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Toyota RAV4 Problems and Repair Histories

1222 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota RAV4. 387 of these members (31.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 752 repairs to Toyota RAV4s--an average of 0.6 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

34% 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 752 repairs.

Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota RAV4 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 9% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 213 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 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 0    
13000 0 Glove box mechanism did not operate properly. Part ordered, it will be fully covered under warrenty 
34000 0 Steering was making a knocking or popping sound in a hard turn, like when pulling out of a parking space. There is a service bulletin on the issue. 
39000 0 Popping sound was fixed. Apparently there was a service notice out on the problem. 
61000 900 Ignition coil on cylinder 4 failed leak in engine gasket leak in transmission seal. Ignition coil on cylinder 2 failed and was replaced 200 miles after coil 4 failed. 
82000 500 All four sensors that determine the operation of the catalytic convertor failed 
Toyota RAV4 in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2006 0    
6000 0 Center console Rattle - Shop fixed using felt strips. Rattle significantly diminished, not entirely gone. 
71000 0 Steering Column was not right - was making noise on turns. They replaced. 
98000 1000 Brakes Done, New Battery, Fluids Replaced, Tire Rotation, Cabin air filter 
133300 450 Sway bar replacement and rear axle seals replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 0    
5300 0 Replaced 6 CD (Non JBL) radio due to display problem 
10000 0 One day when I started the car the P/S light came on and the power steering seemed stiffer than norman. Turning the car off & restarting it right away did not stop the problem. After the car was off & restarted later it was OK. Passerger window clunks 
25000 0 Windshield wiper on rear window stopped working. 

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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    
3300 0 Repair of intake cowling due to water leak in passenger side footwell. 
8000 0 ECM re-programmed to fix throttle lag problem. 
0 Catalytic converter replaced to correct sulfer smell problem 
0 Stereo replaced due to non-functioning display/knobs. 
24000 0 Toyota TSB for steering knock. Replaced the steering shaft. 
33000 0 Engine idler pulley bearing was loose causing high pitched noise. Dealer replaced pulley. 
67000 0 Driver's side sunvisor broke 
83000 100 Rattle of the engine hood when idling. 
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 480 Alternator went bad. Had to find and replace with a rebuilt unit. 
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 

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