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Toyota RAV4 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

1223 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota RAV4. 223 of these members (18.2%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 252 engine repairs to Toyota RAV4s--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Toyota RAV4 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Toyota RAV4 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Toyota RAV4 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

33% of the Toyota RAV4 repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 20% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 753 repairs.

Toyota RAV4 engine repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota RAV4 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 10% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 109 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 0    
3000 0 Antifreeze smell shop said there was too much coolant they drained some out, ran a pressure test and called it good. 
 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 0    
14000 0 Air bag light on. 
 

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2007 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 0    
8000 0 Evap canister had leak. CEL came on.  
23000 0 Evap canister leak. 
 

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2007 Toyota RAV4 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota RAV4 in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 16000    
16000 0 Booming exhaust noise 54-60 MPH in 5th gear, goes away when shifted to 4th gear. 
 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 0    
14000 0 TSB / Drone Noise & Vibration at Highway Speeds TC006-07 
 
Toyota RAV4 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 5580    
13640 0 Droning in the drive train between 90 and 100kph. A TSB has been issued and the fix is replacing the 4WD ECU. Part has been ordered and am waiting for a call when it comes in. 
14880 0 4WD ECU replaced and droning problem gone. 
 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 2000    
11500 0 ECM re-programmed to fix throttle lag problem. 
0 Catalytic converter replaced to correct sulfer smell problem 
33000 0 Engine idler pulley bearing was loose causing high pitched noise. Dealer replaced pulley. 
95000  
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 1000    
5000 0 Cat converter was changed due to excessive sulfur smell. There was a TSB on this issue. 
65000 0 Check engine light came on but went off. Could not diagnose issue. Still doing this 2 months later. Only goes on for a day then back out for a while. No running issues. I think a coil is going bad 
70700 50 Replaced the downstream 02 sensor after a Check Engine came on 
71000  

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