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In 2008 I was test driving vehicles to replace my Ford Explorer. I happened upon the Toyota Rav 4. Sitting in the driver's seat I said, "Wow, a woman engineer must have designed this interior." There was so much storage and such clever use of space. Standout was the dual glove boxes; the narrow upper box was controlled by an air vacuum. A coin receptacle, a nice split on the center console, ample room beneath the back seats and the enormous space underneath the back deck. This was the perfect vehicle for camping and kayaking with the additions of cross bars on the roof racks, a tow package and rock guards. The storage areas kept tow rope, chains, flares, tie downs, extra dog food, emergency supplies, a blanket, a travel pillow, extra jackets, dog bowls, picnic supplies and more all stored away out of sight.
Change was at hand for meters. The full size spare tire was mounted on the back instead of the hateful underside of the car, inaccessible in deep snow or mud as two occasions proved. For adventurers, a tire on the back of the car only makes sense. However, anyone who's had to empty out the back of their car to get to the spare tire I would think would agree that full spare tires should be on the back of the car. I digress... Enter the 2018 Rav 4. Wanting to reduce my carbon footprint I selected the hybrid. The Rav 4 has been an AWESOME car. However, I sat in the test driven car and remarked to my husband at the lack of storage. His response: "I guess Tesla hired away that woman engineer." Funny? Yes. Good gas mileage? Yes. Poorly designed interior? Yes.
I bought it anyway, and like it, but my next car will be a 2008 Rav 4. I'll repaint it, (hopefully) put a new electric engine it, a tow package, and crossbars on the luggage rack. My only regret is it won't be my original 2008 Rav 4. I suggest Toyota rethink the interior. Why have an open shelf instead of the super cool second glove box with vacuum control? Nothing stays in place on an open shelf in a moving vehicle. The second, smaller glove box gives you a place to access needed items rather than the single oversized box through which one must dig to find just about anything. There is wasted space in the interior. Coins are yet needed and used; there's room on the dash for a coin holder. Hire back whoever designed the 2008.
I love my 2018 RAV4 Adventure. It looks like a awesome rally car. In the harsh New York winters it handles smooth on snow and ice. I'm 6'2, 200 lb and I'm super comfortable sitting in it. There's plenty of room. And I know that people say it sucks because it's a 4 CYLINDER, but they didn't drive it. So, how could they judge it? I have the RAV4 and a 08 V6 Dodge Charger, and the RAV4 is faster than my Charger. This isn't your grandma's 1990 V4 sentry. The new RAV4 feels like it's a V6. And the seats in the RAV4 are very comfortable. I have a herniated disk injury in my back, and all my back pain goes away when I sit in my RAV4. Most importantly, my RAV4 is a dependable car. I know it will get me where I need to go. I can't say that about my Charger, wish I could though. The 2018 RAV4 Adventure AWD is really a spectacular vehicle.
I loved my Sienna and I still miss it. I had it for 12 years, and that van made it 5 times up the East Coast to Maine. I could move just about anything. I gave up my 2200 sq. foot house, two car garage that sat on an acre at the end of a dead end a street to move to a continuance living facility of 660 sq. feet and also downsized my vehicle. But I can still help friends move. The RAV4 can hold lots of boxes and small furniture is easily transported. For me Toyota has always made a very dependable product. Knock on wood I have yet to replace anything major, but then I've always made sure that my wheels received top care.
I own a custom-made 2009 Toyota Rav4 limited 4×4. I currently have 52,750 miles on the odo. Anyways on December 14, 2017 I took my vehicle in for brake issues. What angers me is that my last service I said I thought the brakes had issues. This was May 4th 2017. I had 52,250 miles then. Anyway my dealership in Seaside, California said the brakes was perfectly fine. Here we are on the 16th of December 2017 and I had new brakes put on and my rotors repaired. Well I drove my car this morning and it made a horrific grinding noise. Metal on metal. I no longer trust the dealership. I have had too many problems with poor service.
One time they even put the wrong engine oil in my vehicle. I paid $339.66 and the brake repair job wasn't properly done. Victory Toyota of Seaside, California is placing me at risk for an accident or death. I phoned Toyota USA and also wasn't satisfied. Now I have to tow my vehicle elsewhere and pay again for a brake inspection and probably another repair. I no longer feel safe in this custom-made Rav4. The dealership ruined my car.
2015 RAV 4 XLE: Overall I like my car. My main issue now is that my trunk stopped opening/closing when I press the button. Unfortunately, and very impractical it doesn't have a manual way of opening (keyhole). Also, it's a heavy door. My second issue is that I feel like my breaks get worn down rather quickly. I had to change them after a little over a year (under 20,000 miles). May need to change them soon at 30,000k. My last car which I had for about 9 yrs didn't need brakes replaced as often. Also my back seat has 3 seat belts but it's difficult fitting teenagers let alone 3 adults. I'm still in the process of dealing with the dealership about my trunk and breaks at 30,000 miles. I should know by tomorrow.
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The Infotainment system for our 2014 Toyota RAV4, 41K miles, suddenly and without warning had a catastrophic failure. No radio, no navigation system, on phone and voice commands, the only thing that works is the backup camera. The dealer said it is an internal failure and because the radio is out of warranty it would cost approximately $1100 to replace.
Toyota Customer Care will not offer any remedy or assistance because the radio is out of warranty. I did a Google search and discovered this may be a common problem with Toyota radios. Anyone with similar problems with their radio systems should call and email Toyota Customer Care so that Toyota will recognize there is a problem with their radio systems having premature problems and failures.
My front tire blew after just 2 months and under 2,000 miles. The AAA worker that came out to change it said there was no hole in the tire and nothing he could see that caused it- it's just a faulty tire. I leased this car from Toyota in Hanover, MA and they couldn't have been nicer. When I emailed the salesman today to ask who I could speak to about the tire he said, "That's too bad, MA roads are tough." I asked him to call me and he didn't. I leased this car and did it so I didn't have to think about reliability and safety. Now I am concerned about the other tires as well. A brand new tire does not just blow, with no obvious issue. My son and I were stranded on a dark, dangerous road at night. To just email back and say, "MA roads are bad," is just unacceptable.
For my RAV4 I purchased brakes from Toyota with a lifetime warranty which when they started to grind into the rotors only after a year, Toyota would not replace them until a certain degree of GRINDING.. I'm a Realtor with families in the car with me.. When I work, it's a very unsafe feeling to be in a vehicle that when the brakes are used they grind & the vehicle shakes. I had to take my RAV4 to another mechanic to replace the brakes so my VEHICLE WOULD BE SAFE TO DRIVE.. And it's not SHAKING & GRINDING when the brakes are used.
Bad experience with 2011 RAV4 - We purchased this Limited V6 new in 2011 and maintained it diligently. It's the first Toyota we've had--and will be the last. This vehicle has 34K miles on it, but is out of warranty. We've responded to every recall. No leaks in the driveway, no check engine light or other alarm. May 2017 at a routine oil change we were told there was a transaxle leak that needed immediate attention at an authorized dealer. There we were told the repair cost will be $3000! We've done nothing to cause this. The manager said this only happens in cars with 100K miles. We emailed Toyota--no response yet. We called Toyota and were told "That happens sometimes. Nothing we can do." We find that completely unsatisfactory. I don't know how anyone could feel safe driving a car that "breaks" so suddenly and gives no warning that a repair is needed.
Problem occurred this past March with my 2006 Toyota Rav4, 109500 miles well maintained. Usually following a cold start, car would unexpectedly lose power steering and most dash warning lights would flash on. This was annoying at slow speeds and dangerous at higher speeds. Usually, I could pull over, turn off and restart and the problem would disappear. Had it the dealership three times and they could not figure out problem. Also tried at local garage, same result. Finally took to a different dealership, printed off from internet blogs similar problems with others, and described in detail to the service manager who took an interest.
They diagnosed the problem as the alternator, which I had replaced a year earlier with a non-Toyota aftermarket replacement alternator. According to the dealership service manager, Rav4's do not do well with non-Toyota replacement alternators. They installed a new Toyota alternator, and there have been no problems or issues since.
Do not purchase a RAV4 with leather seats, you will be very disappointed. My 2015 RAV4 with 20,000 miles have wrinkles in the seats and the dealership manager took a look at them and decided there is nothing they will do about them even though it is under warranty. The Toyota Customer Experience Center in Mansfield, Ohio called me after a one month wait and she said that the Toyota District Manager said they can be of no help. This is the last time I purchase a Toyota, they fail to stand behind their product.
So after having a handful of Honda's CR-v and never had any issues, I decided to buy a used Rav4 from original owner with only 109K on odo. Was a good price and car had been maintained at dealership only so what could go wrong??? Well after the first weekend driving the car to Monterey from San Francisco, I did check the oil and noticed it needed some which was strange because previous owner had just did an oil change. So I added some thinking it was a mistake from the guy who had worked on it only to find out upon my return in the Bay that it needed oil again, about the same amount!!! Not good, so I did a little research only about this model on to find out that there was a flaw in piston/rings design from factory and these engine were known to burn oil!!!
Damn this is my first Toyota and it's not a good start, so as many unhappy owners I started the process of dealing with my local Toyota dealer and see what they could do for me... It did take a few attempts but they were really accommodating and finally agreed to rebuild the engine at no charge! So engine is running fine but within a few hundreds miles, everything else has started to fall apart! Front shocks, wheel bearing on all 4 wheels, control arms, etc... Not sure when this will end as after replacing all these parts, I still have a major knocking sound on the front right wheel going over speed bumps and when backing up the car!
This is unreal as this car is an absolute lemon. Everything pretty much has needed attention and I just want to leave the thing on the side of the road and walk away from it. I made another appointment with Toyota of Marin as to see whether they can diagnose the issue and solve it so I can sell the damn thing... Thanks Toyota but never again.
First experience: I bought a used 2008 Toyota Rav4 wheel drive with 30,000 kms from the Toyota Dealer in 2010. It was in Super shape and you could tell it was well cared for by its previous owner. My first winter experience was terrible. The least amount of snow that I stopped in lead to a tow job or a shoveling experience in the worst kind of weather conditions and in a dress suit no less. For some reason the exhilaration would die when you tried to drive out of the snow. I said to my wife, this is the last winter for that Rav. Toyota dealer rep said it was normal. I said "normal to be helpless". Wow!
DO NOT PUT YOUR WIFE OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IN A RAV. In closing, like all of us, I never bought the Rav for the good days, I bought it for the bad days. The only problem, the bad days for me are the worse days.
Yes, I too have fallen victim to Toyota's insipid engineering and unconscionable "customer care". I bought my used 2006 Rav4 in 2007 with only 1000+ miles. Like countless other Toyota owners that states their story, I am no longer eligible for the "Warranty Enhancement Program" because I am, according to them, ten years past the date of first use. That's where it gets sketchy. Since I bought mine used, how am I supposed to know when the date of first use is?
I have also had the oil consumption test performed and it failed. It was documented at the dealership when the first notice came out to get the test performed despite the part to fix the issue was being made. When the notice came out that the part was available, I made a beeline for the dealership to get my Rav4 repaired. They told me I would need to do another test, so I opted to get it done. Couldn't hurt, right? I did the test but they claimed it was invalid because I went past the mileage. That shouldn't matter anyway as the first test proved to be positive for excessive oil consumption. The dealership then told me I needed to do it again, but even if I did, they didn't know when they could accommodate me as they were backed up with the repairs and didn't have enough parts.
Earlier in 2016, I took it to another dealership location and they said the same thing: need another consumption test, not enough parts and there was a long wait to get the car repaired. They said they would call when they got the part in, but never called me. When I called them a few times throughout the year, they said it was still a wait. Around September of last year, I went to the dealership. I first went to get the test done and they said the part was in but again, could not fit me in their schedule. I waited again and called to see if they could accommodate me and that the part was in. This was mid-January of this year (2017). I wanted to confirm that they could perform the repair under the "warranty enhancement program". After giving my VIN over the phone, he said my car was no longer eligible because it's ten years past the date of first use.
My step was to call Toyota Customer Service and they were no help. After spending approximately three hours on the phone and three days later, a "Customer Service Manager" called me to tell me that they won't honor the program with my vehicle, even after my above explanation. Apparently, after reading these other stories it looks like another class action lawsuit will be in the works. I will be pursuing it and filing complaints with the Attorney General, BBB and my Congressman. Toyota chooses to be shady and conduct illegitimate business selling faulty cars that they refuse to fix. We'll see about that!
Currently leasing and brand new 2016 RAV4. At 4000 miles the brakes began squealing on moderate braking during the first 3 stops I took after starting the car. Every time. Several visits to the dealership, and an email to the CEO, I was told that this was NORMAL. That oxidation on the rotors was the cause. They then re-surfaced the rotors, something that they shouldn't have done because this was a fix Toyota. Came out with in a resolution form for a known issue on Canadian manufactured cars not the Japanese ones like mine is, but still that didn't fix the issue. Toyota then sent out a field rep who told me that there was nothing wrong with the car and he couldn't duplicate the sound. Yet, the techs at the dealership and video evidence proved otherwise. Still having the same issue as I type this.
Prior to that rep coming out I had given specific instructions to the dealership to call me when he arrived so I could test drive the car with him so that I could show him and they never relayed that message. Corporate Toyota told me that there was nothing further they could do for me and that this was how the car was going to operate. They refused to re-dispatch the field tech so that I could test drive with him. And then refused to cover warranty on the rotors after they compromised them from the resurfacing. The quality in the rotors are terrible and I refuse to ever purchase from Toyota again.
I am having to pay over 3000 dollars for a new head gasket replacement on my 2008 Toyota Rav 4. I see there are numerous situations just like mine. But no recall covering my 2008 v6. I lost heat and took car in the next day. Told me head gasket is shot. Coolant leaking and running down and crusted on the block. Well this is probably my last Toyota, this will be the third water pump in 3 1/2 yrs. Mind you I bought this car used in Nov. of 2012. This is my last yr of paying for it. I'm feeling pretty disgusted. With this repair I will be in for 5000 for this yr of repairs. I am so done.
I am writing this due to the excessive use of oil needed to run my 2007 RAV4 with 96,000 miles. I had a test ran on it in July 2016 but it did not meet your criteria to get the vehicle repaired. I just got off the phone with my local Toyota Service Department and they informed me there is nothing they could do because Toyota has closed the window to address their issue on my vehicle. Do I have any options?
Just got back from the dealer. 860.00 for an exchange radio that they get from Toyota. Toyota customer care blew me off. They said I could buy the radio from the dealer and then submit the paperwork and they would then consider looking at it. Why would I pay $860 dollars for a refurbished exchange unit and then hope they might help reimburse me a little bit. The lady was not very nice about it either, denying there are problems with these units. Now this is the 4th Toyota we have bought since 2008, and they refuse to help. It is out of warranty, but they deny any problem with their radios. I beg to differ with them.
Just LOVE this car. The RAV 4 is one of the best built vehicles I have ever owned. Handles beautifully, good power since this one is a 5 speed standard. Seats are very comfortable and it has reasonable cargo space for a small SUV-style car. It is a 13 yr old Toyota RAV 4, and it runs and looks great. Holds its value, too.
Recently, I received a letter. Toyota offered an extended warranty to take care of the growling noise issue. I was so pleased that Toyota finally decided to resolve the issue that I have had since I bought it. They recommended customers to make reservation to diagnose the issue. So, I followed their recommendation. They diagnosed my car and told me that the transmission should be replaced to resolve the issue. It is not covered by the extended warranty. It would cost me about $5,000 to fix the issue. They also charged me $76 for the diagnosis.
I wondered why they did not find the problem and how they could not hear the noise when my car was under warranty. All of sudden, they can hear the noise and identify the reason of the noise, which would cost me $5,000 to fix. Even worse, they are charging $76 for the diagnosis service that they recommended. I called the Toyota customer service to get their support on this matter. It was a waste of time. The representative told me that she would call me back with an answer after she contacted the dealer. She have never called me back. Thus, I had to call them again. It ended up with wasting my time.
My wife and I bought a 2016 RAV4 in January. We currently have 16,000 miles on our car. Not even a year old, we have already had a problem with the trunk. One morning while trying to load the back, our trunk wouldn't open, nor would it close completely. We turned the car off to basically put the entire vehicle at ease which helped close the trunk, but when we went to drive to work, the car continued to beep and show that the trunk was open. The motor in the trunk is broken, but with warranty the dealer is set to fix it.
Finally, I don't know what kind of city mileage people are talking about with 23mpg, but currently or rather our whole eleven months with this car, we are barely making 17mpg in the city. This is something that needs attention. It's great on the highway at 27mpg, which is something we are extremely happy about.
2016 Rav4 SE AWD 24k miles. At the dealer having the front rotors turned and replacing front brake pads. My previous 2 Audis, Tacoma, Juke which I all turned in at around 35k miles hardly even showed any wear. The thing that annoyed me was the service manager (car is at the dealer now) called and insinuated it's my fault and that I need to "brake more lightly". Unbelievable. I haven't even needed any brakes replaced in any of my cars since the 1980's. Even up to 50-60k. I know how to brake. Poor design. End of story.
I bought my Rav 4 with 64,000 miles. I was driving and the oil light comes on. I look at the dipstick, no marking. I add a quart then 2 more just to get it to mark halfway. I read online reviews and took the car for a oil test at Elgin Toyota Dealer. The service writer said that it was normal for the car to burn 1.1 quart per 1000 miles and the oil light come on when is down to 2.5 qts. I told him some must be wrong with light if I added 3qts and the car holds 4.35 qts. He skip the question and ask me which oil wanted Regular or Synthetic for test. If go with Synthetic will the cure the problem and more mileage between oil change! He said, "No." And that I still have to change oil at 5000 miles. (I wasn't given the change to look at the dipstick before sealing.)
In waiting room, I talked to customer that came in for oil change. He said that he getting Synthetic oil cause his service writer said that it would be good for 10,000 miles. Some person on Carcomplaint.com said the he broke the seal at the dealer and found it overfilled for the test. I am not trusting them on the resolves. I am a proud veteran - I hope that I can still be. How come the News didn't report it?
I have recently bought Used 2014 XLE from dealer. Carfax has no accident history. Initial drive looked great, so purchased car and after few weeks of driving found my back is started paining (I am 35 years old). So started closely observing the vehicle and found seats are vibrating at low speeds and also felt every bump on the road. It looks like the vibration is coming somewhere from rear as engine looks pretty smooth. One of the senior mechanic looked at in detail and said he feels the vibration but cannot find any root cause because everything looks pretty new including driveshaft, suspension, brakes, etc. I feel the Toyota built the rear suspension very stiff which is making every small bump on the road to feel and vehicle vibrates. Very bad choice and I don't recommend for anyone who intends do city driving.
I know most people come to a site like this to complain when they have a problem. Most people who never have an issue do not come to a site like this ever. But I was doing some oil research and came across this site. We own 2 Rav4's and we ADORE them both. One is a 2003 with 210,000 miles and still runs like a bear. The other is a beautiful red 2015 Rav4 XLE with 9k who drives like a dream. Very little if any issues with the 2003... When YOU MAINTAIN IT.
I find after reading these reviews most people do NOT know anything about cars nor do they maintain them. To simply do your own oil changes eludes people. I predict and expect the 03' will go way past 300k. And the 2015 to do even better since I have her since new. I got the 03' at 42k miles. These cars are utilitarian. They can handle a beating. They are nimble with excellent driving position. Perfect for a day out or long trips. I would take my 2003 across country easily right now. Toyota's last... Recommended!
I purchased my Rav4 at the end of 2015. I like it and drives very smooth. However I found out a problem in it. Its rear window is not strong enough. It explodes when the temperature inside the car is different from outside during early morning. I suggest leave one window a little open to protect blow up.
2006 RAV4 with 114k - First the alternator went out at 97k then it started have an idling issue where it would shake when you stopped at red light or stop sign. It stopped for a while then started back. Then while going on an emergency out of town it would not start. No lights came on prior. I checked the oil and it was empty I had just had an oil change 1200 miles prior. Put oil in still would not start. Tried a different vehicle to jump it off and got it started. Put a new battery in the vehicle - it started doing the idling thing 10 times worse! It would go dead when stopped. Was told it would need to reset - drove it 400 miles home from the trip and it's still not better.
Took it to the dealership today and they tell me the bolt on the Engine mount it is loose and the throttle body needs cleaning (they say this will fix it but not so sure). This is by far the worst vehicle I have ever owned! I'm also currently doing the oil consumption test. As soon as I get it back it's being sold. We own two other Toyotas and have never had any issues!
I had my car in park in the driveway. I was talking to the mail lady. I walked around my car into my yard to the mail box. Suddenly my drive shot out of the driveway like someone was driving it. The car hit a tree and there is extensive damage to the back. I am unsure what to do, Toyota is not helping me and the insurance company says unless they do I am stuck. The mail lady witnessed the accident.
I have a 2007 Toyota Rav4 that I am not happy with. I had to replace the steering shaft about 5 years after I got it. It had just come off the warranty and Toyota would not pay for it. I wrote them a letter but got no help. I now have to replace the steering shaft again. Is this normal? I don't know anything about cars but this doesn't seem right. I have also had to replace my alternator twice. I will never buy another Toyota.
I was very disappointed when the front brake pads started making a noise and I had to get new brake pads before reaching 20,000 miles! Front windows get stuck often when rolling them down! No big deal according to Toyota! It's normal due to the sensor it has which is very sensitive and little dirt could turn it on and automatically roll down the window sensing something is blocking (kind of like a hand or something on the way). Anyways after the two years warranty expired (at 32,000 miles) suddenly I heard a rattle noise when starting the car! I still have to find out what's going on. Honestly I feel like new cars are made to break down after the two year warranty! Not happy with TOYOTA!
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