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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 4,236 problems for their cars built in the 19 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 (771 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 RAV4
53
  1997 RAV4
55
  1998 RAV4
85
  1999 RAV4
64
  2000 RAV4
27
  2001 RAV4
360
  2002 RAV4
589
  2003 RAV4
316
  2004 RAV4
94
  2005 RAV4
61
  2006 RAV4
598
  2007 RAV4
771
  2008 RAV4
370
  2009 RAV4
241
  2010 RAV4
234
  2011 RAV4
106
  2012 RAV4
99
  2013 RAV4
91
  2014 RAV4
19

  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 (863 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (578 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   55 / 67,489   18
0.05
  1998 RAV4   85 / 64,990   17
0.08
  1999 RAV4   64 / 57,138   16
0.07
  2000 RAV4   27 / 53,777   15
0.03
  2001 RAV4   360 / 86,368   14
0.30
  2002 RAV4   589 / 86,601   13
0.52
  2003 RAV4   316 / 73,204   12
0.36
  2004 RAV4   94 / 70,314   11
0.12
  2005 RAV4   61 / 70,518   10
0.09
  2006 RAV4   598 / 152,047   9
0.44
  2007 RAV4   771 / 172,752   8
0.56
  2008 RAV4   370 / 137,020   7
0.39
  2009 RAV4   241 / 149,088   6
0.27
  2010 RAV4   234 / 170,877   5
0.27
  2011 RAV4   106 / 132,237   4
0.20
  2012 RAV4   99 / 171,877   3
0.19

  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
90
  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
16



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