're "shredded;" they're not protecting the joint anymore and they aren't holding grease. I'm saving up to get them replaced."

Anonymous, SD (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Indicator lights always coming on"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering hose end rusted out and the hoses had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Toyota maintenance said Front shocks were beginning to leak & suggested to repair/replace before they get worst. Have to do the same with Rear shocks later."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Control arm failure - bearings. Due to custom shocks and lift kit - NOT a function of Toyota design or parts, really."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

"The shock absorbers leak. Toyota does not allow one or two to be replaced. All must be replaced and the fluid lines as well. Cost: $3000.00+"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"The struts are starting to leak. They will need replacing soon if they continue to leak for a cost of $900"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"leaks in system required replacement with new system"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The back shocks were shot after 37,000 miles"

Lundy S., NH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)

"strut rubbers were torn"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

"They were worn out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Power steering rack leaks. Cost of repair $2800"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Steering rack had to be replaced. Still under extended warranty but very costly repair"

Dale H., OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"The rack and pinion steering system was replaced as it had started leaking and was done as a preventative maintenance item. There had been no other repairs in the 5 years that I had owned this vehicle and had driven 85,000 miles."

Richard K., CO (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Associated with the shock and strut issue there was a vibration in the steering wheel."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"One front tie rod was replaced during the year."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"excessive noise at highway speed. Had to replace for one wheel. Initially hard for Toyota maintenance dept to diagnose problem"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Both front wheel bearings were replaced (not at the same time) during the year."

Anonymous, NY (2008 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

"Blows the fuse frequently"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Clock

"clock and incorporated GPS screen goes blank but then restarts and works. Most likely a loose connection."

Jim C., AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both front turn signal bulbs went out. Both were easily replaced by the vehicle owner"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"front turn signal repeatedly shorting out."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"electrical wiring short"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"The lights for the clock, radio and all those around it stopped working. This was the second time this happened."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Never have been able to get the daylight running lights to work since purchase of car"

James R., AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"My headlights stop working occasionally. I believe it's a connection because it continues to happen after I change the lamp."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"electrical wiring short"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"The headlights had to be replaced twice in the past year, at least some of them. And the second time they weren’t out completely. But they were so dim that when on a road with no lighting, i felt i was driving in the dark."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"I bought the car used in the summer and didn't realize until the winter that the heated seats didn't work. I received a recall notice, but i never received a response. The recall was for a pinched wire in the seat. The solution was to disconnect the seat warmers."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"The light bulbs lighting the mileage, temperature, etc display area went out and had to be replaced. While really just an inconvenience, I was totally amazed that it happened at all. I typically keep my vehicles for 10+ years and this is the very first time I've had this problem. To repair - $230.00"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Radio and clock lights"

Elizabeth M., ME (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Power door locks quite working, back hatch latch quit working"

Debra S., UT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"While I was at the dealer for my 90000 mile service the dealer took car of the tire pressure sensor issue. The tires had the correct tire pressure and the tire light was on."

Steven M., CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

"Warning lights for anti lock braking system stay on. Seal on back rear tire leaked and cost several hundred dollars to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiindshield washer spray system stopped working"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"wiper assembly rusted and had to be replaced with great difficulty"

Anonymous, AB (2008 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Bubbling of finish on wheel rims. Interior seat tearing"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The top of the rear spoiler faded. We had it repainted."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"The paint started crackling and looking awful on the hood, roof, and back hatch. The desert sun probably burned off all the clear coat. I had it totally repainted in January 2020, so now it looks just fine."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"paint on bumpers is flaking"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Paint fails in small spots under the top clear coat, or top clear coat fails in small spots that get full sun exposure"

Allan M., FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"The paint on the 4Runner is rusting and fading plus the alloy wheels paint has all bubbled up and cracked off. A friend of mine has the same year and the same paint and rust problems"

Melissa C., PA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"The entire body's clear coat is peeling and the paint on the fenders has faded (no clear coat on the fenders)"

Janet V., CA (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on the hood is flaking off, and starting to rust. Started in 2017. Also had the same issue with the 2002 Toyota 4Runner that I had purchased new."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Significant rust has occurred around the back window, tail gate, and door handles"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"slight rust near tailgate window"

Steve L., MN (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Many rock chips begin rusting"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The tailgate rusted from the inside"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"door handle mounting bolts are rusting"

Lawrence D., PA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Rust through holes in rear hatch, not repairable and required replacement of the door"

R V., NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Rust is occurring on the underside frame of the 4runner. Also rust has started on top corner of the hatch."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

4WD/AWD components

"The electronic transfer case failed at roughly 74000 miles. I had an extended warranty that covered the repair however, my issues are that it failed at all at 74k miles and that if I had not taken the extended warranty it would have cost me over 3000 dollars to fix"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"4WD transfer case. THe component that puts the vehicle in 4WD. Cost to repair $3500.00"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"will not shift into 4 wheel drive low range"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"4wd would not work - had actuator replaced and transfer case rebuilt"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Failure to engage the 4wheel Drive . A new redesigned and upgraded 4WD was installed at no expense to me by Toyota Corp . Works perfect now !!!"

Richard R., IA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
CV joint

"The problem with the front CV joints was boot failure, which then leads to joint failure over time as water, dust and other contaminates are allowed to interact with the CV joint."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear axle seal leak"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Related to the caliper issue. Or maybe it just all came up at the same time. Had to replace an axle. Big expense."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)
Transfer case

"Will not shift in 4wd or 4wd low any more. Dealer not helpful"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Previous owner never shifted it into all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive, low range. The electronic solenoids and shifting rods were corroded and had to be rebuilt. It is now shifted almost daily, and functions the way it should."

John B., WY (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The actuator would not engage the 4WD system and had to be replaced."

Todd T., WI (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Works intermittently"

Rocco V., WI (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)
CD player

"CDs would not eject"

Thomas P., NV (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

"The CD player stops and comes on intermittently"

Robert T., BC (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Backlighting out for time/mileage display and unable to see it at night"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Intermittent loss of use . POS!"

Norman D., AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"They have replaced before. What a POS!"

Norman D., AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"The radio unit (whether on radio, CD player or Aux) will randomly change from one of the above options to another or change radio stations randomly. The thing is possessed. :)"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Intermittent failure to work."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7-L V8)
Speakers

"2 rear and 2 front Speakers were blown when purchased (used) and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cd radio does not always respond to controls"

Thomas B., NJ (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Back door opener needed the switch replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Rear door handle cover became soft and mushy. Had to replace entire handle assembly. It seemed that only the rubber covering was the problem. Much more expensive to fix than expected"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Sunroof

"sunroof control does not work consistently. Iy does not respond or work at times"

Dusty H., AL (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

"The sunroof is very nice, however, the seal on the sunroof became lose and won't stay on in one corner. After we use the sunroof, we then have to close it and put the rubber seal back where it belongs"

Melissa C., PA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The rubber for the rear latch deteriorated and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"trim dry rotted and came off the rear window"

Dusty H., AL (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Rubber cover on tailgate virtually melted into lumpy mesh. Must manipulate to use auto lift/open. Afraid rubber will fall off. No repair and very expensive to replace as entire mechanism involved"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The tailgate rusted from the inside to the outside and had to be completely replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Rust through holes in rear hatch, not repairable and required replacement of the door"

R V., NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"Was not cooling"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Had the a/c Freon recharged 4 times over 18 months before evaporator replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Last year, 2014, I experienced an Air Conditioning failure. This was satisfactory fixed by a do it yourself recharge can of Air Conditioning -fluid, gas. This past month, April 2015, the evaporator coil experienced a major leak requiring the dash t"

Gary S., VA (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Low refrigerant, was topped off and has been fine for the past 4000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator was replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Refrigerant reservoir needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 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 filler neck assembly as their was a separation between the steel filler neck and the moulded assembly that couldn't be seen but definitely showed up during the smoke test for leaks!"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Had to replace Fuel Cap twice since I've owned the vehicle. An engine warning light is traced back to the fuel cap"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"4runner stopped working. Dealer said it was the fuel pump. dealer charged me to change the fuel pump but did not actually change it. The fact that the fuel pump was not changed was confirmed by another Toyota dealer"

Herman W., TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"leaked. Had to change it. Labour was 2 to 3 times cost of the part"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"first started experiencing poor fuel consumption spring of 2019, after diagnostics check (and 100000 mile servicing) replaced spark plugs and all 4 o2 sensors with ones purchased on line. long story short, use OEM or factory parts.....spent more than twice the price of the online parts by the time and labor was added up to get it running right again!"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

Rough shifting

"Poor down shifting under light acceleration in the 900-1,200 rpm range"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"At about 155000 miles the automatic transmission began vibrating roughly in between gears. I had the transmission fluid replaced, and the problem has not occurred since."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Infrequently cannot shift out of Park."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"I began to experience a chattering shift from 4th gear to overdrive at low speed only. Example slowly accelerating in heavy traffic. This overdrive shift occurs at about 35-40 mph. Faster acceleration this did not occur. Dealer did computer analys"

Gary S., VA (2008 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"rusted welded hanging bracket caused hole in exhaust pipe"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Muffler

"rotted out"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Original pipes rusted out at muffler so tail pipe and muffler needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler pulleys for the serpentine belt seized up and/or were worn to the point of making loud noise and needed to be replaced. It ended up being an expensive repair as there are 4 total."

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"Failure of the Knock sensor resulting a check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"The fuel cap and filler tube had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.7-L V8)

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

"The drain from the sun roof area sometimes appears to get stopped up. It doesn't always happen. Discussed with Toyota Tech but appears to be a potential expensive fix. Will wait until problem is more consistent."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Funny noises while backing up, Toyota mechanics cant' find anything wrong"

Anonymous, YT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"it's a loud vehilcle"

Anonymous, YT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"The dealer reported that the water pump was leaking when I brought the vehicle in for routine maintenance. I had them replace the pump, but they did not install a gasket properly and so I had to have the gasket replaced later"

Anders S., NV (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"water pump leaking at 36158 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"does not always happen but it is relayed to lock out"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 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

Head gasket

"The oil in the engine is like putty. The dealer says is condesation"

Anonymous, MI (2008 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

Ignition switch

"The ignition switch is worn to the point that a new cut key will only turn the switch when inserted one way. If inverted 180 deg, it will not turn. Dealership even cut a 2nd new key, thinking the first had been cut incorrectly; then diagnosed the switch as the cause of the problem."

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0-L V6)

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SEATS
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
SEATS
Nov 19, 2014
Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia, 2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 Rav4 and 4Runner. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. The recall is expected to began in January 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.
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: 14V743000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3233
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
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
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
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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