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Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 5,221 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 (936 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 RAV4
7
  2015 RAV4
69
  2014 RAV4
49
  2013 RAV4
142
  2012 RAV4
174
  2011 RAV4
186
  2010 RAV4
301
  2009 RAV4
284
  2008 RAV4
465
  2007 RAV4
936
  2006 RAV4
684
  2005 RAV4
118
  2004 RAV4
143
  2003 RAV4
348
  2002 RAV4
636
  2001 RAV4
380
  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 (938 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (640 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 69157,0711    
0.44
  2014 49197,1162    
0.12
  2013 142223,9493    
0.21
  2012 174269,6594    
0.16
  2011 186187,7945    
0.20
  2010 301180,6536    
0.28
  2009 284119,4507    
0.34
  2008 465164,3318    
0.35
  2007 936181,1129    
0.57
  2006 684114,95310    
0.60
  2005 11876,72111    
0.14
  2004 14377,64312    
0.15
  2003 34877,33413    
0.35
  2002 63696,48914    
0.47
  2001 38087,38315    
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
7
  2015 RAV4
55
  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
46
  2000 RAV4
9
  1999 RAV4
5
  1998 RAV4
20
  1997 RAV4
5
  1996 RAV4
11



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