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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,750 miles

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2004 Toyota RAV4 miscellaneous problems

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152016


  • 136,000 miles


The driver's side visor will not stay up. Comes down and blocks view.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 062016


  • 155,000 miles
When accelerating from stopped position the car hesitates, moves very slowly, then with added pressure on gas pedal jerks as it shifts into second gear, after that it seems to run fine. Check engine light and vsc trac lights are on. This is very dangerous when entering a busy road or in heavy traffic.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 092010

RAV4 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2004 Toyota Rav4 L - driving about 25 mph, no dash warning lights on, smoke started coming into cabin, within less than a minute fire shooting out from under hood. Totally engulfed in flames in less than 3 minutes. Regular service done at Toyota dealer.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was shocked as he exited the 2004 Toyota Rav4. The consumer is concerned that this could cause a fire if it occurs at a gas station.

- West Union, WV, USA

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