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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,000 miles

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1998 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 092009


  • 120,000 miles


My 98 Rav4 started acceleration problems after we hit 120,000 miles. It has done it about a dozen times but it seems like it has only happend when we are stopped at a light or stopped to pull out into trafic, it may have done it only 1 or 2 times while driving.

- Dearborn Hts, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 052009


  • 42,000 miles
I purchased a used 1998 Toyota Rav4 in October 2009. The vehicle has 42,000 miles. When driving home on the interstate the truck began to jerk and loose power. We got off on the nearest exit and made it home safely. The truck continues to do the same. I took it to the Toyota dealership and was told there was nothing they could do because there was no check engine light on. The truck has done this and 4 occasions. It puts my daughter at risk for being rear ended.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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