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2006 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 295 repairs.

2006 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (56%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 93 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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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2006 - Apr 2015
Apr 2007

13020 mi
Persistent cyclical droning/vibration noise at 60mph since delivery. 4WD computer was constantly recalibrating at that particular speed. Dealer replaced 4WD computer. TSB being issued. 
Nov 2010

87420 mi

C $700
Water pump leaking. 
Nov 2011

109120 mi

C $500
Steering column mid-shaft link had a knocking noise when turning. Known problem with the 2006 RAV4. Dealer had parts avail. 2hr fix. 
Dec 2013

144460 mi

C $450
Rattling and occasional loud bang at rear right. Sway bar and linkage bushings worn out. Now fixed, but still has some rattling..,but the big bang is gone. Perhaps the original shocks need replacing...don't know. 
Apr 2015

167400 mi
Transmission had a strange whining nise, but still worked. Lucas tranny conditioner fixed the harsh shifting that started after the flush. 
Toyota RAV4 in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2006 - Dec 2011
Apr 2007

20000 mi
Rumble at ~60mph, determined to be 4wd computer. Passenger seat doesn't return upright after reclined without lifting up on the seat. Rear passenger side seat rattles as if it's not properly latched into place. They will be looking at it when I have the vehicle back for the other problems. 
Jun 2007

23000 mi
Rumble at 60MPH fixed with new 4x4 computer. Seat return was fixed with new more powerful springs in the passenger seat. Rear seat rattle was fixed after seat was disassembled and reassembled and latch cables properly adjusted. 
May 2011

66700 mi

US $130
Noticed hesitation during driving, then check engine light and 4wd and stability control lights came on. Scanned code, found bad ignition coil, replaced coil, all good. 
Toyota RAV4 in Maine, United States
Jan 2007 - Dec 2010
May 2007

10000 mi
Radio Display issues: LCD "garbled". Radio/CDs still functioned. Toyota TSB for repair "if customer complains". During heavy rain, water ingress via fresh air intake drops into passenger footwell. Covered by Toyota TSB. Repair "if customer complains." "Clunk" after using parking brake. Covered by Toyota TSB "if customer complains". 
Jun 2007

10000 mi
Window leak. Repaired with TSB - updated brake parts. 
Mar 2010

52000 mi
Slow leak was identified in the water pump during routine oil change maintenance. Shop replaced pump under power train warranty. Would have been close to 8 hours of labor plus parts outside of warranty. 
Sep 2010

62000 mi
The mid steering shaft had loosened so that I had a clunk when going over bumps in turns. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2006 - Feb 2010
Jun 2007

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. 
Jul 2007

14880 mi
4WD ECU replaced and droning problem gone. Radio display stopped functioning and sometimes radio would not turn off or the preset buttons would not work. Also volume control would stop working from time to time. 
Apr 2008

22320 mi

C $65
Rear rotors were scored. Pads were out of alignment. Rotors were turned and pads replaced under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2006 - Sep 2015
Dec 2009

63000 mi
CD player broke, new one ordered. 
Mar 2011

89000 mi
P0355-#5 ingnition coil malfuction, and replaced 
Jun 2011

94000 mi
In March, coil pack#5 replaced and this time replace coil pack #3, Oh! Toyota, what's next,coil pack #1? 
Mar 2012

114000 mi

US $375
Hub bearing went bad and repaired 
Nov 2012

126500 mi

US $90
2ND toyota oem battery gone bad about 3yr.... 
Jun 2014

150000 mi

US $70
Heated O2 sensor in Bank-1, sensor-2 threw check engine light. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Feb 2006 - Jan 2011
Nov 2006

5000 mi
Replaced 6 CD (Non JBL) radio due to display problem 
May 2007

10000 mi
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 
Feb 2009

25000 mi
Windshield wiper on rear window stopped working. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2015
Oct 2006

13000 mi
Glove box mechanism did not operate properly. Part ordered, it will be fully covered under warrenty 
Mar 2008

34000 mi
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. 
Jul 2008

39000 mi
Popping sound was fixed. Apparently there was a service notice out on the problem. 
Nov 2009

61000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2011

82000 mi

US $500
All four sensors that determine the operation of the catalytic convertor failed 
Apr 2014

112000 mi

US $300
Needed replacement 
Toyota RAV4 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2006 - Jun 2015
Oct 2006

6000 mi
Center console Rattle - Shop fixed using felt strips. Rattle significantly diminished, not entirely gone. 
Mar 2010

71000 mi
Steering Column was not right - was making noise on turns. They replaced. 
Jun 2011

98000 mi

US $1000
Brakes Done, New Battery, Fluids Replaced, Tire Rotation, Cabin air filter 
Apr 2013

133300 mi

US $450
Sway bar replacement and rear axle seals replaced 
Jun 2014

160000 mi

US $60
Replaced brake pads 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2014
Nov 2006

5000 mi
Cat converter was changed due to excessive sulfur smell. There was a TSB on this issue. 
Mar 2013

65000 mi

US $480
Alternator went bad. Had to find and replace with a rebuilt unit. 
May 2013

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. 
Feb 2014

70700 mi

US $50
Replaced the downstream 02 sensor after a Check Engine came on 
Apr 2014

72000 mi

US $150
Caliper bolt froze not allowing pads to float. Had to replace caliper 
Jul 2014

75000 mi
Warranty alternator replacement. It was sometimes not charging at idle when hot. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2006 - Sep 2015
Oct 2006

2000 mi
Repair of intake cowling due to water leak in passenger side footwell. 
Jun 2007

10000 mi
ECM re-programmed to fix throttle lag problem. 
Aug 2007

14000 mi
Catalytic converter replaced to correct sulfer smell problem 
Sep 2007

14000 mi
Stereo replaced due to non-functioning display/knobs. 
Aug 2008

24000 mi
Toyota TSB for steering knock. Replaced the steering shaft. 
Aug 2009

33000 mi
Engine idler pulley bearing was loose causing high pitched noise. Dealer replaced pulley. 
Aug 2012

67000 mi
Driver's side sunvisor broke 
Jun 2013

83000 mi

US $100
Rattle of the engine hood when idling. 
Sep 2015

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. 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Repair Histories

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