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2004 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 46 repairs.
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2004 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (36%)

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Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Toyota RAV4

Engine not specified

Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

39060 mi

C $800
Front struts 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
Jan 2015

121000 mi

US $300
Rear Wheel bearing. Part cost on Amazon $150. Repair 1hr labor. 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Great Britain
Jun 2010 - Jun 2018
Aug 2015

97300 mi

shock absorber leaking; was replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Jan 2012

125600 mi

US $1100
The car needed all new igniters. The car would not run. 
Toyota RAV4 in Great Britain
Jan 2013 - Jan 2016
Feb 2014

96600 mi

Neded new battery. First one lasted 10 years (since new) 
Apr 2015

102000 mi
Loose belt driving power steering pump. Tightened but difficult to access bolts. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2017
Oct 2016

130000 mi

US $1700
CEL for catalytic converter and O2 sensors. Replaced all & light is still on. 
Toyota RAV4 in Oregon, United States
Dec 2014 - Jul 2019
Mar 2015

103000 mi

US $260
Replaced both rear bearings 
Toyota RAV4 in Vermont, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017
May 2017

197000 mi

US $50
Rear pads wearing down every 6 months due to seized calipers. Have replaced calipers multiple times with no improvement. 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

141000 mi

US $1400
120,000 mile service (flush radiator, transmission) Replaced fuel pump. Recommended head gasket and timing chain tensionor be replaced for $1700. Recommend tires and battery 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

121000 mi

US $120
Water pump gasket seal broke 
Toyota RAV4 in Nevada, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2012
Sep 2010

78000 mi

US $120
The driver's door lock-actuator wore out and had to be replaced (the lock was fine, but it would no longer lock/unlock with power switch). 
Sep 2011

83000 mi

US $100
Driver's side sun visor lost ability to stay in position and sagged down obstructing view. Ordered new visor assebmly and installed in parking lot of dealership myself. Problem solved. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Aug 2015
Oct 2014

155800 mi

US $500
Not sure 
Jun 2015

170000 mi

US $589
Don't remember specifics. I think it was an alternator issue. 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Washington, United States
Dec 2015 - Aug 2016
Dec 2015

174000 mi

US $675
radiator, thermostat, water pump 
Aug 2016

176000 mi
Engine was overheating and bubbles forming in coolant. Coolant temp sensor and thermostat were OK. Auto technicians concluded most likely cause was a blown head gasket. Possibly damaged head. Problem can be a "can of worms", not worth it 
Toyota RAV4 in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

80000 mi

US $1400
exhaust system completely rusted out 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

269000 mi

US $670
Front struts "dead." Rode like a Go Kart. Replaced struts (& shocks) rides like new. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

72000 mi

US $30
One headlight bulb was burned out- I replaced both halogen bulbs. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2011

52000 mi

US $100
Replaced faulty front passenger door lock solenoid. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Sep 2013
Aug 2012

157640 mi

C $600
front wheel bearings changed-shimmy Struts we changed- shocks inefficient over dips and pot holes 
Dec 2012

161200 mi

C $260
Both headlight assemblies changed. 
Feb 2013

163900 mi

C $1400
-20 and car would not start -CAA attempted boost but melted a bat terminal-towed to dealer - bat and alt replaced. They also blew control card for auto start which I replaced myself. 
Toyota RAV4 in Chile
Feb 2010 - Oct 2011
Sep 2011

65100 mi
ECU computer failed to shift gears when needed. Could no longer use automatic drive gear. Had to use 2nd. Had to give a jolt of acceleration pedal to enter into reverse. Aprox $4000 to repair here in Chile. I will trade-in without repair. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

27000 mi

US $45
Gas tank heat shield rusted loose and was hitting the drive shaft. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2018
Jun 2014

125000 mi

US $600
Catalytic Converter needed to be replaced 
Jun 2016

150000 mi

US $50
Windowow fell off track. Put back on track. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

US $125
Replaced bank 1 sensor 1 air/fuel (O2) sensor 
May 2015

271300 mi
leaky transfer case. Cause unknown. Repair/replace too expensive. 
Nov 2015

286000 mi

US $321
Evap code and stalling after fueling. Replaced Evap canister and vent valve 
Mar 2016

297000 mi

US $50
replaced sway bar - strut links 
May 2016

302000 mi

US $450
Fuel pump to correct sluggish starting 
Aug 2016

309300 mi
replaced rear brake pads, caliper, and rotor 
Jun 2017

333000 mi

US $10
Replaced radiator cap 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2015
Mar 2015

118420 mi

C $600
Left front wheel bearing was noisy 
Toyota RAV4 in Missouri, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2011
Oct 2010

124000 mi

US $420
coil for #3 cylinder went bad 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

Toyota RAV4 in France
Sep 2012 - Sep 2016
Feb 2014

85340 mi
Accessory belt with pulley bearings 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Toyota RAV4 in Philippines
May 2011 - Mar 2013
Aug 2012

35220 mi
car wont start, weak horns and lights 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Germany
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Aug 2009

44640 mi
Rusty bubbles on the back end of engine hood - on the lower side, just in front of the windscreen. Dealers claims never having seen this before. Car is used for long distance tours mainly, in-between sitting in the garage and waiting for weeks ... 
Aug 2012

57540 mi
Service personnel had performed A/C service and maybe fogotten to refit the drain pipe - so the floor got suckes full with water, car had to get stripped and dried out. Additional: MIL light came on Additional: 1 tire hit by wire 
Mar 2015

66960 mi

Replaced Battery Fixed temp gauge 
Jun 2015

68200 mi
Temp gauge had to be fixed again, turned out to be a plug connector which had not been fixed properly. 
Nov 2015

70060 mi

Back left window shook its trim loose - fixed by glueing (?) 
Oct 2017

79360 mi

AC had lost a third of its content after 13 years... 

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