Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 53 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota RAV4 based on all problems reported for the RAV4.
My 2012 Rav4 main evap canister went bad at only 77,113 miles. It almost costed me $1550 to get this part replaced, but thankfully was able to convince the dealership to get me a deal on the repair. There is no reason for this part to go bad so quickly. I do not top off my gas and I have had it in for routine maintenance at the dealership since it was purchased. To make the situation worse, when the check engine light comes on, the 4wd and traction control units turn off, making my car hard to control in the snow. I was told by tuffy this is a common thing and that was a previous recall for older vehicles. The code was on for a few weeks, didn't clear. I had it diagnosed at tuffy and the dealership, same diagnosis. I have also had a problem with the transmission jerking when I put the car into drive, even in warm weather, when it's the first drive of the day. This has been occurring since I purchased the vehicle with 40k on it.
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Left a Toyota dealership after having service . It was raining outside I had just jumped on the highway and my 4 wheel drive check engine light and a third light all came on. I then drove to autozone I was told that I needed a 02 sensor. But I had just left the Toyota dealership and was told there was no problems with my vehicle. I read a post on your website and with the same concern and decided to add my complaint. I will be taking my car back to the dealership on Friday.
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April 2014: at approximately 50,000 miles, check engine light and stability controls on dash while driving. Dealer informs that there is a charcoal canister malfunction and the part needs to be replaced. Dealer performed repair and replacement of Toyota parts. Paid ~$900. February 2016: same lights on dash while driving. Take to the dealer and the error codes indicate the charcoal canister needs to be replaced again. Estimate $1020. The part is no longer under 12-month warranty as it was replaced 20 months ago.
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Rav4. While driving various speeds, the check engine light illuminated continuously. In addition, the sun visor was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the cause of the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,858.
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My vehicle began to "buck" and then shortly thereafter the check engine light came on. I initially took it to the closest mechanic and was told I needed a new transmission and that they couldn't replace it. Told them to take it to krause Toyota. Was then told by krause it needed a new ecm but they were too busy and couldn't look at the vehicle for 2 weeks since I wasn't a "regular" customer. I then took the car to bennett Toyota - class outfit. They replaced the ecm immediately - which wasn't cheap. Cost me $1200. I have since heard that there was a recall on the ecm on my year Rav4 which I wasn't ever notified of. I feel Toyota should pick up this tab. I have low mileage for a 2003 car, and have always maintained it properly.
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The hose connecting the canister filter to the canister broke off driving in the rain and I didn't see until next day while 8 hrs away from home. Called the local dealer they didn't have the part. No check engine light shown. I got home and have the canister filter replaced with the dealer and next day check engine, vsc and 4wd light came on, dealer says it cost $1800 to fix it. I researched online and lot of 2006 and up rav 4 owner have same issue. Cannister hose broken or filter dropped and water getting into the system. I got Toyota service bulletin t-sb-0098-09 which was updated to t-sb0161-11 on October 20,2011 for this issue. Toyota had covered warranty for 2gr-fe engine from 2006-2011 sold on CA, CT, me, MD, MA, NJ, nm,vt,wa, ri under California long term emission warranty of 64 months or 70,000 miles which ever occurs first. Toyota knew the issue and even added a new cover (part no 77641-0r020) the protect the canister filter and the hoses but they didn't issue the recall. A lot of people have same issue. The filter and hose are unprotected underneath the chassis and it can break or fall driving under normal driving in a rain or snow. I called Toyota and they review my case and gave me case # but they won't fix it because my vehicle was not driven and sold on the aforementioned states. Toyota has covered the warranty on the states with heavy snow and rain only. But these things are true for the state I am in too. Remaining state standard 36 months 36,000 warranty. But this thing can happen to anyone at any mileage. Toyota knew it and had a fix by putting the new cover but didn't issue a recall . The service bulletin even states the vehicles manufactured before certain VIN number and mine does fall under it. I paid $220 to replace filter and $62. 5 to diagnose. Now they want another $1800 to fix it. I wish I could attached the service bulletin.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vsc and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available. Djr.
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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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
The owns a 2003 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the air filter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had surpassed the statue of limitations. The failure mileage was 112,700.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
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