2001 Toyota 4RUNNER Suspension problems & defects.

Toyota 4RUNNER Suspension problems : 6.

The Rear Differential On My toyota 4runner Rusted So Badly In 9 Years Of Ownership That The Structural Steel Frame That Supports The Differential Gears (the Housing) Cracked And Oil Spilled Out On The Road. I Discovered The Rust During The Yearly State Inspection And Consequently Had The Differential Inspected By My toyota Dealer (berlin City Portland, Me) A Few Months Back And They Said It Was Structurally Sound But Rusty. I Am An Engineer And Clearly It Was Not Structurally Sound Or It Would Not Have Failed In Short Order As It Did…. This Failure Could Have Caused The Rear Wheels To Lock Up Resulting In A Severe Accident. This Rust Problem Is Common On Most toyota Truck Frames And Drive Trains Owned In The North East. toyota Has Elected To Repair The Trucks At No Cost But Not The 4runners With The Same Frame And Differentials. This Is Dangerous As [xxx]… They Put Me And My Family At Grave Risk…. Information Redacted Pursuant To The Freedom Of Information Act (foia), 5 U.s.c. 552(b)(6). *tr

Mileage was 150000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3HN86R619. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in NORTH YARMOUTH, ME. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Dec 05, 2011

3rd Generation 2001 toyota 4runner With Excessive Frame And Body Rust. The Gas Tank Stem Is Rusted, The Rear Differential Is Literally Porous And Leaking Oil Due To Excessive Rust. Rear Bumper Is Rusted, Spare Tire Mount Is Rusted. Other Areas Of Rust Are Too Numerous To List. Repair Shop Said Car Is Not Worth Fixing. Dana Corp That Made Frames For toyota Tacomas/tundras That Were Recalled Also Is Best Know For Rear Differentials. Why Weren’t The 4runners Included In The Recall/buyback By toyota? *tr

Mileage was 125000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3HN86R310. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in SCITUATE, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 05, 2012

Driving Down The Highway In 2001 toyota 4-runner Going About 60 And All Of A Sudden The Rear End/tires Locked Up And Got It To The Side Of Highway Barely And Then It Started Smoking Really Bad. Very Lucky That It Didn’t Cause A Wreck Or No One Got Hurt. Can’t Drive It Or Nothing, Makes A Loud Knocking Noise In The Rear End And Also When You Turn The Key On Inside The Vehicle All Lights Are On And Its Making A Terrible Buzzing Noise. So Had To Have It Towed And That Cost Me Also And I Need The Whole Rear Differential And That’s A Lot Of Money. I’ve Seen Other Problems/complaints About The Same Thing That Happened To Mine. I Really Think Something Should Be Done About It, toyota Should Be Fixing The Problem And We Shouldn’t Have To Pay For It. Hopefully Something Gets Done About This. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 158000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3HN86R810. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in WALTON, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

July 19, 2013

When Driving At 70 Mph, The Vehicle Vibrates On The Highway. I Have Taken The Vehicle Constantly To The Dealership For Over Two Years Complaining About This Problem And They Always Told Me That Nothing Was Wrong. Today (5/10/14), The Mechanic At The Dealership Put The Truck On A Rack And Ran The Car At 45 Mph And There Was Visible Vibration Coming From The Drive Shaft And A Loud Noise That I Could Never Hear From Within The Vehicle. All This Time, I Have Been Driving A Vehicle That I Was Unaware Could Have Snapped Apart. The Sound Cannot Be Heard In The Cabin, So I Could Not Even Report That As A Problem Until Today. I Purchased Three Sets Of New Tires, Had Shocks And Struts Replaced, And Brake Pads To No Avail. Finally, After Searching The Web Yesterday, I Realized That This Is A Common Problem With Other Vehicles Of The Same Make And Model. I’m Not Sure If This Problem Has Caused Injury To Others, But There Should Be A Recall. This Could Cause A Potentially Fatal Accident If That Shaft Breaks. I Read That For Similar Models (toyota And Lexus), The Manufacturer Replaced The Parts Under Warranty, But Nothing For The 4runner. The Dealership Is Charging Over $700 For This Repair.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 107000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3GN86RX10. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in NEW ORLEANS, LA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

May 10, 2014

I Was Going Over A Rail Rd Crossing, And There Was A Loud Bang And Knocking After. Brought It To A Shop, And They Said That My Driver Side Upper, Rear Shock Went Through My Shock Mount.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 140000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3HN86R410. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in ST.JOHNSBURY, VT. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph.

Aug 24, 2014

The 4runner Has Developed Surface Rust On The Frame Underneath The Car. The Rust Is Also Apparent On Suspension Components And Brakes.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 166000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT3HN86R610. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2001 problem was reported in MORAVIAN FALLS, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 06, 2014

2001 Toyota 4RUNNER problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used Toyota 4RUNNER, driving a 2001 Toyota 4RUNNER, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Suspension problems and defects.

1 Response

  1. Denise Pfaff March 25, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    My 1998 Toyota 4 Runner was inspected by my professional mechanic in February 2017, at which time it was determined the frame has been rusting from the inside out. I had purchased the vehicle in 2015 and have since learned that defective steel from Dana Corporation was used in the manufacturing of the Toyota 4 Runner frames in 1998. Is there a class action lawsuit pending for this issue? I haven’t yet contacted Toyota concerning this. The body and doors look brand new, and engine and transmission are still in tip top shape. Only areas of rust besides the frame and mounts are both chrome bumpers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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