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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 5,285 problems for their cars built in the 21 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 (942 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 RAV4
11
  2015 RAV4
72
  2014 RAV4
49
  2013 RAV4
145
  2012 RAV4
180
  2011 RAV4
192
  2010 RAV4
307
  2009 RAV4
287
  2008 RAV4
472
  2007 RAV4
942
  2006 RAV4
691
  2005 RAV4
121
  2004 RAV4
145
  2003 RAV4
351
  2002 RAV4
640
  2001 RAV4
381
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
65
  1998 RAV4
86
  1997 RAV4
60
  1996 RAV4
53

  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 (942 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (646 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 72157,0711    
0.46
  2014 49197,1162    
0.12
  2013 145223,9493    
0.22
  2012 180269,6594    
0.17
  2011 192187,7945    
0.20
  2010 307180,6536    
0.28
  2009 287119,4507    
0.34
  2008 472164,3318    
0.36
  2007 942181,1129    
0.58
  2006 691114,95310    
0.60
  2005 12176,72111    
0.14
  2004 14577,64312    
0.16
  2003 35177,33413    
0.35
  2002 64096,48914    
0.47
  2001 38187,38315    
0.29
  2000 3444,52516    
0.05

  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
  2016 RAV4
11
  2015 RAV4
56
  2014 RAV4
20
  2013 RAV4
63
  2012 RAV4
33
  2011 RAV4
32
  2010 RAV4
98
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
25
  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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