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Toyota RAV4 Engine Problems

1274 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota RAV4. 189 of these members (14.8%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 294 engine repairs to Toyota RAV4s--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Toyota RAV4 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Chart based on 879 repairs.

Toyota RAV4 engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 123 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Toyota RAV4 repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

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   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   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   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   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   Catalytic converter replaced to correct sulfer smell problem 
33000   Engine idler pulley bearing was loose causing high pitched noise. Dealer replaced pulley. 
5000   Cat converter was changed due to excessive sulfur smell. There was a TSB on this issue. 
65000   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 US $50 Replaced the downstream 02 sensor after a Check Engine came on 

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