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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 5,801 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 (1,009 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 RAV4
9
  2016 RAV4
47
  2015 RAV4
99
  2014 RAV4
57
  2013 RAV4
156
  2012 RAV4
226
  2011 RAV4
236
  2010 RAV4
372
  2009 RAV4
319
  2008 RAV4
533
  2007 RAV4
1,009
  2006 RAV4
742
  2005 RAV4
130
  2004 RAV4
155
  2003 RAV4
371
  2002 RAV4
650
  2001 RAV4
388
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
65
  1998 RAV4
87
  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 (973 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (675 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 99157,0712    
0.32
  2014 57197,1163    
0.10
  2013 156223,9494    
0.17
  2012 226269,6595    
0.17
  2011 236187,7946    
0.21
  2010 372180,6537    
0.29
  2009 319119,4508    
0.33
  2008 533164,3319    
0.36
  2007 1,009181,11210    
0.56
  2006 742114,95311    
0.59
  2005 13076,72112    
0.14
  2004 15577,64313    
0.15
  2003 37177,33414    
0.34
  2002 65096,48915    
0.45
  2001 38887,38316    
0.28
  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
5
  2016 RAV4
42
  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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