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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%)

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2006 Toyota RAV4 suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (58%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 26 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 FWD

31000 mi Clunking in the power steering when turning at slow speeds. 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

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. 
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 
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. 
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) 
21000 mi Clunking sound when turning the steering wheel at low speeds. 
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. 
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. 
48000 mi Clunking sounds when turning the steering wheel. Steering shaft and powersteering rack were replaced with updated parts. 
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. 
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. 
39000 mi Popping sound was fixed. Apparently there was a service notice out on the problem. 
112000 mi

US $300
Needed replacement 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

24800 mi Steering shudder fix. 
29140 mi Steering intermediate shaft clunking in operation. 
24000 mi Toyota TSB for steering knock. Replaced the steering shaft. 

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2006 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

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 Suspension Problems

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