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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 4,347 problems for their cars built in the 20 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Toyota RAV4. The 2007 Toyota RAV4 cars have the most problems reported (792 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota RAV4

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 RAV4
53
  1997 RAV4
58
  1998 RAV4
85
  1999 RAV4
64
  2000 RAV4
29
  2001 RAV4
367
  2002 RAV4
592
  2003 RAV4
319
  2004 RAV4
94
  2005 RAV4
61
  2006 RAV4
612
  2007 RAV4
792
  2008 RAV4
383
  2009 RAV4
247
  2010 RAV4
246
  2011 RAV4
118
  2012 RAV4
106
  2013 RAV4
97
  2014 RAV4
20
  2015 RAV4
1

  Common problems of Toyota RAV4

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Toyota RAV4 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (874 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (586 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota RAV4

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Toyota RAV4 to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. In order to compare the reliability across RAV4 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000

Where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota RAV4 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The result is shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across RAV4 Model Years

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  1996 RAV4   53 / 56,709   19
0.05
  1997 RAV4   58 / 67,489   18
0.05
  1998 RAV4   85 / 64,990   17
0.08
  1999 RAV4   64 / 57,138   16
0.07
  2000 RAV4   29 / 53,777   15
0.04
  2001 RAV4   367 / 86,368   14
0.30
  2002 RAV4   592 / 86,601   13
0.53
  2003 RAV4   319 / 73,204   12
0.36
  2004 RAV4   94 / 70,314   11
0.12
  2005 RAV4   61 / 70,518   10
0.09
  2006 RAV4   612 / 152,047   9
0.45
  2007 RAV4   792 / 172,752   8
0.57
  2008 RAV4   383 / 137,020   7
0.40
  2009 RAV4   247 / 149,088   6
0.28
  2010 RAV4   246 / 170,877   5
0.29
  2011 RAV4   118 / 132,237   4
0.22
  2012 RAV4   106 / 171,877   3
0.21

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of Toyota RAV4 is to use the number of problems reported during the vehicles' first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  1996 Toyota RAV4
11
  1997 Toyota RAV4
5
  1998 Toyota RAV4
20
  1999 Toyota RAV4
5
  2000 Toyota RAV4
7
  2001 Toyota RAV4
46
  2002 Toyota RAV4
19
  2003 Toyota RAV4
10
  2004 Toyota RAV4
10
  2005 Toyota RAV4
6
  2006 Toyota RAV4
91
  2007 Toyota RAV4
55
  2008 Toyota RAV4
24
  2009 Toyota RAV4
58
  2010 Toyota RAV4
98
  2011 Toyota RAV4
30
  2012 Toyota RAV4
31
  2013 Toyota RAV4
56
  2014 Toyota RAV4
17



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