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2008 Toyota 4Runner Problems and Repair Histories

72 TrueDelta members own a 2008 Toyota 4Runner. 16 of these members (22.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 37 repairs to 2008 Toyota 4Runners--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2008 Toyota 4Runner problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2008 Toyota 4Runner problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2008 Toyota 4Runner problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2008 Toyota 4Runner repairs by problem area

16% of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 3% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 35% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 37 repairs.

2008 Toyota 4Runner repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 40% cost between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 20% between $1000 and $2499, and 20% more than $2500.

Chart based on 5 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2008 Toyota 4Runner problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

260-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed automatic AWD w/low range

Toyota 4Runner in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 50000    
57000 25 seat was popping and clicking and a little loose going around curves. Had to threaten by calling toyota north america but seat bracket was finally replaced and problem seems to have subsided. 
67000  
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 0    
38000 3600 Clean varnish from heads and replace one valve. Dealer claims problem caused by "bad gas" and would not honor warranty. 
86000 0 Driver door remote lock/unlock failed 
Toyota 4Runner in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2013 57000    
60000 750 Clunk noise when stopping and starting 
76000  
Toyota 4Runner in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 2000    
4000 0 Seat made noise when my truck flexed such as when it turned, etc... The dealer replaced the drivers set track and the problem seems to be fixed. 
20000 0 Driver's seat continues to squeak/rattle when truck flexes. 
20000 0 drivers seat squeaks and pops. The entire drivers seat was replaced including the leather. so far, after 500 miles the squeak/popping hasn't returned. 
33000 0 passenger seat starting to pop, click and rattle like the driver seat did. The dealer replaced some foam in the lumbar support, which decrerased the noise, but I need to take it back. 
35000 0 Passenger seat still noisy when car flexes during curves. Dealer attempted to fix, but was not successful, so they ordered a new seat frame to be installed when it comes in. rattling noise from the sunroof. Dealer tightened "several plastic" parts and it's better. Not 100% gone, but better. Now it makes noise when closing like the plastic parts might be too tight... we'll see what happens. 
36000 0 Passenger seat creaked and popped when turning corner (car flexes) when someone is in the seat. passenger side of the sunroof rattles when the sunroof is open in the back (the back side of the sunroof is up and open.) They tightened some bolts or plastic - I don't know exactly what they tightened, but it continues to rattle. Back to dealer. 
38000 0 Replaced Passenger seat frame because of clicking and popping from seat frame. 
47000 0 Engine check light and several other error lights were on. Caused by the gas cap not sealing correctly. Toyota dealer tested the cap and sensors, replaced the cap and reset the error messages. 
58000 26 engine check light and 2 others (VSC and slipping) flashing. Gas cap not sealing correctly. I had this problem last year when the gas cap was faulty and didn't lock and seal correctly. I replaced the gas cap and the error lights went away. 
67000 0 drivers side door lock actuator motor failed. replacement motor installed. 
77000 0 Gas cap not sealing properly. 3rd trip to the dealer for this issue. They pressure tested the system and replaced the gas cap (again). 
86300 0 Gas cap stopped locking and didn't seal. This is #4 gas cap for this truck. Dealer reported they installed a defective gas cap last year when the gas cap was replaced for the 3rd time. 
87000  

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2008 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

236-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Toyota 4Runner in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 1000    
10000 1 Driver's seat:annoying pop/crack noise when turning or braking. Dealer tightened "lean back clamps" but noise re-appeared after 100 miles. 4runner blog reveals a lot of 4runners have same seat noise issue. Toyota techs don't have a successful fix process. 
11000 0 Driver's seat continues to make a pop/crack noise when turning or braking. Toyota tech could not duplicate by driving the car around the dealer parking lot. Guess I'll live with this annoynace. 
 

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2008 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

236-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Toyota 4Runner in Montana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 0    
27000 0 Stock radio replaced under warranty. 
65000  
Toyota 4Runner in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 11780    
12400 0 Main heating circuit board needed to be replaced. 1400$ for part alone. Under warranty. 
34100  
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 9000    
14000 0 Emblem came off driver side door ( the "L" in Limited ) 
115000  
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 0    
8000 0 Factory installed TomTom GPS was shorted out by TomTom.  
26300 0 Leather on driver seat threads unraveling, major cracking and spliting on top and side of seat 
37000 0 Several harnesses failed or improperly installed. Battery and voltage regulator replaced.  Seat cushion replaced. 
41000 101 Relay on harness repaired in September for the air bag, traction, and turn signals went out 
72000  
Toyota 4Runner in Nebraska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 78000    
84000 30 reoccurring EVAP very small leak MIL, which also causes traction and stability control to shut off. Replaced fuel cap with aftermarket OEM replacement cap. 
105500 240 Replaced a leaking LR axle seal 
113000 1100 Leaking front strut with tire wear. Since equipped with X-REAS system dealer said that all 4 struts and hydraulic lines must be replaced at the same time ($2300). Instead installed 4 aftermarket struts and removed X-REAS. 
118000  

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