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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported a total of 6,151 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 (1,064 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 RAV4
49
  2016 RAV4
77
  2015 RAV4
115
  2014 RAV4
69
  2013 RAV4
170
  2012 RAV4
241
  2011 RAV4
254
  2010 RAV4
393
  2009 RAV4
331
  2008 RAV4
579
  2007 RAV4
1,064
  2006 RAV4
778
  2005 RAV4
142
  2004 RAV4
163
  2003 RAV4
373
  2002 RAV4
655
  2001 RAV4
394
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
66
  1998 RAV4
88
  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 (992 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (726 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 77258,1341    
0.30
  2015 115357,7232    
0.16
  2014 69197,1163    
0.12
  2013 170223,9494    
0.19
  2012 241203,0685    
0.24
  2011 254187,7946    
0.23
  2010 393180,6537    
0.31
  2009 331119,4508    
0.35
  2008 579164,3319    
0.39
  2007 1,064181,11210    
0.59
  2006 778114,95311    
0.62
  2005 14276,72112    
0.15
  2004 16377,64313    
0.16
  2003 37377,33414    
0.34
  2002 65596,48915    
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
44
  2016 RAV4
45
  2015 RAV4
60
  2014 RAV4
20
  2013 RAV4
65
  2012 RAV4
36
  2011 RAV4
32
  2010 RAV4
99
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
27
  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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