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Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 1188 repairs.

Toyota RAV4 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 170 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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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

3000 mi Antifreeze smell shop said there was too much coolant they drained some out, ran a pressure test and called it good. 
14000 mi Air bag light on. 

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2007 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

8000 mi Evap canister had leak. CEL came on.  
23000 mi Evap canister leak. 

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2007 Toyota RAV4 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

16000 mi 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

14000 mi TSB / Drone Noise & Vibration at Highway Speeds TC006-07 
13640 mi 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 mi 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

10000 mi ECM re-programmed to fix throttle lag problem. 
14000 mi Catalytic converter replaced to correct sulfer smell problem 
33000 mi Engine idler pulley bearing was loose causing high pitched noise. Dealer replaced pulley. 
113000 mi #4 piston was leaking oil causing oil to burn in combustion. This lead to excessive oil consumption, sulfur smell from cat convert, rough idle, etc. Toyota is aware of problem and replaced piston free of charge even though out of warranty. 
5000 mi Cat converter was changed due to excessive sulfur smell. There was a TSB on this issue. 
65000 mi 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. Update: light later stayed off, fixed itself. 
70700 mi

US $50
Replaced the downstream 02 sensor after a Check Engine came on 

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Toyota RAV4 Engine Problems

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