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4RUNNER LIMITED BUYER BEWARE X-REAS SUSPENSION FAILS

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by tkmarch1, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Mar 3, 2019 at 10:47 PM
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    I have a 2004 4Runner Sport and just last year I noticed my suspension in the front was dropping down, then a week ago I hit a pot hole and a loud pop from my front left side. I drove back home and looked behind my left front tire and saw that the bottom of my strut snapped and it was resting on the lower control arm. I have the X-REAS suspension which I just found out and will be replacing it with after market struts and shocks, my X-REAS suspension was not leaking but the ride was bad. I don't know how long this X-REAs suspension supposed to last but I have almost 400000 miles on my 4Runner and It only stared giving me problems last year.
     
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    Ok? so why aren't you replacing it with another X-REAS system instead of aftermarket? It lasted 15 years and 400,000 miles, why not have another one installed?
     
  3. Mar 4, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    400K miles on it ? that is pretty good .. one of my vehicles I kept 380K miles had it 17 yrs. sold it ..
     
  4. Mar 4, 2019 at 12:07 PM
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    Why? Because I ordered the new struts/suspension and bushings then I went out to look at my old broken strut, that's when I saw that something is wrong here. So I did some research and found out I had the X-reas suspension. I have everything here now, I don't want to reorder and wait again.
     
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    It runs great, strong engine and transmission.
     
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    That’s awesome you going for a million? Forgot what that guy awhile back was driving but Toyota gave him a new truck after he hit a million miles.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    I will run it till it goes back to zero, I lover my 4Runner.
     
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  8. Mar 4, 2019 at 12:54 PM
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    That’s ridiculous! Was it a v6 or V8?
     
  9. Mar 4, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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    Did this dipshit really just join here to make a thread complaining about shocks failing after his warranty expired and then disappear? lol
     
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    I have not read all of the posts but if I can offer my experience. Sometimes you get a lemon. Its a fact of life. So far I have not had any issues with the system. Doesnt mean I will not but Im preprared for it. I bought my runner used and it has 63K currently. The underbody had a lot of rust. It is NY and the salt ruins anything. I noticed rust around the shocks and almost everywhere thats exposed. Most of it was top rust but I cleaned almost all and coated the bottom. Ive also had sunroof leaks and drivetrain vibrations. All taken care of by Toyota.
     
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  11. Mar 5, 2019 at 6:40 AM
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    when a posting appears and then the member doe not respond , it is most likely a false post or they damaged it . seen this many times ..
    any leak is a problem and it can happen if the part is with a defect or a person did damage on it . Some mechanics are not very careful when working on other persons vehicles ..
    surprised that this system did possibly fail at the low miles on it..
     
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    I'd like to piggy back on this conversation. I have a 2014 Limited 4runner that I love but am a novice when it comes to vehicles. Took it into the dealership for the airbag recall. While there they found a leak in the Xreas driver side front shock. Dealership said that you have to replace 2 at a time due to how they are hooked up. Took a gut punch when he said it would cost 3700 to replace them all. He did say that they could replace them with the more standard shocks and absorbers like on the SR5 for quite a bit less. Any advice? Do I try to find someone to put on aftermarket shocks? Any suggestions on brands? I stopped by one mechanic and the Xreas system had him baffled. Thanks for any advice.
     
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    I say have it removed and replaced with the aftermarket stuff.. so many brands to choose from. Bilstein, King, Icon, OME, Fox... are some of the popular names with a wide range of options/pricing.
     
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  15. Jul 2, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    I have a 2010 4Runner limited and it has about 65K miles on it. I bought it used a couple years ago and decided to get the platinum extended warranty. So glad I did. I just took it to get inspected at a local garage. They said it has an issue with the struts and they recommended taking it to the dealer. When I did they said there was a leak in the X-RAES system and it all needed replaced. Fortunately it is covered under this platinum warranty though. But I do think that 65K is not a very long life for this system. I expect to still be driving this when I get to 130K so am I going to have to replace it again at that time? If I ever had to do it again I would just go with the heavy duty Shocks and Struts all the way around.
     
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    Yes, shocks wear out.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your trouble mate... The only vehicle I had X-REAS on was my 2003 many moons ago. I guess I got lucky, since i had almost 230,000 miles with no issues. I'm guessing the design changed for the 5th gen? With the current, i skipped the option.
     
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    There is a 0% chance your shocks weren’t blown out garbage after 230,000 miles!
     
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    Most XREAS systems last longer than 65k so hopefully you’ll get more duty out of the replacement. Most go with other options when replacing using their own money, however.
     
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    Has anyone heard from OP lately? Did Toyota call and explain the normal distribution?
     
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    Holy flaming clitouris Batman:eek: I trade my vehicles when they get close to 100k! I did keep my 93 Mustang GT for 115k. That was a great car over 1/4" left on front OEM brakes on trade in.
     
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    Let me start by saying I have had five 4RUNNERs, four have been Limiteds. I had X Reas system, No problems with my 04 or 08 which were 4th generation but now my 5th generation 2015 4RUNNER Limited @ 89,000 miles my shocks are reported as leaking by a Toyota dealership with a $4,000 price tag and that includes replacing the struts & shocks and tubing in other words the whole system, so tkmarch1 is not throwing a tantrum. Problem is why are any 5th generation XReas failing when there was no problem with 4th generation FYI my last 4RUNNER had 149,000 miles. Question is what was changed either by Toyota or their suppliers for the 5th generation? Is Toyota really only offering $500 for a $4,000 replacement and do you have to replace whole system and not just the struts and shocks?
     
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    Phew! Totally exhausted after reading this feed. LOL

    Very sorry TK to hear of your unfortunate experience with your 4Runner. Can't recall without going back thru this feed, who mentioned Kaizen, but they are right.....the Japanese place a significant emphasis on quality and strive for constant improvement (Kaizen). This is just one of the many reasons I purchase Toyota vehicles and have for most of my adult life......they are dependable and reliable. In all fairness, the 4Runners that I have owned that had the X-REAS suspension, I sold or traded before 50,000 miles so I never experienced any issues.

    Personally I have owned 6 Toyota 4Runners (1 SR5 Sport Edition, 2 SR5 Premium models, & 3 Limited models of which 2 had the X-REAS suspension) and have never had an issue with any of them. In addition, I have purchased several other Toyota vehicles for my wife and daughters over the years and not a single issue.

    It seems many members have offered you some good advice on this subject, so I see no need to say anything more other than, best of luck.
     
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