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2011 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (8%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (13%)

Chart based on 71 repairs.
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2011 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (75%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 16 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Oklahoma, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2016
Sep 2011

7000 mi

US $50
have been out of town each time "low tire pressure" warning light comes on. Now it is on full time. I will return to the dealer and get repaired once I am in my home town for a few consecutive days. 
Mar 2012

17000 mi
reset TPMS 
Aug 2012

25300 mi

US $200
nearly every time I have tires removed for rotation, flat tire (have had 3 incidents, comprising 2 different tires) - a bolt breaks when lug nut is removed. Firestone was last shop car in - they suggested replacing multiple lugs. 
Dec 2012

28000 mi
Battery died - still under warranty. Replacement required - no charge. 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

55000 mi

US $360
Dash warning lights; ABS, DSC, Brake. Next day, added Check engine, and 4wd. Happened twice, none since then. Dealer recommended replacing a $2140 brake actuator part. Would have to wait 7 to 10 days to receive the part. Express shipping NA. 
Aug 2016

55700 mi

US $250
Initial troubleshooting by Stevens Creek Toyota inadequate! Used independent Toyota shop in Chico who diagnosed problem caused by faulty Brake relay. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2013

16000 mi
Heater takes FOREVER to put out heat when weather is cold, and fan must be run on high to adequately heat cabin. Dealer could not find a problem. In troubleshooting he left the cover off the cabin air filter, jamming glovebox open. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
Mar 2016

50000 mi

US $228
Leaking right rear shock absorber 
Toyota RAV4 in Nevada, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

25000 mi
shock absorber (leaking) 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2014 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

79000 mi

US $150
Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Feb 2015

43000 mi

US $300
replaced 02 Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012
Apr 2011

8300 mi
Bluetooth quit working Rattle from passenger seat belt adjuster 
Aug 2011

10000 mi
New radio ordered and installed.  Seat belt tensioners replaced. 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

58300 mi

US $1400
"Check engine", 4WD, traction lights came on. Dealer said "water in evap system"; couldn't explain what or why this occurred, but said 4WD wouldn't work unless we did repair. Were on a long trip, so we agreed to the repair. 
Jun 2014

70000 mi

US $250
Routine brake repair. 
Toyota RAV4 in Maryland, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

58000 mi

US $100
Rear brake pads bound in caliper, causing uneven premature wear and damaged rear disks. Replaced pads and disks. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

71920 mi

C $115
replaced receiver door control with used part 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

48000 mi

US $11
I replaced the right front headlight (low beam). 
Dec 2014

52000 mi

US $350
Brakes were worn out (drums worn). Replaced to repair. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Jun 2011

5000 mi
As delivered the parking brake would not hold the car if there was even a shallow slope. Dealer re-adjusted the parking brake to specification and solved the problem 
May 2013

32000 mi

US $160
Left rear shock absorber leaked most of the oil out. Right rear shock also starting to leak. Dealer did not alert us (during Toyota care) before 24K/24Mo. warranty expired. 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Mar 2015

48000 mi
Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2014
Jun 2013

67000 mi

US $250
One rear shock absorber was leaking 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Utah, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

80000 mi

US $160
Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

55800 mi
Logging a transmission whine sound. 
Toyota RAV4 in Michigan, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

131000 mi

US $280
Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

58900 mi

C $200
Battery changed 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

56700 mi

US $300
Rear shocks replacement after they started leaking. 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Mar 2016 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

54560 mi

C $250
Rear right side axle seal leak 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
Feb 2014

33160 mi
leaky seal. 
Jul 2014

35920 mi
whining tranny when hitting 60 kms/hr humming noise takes over road noise 
Oct 2014

39640 mi
tranny whinining from 40 to 60 kms/hrs and engine rpm at 1200 approx. Noise became cabin invasive. Extended warranty covered work to get a new transmission. 
Toyota RAV4 in Delaware, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2014
Feb 2012 Driver's seat was broken 
May 2012

6300 mi
The driver seat moves slightly and makes noise when braking and accelerating. The service manager told me "that's how they are" and then offered to show my another new 2011 that he claimed did the same thing. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2014
Jun 2012

52000 mi
Faulty CD Player Replaced with New unit. 
Jan 2014

73000 mi
Replaced front Disc brake pads 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2013
Jan 2012 Zero point calibration needed to be performed, as all air bag lights were tripped. This is an occaisional issue on Toyotas that may not be set up correctly from the factory. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Feb 2012

1220 mi
Cig Lighter power outlet. Became detached after using with some very tight male power plugs. 
Mar 2012

1860 mi
Pass door slightly hard to close have given up trying to get it successfully repaired. 
Nov 2014

21080 mi
Very infrequently, when turning on the AC this past summer, the AC emitted and continued to emit hot air rather than cold. The dealer could not reproduce or find the problem in shop. Definitely happened a few times but unable to diagnose. 
Nov 2015

28980 mi

C $400
Rear shocks leaking - replaced R & R Transmission, Reseal side cover (leaking) 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2012
May 2011

6500 mi
Blutooth microphone did not function since delivery. Device was a port-installed accessory (included on factory window sticker but a 3rd party part.) New bluetooth microphone arrived and was installed. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Jul 2013

9300 mi
Radio unit would occasionally display unreadable characters. To clear the problem required the car to be shut off and power down radio unit. Dealer replaced unit. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Jan 2016
Aug 2013

35000 mi
Front, driver door window seal failed to stay in place. Window seal was ordered and took almost two weeks to get into shop. Was replaced in about 2 hours under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Dec 2016
Jun 2011

1860 mi
Air conditioning stopped working, car is just over a month old. Dealer claims it is the compressor. 
Jan 2013

21080 mi

C $90
Transmission failed to engage when cold, transmission replaced. Dealer rushed repair to save on rental costs, returned vehicle out of alignment and with loose steering components. Returned vehicle for follow up repairs. 
Nov 2013

33480 mi
Rear differential seals leaking, deal replaced both seals. Problem might be due to poor design, differential vent becomes plugged (under seemingly normal conditions) and does not vent pressure resulting in blown seals. 
Dec 2013

34100 mi
Rear door latch would not close when cold, dealer replaced latch mechanism. 
May 2014

40920 mi
Front struts were leaking, dealer replaced both struts. Rear differential seal blown. Front windshield stress crack through heating element. Dealer would not cover glass despite evidence of manufacturer defect (stress due to heating element). 
Jun 2014

41540 mi
Rear differential seals blown again. 
Apr 2015

56800 mi
Strut bearing plate and bushings worn / damaged. They declined at first, cost would be $850. I went through CAMVAP and Toyota agreed to cover it, it is scheduled for repair this week. Strut bearing plate / bushing was replaced, and it wasn't the issue. I had them look at the sway bar linkages (which is what I had originally brought the vehicle in for) and it turns out they were the issue. 
Jun 2015

58900 mi
Rear shock replaced, leaking oil. Dealer inspected due to noise in rear of vehicle. Noise is still present after repair. 
Oct 2015

68200 mi
Rear wheel bearings developed play and noise. Could be related to extensive damaged caused by shock mount failure at highway speeds. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

30380 mi
Front rotors replaced; Rear brakes serviced 
Dec 2015

46500 mi

C $50
Rear differential vent was seized. Part was replaced. 
Jun 2016

50840 mi
Rear brakes (defective) replaced after 6 months / 9,000 km under parts warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2014 - Dec 2016
Mar 2014

29000 mi
Just purchased car. Discovered a couple minor exterior flaws. Dealer repaired at no cost to me. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

21000 mi
2 oxygen sensors went bad, first bank 1 sensor 2 then a few days later bank 1 sensor 1. Both were replaced under warranty at no cost. 
Jun 2015

41000 mi
I found a nice puddle of water on the driver's side floor mat, and discovered the AC hose drain was clogged. I blew it out with some compressed air, and dried out the carpet. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013

25420 mi
Started vehicle, foot on brake, engine immediately revved to 6,000 RPM+ and stayed there until I turned vehicle off. Next start attempt OK. A week later, same thing. Took to dealer concerned about "unintended acceleration". Nothing found. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2015
Nov 2014

32000 mi
TPS monitor light was on but no low tires. Took it to the dealer to schedule a repair. They asked if I checked the spare. Oops. They filled the spare and the light went off. 

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