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2006 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 309 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

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Toyota RAV4 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

142600 mi

C $600
Replaced battery and alternator Battery died and had to be replaced 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
May 2006 - Dec 2009
Jan 2009

31000 mi
Clunking in the power steering when turning at slow speeds. 
Toyota RAV4 in Texas, United States
Feb 2010 - Nov 2015
Jan 2011

75000 mi

US $550
Steering shaft was making noise Replaced under extened warranty 
May 2011

80000 mi

US $300
Ignition coil throwing code Replaced 
Nov 2015

150000 mi

US $4000
Struts and caps and tie rod ends needed replacing 
Toyota RAV4 in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2016
Nov 2010

62500 mi
There was a recall that I forgot about for an oil hose. The hose busted. Toyota towed in my vehicle and fixed it for free even though I was out of warranty. 
Mar 2015

104000 mi

US $150
Hub assembly. Not that hard to change. Fixed noise while driving. 
May 2016

117300 mi

US $350
Brake booster replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2014

123000 mi
Oil line broke under warranty. 
Feb 2015

129000 mi

US $98
Coil plugs went bad and replaced all six. This should last me 40k miles or so before needing to be replaced again. 
Sep 2015

144000 mi

US $520
Alternator needed to be replaced didn't produce a charge. 
Feb 2016

151300 mi

US $100
Front coil went bad, replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Washington, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Jul 2012

83000 mi

US $2500
During both-axles brake pad & rotor resurface job, oil leak from timing cover, and failed water pump were discovered. Motor was pulled, water pump was replace, and timing-chain cover was re-sealed, fixing oil leak. 
Toyota RAV4 in Hawaii, United States
Jul 2006 - Dec 2013
Dec 2011

71000 mi
Door lock malfunction and door switch malfunction 
Toyota RAV4 in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2009 - Jul 2016
Feb 2010

55500 mi
oil leaked in driveway. Had to take it to dealer for repair. Picked car up next day. The gasket had failed, causing the oil leak. 
Jul 2016

113000 mi

US $450
Was informed at an oil change visit that the water pump was leaking and would need replacing. Nothing noticeable from driving but went ahead and replaced it per dealer recommendation 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2010 - Dec 2011
Apr 2011

50220 mi

C $365
Ignition coil fried. Caused electrical issues which gave false errors to vehicle stability control and 4WD warning system. 
Jul 2011

55180 mi
Installed new rear brake pads and turned rotors - squealers had been squealing. 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Jun 2011

31620 mi
Changing 4x brake pads & discs. 
Dec 2012

47740 mi

C $124
replace the ignition coil on cylinder 6 
Mar 2014

55800 mi

C $125
rear sway bar link broke. replace left and right link. 
Jul 2014

58900 mi

C $1200
Replace de U joint (I (owner) paid the bill) Replace rear coupler (Dealer paid this part) Replace diff. o-ring (I paid part only) Recall on rear suspension. 
Jul 2015

64260 mi

C $200
replace rotors and pads change front shocks 
Toyota RAV4 in Wyoming, United States
Sep 2008 - Jan 2012
Jul 2011

61000 mi

US $900
brake pads, tires replaced, 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2006 - Jun 2016
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 Alberta, Canada
Jul 2007 - Jan 2012
Jan 2007

744 mi
Radio LCD Repair 
Jun 2008

6200 mi
External AUX power noise repair 
Jul 2008

6262 mi
Water pump repair. 
Jan 2009

10540 mi

C $150
ECM replacement for highway drone. 
Jan 2010

34720 mi
Water pump reservoir level noticed low with coolant splashes visible around. Unable to find location of coolant leak. 
Sep 2010

47120 mi

C $550
Alternator making grinding noise during car shutdown. Alternator bearing needing replacement - $500 estimate. VVTi fix - was told it was normal function until now. Diagnosed instead of alternator problem. 
Feb 2011

50800 mi
Loud transmission whine, initial stage one fix (dampening, replaced rotor bearing) as per TSB (unsuccessful). 
Mar 2011

51460 mi
Whining transmission noise (TSB), under warranty, Unsuccessful - replaced engine mounts 
Apr 2011

52360 mi
Re-machined gears replaced as per TSB for transmission whine. Car now idles quite rough. Water pump leaking again, replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2006 - Aug 2014
Jun 2010

43000 mi
Growling sound from drivetrain at 55 to 60 mph. Replaced ECM related to AWD. 
Apr 2011

58000 mi
The drivetrain made a whining sound at 40 MPH. After they replaced the transmission mounts and the problem persisted they ordered a transmission and replaced the original transmission. I had to wait 5 months for the transmission. 
Jun 2011

59000 mi
A slight oil leak from the rear transaxle seals was detected during routine maintenance. I was told it was not covered under warranty at the time the transmission was replaced. I called later and pointed out it should be covered. 
Dec 2012

77000 mi

US $300
The muffler was rusting through and the dealer told me the repair parts alone were 1200 dollars as it was a one piece (converter, muffler, tailpipe) and that no aftermarket was available. I found an aftermarket through NAPA (whew!). 
Toyota RAV4 in Indiana, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2012
Oct 2010

25000 mi

US $320
Alternator squealing, replaced alternator 
Mar 2012

39000 mi

US $230
Check Engine, VSC, 4x4 warning lights on. Bad coil pack #2 causing misfire. Coil Pack replaced, problem solved. 
Sep 2012

44000 mi

US $250
Again, CEL, 4x4, VSC lights and misfire. Now cylinder #5 coil pack. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2007 - Jul 2014
Jan 2011

87700 mi
2006 Rav4's are prone to a "clunk" in their steering at low speed. Toyota has a Tech Bulletin on this--a poorly designed intermediate steering rod. They won't repair unless under warranty. They say not a safety issue, so I left it. 
Nov 2011

99000 mi

US $190
Axle seal began to leak, with no warning. Replaced seal, leak fixed. Runs fine. 
Feb 2013

111000 mi

US $335
Broken. Possibly caused by recall repair done. Dealer performed recall and reported broken part. Brought to my usual mechanic, and due to rust/rot the part could have broken by recall repair. 
Jul 2014

122000 mi
Steering clunk. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Mar 2012
Feb 2011

43400 mi
Exhaust making noise and leaking. Installed new Exhaust muffler pipe assembly and gaskets 
May 2011

46500 mi

C $400
Sound in the front left shock absorber Replaced Front rotor for noise reduction and replaced all break pads (wear and tear) 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Feb 2012
Oct 2011

143000 mi

US $483
Two tiny holes in the muffler. Replaced the muffler system, after five years it was time. 
Jan 2012

150000 mi

US $561
I have been having another problem my check engine+vsc+4wd light keep coming on have received multiple quotes from 189- 1200 as to what the issue may be coil cylinders or o2 sensor but no one knows for sure. Misfiring all 6 cylinders had to replace two ignition coils, this is third time now in two years. I do wish Toyota would do something to correct this ongoing problem, I have written to Toyota...no response 
Toyota RAV4 in New Brunswick, Canada
Feb 2011 - Sep 2014
Mar 2011

50840 mi

C $125
Check engine light, VSC light and 4wd light came on at the same time. Problem found to be defective ignition coil cylinder #2. Ordered part and installed it by myself. Problem resolved. 
May 2012

59520 mi

C $175
Replaced exhaust muffler. 
Oct 2013

71700 mi

C $343
Check engine light went on! Diagnose problem with OB1 engine check device. Found defective sensors on Bank 1, sensor 1 and Bank 2, sensor 1. Both sensors are on exhaust system, an oxygen sensor and an air/fuel ratio sensor. Replaced both. 
Apr 2014

75000 mi

C $199
E.F.I flush because hard on gasoline muffler et pipe leaking 
Sep 2014

76260 mi
still have check engine light at different interval 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
May 2012 - Aug 2014
Jul 2012

93000 mi
3 engine lights on. Took to dealer we just purchased from. They replaced #4 ignition coil at no cost. Repair value under $200. 
Aug 2012

93900 mi
Axle seal leaking, replaced by dealer at no cost due to recent purchase. 
Oct 2012

96960 mi
Replaced front left strut. Was making a knocking noise even though it didn't bounce. Dealer paid for it as vehicle was recently purchased and they agreed to fix the noise. 
Sep 2013

105400 mi
Felt knock in the steering. Replaced steering mid shaft. $400. 
Apr 2014

109720 mi

C $700
Replaced water pump. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jul 2016
Jun 2014

83700 mi

C $800
Replaced brakes. Surprised it had to include replacing rotors. Normal maintenance. 
Jul 2016

117800 mi

C $600
Brakes seem to wear fast this last year. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

44020 mi

C $500
Faulty ignition coil with was replaced plus plugs 
May 2015

47120 mi

C $858
Re and re both post-Cat sensors. Re-tap manifold to repair corroded threads. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2014

90000 mi

US $240
Replaced coil 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

103000 mi

US $2300
One of the ballbearings in in the drivetrain broke. Had to replace the surrounding parts. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

96100 mi

C $400
Changing Rear Differential Axle Seals - they leacked 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

44020 mi

C $600
Ignition coil 1 replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Nunavit Territory, Canada
Dec 2011 - Sep 2016
Apr 2011

50840 mi
The rear suspension began to 'thunk' when pulling away in drive from having backed up down a small incline. Dealer tested and could not replicate - it still happens to this day (about once a week) 2 years later. 
Feb 2014

71700 mi

C $300
suspension bolt broke . replaced 
Aug 2014

74240 mi

C $235
new regulator - reset computer system alerts 
Sep 2015

82460 mi

C $397
Left Transfer case was leaking - new parts were required plus alignment. 
Aug 2016

87820 mi
dealer-installed backup camera failed again-dealer fixed no charge-add'l problem arose which dealer couldn't fix-battery kept discharging requiring boosting or charging once a week-called parasitic draw/drain-fed up-sold Rav4 bot Murano 
Toyota RAV4 in New Mexico, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

92000 mi
Brake, ABS, and VSC lights would come on for no reason at all. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alabama, United States
Dec 2008 - Sep 2014
Feb 2013

100300 mi

US $200
Received check engine light and engine was running on 5 cylinders. EDU code reported faulty ignition coil on #6 cylinder. Replaced with no further issues. 
Aug 2014

106000 mi

US $800
Squealing noise coming from serpentine belt area. Replaced tensioner, alternator bearing, both idler pulleys, and serpentine belt. 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
Mar 2007 - Aug 2010
Jul 2007 Reset engine, FWD and VSC lights 
Sep 2007

US $100
Replaced windshield 
Jan 2009

21900 mi
TSB to replace steering shaft 
May 2010

25800 mi

US $290
Replaced faulty fuel-air sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2013
Jul 2013

155000 mi

US $550
ignition coil 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2014
Oct 2013

128700 mi
Timing cover leaking oil. Engine has to be dropped to replace a $5 gasket...FML. Repair cost is $1800-2000, although I haven't done it yet. Earlier rear suspension recall deemed ineffective and recalled again. 
Feb 2014

130000 mi
Developed transmission fluid leak. Timing cover leaking oil. Leaked less than half a quart every 5k if that. 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2012 - Aug 2016
Sep 2013

97000 mi

US $400
Ignition coil E did not work. Did tune up at 95k instead of 120k because incremental cost was $140. 
Dec 2013

98000 mi

US $885
Replaced water pump & belt. Replaced rear shocks Frozen right rear tie-rod, unable to align wheels. 
Jun 2014

102000 mi

US $130
Turned rotors & new pads. 
Sep 2014

104000 mi
Warranty - replaced both lower suspension arms for rust/looseness. Alignment after repair. 
May 2015

108000 mi

US $105
Replace #6 ignition coil. 
Toyota RAV4 in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - May 2014
May 2012

40500 mi
intermediate steering link, hose and clamp 
Apr 2014

52000 mi
front struts 
Toyota RAV4 in Alabama, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2016
Oct 2010

36000 mi
Tranny whine. Repaired by TSB, but the whine immediately came back. Next step is tranny swap under warranty. New transmission ordered, but on backorder. 
May 2011

39000 mi
tranny replaced 
Jun 2011

40000 mi
Engine knock started in early June 2011. I took it to the dealership, they kept it for 5 days, admitted the knocking noise was there but decided it was "normal" and no repairs would be authorized under warranty. 
Aug 2011

41000 mi

US $100
replaced ignition coils. they had signs of failure. 
Aug 2014

49000 mi
Stuck pin, abnormal pad wear. Pins required greasing. 
Nov 2014

51000 mi
Grinding noise from one front wheel. Glazed brakes. Had to resurface the pads. TPMS light. Error code indicated problem with one of the senders. Error cleared and didn't appear since. 
Jun 2015

54000 mi
TPMS light on, dead transmitter battery 
Toyota RAV4 in Prince Edward Island, Canada
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

35340 mi
Bolt holding drivers side window fell out, and window would not close. 
Jul 2009

53320 mi

C $850
Front and rear brake pad replacement. Front rotors turned and rear rotors replaced with new. Took 3 trips to dealer to complete repair. 
Toyota RAV4 in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2006 - Sep 2015
Aug 2007

21000 mi
Clunking sound when turning the steering wheel at low speeds. 
Aug 2008

35000 mi
Clunk when turning the steering wheel is back. Could not replicate with the Service Manager in the car, will return in a month to attempt to duplicate the issue again. 
Sep 2008

35000 mi
Returned to the shop again to demonstrate noise issue. The Shop Foreman and I rode around for 15 minutes in an attempt to duplicate the sound, but could not. 
Jun 2009

48000 mi
Clunking sounds when turning the steering wheel. Steering shaft and powersteering rack were replaced with updated parts. 
Aug 2010

68000 mi

US $350
Bad coil on #3 cylinder 
Feb 2011

75000 mi

US $25
Valve stem snapped when filling tire, replaced with non-TPMS valve stem. 
Jan 2014

123500 mi

US $1000
Water pump was replaced due to a leak. Driver's side axle seal was leaking and needed to be replaced. 
Apr 2014

127700 mi

US $60
One rear sway bar end link was broken, and the bushing on the second was in poor condition. I replaced both with Moog replacement end-links. 
Oct 2014

132000 mi

US $60
3 TPMS sensors failed, causing air to leak out of the tires. All 5 TPMS sensors have failed before 130k. 
Dec 2014

134000 mi
Water leak from cowl onto passenger side floor mat. Removed, cleaned and replaced cowl. Same issue is occurring. 
Jan 2015

134700 mi

US $25
Cowl leak returned. Applied TSB BO021-06 by installing part #53244–42040. Also superglued the Cowl Splash shield (part #5575142010) back onto the plastic cowl cover (it had broken off). 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
Feb 2006 - Jun 2016
Jan 2007

28000 mi
The trailer hitch wiring harness was not working -- one side did not flash the light or brake. Toyota dealer removed the old harness and installed a complete new one without charge! 
Jun 2007

26000 mi
Replacement of JBL radio -- display problem -- the display showed all pixals instead of the letters. This was covered in a TSB -- but it failed in the car and was replaced because of failure. 
Oct 2007

28000 mi
The tow package wiring harness was not working on one side -- no brake or turn signal light. Toyota replaced the entire wiring haness -- and it ws covered under warranty. 
Jun 2008

36000 mi

US $388
Front Struts needed replacing at 36000 miles. Dealer paid for parts, I paid labor -- it was 200 miles out of warrantee. Leaking oil pan -- replaced gasket. 
Sep 2008

38000 mi
The ECU was replaced -- there was a Service Bulletin covering the problem -- resonence at highway speeds. 
Aug 2009

50000 mi
Replaced Cam sub-assembly. Found a minor leak during an oil change. Was covered under a service bulletin. 
Oct 2009

55000 mi

US $1200
Rear tie-rod broke. Replaced parts after parts bent when the tie rod broke while driving. Parts repaired were: arm assembly, 48710-0R010 RR Suspension Arm assembly, trailing (48780-42010) Arm assembly, upper control (48790-42020) 
Mar 2011

75000 mi

US $600
The ignition coil failed for one of the cylinders ... it was an intermittant failure so the car ran rough. While there also had the rear brakes replaced, fuel system cleaned, and oil change. 
Jul 2012

100000 mi

US $200
I had to replace the leaking transmission gasket. 
Mar 2013

112000 mi

US $330
Replaced two of the coils, and had to tighten the manifold. 
Apr 2013

113500 mi

US $250
Alternator and battery had to be replaced. 
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 New York, United States
Jul 2006 - Mar 2010
Jul 2007

14000 mi
TSB / Drone Noise & Vibration at Highway Speeds TC006-07 
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 South Carolina, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2013
Feb 2008

17000 mi
VSC, 4WD and other check lights went on; no problem found at the dealer when car was driven to the dealership; check at dealership took 1 1/2 hours. 
Sep 2008

20000 mi
VSC, 4WD and other check lights went on; no problem found at the dealer. 
Dec 2009

36000 mi
intermediate steering shaft replaced 
Apr 2012

54000 mi

US $200
Cold-start problem with longer than normal crank time. First attempt was to clean throttle body; second was to replace battery after spending 3 days in the shop 
Jan 2013

59500 mi
Replaced disc, turned rotors 
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 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 Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2006 - Jul 2016
Jul 2007

18250 mi
Warranty replacement of defective radio 
Aug 2007

17000 mi
Replace defective radio 
Jan 2011

50500 mi
muffler rusted out. Because the muffler and cat converter are the same assembly, this was considered a warranty item. 
Apr 2013

65700 mi

US $500
Problem with right rotor, requiring rotor to be resurfaced and new pads to be installed. 
Dec 2013

70000 mi

US $800
Ignition coil 
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 New Jersey, United States
Aug 2006 - Dec 2014
Aug 2009

24000 mi
Steering half shaft caused loud clunking noise, which could be felt in steering wheel when turning at slow speed. This was covered in a Technical Service Bulletin. Ordered catalytic converter under TSB. The parts for trip2 were ordered during trip1. Converter was fine for ordinary driving, but hard acceleration caused typical sulfur smell of failing converter. 
Sep 2009

24000 mi
Installed new catalytic converter. 
Nov 2010

34000 mi
Check engine, VSC, 4WD lights on. Car was running poorly, getting worse and worse, no power, missing. Needed new ignition coil cylinder 2, which was replaced by dealer, no charge, in one day.  
Jun 2011

38000 mi
Code reader showed a pending problem. Took car to dealer to prevent problems. Dealer found no codes. A few days later, check engine light was on. Took to dealer, who again, found no codes. Something loose from prior repair? 
Feb 2013

49000 mi

US $410
O2 sensor, after the catalytic converter. Needed time to check sensor before the converter. Also included suspension recall; clamps installed rear suspension. Front brakes replaced, rotors turned. 
May 2013

49700 mi
Ignition coil F shorted (P0356). Coil replaced, code cleared. Note: Car could be driven with check engine light on but without traction control, was not safe in very rainy weather on highway. 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Jul 2006 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

41540 mi

C $400
Replaced the left front strut of the suspension. Mechanics found the old one bent. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2006 - Jul 2013
Jul 2009

31000 mi
engine light and VSC light came on. Codes said needed new O2 sensor. Parts were backordered 1 day. Fixed within a few hours. No charge thanks to extended warranty. Phew! 
Jul 2010

40060 mi

C $750
Routine maintenance found crack in water pump. Replaced under extended warranty - no charge Replaced catalytic converter and part of exhaust. Problems were found during routine service. No charge thanks to extended warranty.  Replaced bearing (sp?) in differential. Also covered by extended warranty.  
Feb 2012

53920 mi
Heard a sporadic clunk sound. Took car to dealer & sway bars (rear suspension) broken. Covered under extended warranty. No charge. 
Mar 2013

62620 mi

C $65
1x ignition coil faulty 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2012
Jun 2009

38000 mi
Finally was able to show evidence of the water pump leak to dealer. They concurred and ordered replacement pump. Car was left overnight with the dealer for water pump replacement. Dealer provided free rental car. No problems noted since replacement. 
Oct 2010

53000 mi

US $1000
Power steering light had illuminated with attendant loss of power assist. Power steering ECU was faulty and replaced by dealer. They provided the part free under a "goodwill warranty" while I paid for labor. 
Mar 2011

59000 mi
Steering intermediate half-shaft TSB. 
Sep 2011

68000 mi

US $700
Left front strut found leaking. Replaced both front struts and rear shocks. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Apr 2006 - Jun 2016
Feb 2009

25000 mi
1 upper brake light LED bulb went out. Had to replace lightboard. 
Jul 2010

33700 mi
Passenger seat lever spring. Seat stopped coming up and would lay flat. Replaced defective spring. 
Jun 2013

52000 mi

US $350
Replaced Ignition coil on #6 cylinder. 
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 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 FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Oregon, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2016
Dec 2014

63000 mi

US $380
The water pump was failing. The ball bearing was wearing out and emitted a grinding noise. 
Apr 2016

72000 mi
The engine burns excessive amount of oil at rate of 1.4 quarts for 1200 miles. It failed Toyota's oil burn test and will be repaired under Toyota's limited service campaign LSC ZE7. The pistons/rings for repair back ordered. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Jul 2016
May 2016

69000 mi
Oil leak 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

16740 mi
TSB to reflash the ECM to correct some throttle position problems. Car would not respond very well th throttle application when cold. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

44000 mi

US $600
Front brakes needs to be replaced as they were worn out. 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

31000 mi
Two new front tires and alignment. 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
Jul 2014

80700 mi

US $1300
Replaced leaking front struts Replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Mar 2015

45000 mi

US $350
Water pump leaking 
Apr 2015

45000 mi

US $500
Hole in mid pipe. Mid pipe and muffler replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Oct 2006 - Nov 2007
Aug 2007

17000 mi
needed front brakes around 17,000 miles no off roading or hard braking 

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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 Illinois, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2011
Oct 2007

18000 mi
Radio display failed. Radio replaced under warranty 
Dec 2007

19500 mi
Rear window defroster failed. Rear window replaced under warranty 
Dec 2009

59000 mi

US $436
replaced Air fuel ratio (oxy) sensor. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

117000 mi

US $1190
Brake booster failure. Brake booster was replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2006 - May 2016
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. 
Toyota RAV4 in Oregon, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

120000 mi
Throttle body was dirty, causing rough idle. Brake pads needed replacing 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2016
Apr 2013

46000 mi
Brake switch faulty caused ABS and VSC lights to come on 
Aug 2013

46700 mi

US $150
Water on the passage side floor. Blocked drain tube. 
Toyota RAV4 in New South Wales, Australia
Apr 2008 - Jul 2009
May 2008

18600 mi

A $129
Tow bar wiring was loose, had to be refitted and secured. 
Jul 2009

24800 mi
Steering shudder fix. 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Oct 2006 - Aug 2009
May 2008

25420 mi
Rear differential dripping oil. Repaired under warranty at dealership. Seals replaced. 
Mar 2009

32860 mi
Front passenger seatbelt would not extend. Replaced under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2006 - Mar 2013
Oct 2008

33000 mi
Water leak front wind shield right side. Water accumulated on passenger side floor. 
Sep 2012

94000 mi

US $400
Muffler failed and was replaced with after market alternative. Dealer indicated car would not pass annual state inspection. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2008 - May 2009
Jan 2009

48980 mi
Transmission failed. Would not shift into OD. Filings in the transmission. 
Apr 2009

52700 mi

C $250
A/C would not cool. When dealer looked said compressor not working and would cost $2750 to change with no guarantee that this would correct problem. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2009 - May 2015
May 2009

37000 mi
Water leak on passenger side floor. They had to replace something in the cowl. There is a TSB for this problem. 
Sep 2009

42000 mi

US $330
o2 sensor failed, had to be replaced. 
Feb 2012

72300 mi

US $350
Front Passenger strut was leaking fluid and in bad shape. Would not pass inspection in current condition. Was replaced. 
Jun 2012

76000 mi
Transmission was making a loud vibration sound in overdrive at around 38-42MPH under light engine load. Shifted fine. Dealer replaced transmission under extended warrenty. 
Apr 2013

89000 mi

US $280
Muffler was rusted out. Had a hole would not pass inspection. 
Feb 2015

110000 mi

US $70
O2 sensor died again for the 2nd time now. Throwing code P0136 and P0138. Ordered part off Amazon and replaced myself. Driver Side low beam bulb died. 
Mar 2015

112000 mi

US $95
Battery was dead a few times. Battery was replaced last year and tested fine. Off an on, all interior lights were flickering. Lost Power steering while driving. Alternator was making a whining noise. 
Toyota RAV4 in Victoria, Australia
May 2006 - Jun 2016
Mar 2009

29140 mi
Steering intermediate shaft clunking in operation. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2006 - Jun 2016
Feb 2012

67300 mi

US $400
Brakes were worn out and needed to be fixed. 
Nov 2014

120000 mi

US $400
Shocks and brake pads replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2013
Apr 2012

131000 mi

US $250
AC stopped working. 
Sep 2012

136000 mi

US $150
Low fluid. Fluid Added. 
Dec 2012

141000 mi
Torque converter determined to be gradually failing and in need of replacement. Due to the cost, condition, and age of the vehicle, it was not repaired. Replacement quoted at $1500. 
May 2013

145000 mi

US $500
multiple codes were present; it was determined that PCM required replacement due to failed circuitry related to O2 sensor after determining that O2 sensor was not at fault. PCM was replaced. 
Jul 2013

150700 mi

US $280
The engine was misfiring. A coilpack had burned through insulation and was arcing to the head. The coilpacks were replaced to resolve hte issue. 
Dec 2013

152000 mi
Torque converter failing. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2006 - Mar 2014
Mar 2010

49000 mi

US $95
Tire pressure warning light on, but tire pressures were OK. 
Jun 2010

50000 mi

US $93
Brake lights would not go out. Cause was a dead short which damaged the switch. Short was fixed and switch was replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Jul 2007 - Oct 2013
Jan 2007

46000 mi
Replacement of JBL radio because of display problems. The display showed all LCD segments instead of the letters. This was covered in a TSB . Very well known issue. 
Aug 2013

55000 mi

US $700
Both front struts needed replacement. They were leaking from the seals. 
Oct 2013

55000 mi

US $160
Sway bar end bolts corroded from poor design and broke. Needed to have the sway bar end links replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2006 - Jun 2016
Sep 2007

23000 mi
Radio Display issue that is common and documented in a TSB 
Mar 2014

92000 mi

US $620
replaced leaking valve gasket replaced timing chain bolt that was leaking oil 
Nov 2014

98300 mi

US $350
Replace leaky gaskets 
Oct 2015

102700 mi

US $292
Replace left and right rear shocks 
Mar 2016

106000 mi

US $150
Replaced Air Fuel Ratio Sensor with Denso 234-9041 ordered from Amazon.com because received codes P0138 & P0606 I scanned using a BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool. Passed emissions after I made the repair myself 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2006 - Jul 2013
Sep 2012

55000 mi

US $1200
Steering lower assembly plus alignment replacement of front struts 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Nov 2015
Jun 2012

42000 mi

US $245
Climate control failed and had to be repaired. Warranty is out. Repair cost $244.63 (including labor and tax). 
Feb 2013

45500 mi

US $52
Climate control fan failed and was replaced in a few hours. 
Jun 2013

48000 mi

US $263
Front brake pads were replaced on Saturday 6-15-2013. 
Dec 2013

50000 mi
Climate control broke down. Was fixed 3rd time in 1.5 years. If climate control breaks down again, I will be forced to take the car to the nearest Toyota dealer because it is costing Gulf too much money to fix this part of my car often. 
Feb 2014

50000 mi
This is the 4th repair to the climate control system in 1.75 years. 
Jun 2014

52000 mi
The climate control system broke down for the 5th time in 2 years.  The floor mats had to be replaced because of excess wear. The console's upper storage compartment had to be replaced because the original broke off. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2013

200000 mi

US $1500
Burning excessive Oil....out of service for engine rebuild... 
Jan 2016

232700 mi
Motor Rebuilt On Warrenty Program....excess oil burning probe 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Aug 2007 - Aug 2008
Dec 2007

25000 mi
Occasional click-like sound when steering wheel was turned. Toyota fixed it by replacing the inner shaft of the steering column. 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2006 - Jul 2008
Oct 2007

9000 mi
Radio failure. Had to be replaced. There is a problem with radios on this model and many have had to be replaced. There's also a TSB on this problem 

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