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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 5,740 problems for their cars built in the 22 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 (1,001 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 RAV4
7
  2016 RAV4
43
  2015 RAV4
96
  2014 RAV4
55
  2013 RAV4
154
  2012 RAV4
218
  2011 RAV4
234
  2010 RAV4
367
  2009 RAV4
314
  2008 RAV4
523
  2007 RAV4
1,001
  2006 RAV4
738
  2005 RAV4
130
  2004 RAV4
155
  2003 RAV4
371
  2002 RAV4
649
  2001 RAV4
384
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
65
  1998 RAV4
86
  1997 RAV4
60
  1996 RAV4
54

  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 (971 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (668 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

RAV4
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2015 96157,0712    
0.31
  2014 55197,1163    
0.09
  2013 154223,9494    
0.17
  2012 218269,6595    
0.16
  2011 234187,7946    
0.21
  2010 367180,6537    
0.29
  2009 314119,4508    
0.33
  2008 523164,3319    
0.35
  2007 1,001181,11210    
0.55
  2006 738114,95311    
0.58
  2005 13076,72112    
0.14
  2004 15577,64313    
0.15
  2003 37177,33414    
0.34
  2002 64996,48915    
0.45
  2001 38487,38316    
0.27
  2000 3444,52517    
0.04

  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
  2017 RAV4
3
  2016 RAV4
41
  2015 RAV4
59
  2014 RAV4
20
  2013 RAV4
63
  2012 RAV4
35
  2011 RAV4
32
  2010 RAV4
99
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
26
  2007 RAV4
57
  2006 RAV4
91
  2005 RAV4
6
  2004 RAV4
10
  2003 RAV4
10
  2002 RAV4
19
  2001 RAV4
47
  2000 RAV4
9
  1999 RAV4
5
  1998 RAV4
20
  1997 RAV4
5
  1996 RAV4
11



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