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2012 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 50 repairs.
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2012 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (2%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (62%)

Chart based on 45 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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2012 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota RAV4 in Arizona, United States
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
Dec 2016

49000 mi

US $120
Ordered used Fuel Vapor Charcoal canister. Check engine light stays on and LSD light is flashing. I replaced the canister myself. That repaired the issue. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2017
Jan 2013

9000 mi
Hood latch was out of adjustment. Hood moved up and down 1/2" while driving on the highway. 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2017
Oct 2014

24300 mi

US $300
Hard crank, barely started 
Sep 2017

44000 mi

US $120
Battery died. After shopping around, went to Costco and bought one, installed it. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2015 - Sep 2017
May 2017

52700 mi

C $1100
Tapping sound in right front of engine for about two weeks got worse. Bearings gone in water pump. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Michigan, United States
Mar 2015 - Sep 2017
Jul 2015

54300 mi

US $50
Passenger rear seat moves and squeaks under normal driving when nobody is in it. Full repair cost $475 but we paid $50 with the CPO warranty. Issue still remains.... 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2017
Sep 2014

30000 mi
shock leaks-replaced shock 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2016 - Feb 2017
Jul 2016

41620 mi

C $135
Positive Terminal highly corroded. Replaced battery and terminal 
Nov 2016

45260 mi

C $78
Transmission slipping between 2 & 3. Toyota warranty replaced entire transmission. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2017
Jan 2017

40000 mi

US $171
Replace failing battery 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Mar 2015 - Sep 2017
Mar 2017

50000 mi

US $400
replaced front brakes 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017
Jun 2016

34100 mi

C $400
Rear shocks were leaking. Replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2017
Apr 2017

42000 mi
oil leak, timing chain gasket covered under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2016
May 2013

5300 mi
Replaced stone guard on left rear door area. The stone guard was improperly applied with air bubbles under it. As the winter progressed road salt got in the pockets and started to lift the guard. 
Jun 2014

20000 mi
Lumbar rod improperly positioned in front of lumbar support, repositioned to behind support. 
Aug 2014

21000 mi
Rattles in rear compartment and center consul. 
Jun 2015

33000 mi
Replaced drivers seat cushion and cover, premature collapse.  Installed center dash rattle kit. Lubed sun roof for squeak. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2017
Sep 2016

44000 mi

US $150
Battery went while we were on vacation. Had AAA come out and replace battery. 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2012 - Sep 2017
Dec 2015

39060 mi
rear differential was leaking oil, passenger side seal was changed under warranty 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Mar 2012 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

6180 mi
Rattle from console 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2017
Apr 2014

16000 mi
Engine losing coolant as indicated in the reservoir. Exactly the same issue I had with my 2006 RAV4 Limited V-6 engine; you can smell coolant after driving and then parking in the garage. Dealer topped off coolant reservoir. 
Mar 2017

51000 mi
Removed and replaced transmission under warranty for transmission noise TSB. Dealer had replaced transmission a month earlier but it had a bad seal which caused a leak. Dealer pulled transmission, replaced factory seal, and reinstalled. No issues since. Noise gone. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Jul 2017
Jul 2015

24800 mi
Front brakes pads, rotors and callipers, rear brakes, rotor and pads. 
Jul 2017

45880 mi

C $165
Four brakes and rotors were worn, repaired under parts warranty, repair cost is just labour. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Georgia (nation)
Jul 2013 - Sep 2017
Aug 2017

35340 mi

$220
Driver side air conditioning was not working. This was after I had the recall service done to the car at the same dealer. Of course they Denied they did anything wrong. They did a complete re-charge and added dye. I recently had the AC inspected there are no leaks and it is full so I’m still suspicious the dealer did something. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Jan 2014

C $77
the indicator light for engine and auto LSD came on. Took it in to the dealer, no major problem, but I needed a new fuel sensor. 
May 2014

10540 mi
Engine sensor replaced. at no cost under waranty 
Toyota RAV4 in South Carolina, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2017
May 2017

52000 mi

US $350
water pump replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

53000 mi
The head gasket had a leak. The dealer made the repairs under power-train warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Puerto Rico
Jan 2013 - Mar 2017
Mar 2016

39000 mi

US $98
Replace Dead battery 
Apr 2016

39700 mi
Replaced rear shock absorber, both were leaking grease. 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2015 - Sep 2017
May 2017

50840 mi

C $866
02 sensor and MAF sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
May 2017 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

51460 mi
Oxygen sensor replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

66000 mi

US $425
A normal brake job on the front axel was done at about 56000 miles. By an independent shop. Only Front rotors were turned. New OEM pads were installed on the front axel only. All brake lines flushed with new brake fluid. Original pads on rear axel are 10/32 inch (about) 80 percent good. 
Toyota RAV4 in Texas, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

38500 mi

US $2
Rare view mirror fell off, just glued it back. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Dec 2014
May 2013

13020 mi
hand brake was not holding and the pedal seemed soft 
Dec 2014

32240 mi
wheel bearing replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2012 - Sep 2017
Sep 2012

3720 mi
Actuator motor in HVAC failed. 
Oct 2012

3920 mi
It took two trips to the dealer and almost two months to get the right part in, but the HVAC actuator is fixed now. Took all day to do the work as well once they got the right motor. 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2012 - Oct 2016
Jun 2012

2000 mi
Twice the engine has revved up to 6-7k then died. It would start correctly the next time. The dealer did verify that I did have a high rev but said it was much lower than that. 
Sep 2014

27000 mi
(4 Trips) - Asked what I could do about the mirror swivel corrosion issue. End result after 4 trips they installed a new mirror. "A one time good faith" thing I was told. I never did get an answer and the passenger side is also corroding. 
Apr 2016

47800 mi

US $100
Added a transmission cooler 
Toyota RAV4 in Trinidad and Tobago
Aug 2011 - Sep 2014
Feb 2012

1640 mi
Problem with the radio volume controls (both steering mounted and the knob on the unit). 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

26500 mi
driver side window was scraping, dealer re tightened screws 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2016 - Jul 2017
Aug 2016

74100 mi
AC recharge 
Jul 2017

81000 mi

US $200
replaced brake pads 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Jul 2017
Oct 2016

48980 mi

C $360
Rear shock absorbers leaking, excessive body roll when cornering 

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