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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported a total of 5,982 problems for their cars built in the 22 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota RAV4. The 2007 Toyota RAV4 cars have the most problems reported (1,030 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 RAV4
26
  2016 RAV4
62
  2015 RAV4
107
  2014 RAV4
63
  2013 RAV4
162
  2012 RAV4
240
  2011 RAV4
244
  2010 RAV4
381
  2009 RAV4
328
  2008 RAV4
554
  2007 RAV4
1,030
  2006 RAV4
766
  2005 RAV4
137
  2004 RAV4
158
  2003 RAV4
373
  2002 RAV4
654
  2001 RAV4
394
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
66
  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 (985 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (694 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota RAV4

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota RAV4 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. 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 indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    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 results are 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
  2016 62258,1341    
0.24
  2015 107357,7232    
0.15
  2014 63197,1163    
0.11
  2013 162223,9494    
0.18
  2012 240203,0685    
0.24
  2011 244187,7946    
0.22
  2010 381180,6537    
0.30
  2009 328119,4508    
0.34
  2008 554164,3319    
0.37
  2007 1,030181,11210    
0.57
  2006 766114,95311    
0.61
  2005 13776,72112    
0.15
  2004 15877,64313    
0.16
  2003 37377,33414    
0.34
  2002 65496,48915    
0.45
  2001 39487,38316    
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 the Toyota RAV4 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 RAV4
22
  2016 RAV4
45
  2015 RAV4
60
  2014 RAV4
20
  2013 RAV4
63
  2012 RAV4
36
  2011 RAV4
32
  2010 RAV4
99
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
26
  2007 RAV4
57
  2006 RAV4
92
  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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