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2011 Toyota RAV4 repairs by problem area

Engine (10%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (20%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (14%)

Chart based on 100 repairs.
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2011 Toyota RAV4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (52%)

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Chart based on 75 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Toyota RAV4

Engine not specified

Toyota RAV4 in Arizona, United States
May 2017 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

34000 mi

US $3000
Transaxle leak noticed during an oil change. No warning, no engine light. Wouldn't have known until all the fluid was gone. We took it right away to the Toyota dealership that did the repair for $3,000. No longer felt safe in this car, replaced it. 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Oklahoma, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

7000 mi

US $50
have been out of town each time "low tire pressure" warning light comes on. Now it is on full time. I will return to the dealer and get repaired once I am in my home town for a few consecutive days. 
Mar 2012

17000 mi
reset TPMS 
Aug 2012

25100 mi

US $200
nearly every time I have tires removed for rotation, flat tire (have had 3 incidents, comprising 2 different tires) - a bolt breaks when lug nut is removed. Firestone was last shop car in - they suggested replacing multiple lugs. 
Dec 2012

28000 mi
Battery died - still under warranty. Replacement required - no charge. 
May 2013

31200 mi

US $59
found one lug missing on each of back tires today while doing tire rotation. 
Jan 2018

88000 mi

US $350
Brakes - cannot remember exact issue - mechanic assured me it was a normal wear and tear. First noticed as a noise, then eventually could feel a slight vibration in steering wheel. I think I let it go too long, oops.???? 
Apr 2018

92000 mi

US $200
Replaced battery. Called out AAA to jump car, and battery tested low with a cell or two depleted. I think i’d been leaving an interior light on...oops 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

269-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in New Hampshire, United States
May 2017 - Nov 2017
Aug 2017

84000 mi

US $200
Technician dropped the transmission pan to examine for shavings and replaced all fluid 
Oct 2017

84000 mi
The selling dealer inspecting same work done at Hurlbert to confirm transaxle whine and follow up to Toyota Corp 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
Mar 2016

50000 mi

US $228
Leaking right rear shock absorber 
Toyota RAV4 in Oregon, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

62000 mi
Whine from rear diff, dealer installed noise insulation pads to decrease noise. Noise decreased to insignificant but not inaudible levels Recall for sear belt repair Wiper linkage recall 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2013

16000 mi
Heater takes FOREVER to put out heat when weather is cold, and fan must be run on high to adequately heat cabin. Dealer could not find a problem. In troubleshooting he left the cover off the cabin air filter, jamming glovebox open. 
Toyota RAV4 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2016 - Oct 2017
Oct 2017

65100 mi

C $460
Replace both parking brake cables as they are jammed. 
Toyota RAV4 in Nevada, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2018
Nov 2014

25000 mi
shock absorber (leaking) 
Aug 2017

50000 mi

US $600
Rear engine mounts (n=2) cracked. 
Toyota RAV4 in Washington, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

56000 mi

US $400
Replaced front pads and rotors 
Toyota RAV4 in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012
Apr 2011

8300 mi
Bluetooth quit working Rattle from passenger seat belt adjuster 
Aug 2011

10000 mi
New radio ordered and installed.  Seat belt tensioners replaced. 
Toyota RAV4 in Georgia, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Feb 2015

40700 mi

US $300
replaced 02 Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

55000 mi

US $360
Dash warning lights; ABS, DSC, Brake. Next day, added Check engine, and 4wd. Happened twice, none since then. Dealer recommended replacing a $2140 brake actuator part. Would have to wait 7 to 10 days to receive the part. Express shipping NA. 
Aug 2016

56700 mi

US $250
Initial troubleshooting by Stevens Creek Toyota inadequate! Used independent Toyota shop in Chico who diagnosed problem caused by faulty Brake relay. 
Dec 2017

69516 mi

US $275
Replaced worn rear shock absorbers. 
Jan 2018

71000 mi

US $400
Replaced worn front struts. 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota RAV4 in Maryland, United States
Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
Jun 2016

58000 mi

US $100
Rear brake pads bound in caliper, causing uneven premature wear and damaged rear disks. Replaced pads and disks. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

48000 mi

US $11
I replaced the right front headlight (low beam). 
Toyota RAV4 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

71920 mi

C $115
replaced receiver door control with used part 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

89700 mi

US $1400
"Check engine", 4WD, traction lights came on. Dealer said "water in evap system"; couldn't explain what or why this occurred, but said 4WD wouldn't work unless we did repair. Were on a long trip, so we agreed to the repair. 
Toyota RAV4 in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

52000 mi

US $175
rear shocks 
Toyota RAV4 in Maryland, United States
Aug 2016 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

139000 mi

US $600
Struts 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2014
Jun 2013

67000 mi

US $250
One rear shock absorber was leaking 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

5000 mi
As delivered the parking brake would not hold the car if there was even a shallow slope. Dealer re-adjusted the parking brake to specification and solved the problem 
May 2013

32000 mi

US $160
Left rear shock absorber leaked most of the oil out. Right rear shock also starting to leak. Dealer did not alert us (during Toyota care) before 24K/24Mo. warranty expired. 
Toyota RAV4 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2014 - Jul 2018
Nov 2017

46000 mi

US $50
Replaced front disk brake pads 
Toyota RAV4 in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2012

2000 mi
Heated leather seats (non factory) were installed prior to delivery. After checking out the rear seat middle passenger seat belt, it was not working. Dealer installed bolt to secure the belt and insure working order. 
Toyota RAV4 in Illinois, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2018
Mar 2015

48000 mi
Oxygen sensor 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

106000 mi

US $1300
Fluid change. Fluid change. Pads and two rotors. Throttle body cleaning. 
Apr 2018

129000 mi

US $750
Alternator and belt replaced 

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2011 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

86000 mi

US $350
Rear brakes and rotors 
Toyota RAV4 in Manitoba, Canada
Mar 2016 - Jul 2018
Mar 2016

54560 mi

C $250
Rear right side axle seal leak 
Jul 2017

68200 mi

C $1800
Faulty AC compressor. 
Toyota RAV4 in Florida, United States
Apr 2015 - Oct 2017
Oct 2016

56300 mi

US $300
Rear shocks replacement after they started leaking. 
Toyota RAV4 in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2017 - May 2017
May 2017

80000 mi

US $535
Coil injector #4 died, replaced spark plugs as well, price included a syn oil change 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Sep 2018
Dec 2016

58900 mi

C $200
Battery changed 
May 2018

71300 mi

C $550
Front pads, rotors replaced 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2011 - Aug 2017
Feb 2012

1020 mi
Cig Lighter power outlet. Became detached after using with some very tight male power plugs. 
Mar 2012

1860 mi
Pass door slightly hard to close have given up trying to get it successfully repaired. 
Nov 2014

21080 mi
Very infrequently, when turning on the AC this past summer, the AC emitted and continued to emit hot air rather than cold. The dealer could not reproduce or find the problem in shop. Definitely happened a few times but unable to diagnose. 
Nov 2015

28380 mi

C $400
Rear shocks leaking - replaced R & R Transmission, Reseal side cover (leaking) 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2013
Jan 2012

6300 mi
Zero point calibration needed to be performed, as all air bag lights were tripped. This is an occaisional issue on Toyotas that may not be set up correctly from the factory. 
Toyota RAV4 in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2013

9200 mi
Radio unit would occasionally display unreadable characters. To clear the problem required the car to be shut off and power down radio unit. Dealer replaced unit. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Oct 2018
Dec 2013

25420 mi
Started vehicle, foot on brake, engine immediately revved to 6,000 RPM+ and stayed there until I turned vehicle off. Next start attempt OK. A week later, same thing. Took to dealer concerned about "unintended acceleration". Nothing found. 
Toyota RAV4 in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2011 - Nov 2017
Feb 2014

33160 mi
leaky seal. 
Jul 2014

35320 mi
whining tranny when hitting 60 kms/hr humming noise takes over road noise 
Oct 2014

39040 mi
tranny whinining from 40 to 60 kms/hrs and engine rpm at 1200 approx. Noise became cabin invasive. Extended warranty covered work to get a new transmission. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2012
May 2011

6200 mi
Blutooth microphone did not function since delivery. Device was a port-installed accessory (included on factory window sticker but a 3rd party part.) New bluetooth microphone arrived and was installed. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Apr 2018
Jun 2011

1860 mi
AC compressor faulty, no AC at all Air conditioning stopped working, car is just over a month old. Dealer claims it is the compressor. 
Jan 2013

21080 mi

C $90
Transmission failed to engage in drive or reverse when cold. Dealer says the transmission needs replacement. Transmission failed to engage when cold, transmission replaced. Dealer rushed repair to save on rental costs, returned vehicle out of alignment and with loose steering components. Returned vehicle for follow up repairs. 
Nov 2013

33480 mi
Rear differential seals leaking, deal replaced both seals. Problem might be due to poor design, differential vent becomes plugged (under seemingly normal conditions) and does not vent pressure resulting in blown seals. 
Dec 2013

34100 mi
Rear door latch would not close when cold, dealer replaced latch mechanism. 
May 2014

40920 mi
Front struts were leaking, dealer replaced both struts. Rear differential seal blown. Front windshield stress crack through heating element. Dealer would not cover glass despite evidence of manufacturer defect (stress due to heating element). 
Jun 2014

41540 mi
Rear differential seals blown again. 
Apr 2015

56300 mi
Strut bearing plate and bushings worn / damaged. They declined at first, cost would be $850. I went through CAMVAP and Toyota agreed to cover it, it is scheduled for repair this week. Strut bearing plate / bushing was replaced, and it wasn't the issue. I had them look at the sway bar linkages (which is what I had originally brought the vehicle in for) and it turns out they were the issue. 
Jun 2015

58900 mi
Rear shock replaced, leaking oil. Dealer inspected due to noise in rear of vehicle. Noise is still present after repair. 
Oct 2015

68200 mi
Rear shock mounting plate separated from hub. Same shock recently repaired, dealer did not fasten bolts properly. Dismounted shock and mount damaged rear axle and multilink suspension. Rear wheel bearings developed play and noise. Could be related to extensive damaged caused by shock mount failure at highway speeds. 
Jun 2017

93000 mi

C $200
Front and rear oxygen sensors replaced, only front was faulty but system was reporting rear sensor code. Windows stuck open, extensive troubleshooting showed normal wiring and switches, all fuses and relays okay. Manually rolled up each window using small battery and wiring harness. Resetting the ECU seemed to clear the problem (disconnecting battery) although no codes were present. 
Apr 2018

119040 mi

C $200
Replaced rear shocks Replaced driver side cv axle due to outer boot failure. Toyota wanted $750 for axle and $180 for boot kit. Found aftermarket axle for $140. 
Toyota RAV4 in Delaware, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2014
Feb 2012 Driver's seat was broken 
May 2012

5600 mi
The driver seat moves slightly and makes noise when braking and accelerating. The service manager told me "that's how they are" and then offered to show my another new 2011 that he claimed did the same thing. 
Toyota RAV4 in Colorado, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2014
Jun 2012

52000 mi
Faulty CD Player Replaced with New unit. 
Toyota RAV4 in New York, United States
Nov 2013 - Sep 2017
Jan 2014

21000 mi
2 oxygen sensors went bad, first bank 1 sensor 2 then a few days later bank 1 sensor 1. Both were replaced under warranty at no cost. 
Jun 2015

41000 mi
I found a nice puddle of water on the driver's side floor mat, and discovered the AC hose drain was clogged. I blew it out with some compressed air, and dried out the carpet. I found a nice puddle of water on the driver's side floor mat, and discovered the AC hose drain was clogged. I blew it out with some compressed air, and dried out the carpet. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2014

29000 mi
Just purchased car. Discovered a couple minor exterior flaws. Dealer repaired at no cost to me. 
Oct 2017

56000 mi

US $450
Fog light bulb Rear stabilizer bar. Made clunking noise, driveable 
Toyota RAV4 in Ohio, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2015
Nov 2014

31300 mi
TPS monitor light was on but no low tires. Took it to the dealer to schedule a repair. They asked if I checked the spare. Oops. They filled the spare and the light went off. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Jun 2017
Dec 2016

55800 mi
Logging a transmission whine sound. 
Toyota RAV4 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

46500 mi

C $50
Rear differential vent was seized. Part was replaced. 
Dec 2017

64480 mi

C $800
Replaced rear shock assembly (leaking). Replaced rear differential vent (seized). 
Apr 2018

69316 mi

C $600
Replaced rear emergency brake cables 
Toyota RAV4 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Jan 2016
Aug 2013

35000 mi
Front, driver door window seal failed to stay in place. Window seal was ordered and took almost two weeks to get into shop. Was replaced in about 2 hours under warranty. 
Toyota RAV4 in Michigan, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2018
Dec 2016

131000 mi

US $280
Oxygen sensor 
May 2017

142000 mi

US $400
Compressor had to be replaced 

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