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2012 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (24%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 51 repairs.
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2012 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (75%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 12 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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2012.5 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

154-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Oct 2012 - May 2016
Nov 2012 This is an electric vehicle that the charge port connection failed (melted). No fire. 
Apr 2013

12300 mi
Tesla Traction Drive Motor and reduction gearbox assembly unit replaced. Original unit made loud noise. 
May 2016

72000 mi

US $20
Check EV System light. Coolant pump bad. Reset message, no repeat. Coolant pump obviously not bad. Motor makes "milling sound" 

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2012 Toyota RAV4

Engine not specified

Toyota RAV4 in Arizona, United States
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
Dec 2016

49000 mi

US $120
Ordered used Fuel Vapor Charcoal canister. Check engine light stays on and LSD light is flashing. I replaced the canister myself. That repaired the issue. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Oct 2014

24500 mi

US $597
Hard crank, barely started Front brakes needed new pads 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Jan 2013

9000 mi
Hood latch was out of adjustment. Hood moved up and down 1/2" while driving on the highway. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

33300 mi

US $400
Worn Front Brakes. Replaced pads and turned rotors 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Sep 2016
Jul 2015

24800 mi
Front brakes pads, rotors and callipers, rear brakes, rotor and pads. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Jul 2015

27000 mi

US $438
Dealer reported severe wear front brakes inside pads only (2mm left each side) at 27,700. Outside pad wear 7mm each side. Shop asserted this was seriously unsafe, replaced pads and resurfaced rotors at my expense. 
Toyota RAV4 in Michigan, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Jul 2015

54700 mi

US $50
Passenger rear seat moves and squeaks under normal driving when nobody is in it. Full repair cost $475 but we paid $50 with the CPO warranty. Issue still remains.... 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2012 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

39060 mi
rear differential was leaking oil, passenger side seal was changed under warranty 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2016 - Feb 2017
Jul 2016

41720 mi

C $135
Positive Terminal highly corroded. Replaced battery and terminal 
Nov 2016

45260 mi

C $78
Transmission slipping between 2 & 3. Toyota warranty replaced entire transmission. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2016 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

34100 mi

C $400
Rear shocks were leaking. Replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2016
Oct 2015

35700 mi

US $1128
Front brake pads worn, rotors out of round 
Sep 2016

44000 mi

US $150
Battery went while we were on vacation. Had AAA come out and replace battery. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2016
Apr 2014

16000 mi
Engine losing coolant as indicated in the reservoir. Exactly the same issue I had with my 2006 RAV4 Limited V-6 engine; you can smell coolant after driving and then parking in the garage. Dealer topped off coolant reservoir. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2013 - Apr 2014
Nov 2013

21500 mi

US $455
Was told brakes were metal to metal and rotors needed to be cut. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

30000 mi
shock leaks-replaced shock 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2016
May 2013

5000 mi
Replaced stone guard on left rear door area. The stone guard was improperly applied with air bubbles under it. As the winter progressed road salt got in the pockets and started to lift the guard. 
Jun 2014

20000 mi
Lumbar rod improperly positioned in front of lumbar support, repositioned to behind support. 
Aug 2014

21000 mi
Rattles in rear compartment and center consul. 
Jun 2015

33000 mi
Replaced drivers seat cushion and cover, premature collapse.  Installed center dash rattle kit. Lubed sun roof for squeak. 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Mar 2012 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

7480 mi
Rattle from console 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Alabama, United States
Jun 2015 - Jan 2017
Sep 2016

38000 mi

US $325
Replace pads and rotors on front only. 
Toyota RAV4 in Puerto Rico
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Sep 2015

33000 mi

US $115
Replaced front brake pads 
Mar 2016

39000 mi

US $98
Replace Dead battery 
Apr 2016

40000 mi
Replaced rear shock absorber, both were leaking grease. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Jan 2014

9920 mi

C $77
the indicator light for engine and auto LSD came on. Took it in to the dealer, no major problem, but I needed a new fuel sensor. 
May 2014

10540 mi
at no cost under waranty 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

35500 mi
The head gasket had a leak. The dealer made the repairs under power-train warranty. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

74300 mi
AC recharge 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

26000 mi
driver side window was scraping, dealer re tightened screws 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

48980 mi

C $360
Rear shock absorbers leaking, excessive body roll when cornering 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Mar 2015

38000 mi

US $450
Rear brake pad failed, caused rotor damage. Replaced pad rotors & all hardware for the rear brake system. I live in an area of heavy snow fall. (Lotsa road salt) Winter here is hell on a vehicle. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2012 - Oct 2016
Jun 2012

2000 mi
Twice the engine has revved up to 6-7k then died. It would start correctly the next time. The dealer did verify that I did have a high rev but said it was much lower than that. 
Sep 2014

27000 mi
(4 Trips) - Asked what I could do about the mirror swivel corrosion issue. End result after 4 trips they installed a new mirror. "A one time good faith" thing I was told. I never did get an answer and the passenger side is also corroding. 
Oct 2015

42700 mi

US $550
all Brakes and rotors replaced 
Apr 2016

48000 mi

US $100
Added a transmission cooler 
Jun 2016

50000 mi
Shop repaired brakes on front that had been replaced Nov. 2015 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jan 2017
Sep 2012

3720 mi
Actuator motor in HVAC failed. 
Oct 2012

4120 mi
It took two trips to the dealer and almost two months to get the right part in, but the HVAC actuator is fixed now. Took all day to do the work as well once they got the right motor. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Dec 2014
May 2013

13020 mi
hand brake was not holding and the pedal seemed soft 
Dec 2014

32240 mi
wheel bearing replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Trinidad and Tobago
Aug 2011 - Sep 2014
Feb 2012

2140 mi
Problem with the radio volume controls (both steering mounted and the knob on the unit). 
Toyota RAV4 in Texas, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

39000 mi

US $2
Rare view mirror fell off, just glued it back. 

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