1997 Toyota RAV4 Toyota RAV4 1997

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1997 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (55%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (0%)

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1997 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (10%)

< $100 (60%)

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Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

1997 Toyota RAV4

Engine not specified

Toyota in Puerto Rico
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

95000 mi
I was driving the vehicle and suddenly I started to hear a grinding noise from the front drivers side wheel. I tried to start it in the morning. Once the starter cranked the engine, it wouldn't stop rotating the engine. The engine was running, but also the starter kept on rotating. This car needs to step on the clutch in order for it to start. One day I stepped on the clutch pedal and the car won't start. 
Toyota in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2012
Nov 2011

165000 mi
Rear tail light had to be replaced and front headlight 
Toyota in Iowa, United States
Jul 2014 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

195000 mi
Needs a new catalytic converter 

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

Toyota in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jul 2012
Jan 2012

191460 mi

C $150
Replaced Ignition Switch under dash, and added plug wires, plugs, rotor and cap, as well as new battery.. 
Jul 2012

196540 mi

C $2800
Problem: Car would not move when clutch was engaged..Clutch replacement (engine, transaxle assembly, and CV's had to be removed. With engine on bench for clutch replacement, timing belt and water pump replaced...they were due. 

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

139500 mi

C $550
Engine light stayed on, excessive CO2 emission. Replaced 2 Oxygen Sensors and Catalytic Converter. 

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2015 - Apr 2016
Nov 2015

225000 mi

US $700
Master cylinder bad, brake fluid old, whole system replaced. 
Dec 2015

227000 mi
Engine misfire. Oil leaking in engine 

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