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2009 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 121 repairs.
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2009 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (63%)

Chart based on 98 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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2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Nov 2010 - Mar 2017
Dec 2010

9300 mi

C $80
Hose off cat converter 
Dec 2011

14880 mi

C $580
Would not start but battery good. They said they couldn't find anything wrong, said it might have been key fob transmitter but it was working fine now. 
May 2014

22320 mi

C $500
Water pump leaking, required replacement 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2016
Feb 2012

58200 mi
Transmission whine & deteriorating shift quality. Drain & fill fluid 2x (myself) - it was very dark and definitely burnt. Took to Toyota. Toyota service:TSB 0192-10 phase 1 (replace engine mounts) of 2 (2nd is trans swap) 
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $10
What Toyota calls "EFI Service", cleaned throttle body (air filter was still fine), and seafoam in fuel & through brake booster vacuum line. Cured slightly rough idle 
Jul 2013

83000 mi
Water pump replaced under extended warranty 
Oct 2013

88700 mi
Oxygen sensor replaced 
Apr 2014

95800 mi
Squeaking noise.. First trip, belt was replaced. on 2nd trip, Toyota actually diagnosed it as bad tensioner pulley.. Alternator replaced under extended warranty 
Apr 2015

120800 mi
P0137 bank 1 sensor 2. They replaced o2 sensor (again - 2nd time within year and a half replace this sensor ). They insist there is not some other issue causing o2 sensor to fail 
Jun 2016

161000 mi
Steering rack and pinion and intermediate shaft are failing and need replacement Front struts need replacement (another Toyota dealership supposedly replaced front struts about 2 years ago, but the mechanic at the current dealership said the struts appeared to be the original ones that came on the car) Front control arms need replacement from worn/failing bushings 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2013
Aug 2012

27800 mi
excessive movement of passenger side front control arm due to excessive movement which would caused uneven braking..caused by premature wear of control arm 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2016
Mar 2012

27000 mi
The light went out in the rear door. Dealership replaced for free. 
Nov 2014

43000 mi

US $800
front strut assembly front stabilizer bar control 
Mar 2015

45000 mi

US $300
Replaced rear O2 sensor 

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2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2016
Mar 2010

6000 mi
#2 fuel/air ratio sensor bad. dealer ordered and replaced sensor 
Dec 2010

14000 mi
Indications: engine trouble light, plus vehicle stability light and 4-wd light. Replaced mass air flow sensor 
Dec 2011

22000 mi
Radio display scrambled, system locked on several cold mornings. TSB 00852-10 applied and entire audio unit replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2015

52000 mi

US $100
Radio display unit gave scrambled display.rnSecond time for this same problem. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Nov 2016
Jun 2010

6200 mi
AM/FM radio reception disappeared, although XM/CD worked. Radio replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Jan 2010 - Jan 2017
Aug 2011

43000 mi

US $491
ABS/4WD/Trac lights on. Right/Front wheel speed sensor wires cut or chewed. Wheel speed sensor replaced 
Sep 2013

86000 mi

US $325
Rear shocks leaking and replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2010 - May 2016
Apr 2011

37820 mi
Bearing changed 
Toyota RAV4 in Vermont, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2017
Feb 2014

62000 mi
Water pump bearing failure, a seemingly common problem with 2006-2009 V6 RAV4's. 
May 2014

66100 mi
Coolant level dropping - cooling system checked, no leaks found. 
Dec 2015

81000 mi

US $450
Both front struts leaking - replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Sep 2016
Jun 2012

52700 mi
some oil valve malfunctioning. 
Nov 2014

90520 mi

C $550
engine chk light, awd light and other light on. 
Sep 2016

121520 mi

C $3000
cylinder head gasket leaking 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Oct 2013
Mar 2012

62000 mi
lower steering assembly was replaced due to clunking during a tight turn 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2017
Jun 2009

1361.0 mi
Flat tire. Brake booster diagnosis and hood flutter. Hood flutter. 
Sep 2009

3059.0 mi

US $36
Flat tire 
May 2010

11556.0 mi
Windshield Rattle and Brake booster 
Jul 2010

13138.0 mi
Headliner, passenger door rattle 
Aug 2010

13393.0 mi
Headliner, passenger door rattle Passenger door rattle 
Sep 2010

13772.0 mi
Headliner, passenger door rattle 
Oct 2010

14406.0 mi
Squeaky dashboard while turning left or right. Dealer attempted to modify welds in the front fender. Passenger door rattle 
Jun 2011

19000 mi
Bumper clips missing from previous repairs. 
Oct 2011

22873.0 mi
A-pillar cowl falling off. 
Nov 2011

23125.0 mi
A-Pillar Cowl Replacement 
Jul 2013

42500 mi
Replaced passenger a-pillar cowl - it was falling off. Had been removed during earlier repairs. 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
May 2009 - Apr 2014
Feb 2013

85400 mi

C $975
Whining sound heard in the back. Had to replace the magnet (solenoid) in the rear differential. Right where the driving shaft connects to the diff. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2016
Jul 2015

80000 mi

US $250
AWD system malfunction. 4WD light stayed on. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2009 - Apr 2017
Mar 2011

35340 mi
Auto headlight sensor stopped working after taking in for a glovebox repair (glovebox button broken from a previous break-in theft). Suspect this previous glovebox repair was the cause but Toyota could not confirm 
Jul 2013

73960 mi

C $50
A-frame pillars (covering side airbags) on driver and passenger side kept poping out. Clips replaced for $50, but did not prevent the problem from re-occuring on one side. Had since returned and 'had clips adjusted' but failed again 
Sep 2014

93000 mi

C $300
A-frame pillars on driver and passenger side replaced after previous attempts to replace just clips failed to keep pillars locked in place 
Dec 2015

110980 mi

C $700
Front left bearing noise. Dealer quoted >$1000, private shop ~700 
Toyota RAV4 in Montana, United States
Jan 2009 - Jan 2017
Oct 2014

20000 mi

US $760
R&R water pump 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2013
Sep 2010

28000 mi

US $500
electronic fuel injector(s) were dirty. Flushed and cleaned. 
Toyota RAV4 in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

US $200
Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2009 - Dec 2014
Jun 2011

42160 mi
leaking axle seal. Both seals replaced under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Oklahoma, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

52000 mi
Transmission whine. Replaced transmission with rebuilt honed transmission to eliminate whine. Covered by service bulletin under warranty. No charge to me. 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

73000 mi

US $483
A whining hum noise starting at 45mph. Diagnosed as bad wheel bearing. R&R left rear wheel bearing. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2009 - Apr 2014
Jun 2010

7440 mi
Did not like how gas pedal felt after recall was done (the shim made the gas pedal harder to press). Had dealer replace entire gas pedal assembly with new redesigned one and it feels responsive again and not hard to push. 
Toyota RAV4 in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

45000 mi
Rear viscous coupler replacement 

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2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Mar 2014

92000 mi

US $350
Oxygen Sensor replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Maryland, United States
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

48700 mi

US $355
A/C blows hot. All the subsystems like compressor, sensors, wiring, fuses, relays and refrigerants are OK, Replaced amplifier assembly at $355 with no improvement 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2013 - Oct 2016
Oct 2015

130820 mi

C $1800
Seized calipers and worn pads 
Apr 2016

137640 mi
Windshield wiper linkage broke 
Toyota RAV4 in Alabama, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

54000 mi
The A/C compressor and A/C amplifier had to be replaced. I had the extended warr so I didn't have to pay the $3k repair bill. I'll caveat this bc the car had been in an accident (2 mths prior) but they couldn't be certain it was related. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alabama, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2017
Mar 2015

81000 mi
Limited Service Campaiogn (LSC) install Smart Stop Technology Upgrade 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

19300 mi

US $43
Water Pump leaking 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2016
Dec 2014

75000 mi

US $200
Battery replaced at dealer suggestion. 
Jul 2015

85000 mi

US $1600
Cartridge replaced in emissions system 
Aug 2015

85800 mi

US $1600
Brakes engaged while driving. Had vehicle towed. All calipers and rotors had to be replaced, brake fluid replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Arizona, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2015
Nov 2014

151000 mi

US $220
Bearing on water pump failing. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Aug 2016
Sep 2012

41000 mi
My CD player would not take in a CD to play. It was covered under warranty and it's a good thing it was because the radio is valued at $1400!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Aug 2016

76000 mi
Both sway bar ends broken. Estimate to fix was $600+. Traded to newer Rav4. 

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2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2017
Sep 2012

66000 mi

US $8
Noise when starting vehicle - mechanic inspected vehicle, found bearing bad in water pump. Replaced water pump under extended warranty. Grinding/rattle noise when cold-starting car. Determined the problem was in the exhaust cam (per TSB). Replace exhaust cam gear. Did not fix problem. Replace intake cam gear (per another TSB). Grinding noise gone. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
Apr 2016

130200 mi
Vehicle has design defect in which rear wheel alignment can not be adjusted to specification. 
Mar 2017

148000.0 mi

US $380
Replace front brake rotors and pads 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2016
Mar 2014

186000 mi

US $40
U joints worn out requiring drive shaft replacement 
Sep 2014

203000 mi
differential seal leak 
Dec 2014

209000 mi
front differential needs replacement 
Mar 2015

216000 mi

US $250
wheel rim rusted through; first time in 30 years I've ever had a problem with a Toyota wheel 
Mar 2016

250000 mi
seal leaking. replaced fluid. will require major repair at some point. 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

72540 mi
Replace the short block 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Aug 2016 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

US $100
Camshaft timing gear was replaced due to rattle on cold start up. Would have been 2k if not for warranty (after market). There is a TSB out for it from Toyota, found it myself 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2012
Sep 2010

10000.0 mi
Jacking point at rear of vehicle that is specified in owners manual bent inward/collapsed when attempting to raise vehicle to rotate tires. 
Toyota RAV4 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Nov 2008 - Oct 2012
Aug 2011

35340 mi
Rear glass replaced, problem with defroster. 
Toyota RAV4 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2013
Mar 2011

51000 mi
Brought car in for an oil change and they replaced the water pump which they said had a leak. I never saw a leak. It was covered under the original warranty 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Feb 2015

46120 mi
Replace suspension arm - Warranty. Left rear axle seal replaced.... Extended Warranty. 
Feb 2016

62000 mi

C $140
Both horns needed to be replace as the horn stopped working. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2014 - Mar 2017
Oct 2014

58900 mi
In May 2014 paint started peeling on the roof, just above the windshield, ahead of the sunroof. This has not been repaired, as I have contacted Toyota's Head Office and they are unwilling to repair it. Have seen another white 2009 RAV4 with same. 
Nov 2014

59800 mi

C $228
Rear differential pinion seal. Replaced rear pinion seal. 
Dec 2014

62000 mi
Leaky shock on the rear right. Both rear shocks were replaced by my mechanic. 
May 2015

66960 mi

C $987
Roof of vehicle between front windshield and sunroof, the paint started peeling over 1 year ago, down to the primer and Toyota did nothing to help resolve the issue, so I took my vehicle to a body shop for the repair. 
Feb 2016

76880 mi

C $230
Engine light, 4wd light and traction control light came on all at once. Mechanic had to diagnose and replace oxygen sensor. 
Oct 2016

85120 mi
Rear left caliper had seized. Rear brake pads, rotors and left caliper were replaced, system was bled out, tires were rotated and inspected and an oil, lube and filter was done. I asked dealership to check a clunking noise in back end and they try to blame the noise on recent work done by my mechanic. I found the clunking noise problem, nothing to do with my mechanics work. It was a tool kit within a compartment. 
Dec 2016

87420 mi

C $165
Battery died and had mechanic replace it. 
Feb 2017

89280 mi

C $40
Had plug for rear differential replaced. Probably wore out from checking fluid over the years. Toyota Dealership could not find cause of previous noise. My mechanic had to tighten rear-end mount, which solved the noise problem. 
Toyota RAV4 in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

41000 mi
Battery was no longer holding a charge. 
May 2014

49000 mi
Water pump showed signs of leakage when dealer completed oil change. Water pump was replaced for free under the limited powertrain warranty. 
Jun 2015

56000 mi
Water pump that was previously replaced under warranty 12 mo. ago was defective and was replaced again. No charge - still under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

4960 mi
right rear shock leaking, replaced under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2016
Jul 2014

54000 mi
Oxygen Sensor (Lower) 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2017
Aug 2016

27300 mi

US $28
splash shield under car needed to be re-clipped with 6 clips. 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2008 - Oct 2016
Feb 2011

19840 mi
Water pump was found leaking. Replaced under original factory warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2015
Oct 2012

37500 mi

US $3
Replaces map light light bulb, it burned out 
Apr 2013

46000 mi

US $50
Replaced upper steering shaft due to clunking noise 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

66460 mi
rear brake service to clean corrosion off rotors and free up calipers 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Mar 2017
May 2013

41420 mi
A noise was evident in one of the front shock assemblies. Replaced under Toyota's used certified warranty. 
Jan 2014

45260 mi

C $90
All four tires on car had slow leak. Tires removed, rims cleaned and tires remounted. 
May 2014

47120 mi

C $220
Car would not start or would barely start. Battery replaced. Now starting normally. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2012 - Aug 2013
Apr 2013

31200 mi
Dead battery 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2012 - Mar 2017
Sep 2013

61380 mi

C $80
Air intake hose was loose, which resulted in the Check Engine light. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

142000 mi

US $2300
warranty work rear diff viscous coupling replaced steering rack vibration when driving between 35and45. vibration has grown much worse recently. dealer could not identify source-suggested new tires and rims. I had them replace the lifetime ATF fluid - they did not want to - vibration is now very small 

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