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2008 Toyota 4Runner repairs by problem area

Chart based on 53 repairs.

2008 Toyota 4Runner repair cost distribution

Chart based on 9 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

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

Toyota 4Runner in Missouri, United States
Feb 2011 - Jan 2012
Jul 2011

57000 mi

US $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. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2015
Mar 2011

38000 mi

US $3600
Clean varnish from heads and replace one valve. Dealer claims problem caused by "bad gas" and would not honor warranty. 
Mar 2014

86000 mi
Driver door remote lock/unlock failed 
Jun 2014

90000 mi
Replaced right front door remote operated door lock. Replaced home link garage door opener. 
Toyota 4Runner in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2014
May 2013

60000 mi

US $750
Clunk noise when stopping and starting 
Toyota 4Runner in Georgia, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2015
Jun 2008

4000 mi
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. 
May 2009

20000 mi
Driver's seat continues to squeak/rattle when truck flexes. 
Jun 2009

20000 mi
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. 
Jan 2010

33000 mi
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. 
Mar 2010

35000 mi
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. 
Apr 2010

36000 mi
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. 
May 2010

38000 mi
Replaced Passenger seat frame because of clicking and popping from seat frame. 
Dec 2010

47000 mi
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. 
Jul 2011

58000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2012

67000 mi
drivers side door lock actuator motor failed. replacement motor installed. 
Mar 2013

77000 mi
Gas cap not sealing properly. 3rd trip to the dealer for this issue. They pressure tested the system and replaced the gas cap (again). 
Feb 2014

86300 mi
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. 
Dec 2014

93000 mi
Navigation unit - cd changer stopped working. 

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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
Oct 2008 - Sep 2010
Jun 2009

10000 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2009

11000 mi
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
Jan 2009 - Jul 2015
Sep 2010

27000 mi
Stock radio replaced under warranty. 
Toyota 4Runner in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2010 - Aug 2015
Dec 2010

12400 mi
Main heating circuit board needed to be replaced. 1400$ for part alone. Under warranty. 
Aug 2014

57320 mi

C $1800
Two front calipers seized at certain extent. Replaced both. Rotors and pads 
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2015
Aug 2008

14000 mi
Emblem came off driver side door ( the "L" in Limited ) 
Dec 2014

120000 mi

US $1100
Full front brakes with rotors and calipers 
Jun 2015

127000 mi

US $650
Transmission hose leak 
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2015
Sep 2009

8000 mi
Factory installed TomTom GPS was shorted out by TomTom.  
Jan 2011

26300 mi
Leather on driver seat threads unraveling, major cracking and spliting on top and side of seat 
Sep 2011

37000 mi
Several harnesses failed or improperly installed. Battery and voltage regulator replaced.  Seat cushion replaced. 
Dec 2011

41000 mi

US $101
Relay on harness repaired in September for the air bag, traction, and turn signals went out 
Toyota 4Runner in Nebraska, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Feb 2011

84000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2012

105500 mi

US $240
Replaced a leaking LR axle seal 
Sep 2013

113000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2015

125500 mi

US $1699
replaced leaking water pump replaced both front CV boots due to cracking Was getting ABS/Trac/VSC error lights and systems would shut off, fixed by replacing both a brake light switch and relay 

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Repair Histories

83 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Toyota 4Runner. 20 of these members (24.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 53 repairs to 2008 Toyota 4Runners--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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