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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,883 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 #6

Sep 092010

RAV4

  • 71,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On September 9, 2010 my wife was approaching a parking spot in a walgreens drug store lot in our 1998 Toyota rav 4. she couldn't have been traveling at a speed of more than 5 to 10 mph. She experienced a sudden unintended acceleration about a few feet before the parking spot which caused her to jump a curb and crash into a column outside of the store. Both air bags deployed and the damage to the car resulted in a total loss. My wife had extensive bruising and great pain in the chest area which necessitated a trip to the emergency room. Luckily the damage was only bruises. There was extensive damage to the store column. It is estimated the car must have been traveling at 30 mph or more when it hit.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Sep 232001

RAV4 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine light came 0N. Consumer applied brakes, and vehicle went forward and jumped curb. Consumer's vehicle hit another vehicle, and light went off. Next day, dealer checked system's computer and a sensor kicked up the idler. Sensor will have to be replaced. Consumer was unaware of the cause, and if it was an intermittent problem.

- Hurley, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 282000

RAV4 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Covington, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 282000

RAV4 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary

- Covington, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 151999

RAV4 4WD

  • miles
Cruise control kicks out while going up hill, but only when you are going West not East. Go figure.

- Green River, WY, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998

RAV4

  • miles
Cruise control.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

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