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Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 44 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 01/20/2014

The oil light and check engine light came on in my car. I was very surprised since my car is maintained on a regular. I bought my car used. When I went to get it looked at they told me I have engine sludge and my engine needs to be replace. This is a problem the manufacture should pay for.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 01/14/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while in reverse, the check engine warning light illuminated as the four wheel drive failed to function. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the four wheel drive needed to be reset. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 20,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 10/06/2013

Attempting to enter highway, car lost power, eventually kicked in, immediately brought car to dealer. They serviced fuel injection, fuel system, spark plugs. Found no problem with transmission. 4 weeks following repair, hesitation happened again, this time check engine light came on, returned to dealer and was told the transmission and ecm unit needed replacement. Going through all my previous service records, came across a service ticket dated 05/18/2012, showing a service performed on a faulty ecm unit. Toyota was aware of this problem, but never informed consumers that the faulty units could affect the transmission, and driving ability of the vehicle. I am stuck with a $5,000. Repair bill, but I also could have been involved in an accident, had I been merging onto a busier highway. There have been many complaints filed, but yet no action taken by the national highway traffic administration. . . Will it take a loss of life, or serious injury before action is taken?.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 09/27/2013

Just purchased this vehicle in September of 2013 with only 95,000 miles. Two days after purchase, the check engine light came on. Dealer said it was the catalytic converter. So it was replaced at a cost of over $600. Then two days later, the check engine light came back on. Dealer said it was the O2 sensor, that bill was nearly $350. Now for the icing on the cake. Four days after that repair, I was pulling out of my driveway to go to work and the vehicle did not want to shift in to gear, lunged forward and I nearly ran over some children at a bus stop! the dealer said the issue is with the ecm and possibly the transmission. The ecm was replaced at nearly $1100 and the problem still exists! dealer said next step is to replace transmission. That cost is $5700 and I can't afford it. There are so many complaints about this vehicle for similar problems. Why can't the government mandate that Toyota has to stand behind this problem? children were nearly ran over because of this problem and Toyota will not do a damn thing about it. Very sad.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2013

Check engine oil light came on; went o dealer to have checked; lost 3 quarts of oil since last schedules oil change. Dealer says it was within their acceptable range. Today called and said I need new engine which they say will cost me thousands.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 07/30/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle was jerking violently as the check engine warning light illuminated. The check engine warning light would illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer and the power transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 93,900.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 07/05/2013

Often (and unpredictably), vehicle does not accelerate from stop. It creeps forward as tack jumps, then with a loud "clunk" it jerks into 2nd (or 3rd) gear and suddenly leaps forward. Check engine light goes on and off. Took vehicle to Toyota dealer more than once and told "no problem found. " when this issue was finally demonstrated, the Toyota dealership reported that solenoid b is faulty and entire transmission needs to be replaced starting at $4600. Now I read that many owners of 2001-3 Rav4s have exact problem caused by a faulty emc that should have been replaced when Toyota originally admitted the problem in 2006. Instead the damage to my vehicle has progressed to a repair 4 times that amount. I have found no reasonable repair rate so far.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 01/02/2013

Check engine light, vsc light and 4wd light came on and stayed on. Took vehicle to dealer and they diagnosed problem as defective charcoal canister. Was told Toyota would not cover the repair or part under their emissions warranty. Toyota is attempting to blame this problem on consumer error when filling the gas tank. How is the charcoal canister not part of the emissions system when it's purpose is to serve as a filter of gas/exhaust fumes. Toyota is once again not standing by their warranties or products.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

My check engine light came on in November. I had it checked out by numerous places. They all told me it was my oxygen sensor (bank 1 sensor 1), so I replaced that twice. My check engine light has still not shut off. I have been having to purchase gas daily and car is not running as well.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 10/04/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the contact noticed the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning light stayed on constantly. Also, the contact mentioned that the noise volume in the cabin of the vehicle was extremely loud while driving at all speeds. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000. Pmb.


 
car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 08/11/2012

The check engine light turned on suddenly while the car was in motion on a highway. Even after pressing the gas pedal to the maximum possible extent, it couldn't pick up a speed above 20-25 mph. This could have turned into a serious accident as I could have been rear-ended by other cars. I drove the car to the nearest dealership of the manufacturer for servicing but they couldn't provide any service facility as they had a busy schedule and gave me an appointment for Monday (8/13/2012). Then I called aaa roadside assistance and they towed it to their nearest certified service center, who detected that there was problem with the throttle body which is an electronic part for this type of car. Request your help to get my car thoroughly inspected and get it repaired / replaced / money refund by the manufacturer.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 09/07/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the posterior oxygen sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. Two days later, the check engine light was illuminated again and the contact experienced brake failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 27,000. Updated 11/03/11.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 06/28/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled on several occasions, while driving at various speeds. The check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel during all of the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that an ignition coil failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not offer any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 52,056.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 05/29/2011

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. While the contact was driving 35 mph, the engine warning light illuminated, and the transmission began to exhibit severe hesitation in a jerking motion. The vehicle was to an authorized dealer for diagnosis who stated the transmission and ecm module would need to be replaced. In addition, the faulty trans axle required replacement. The contact discovered there was a prior voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer pertaining to the ecm module; however the contact did not receive notification of the recall. The manufacturer was notified whom informed the recall expired in January 2011 and was unable to provide further assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000. Js.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 15
Failure Date: 04/15/2011

I have a 2002 Toyota Rav4. About a month ago it started intermittently skipping/jerking and being stuck in gear. I took it to two Toyota dealerships, the first one informed me of a factory warranty extension for the ecu for my vehicle, but because the check engine light is not on they cannot get any codes, the second dealership told me the same thing as well as the Toyota company. The warranty is for 10yrs or 100,000 miles whichever comes first. I have 70,000 miles and it will be 10yrs the 25th of this month. I have researched this problem online and have found that hundreds of people have the same problem with this vehicle. Do I have any options to have this taken care of, ASAP because of the 10yr warranty that will no longer cover me for this?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 02/09/2011

The vehicle drops power under light throttle under 60mph. Tach shows loss of rpm's and you can actually feel the vehicle responding to that loss. No check engine light being displayed.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 12/03/2010

Check oil light came on and would go out, after checking the oil level all appear fine, the car would burn 1 quart every two months. After driving along the express way for 30 miles and using a two lane road for about 3 miles the check engine light and oil light all came on at a stop light and then the engine make noise and quit running, after towing the car to a auto repair shop we were told the car needed a new engine. The car is a rav 4 2003 with about 89,000 miles on it.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

While driving, my 2003 Toyota Rav4's engine light starts flickering. The car starts hesitating, even with applying more gas. The car then loses power and cuts out. The car will then restart, but continue to hesitate and cut out the issue has occurred 3 times over the past month. The dealer could not isolate the problem and simply recommended replacing the spark plugs. My wife happened to be driving the car on the interstate during rush hour yesterday with my two toddlers in the car when it cut out again.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 06/29/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle lost power. When the contact shifted into reverse gear, the vehicle began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the electronic control module and the transmission had failed. The manufacturer stated that the warranty was no longer valid; therefore, they would not provide any assistance with the repair repair cost. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 86,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 20
Failure Date: 06/18/2010

Transmission problem on a 2003 Rav4 4 wheel drive. It started at 100,456 miles. Never had problem with the car before. It started to occur once in a while in first gear, then the engine light came on, got it check. Came up code po755. Now is occurring more often. Light goes off and after a couple of day goes on again. Took it to Toyota. They said it needs a remanufacture transmission and they need to change the ecm. Cost 5,995 they told me I'm better off trading the car.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 05/15/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically stall while driving at various speeds. The check engine light would illuminate when the failure occurred. The dealer advised that the electronic control unit (ecu) was damaged and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileage was 132,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 05/03/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the contact heard an unusual noise coming from under the hood. The check engine warning light then illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer advised there was no oil in the engine. The contact confirmed that the low oil level warning light never illuminated. The dealer then informed her that they would not be able to repair her vehicle and that she should retrieve it from the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted but would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 49,411.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 01/24/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated that the check engine light had illuminated on the instrument panel and when accelerating, the vehicle would hesitate to increase in speed. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the independent mechanic replaced the engine control module sensors. The failure persisted. The dealer advised there was a technical service bulletin addressing the failure but were no recall for the failure and repairs would be at the owners expense. The failure mileage was approximately 94,000 and the current mileage was 96,400.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 10/31/2009

I have a Toyota Rav4 2002. I am now experiencing a nightmare. A few weeks ago, my car started shifting gears, shaking, and the engine light went on. I brought it to hyannis Toyota. The csr told me it was a defective computer. The car was under warranty and they would replace it. Approx. 3 weeks later, my car started with the same problem. Shaking, moving into a different gear and the engine light went on. I brought it back to hyannis Toyota and was told, "this is not the same problem. " you need a new coil. It will cost you $250. 00. Also, I had to rent a car. Of course at my own expense. Now, I do not know how to deal with this company. If the computer was defective, and was replaced. Why am I still experiencing the same problems?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 25
Failure Date: 10/16/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Rav4. While driving 30 mph the engine warning light will illuminated on the instrument control panel, and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility. The diagnostic test revealed code po755s (solenoid b fault). The mechanic could not interpret the error code. A technician from the dealer stated that the vehicle would have to be re-inspected in order to determine the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 49,998.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 26
Failure Date: 08/24/2009

Check engine light comes on 2001 Toyota Rav4 vehicle. Vehicle stops running at any point during driving operations. This issue affects the engine/emission/transmission systems and are a severe hazard to owners of this vehicle. Toyota is ignoring the growing number of owners of this vehicle until enough deaths/serious injuries occur.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 27
Failure Date: 08/01/2009

2002 Toyota Rav4 started hesitating on initial acceleration and bolting when the gear caught 2nd. Was pulling out into intersection and nearly t-boned by Ford expedition. Brought to transmission specialist. No engine light, no code. Read about potential ecm problem. Brought to Toyota and spent $1400. 00 to replace ecm.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 28
Failure Date: 07/22/2009

1. Leading up : a faulty and poorly designed rubber oil line weathered within the engine compartment. 2. Failure: while driving on the freeway, the weathered hose snapped. The car immediately spilled four quarts of oil. The check engine light never lit. The water temperature stayed within range. We had the vehicle towed to a Toyota dealership. 3. Repair: Toyota replaced the failed oil line with the same part. No engine diagnostics were performed despite the likelihood of serious engine damage. The oil compartment was left dirty. The engine cover was left soaked in oil (it's a foam part).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 29
Failure Date: 06/18/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving the check engine light illuminated, and she was unable to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was within the electric control unit. The vehicle was taken to a foreign garage specialist who replaced the electronic control unit. The contact received a letter from the manufacturer concerning a warranty enhancement for the ecu failure, but the manufacturer denied reimbursement since the vehicle was over the 150,000 mile warranty enhancement program. The failure mileage was 172,000. The current mileage was 188,000. Updated 03/07/lj.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 30
Failure Date: 04/01/2009

In 2009, 2010, and 2011 my 2002 Toyota Rav4 exhibited sharp, rough shifting into and out of gear, often when on the freeway. The vehicle also had a check engine light that repeatedly came on. I was initially advised by a non-Toyota repair shop that the issue was with the transmission and it had to be replaced. However, upon taking the car to a Toyota dealership they stated the problem was with the ecm. In 2009 they re-programmed the ecm, in 2010 they re-programmed the ecm and in 2011 (after the extended warranty was issued by Toyota corp) they replaced the ecm. They never did any service on the transmission. Now in April 2013 just 17months after they replaced the ecm it happens again and they tell me I need a new transmission and I have to pay for it because it's out of the extended warranty. Since the ecm was throwing the transmission in & out of gear for 3 years, isn't it obvious that the transmission was damaged by the ecm? it was even mentioned in the service bulletins that the ecm was possibly causing damage to the transmission and the dealerships may also have to replace the transmission at the same time the ecm was replaced. Yet because they chose not to repair or replace the transmission on my car in 2011 while it was under warranty, I now have to pay for what should have been done in the first place. Toyota has been aware of this problem since 2006 yet they never issued a recall or notified owners until a class action lawsuit was filed. Toyota needs to satisfy their customers by issuing a recall and admitting that both the ecm and transmission need to be replaced on any 2001-2003 Rav4 that experiences rough shifting, or shifting in & out of gear, or codes that reflect a problem with the ecm or transmission. This is dangerous for drivers and Toyota is negligent in preventing injuries and deaths due to a known defect.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 31
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav-4. The contact stated that she noticed that her check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. After diagnosis they advised her that the pistons in the engine failed and she would have to get a new engine or rebuilt one. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 128,000. The VIN was unavailable. Tb.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 32
Failure Date: 10/06/2008

I bought a Toyota Rav4 2002 at the dealer "Toyota of alahambra" and I been having a problem to many times with the computer engine light come on. When I take the car to the dealer they told me that nothing was wrong. They turned off the light and said and said that everything was ok, this happened three times. Recently I had problems again with the computer engine and they charged $1,200. 00 dollars to fix it and they told me that was my fault that I was taking off in 2nd gear but I never use the 2nd gear. What I know this cars had problems with the engine computer. The name of the dealer is "Toyota-scion of glendale" 1260 s. Brand blvd. Glendale, California 91204. As I know we have 170 complaints about this Rav4 Toyota cars. Fortunately I have not any problem with death, or fire, or crash, but I am worry about this computer problems, when I am driving the car I am not comfortable driving any more, can you tell me that can I do about. Thank you very much for your attention.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 33
Failure Date: 09/09/2008

Our Rav4 began to have problems shifting, and the check engine light was on. Took to local dealer. First visit resulted in tune-up items. Dealership treated it as an engine-related problem. Check engine came back on again the same afternoon. On second visit, dealership kept car overnight to drive it while it was cold. We were told that we had a bad catalytic converter, and that this would have to be replaced before any further diagnosis could occur. The cc was only three years old, already having been replaced under warranty. They had already reprogrammed the ecm. Per a Toyota service campaign. After the cc replacement, car is still not shifting properly, and is getting worse. Dealership advised us that we need an ecm replacement, at a cost of $1300. After the fact, we found Toyota TSB tc002-06, which describes the exact issues our Rav4 is having. Toyota admits in the TSB that the ecm of the '01 through '03 Rav4's can cause the harsh shifting that we are seeing, and that Toyota made changes to the "manufacturing process to reduce the possibility of this condition occurring". The recommendation is the replacement of the ecm. It cannot be reprogrammed to eliminate this problem. The result of this ecm failure is that the car is no longer drivable, as the transmission does not shift properly at all, and it constantly looses tension on its clutch pack, resulting in loss of power to the road. The condition gets worse over a short time. In only two weeks, the car will not stay in any single gear when driving. A search of this issue on the internet found many other people having the same problem. Often, the ecm failure causes physical transmission failure. The dealership will not stand behind their faulty diagnosis, nor will they make Toyota honor the warranty, which is 80,000 miles or 8 years. We are under the years, but over by 8,000 miles. How can this not be treated as a safety issue? is it not serious enough when your car slips out of gear in traffic unexpectedly?.


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