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2008 Toyota 4Runner repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (21%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 71 repairs.
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2008 Toyota 4Runner repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (26%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 23 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 Washington, United States
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

100000 mi

US $1500
new calipers 
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 - Dec 2016
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. 
Toyota 4Runner in Nebraska, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

74700 mi

US $50
Engine light came on 1 week after dealer completed routine maintenance. Took it in, they told me the seal was worn out on the gas cap and wanted $150. Most of that was running the computer. car was certified used I only had to pay $50. 
May 2015

82000 mi

US $170
Rack and pinion leaking, dealership service completely replaced. Was covered by certified used warranty, but I had to pay flush. 
Toyota 4Runner in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

100000 mi

US $680
Right front wheel bearing noisy 
Toyota 4Runner in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

71300 mi

US $1100
Water pump failed and leaked coolant. Pump itself is only a couple hundred bucks but it is driven by timing belt which is labor intensive (timing belt replaced as well) 
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 Georgia, United States
Feb 2014 - Aug 2015
Mar 2014

61000 mi

US $200
Left front caliper was not releasing properly. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2016
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. 
Feb 2016

121000 mi

US $300
Replaced left front axle shaft 

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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. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

93700 mi
Back hatch handle had become gummy and sticky to the touch over time. Finally had it replaced. 

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2008 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

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

Toyota 4Runner in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

85000 mi

US $560
water pump was starting to leak. 
Jun 2016

90000 mi

US $600
drivers side front cv joint leaking grease. total replace 
Toyota 4Runner in Utah, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

136000 mi

US $156
There was a noise on turning to left or right. A bolt was missing. 
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 Alabama, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2016
Nov 2012

45000 mi

US $125
Check Engine Light was related to a faulty fuel cap that allowed oxygen to enter the engine and set of check engine light. Replaced Fuel Cap 
Toyota 4Runner in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

32240 mi

C $150
Toyota 4Runner in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

101000 mi

US $135
Battery needed to be replaced. Original battery was 7 hrs old with 100k+ miles on it. 
Toyota 4Runner in Ohio, United States
May 2016 - Sep 2016
May 2016

95000 mi

US $70
The front stabilizer links were worn out. 
Toyota 4Runner in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

69000 mi
a/c was not cold 
Toyota 4Runner in Nebraska, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
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 
Toyota 4Runner in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2015
Dec 2013

79000 mi
replaced passenger side front power window switch 
Toyota 4Runner in Idaho, United States
Jul 2008 - Jan 2014
Jul 2013

28700 mi
Rotors were warped so they re-surfaced them. 
Toyota 4Runner in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2010 - Dec 2016
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 
Jul 2016

90560 mi

C $700
both cv axcls were leaking. struts were bouncy. changed two front axcleside and all 4 shocks and struts. 
Toyota 4Runner in Delaware, United States
May 2008 - Feb 2016
Mar 2014

114000 mi

US $22
Lights in climate control display burned out and needed to be replaced. 
Feb 2016

135000 mi
Wet passenger side floor mat after rain. Rumble strip vibration between 4th and 5th gear under light load. 
Toyota 4Runner in Montana, United States
Jan 2009 - Jul 2016
Sep 2010

27000 mi
Stock radio replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2015

126000 mi

US $400
both rear axles were replaced 
Jul 2016

146000 mi

US $4000
Car stopped running in July. Over fueling, dumping too much fuel into catalytic converter, cause as yet to be determined, possible computer or timing chain issue. Through January mechanic has put over $3,000 into it, and will be buying it when done. 
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

98300 mi

US $230
Replace front brake pads and turn rotors. 
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
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 
Apr 2016

100500 mi

US $1200
water pump, drive belt, radiator, recall 
Jul 2016

105300 mi

US $589
Replace front driver axle 
Oct 2016

106000 mi

US $628
replace other half of front axle 

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