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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,000 miles

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1998 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 292004

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


I was driving uphill on 4 lane highway when I noticed speed dropping, I had dropped to 50 mph, then started to hear metal banging, I was starting to head to burm when some very loud metallic bangs happened, and one or more wheels locked up and sent me into a spin to the right, and I hit gaurd rails. I was on rt. 68 eastbound in Maryland, on sideling hill. After having it in the garage the mechanics told me that a gasket or seal leaked on the differential, they told me they have never had it happen, nor do they no why.

- Berlin, PA, USA

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