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Old 07-15-2019, 10:59 PM #1
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2017 / 2018 / 2019 4Runner Squeaking Noise 3rd Row

I am curious if anyone else that has purchased a 2018 Sr5 Premium 4runner has had the same issues highlighted below.

I have a 2018 Sr5 Premium

1) Master Cylinder Selenoid Completely Failed on July 12th, 2018. I had not even owned it a full 2 months. Brand new, 22 miles on it. This is only the major component that pumps the fluids to the brake lines so that the pads squeeze against the rotors - to freaking stop my truck!

2) Front Control Dash Panel Completely Separated From Heat Control/AC Control Dash w/o Any Instigation to Cause That. This happened on 12/25/2018 in the AM while driving home. My boyfriend said, "What happened there?" I looked down and couldn't believe what I saw.

***Most important and current issue I want to find if other people have experienced this***

3) A pronounced and loud metal against metal squeaking/rickety sound like, "e-err-e-err-e-err-e-err," that occurs when driving your left side wheels (particularly the back left wheel) over uneven paved road (such as potholes, manholes, poorly maintained road). It has been recently diagnosed as coming from the 3rd row left seat. I am not sure if it happens on the right side 3rd row seat.

Now, I had never had the 3rd row up, at all, until Toyota of Seattle recently drove it with me. The sound has occurred consistently with the 3rd row down and even still, when they put the seat's up. Toyota of Seattle finally diagnosed the causation (I brought it to them when Toyota of Kirkland basically told me I am crazy and its all in my head).

The day they diagnosed it when I drove my rig with their tech, they pulled out that seat and I came and picked it up to drive it around town per their request. In the first 5 MINUTES the noise in question was COMPLETELY GONE (and still is!)

I currently have the left seat removed from my rig and it is sitting at Toyota of Seattle.

At first it seemed promising that this was going to be a straightforward fix without any issues and that Toyota would take care of me. Now, it has turned into me opening a case with a Toyota case manager (which, has turned out to be fruitless and a waste of my time). The case I opened a few weeks ago with an idiotic case manager informed me today that she, "Recommended that Toyota of Seattle put the seat back in my car and that this won't be fixed."

Toyota of Seattle (& Toyota Corp.) now claims that this happens on all of their 4Runners from 2017/2019/2019 and because it is a "known defect that other's have reported" (for God knows how long or when the first report started - as they won't tell me when it first was reported - shocking!) that they will not fix it under my warranty stating "they do not have a fix for it and therefore it is not covered."

Funny how their warranty states, "All components other than normal wear and maintenance items."

Over the course of my ownership, I have brought it in for diagnoses of this issue a minimum of 5 times. Now, I am escalating this to measures to hold Toyota accountable, at this point, based on principle alone.

Please let me know if these issues (particularly the noise issue) have been experienced by you!

If you want more detail such as what I have been advised, service history/notes - just drop me a line to compare!

Thank you!

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