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2005 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (18%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

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

Other (0%)

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2005 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (23%)

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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.

2005 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2015
Jul 2013

372700 mi

US $200
Original water pump went bad 
Oct 2013

383800 mi

US $250
Right rear parking brake cable froze up and had to be repalaced 
Dec 2013

390000 mi

US $300
Replaced alternator and battery which were orginal 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

102500 mi

US $200
Check Engine light kept coming on, shop replaced intake valve. 
Jun 2017

105000 mi

US $400
Had to replace left and right front sway bar links. Car was rattling for a couple of weeks beforehand. 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Aug 2017
Sep 2015

122140 mi

C $110
Check engine light came on. Mechanic ran diagnostics. needed to replace a fuse Check engine light came on. Gas cap was not sealed. Needed new gas cap and some polishing where the caps mounts onto the fuel tank tube . 
Jun 2017

155000 mi

C $700
Emissons canister needed to be replaced. First time after 12 years and 255K km. Not bad! 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
Mar 2012

73160 mi

C $510
Front ABS system: Pads and Rotors; free play adjustment on pedal; requested slack removal on emergy br. cable..Had to return vehicle to shop on following day for a proper 'pressure line bleed' due to spongy pedal play. 
Nov 2012

84200 mi

C $2100
Clutch slipping badly: In this specific configuration, i.e. allwheel drives require both engine and transaxle to be removed; then clutch separated from transaxle.....had quotes of 14, 17, and 22 hours...full clutch kit,including f/w grind. 
May 2015

103880 mi

C $1600
Replaced Clutch,pilot bearing and steady bearing; 30 months since last clutch job......was done in Regina Sask Canada during a trip from PEI to Vancouver.. 
Toyota RAV4 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jul 2011
Mar 2011

136400 mi

C $179
rattling heat shield fix was removed wheel bearing 
Jun 2011

155620 mi

C $100
passenger side front wheel bearing needed replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Dec 2013
Mar 2010

51460 mi
Control arms and ball joints Front disks, pads, calipers 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Nov 2015
Jun 2012

112000 mi

US $200
replaced water pump 
Sep 2015

196000 mi

US $300
alternator bearing failed 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Jan 2016
Jul 2015

146000 mi

US $146
Front brake caliper on one side was frozen and discovered to cause accelerated brake pad wear when replacing pads/rotors. Replaced caliper and bled brake system. 
Sep 2015

149000 mi

US $135
Front struts were leaking and boots were torn. Independent shop replaced fronts and did 4 wheel alignment. Master brake cylinder was bypassing/leaking internally causing the brake pedal to slowly sink to the floor at stoplights. Replaced master cylinder, bled the system. 
Jan 2016 Worn motor mounts. If I had kept the vehicle I would have changed the motor mounts myself in 6 to 12 months, An intermittent spastic power door lock system that would randomly lock and unlock when parked. I tried to chase down the spastic door locks and took it to a shop who did the same, and we were unable to determine the cause or source of the problem. 
Toyota RAV4 in Texas, United States
Jun 2016 - Oct 2017
Jun 2016

120000 mi

US $200
Alternator failed. Replaced 
Aug 2017

131000 mi

US $200
Replaced oxygen sensor on exhaust manifold. Engine light was on and error code showed bad sensor. Light went off after repair for a period of time them returned. I think its the catalytic converter. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2018
Nov 2008

72000 mi

US $400
One of the cylinder coils had to be replaced. 
Jan 2009

73200 mi

US $300
The driver's side door automatic door lock would not work so I had to take it back to the shop a week after the catalytic converter was replaced. 
Jul 2014

159000 mi

US $350
Alternator and fuse link box had to be replaced--looks like one of the main fuse links burnt and got severed. All electrical quite, car stalled and not driveable. 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

110000 mi
Brake pads were worn to within 2mm of being gone. Brake rotors were below minimum thickness. All were replaced for both the front and rear of the car. 
Toyota RAV4 in Vermont, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

66000 mi

US $500
Exhaust system had a leak due to rusting from salt. We replaced several exhaust components. Also, we needed an alignment, which is included in the figures I am reporting. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2018
Mar 2013

74000 mi

US $30
past few months, after it rains or a car wash,ABS, traction control,stability control warning lights stay lit x2-3 days. During oil change,asked my mechanic to run diagnostic; showed issue, he recommended dealer eval next time time lights on 
Feb 2014

85800 mi

US $375
When I started my car, loud sound from engine, like a vacuum cleaner. Had it towed to my mechanic, who determined alternator failed, replaced. it 
Jun 2016

116000 mi

US $80
had an issue with starting up in the AM, mechanic cleaned the throttle 
Sep 2018

141245 mi

US $90
oil light came on, first time ever since owning the car. Took it in to determine if oil leak. Mechanic said no leak, just burning oil, recommends checking oil more frequently, no other action recommended at this time 
Toyota RAV4 in Washington, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

178000 mi

US $180
Traction control. 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2018
Jun 2018

105000 mi

US $700
Noisy suspension over rough roads 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2013 - Oct 2016
Jan 2016

113300 mi

US $300
Mounts worn on suspension 
Jul 2016

138300 mi

US $500
Tie rod breaking 
Oct 2016

140000 mi

US $400
Mount on AC breaking 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

142366 mi

C $179
engine consumed oil, diagnosis was failed PCV, replaced PCV caliper slider seized, replaced front slider pin engine consumed oil, diagnosis was failed PCV, replaced PCV rear diff vent plugged, replaced rear diff vent 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

115000 mi
Alternator, battery Dead Battery Oil gasket leaking 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

104160 mi

C $500
EXHAUST CATALYCTIC CONVERTER 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

Toyota RAV4 in Ireland
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Sep 2017

84320 mi

€100
Fault P1251,replaced turbo sensor,engine was not ever run properly,i.e. run for years on small slow journeys. After installing new turbo sensor fault was still showing up on high gear, low RPM. I used a bottle of Aceroil in the fuel and ran the entire tank of diesel at high Rpm for several days until gone. It worked! No more engine light for P1251 fault. 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

95000 mi

US $165
The clutch started sticking to the floor of the car, requiring it to be popped back up with my foot. The master cylinder had to be replaced. 

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2005 Toyota RAV4 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

Toyota RAV4 in France
Mar 2014 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

74400 mi

€400
SCV Replacement 
Jun 2014

91760 mi

€2000
dual-mass flywheel & Clutch 

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