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In 2024, we made over 700 offers on Toyota 4Runner vehicles, with offers reaching up to $18,400.

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What is My Toyota 4Runner Trade-In-Value?

Your Toyota 4Runner's trade-in value is affected by many factors, some of which you might not have thought of before. A few of these are obvious, but not all are. One big factor is the mechanical faults or the body damage of the vehicle. For instance, is it still good for daily driving, or is it a scrap car that is simply too old to drive regularly? These are all vital considerations that generally determine the current market value of the car.

At CarBrain, we take all these elements into account when appraising your vehicle, ensuring you receive a fair and competitive offer that reflects its true worth. Whether your Toyota 4Runner has minor issues or significant problems, CarBrain provides an accurate assessment to help you get the best possible price for your vehicle.

Common Toyota 4Runner Problems

Understanding the common Toyota 4Runner problems can help you maximize your vehicle's value when selling to CarBrain. Some issues include:

  • Brake System Problems: The 2017 Toyota 4Runner has several braking issues, including temporary brake failure and brakes locking up on one side. Similar problems were found in the 2014 and 2015 models. Fourth-generation 4Runners (2003-2005) are notorious for front brake caliper issues, warping, and premature wear in the front brake rotor and master cylinder.
  • Automatic Transmission Problems: Common in models from 1990-2011 and 2016, automatic transmission issues include reverting to manual shifting, failure to shift into overdrive, and not shifting into drive at startup. Problems often arise from a shift solenoid or faulty throttle position sensor, usually between 25,000-150,000 miles.
  • Airbag Failure: The 2015 Toyota 4Runner was part of a 2019 recall for potentially defective front airbag inflators, which could either explode or fail to deploy during an accident.
  • Corroded Solenoid Contacts in the Starter: Third and fourth-generation 4Runners often suffer from corroded solenoid contacts, leading to the SUV not starting. Replacing a faulty starter or solenoid usually resolves the issue.
  • Charcoal Canister Failure: Common in 2004-2005 and 2009 models, this issue triggers the check engine light and causes emission control problems. Replacing the charcoal canister or the purge solenoid valve is necessary.
  • Rust/Corrosion and Body/Paint Problems: Fourth-generation 4Runners, especially the 2003 and 2005 models, often face severe undercarriage rust and frame corrosion around 154,000 miles. Toyota has recalled and replaced affected parts due to safety concerns.
  • Cracked or Melted Dashboard: The 2004 model is particularly prone to sticky, melted, or cracked dashboards under sun exposure, which can interfere with airbag deployment and create dangerous glare.
  • Failed Mass Air Flow Sensor: 1996-2002 and some 2012 models have reported issues with faulty mass air flow sensors, causing random cylinder misfires, hesitation, and poor engine performance. Cleaning or replacing the sensor usually solves the problem.

At CarBrain, we understand the challenges these Toyota 4Runner issues can pose, and we're here to help you get a fair offer for your vehicle, no matter its condition.


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Toyota 4Runner Engine Replacement Cost: What to Know

When facing the prospect of replacing a Toyota 4Runner engine, it's essential to understand the associated costs and considerations. Engine replacement costs can vary depending on several factors, including the model year of the 4Runner, the type of engine needed, and labor expenses. Additionally, the extent of damage to the existing engine and any additional parts required can impact the overall cost.

Here's a chart detailing the approximate engine replacement costs for the Toyota 4Runner by generation:

Engine Replacement Cost by Model Generation


Model Years

Engine Replacement Cost (approximate)

First Generation (N60)

1984,1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

$3,500 - $6,000

Second Generation (N120/N130)

1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

$3,500 - $6,500

Third Generation (N180)

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

$4,000 - $7,000

Third Generation (N180)

2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

$4,500 - $7,500

Fifth Generation (N280)

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

$5,000 - $8,000

Owners should be prepared for potential expenses ranging from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars for a complete engine replacement. It's advisable to obtain multiple quotes from reputable mechanics or service centers to ensure a fair price and thorough assessment of the required repairs.

Where Should I Sell My Toyota 4Runner in Less-Than-Perfect Condition?

CarBrain can help you get a fair market offer for your Toyota 4Runner in less than 2 minutes. Our estimates are secured, so there's no last-minute price changes, and they include FREE pickup and title transfer. Best of all, if you agree to our quote, we can schedule your free pickup within 48 hours! You'll get paid cash right on the spot when the towing partner arrives.

With CarBrain, you get a team of expert car appraisers who have been in the business of buying damaged vehicles for more than ten years. We conduct a comprehensive examination of your car and determine its true worth. There will never be any low-ball offers. All of our estimates are based on the current market value for your vehicle as-is.

Our specialized team of customer service representatives can help you with any questions you have about the process. You can find countless exceptional reviews of CarBrain all over the web. With an A+ rating with the BBB and a client-focused philosophy, we believe that we can serve you with world-class customer care.

Can I Sell My 4Runner To CarBrain?

Selling your totaled vehicle with us is incredibly straightforward. CarBrain provides lots of benefits, such as FREE towing, and is a reputable company nationwide. Trade in a scrap vehicle and get money quickly with us. We have been in the car buying business for over ten years and have countless five-star reviews all over the net!

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Can I Sell a Toyota 4Runner With a Blown Engine to CarBrain?

We pay cash for essentially any car, regardless of its shape. Does your Toyota 4Runner have mechanical problems? No problem! Here are more examples of what we buy:

Ready to get cash for your junk vehicle for payment? Request an offer with CarBrain now.

How to Sell My Wrecked Toyota 4Runner with CarBrain

The first step is to accept our quote. Next, it's time to prepare your Toyota. Remove all personal items before the towing company driver arrives. Transfer the title of your car properly (you can get tips on how to do so at our title guide). Then, wait for the driver to arrive, hand over the keys and title, and accept your payment. You're done!

Our detailed appraisal process sets us apart because we are able to evaluate junk cars or even a broken down car accurately. Not everyone in our industry can accomplish this. We include FREE towing and an extremely quick process to our benefits too.

Get Cash for Your Toyota 4Runner Today!

Ready to sell your 4Runner? With CarBrain, you can get a fair offer for your Toyota 4Runner in just 90 seconds, allowing you to turn your vehicle into cash without the hassle of listing it for sale or dealing with potential buyers. Sell your Toyota quickly and easily, regardless of its condition. Get an instant offer today and experience the convenience of selling your Toyota 4Runner for cash!


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Steps To Sell A Toyota 4Runner Online With CarBrain

The first step is to accept our quote. Next, it's time to prepare your Toyota. Remove all things before the towing company driver arrives. Transfer the title of your car properly (you can get tips on how to do so at our title guide). Then, wait for the driver to arrive, hand over the keys and title, and accept your payment. You're done!

Our detailed appraisal process sets us apart because we are able to evaluate junk cars or even a broken down car accurately. Not everyone in our industry can accomplish this. We include FREE towing and extremely quick process to our benefits too.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Get Cash For My End-Of-Life Toyota 4Runner?

There's an easy solution for scrapping your 4Runner with frame damage or engine problems — sell it to CarBrain!

We buy all non-working vehicles, including Toyota 4Runners. The single thing you need to do to get an offer is fill out our online form for getting an offer.

In just a couple of seconds, you'll get an offer for your car! If you like our quote, our customer service representatives can assist you plan removal for the car. Then, the towing partner will come with a payment in hand. You get your check on the spot, and you're all done! It's that simple.

I Need To Junk My 4Runner. How Much Can I Get For It?

Your scrap 4Runner is still valuable after it's at the end of its useful life.

You can get payment for your car by selling it to a scrap vehicle buyer. Buyers can responsibly recycle older cars and extract, melt down, recycle and reuse the parts inside it. It is important to keep in mind that the present market price of your car's scrap pieces will depend on local market rates, which means a vehicle may be worth more or less depending on the car's present location.

The #1 choice to learn what your car is worth is to get a quote with CarBrain!

What Documents Do I Need To Sell You My Toyota 4Runner?

In most states, you must provide a verified copy of the title to complete the sale of your 4Runner.

CarBrains customer service representatives can help you get a certified copy of the title if you don't have your title. You generally need to have the title on hand to complete the sale. In a handful of states, it's actually possible to validate ownership without a title — but this is rare.

Learn about title requirements at our title guide.

Do I Bring My Toyota 4Runner To You, Or Do You Pick It Up?

You don't need to bring your car to us. will tow your 4Runner wherever you are, as long as it's accessible by a standard tow vehicle. Please let us know ahead of time if your car is not accessible by a tow truck. Be aware that for liability reasons, we can't haul away cars on the side of the road — it must be at a location with an address.

We purchase cars throughout the country, and our partners will be at your location in less than 48 business hours. Do not worry about bringing the car to us. Towing will happen quickly and without any kind of hassle. Just show up, and get paid!

Do I Have To Be Present When My Toyota 4Runner Is Towed To Pick It Up?

Our company has car buyers across the nation to help us buy and haul away vehicles.

We will send a towing company driver to you for free — there are no charges for towing. To transfer the car, all you need to do is hand over your car's keys and the certified copy of the title. If you will not be available to transfer the car, any adult 18 years of age or older can transfer the car on your behalf. Let CarBrain know ahead of time, and we will mail the payment to you rather than sending it with our driver.

You can even leave the car keys and the title in the car for the tow truck driver. However, keep in mind that cannot be held liable for unlocked, unsupervised vehicles before our drivers arrive to pick them up. You must decide whether it is safe to do so yourself.

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