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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
96,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 272015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


Yesterday night, while driving my Rav4, the cars acceleration suddenly started hesitating. In addition, when shifting from gear to gear, the shifting became very harsh with a feeling that the transmission had a lot of pressure. This is not an unknown issue to the Toyota. There was an article in the new york times about the complaints: and if you search online, hundreds and hundreds of complaints. Although my car is a 2002, it has very low miles for it's age (96K). Toyota never notified me about this issue and I feel so unsafe driving my car around the crowded bay area. I called and Toyota offered nothing other than for me to bring the car into the dealer. I stopped taking my car to the dealer because they messed up my oil change previously and were charging me an arm and a leg despite doing a shotty job. I will never buy a Toyota again.

- , Cupertino, CA, USA

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