2011 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: watch for recall on 2011 shock

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watch for recall on 2011 shocks
By jdijkstra on


2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


shocks are weak on the 4runner SR5. pushing down on rear and front ends causes continuos bouncing, as does
little hills on the road. My rear passenger had gotten motion sickness from the bouncing . The truck front end dips on braking and any fast emergency braking causes the front end dip to be so excessive that the rear end lifts the tires up enough to cause the automatic braking to kick in. This has happened to me 3 times and is very scary since the abs brakes stay engaged for a min.
I almost crashed into car in front of me . I showed the dealer service dept the problem, but was advised that if they exchanged the shocks for Bilstein shocks, toyota would charge them for the ones removed

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I think installing strong enough shocks would make the vehicle safer. keep using the Bilstein shocks like they did on their older models ..why go backwards in the new 4Runner design..also the head rests in the rear almost completely block viewing..some improvements on blind spots is a must
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By alfonso_bedoya
on 08/19/12 18:03 PM (PDT)

Really ? You're joking, right ? If not, try not tailgating. You are in a truck, not a BMW. Trucks do NOT react quickly. Trucks are not cars. A '11 4Rner is NOT a '03 or '05. You are trying to haul near 5,000lbs pounds down to a stop. If you are braking so HARD that you are literally lifting the back end off the ground (which would engage the ABS), THREE times, that usually means you are driving too fast and too close for conditions. If you don't want a TRUCK, get a Highlander or other car based faux station wagon. With a TRUCK, you should have about 4 seconds, minimum, between you and whatever is in front of you. At 40 MPH, that's about 230 feet, about 3/4 of a football field. Bilstein or any other high performance shock will not help if you're on top of the guy in front. To make the car/TRUCK work to it's potential, you have to understand what you're driving and it's limitations. You can't drive a 4Rnr like a Porsche. Slow down and back off. And yes, I've been in the automotive business for almost 40 years, drove race cars, both on and off road for almost 30 of those and instructed drivers in high performance, accident avoidance, security and off road techniques. Drive within the limitations of the vehicle (they're ALL different) and yourself. In the years of instructions I've found drivers usually over estimate their abilities and under estimate the cars' abilities.

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