Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 172004


  • Manual transmission
  • 94,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving on the highway at 70 mph, there was a very loud noise that sounded like an explosion. The vehicle stalled suddenly without warning. Upon inspecting the vehicle, there was oil all over the engine. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop who determined the engine had failed due to oil sludge. Updated 10/25/2006 -

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 302002


  • miles
The consumer was parking the vehicle without prior warning the vehicle accelerated into wall please fill in additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Palisades, CA, USA

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