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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 3,994 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 (718 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
63
  2000 RAV4
27
  2001 RAV4
354
  2002 RAV4
575
  2003 RAV4
292
  2004 RAV4
93
  2005 RAV4
58
  2006 RAV4
573
  2007 RAV4
718
  2008 RAV4
343
  2009 RAV4
227
  2010 RAV4
222
  2011 RAV4
89
  2012 RAV4
85
  2013 RAV4
72
  2014 RAV4
7

  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 (838 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (562 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   18
0.05
  1997 RAV4   55 / 67,489   17
0.05
  1998 RAV4   85 / 64,990   16
0.08
  1999 RAV4   63 / 57,138   15
0.07
  2000 RAV4   27 / 53,777   14
0.04
  2001 RAV4   354 / 86,368   13
0.32
  2002 RAV4   575 / 86,601   12
0.55
  2003 RAV4   292 / 73,204   11
0.36
  2004 RAV4   93 / 70,314   10
0.13
  2005 RAV4   58 / 70,518   9
0.09
  2006 RAV4   573 / 152,047   8
0.47
  2007 RAV4   718 / 172,752   7
0.59
  2008 RAV4   343 / 137,020   6
0.42
  2009 RAV4   227 / 149,088   5
0.30
  2010 RAV4   222 / 170,877   4
0.32
  2011 RAV4   89 / 132,237   3
0.22
  2012 RAV4   85 / 171,877   2
0.25

  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
88
  2007 Toyota RAV4
55
  2008 Toyota RAV4
24
  2009 Toyota RAV4
58
  2010 Toyota RAV4
98
  2011 Toyota RAV4
30
  2012 Toyota RAV4
30
  2013 Toyota RAV4
52
  2014 Toyota RAV4
7



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