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Toyota 4Runner, Tires, Wheels, Suspension, SUV
#65 of 169 Re: just test drove a 4runner and noticed vibration/shimmy [nelsoncm]
Oct 24, 2006 (12:34 pm)
I just purchased a 2006 SR5 4wd V8 and am experiencing the vibration/shimmy along with some pulling to the right and a bad radio! I have taken it back twice. The first time the dealer said it was just the interstate that I was driving to the dealership on because their machine said the alignment was dead on. They adjusted the tire pressure and fixed my center console (it was crooked!) and sent me home. The shimmy/vibration still continued and the pulling and then the radio starting having this popping/cracking noise. I went back for a second time. They balanced the tires and agreed to replace the radio. I go back again this Thursday for the pulling and vibration issue. I am floored that I am having these problems with a new car especially since Toyota was suppose to be a reputable vehicle. I'm extremely disappointed. I would love to hear any progress anyone else has made with any of these same issues.
#66 of 169 Re: just test drove a 4runner and noticed vibration/shimmy [nelsoncm]
Nov 03, 2006 (4:33 pm)
DO NOT BUY IT. I HAVE HAD AN ARBITRATION HEARING FOR THE SAME PROBLEM AND TOYOTA JUST DOES NOT ADMIT THAT THER IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE VEHICLE.
THIS IS HOW SPORTS EDITION 4 RUNNER RUNS.ALSO BECAUSE THAT IS HOW THE TIRES ARE.
A NEW DRIVING ADVENTURE............VIBRATIONS. PLEASE ENJOY THE RIDE.
ALSO TIRES DO NOT COME WITH ANY WARRANTY.BOTTOM LINE IS
I AM HAVING NIGHTMARES WITH THIS VEHICLE.
#67 of 169 4 Runner Vibration
Oct 15, 2006 (4:44 pm)
Hello, I just found this site today. Thought I'd add my experience(s)....I have an '05 SR5 4 wheel drive 4 Runner. Bought it with 4500 miles on it. I have had MORE trouble with the darn thing. I have had the sunroof worked on 4 times, still isn't right. I have a serious vibration problem in the steering wheel on the highway at speeds over 55-60 mph. Funny thing is I don't notice it as much on a really smooth road but the least little uneven-ness really sets it off. I have the original tires on it (Dunlop), I have 23,000 miles on my car and already need new tires. I tried rotating the tires, having them aligned and balanced etc etc. Nothing helps and it has progressed to the point it feels very unstable on the highway and scary. I don't drive off road or do anything "hard" on my tires. My husband hates Toyotas now from this experience and is in the process of making a trade from the 4 Runner to a Ford Explorer. He fears it will cause a wreck, can't afford those expensive tires every 23,000 miles, and the warranty will run out and still not be fixed. The local Toyota shop hates to see me coming, they think I'm a pain and swear no one else has problems with their 4 Runner like I do. I had a limited 2002 4 Runner prior to this and that car was awesome! I think when they changed body styles they really messed up, the newer ones just aren't even close to the previous ones-2002 and prior- as far as quality,reliability etc. Now I wish I'd just kept my '02 4 Runner, I know that car would go for many more years! I wish you all luck in fixing your vehicles, I just don't have any more patience or time to fight Toyota. I need a car I can depend on. Toyota lost a huge fan in me, unless and until they stand up and treat customers right and stand behind their products and go back to quality vehicles like they once did, I will not buy another Toyota!
#68 of 169 4runner vibration
Oct 24, 2006 (1:46 pm)
I just read your post and want to urge you to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. Their phone number is in your owners manual. Toll free number. Only way we are going to get Toyota to do something about this problem that exists with all new 4runners!!! I still have a couple of more visits to the dealer yet before I can file for arbitration under the Oregon Lemon Law. I wish people who post here would mention their State of residence; it would help with the argument that this is BIG problem!!! The vibration is not tires; it is in the drivetrain and like I have said earlier, I think it is engine related. Let off the gas and coast for a ways, then step back on the gas and the vibration reappears in the steering wheel. You can really feel it by holding the steering wheel with your left hand and then sticking your left index finger on the light stalk. Gives you a double dose of the vibration and unmistakeable. I will continue to post here and hope all others do the same. We all need to share any info that develops with our problem with Toyota. Thanks.
#69 of 169 Re: 4runner vibration [jokol2]
Oct 25, 2006 (5:03 pm)
jokol2 - I purchased the car in SC but reside in NC. I will post the results of the appt. tomorrow. I have felt the vibration that you are describing. The shimmy that I felt before isn't as bad but I still feel it here and there and mostly in a curve. I hope the replacement of the radio is a fix at the least!! I feel like a new problem arises every day that I drive this car. I hope to see some solutions soon. I'll keep checking the post.
#70 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [bobgordon]
Nov 27, 2006 (10:23 am)
It looks like Steve got to it first!
#71 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [tidester]
Nov 28, 2006 (4:31 am)
The way things are going, you'll soon have hundreds of different threads...
#72 of 169 Toyota 4runner 2000 vibration problem
Dec 05, 2006 (11:11 pm)
I get a Shimmy/Shake/Vibration on my 2000 4 runner that is a 1 year old problem. When I purchased it, it was fine.
I did get hit from behind while I was stopped at a light with a replacement of the back end and all body parts.
I've taken it to multiple places including the dealer and no resolve. The shake occurs at 65 - 70 MPH. I have had an alignment done, rear shocks replaced, tire rotate and balancing, 4 replacement tires, and the front brakes replaced.
All mechanics have said that the front suspension parts are fine.
I have read that maybe there is a special balancing for the factory wheels for some Toyotas. the lug centric.
Is this one of them?
Also, I have read the thread about the problem being characteristic on 06 model but this is a 00.
I have a 2WD 4 cylinder. I had Cooper Tires now I have winterforce tires. Both have the same problem. A smooth ride til i hit 65 MPH.
Could it be a drive shaft?
I am feeling it in the steering wheel and the gas pedal. It's not intense but it's bumpy and unpleasant. My passengers also feel it though not as strong.
any one with any insight, please advise.
#73 of 169 2006 4runner
Dec 06, 2006 (3:22 pm)
i'm on 1800 miles, no vibration at 60 -75 mph i think i'm just lucky.
#74 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [jollygreen1]
Dec 07, 2006 (7:27 am)
"I have an 03 Limited V8 and have had no sunroof problems, no vibrations, no engine problems etc but my gas mileage is terrible. I get fluctuations from 15 to 18 on the Hwy and 12 to 16 city."
I've got 53,000 miles on my 03 Limited 4WD. I've had no sunroof problems, no vibrations or engine problems.
As for the mileage you are getting, that's about what you can expect. My overall mileage is 17-18. If I'm very gentle on acceleration, keep my highway speed to 65 mph, and use cruise control, I can get about 19 mph on the highway.
I don't think any performance parts will improve your mileage.