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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
166,000 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.

2005 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 232010


  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Rav4. Whenever the contact started the vehicle he noticed that the brake light, ABS light, vsc track light would illuminate intermittently. The failure was not diagnosed. There were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 29000. The current mileage was 30000.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 302009


  • 46,000 miles
There are times when the brakes would not engage. The speed was always relatively low (30 miles/hour or less). I never knew when it would happen, so I never reported it because it was non-repeatable. It happened every few months. I can't put incident dates since it was recurring, but I need to fill that in, so I'll fill it in with the last time it happened.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182010


  • 423,000 miles
The ABS brakes on my 2005 Toyota Rav4 do not grab properly on uneven surfaces. They seem to try to slow down rather than stop, especially after hitting a pothole, or being on bumpy road. I almost ended up in the middle of an intersection on two separate occasions.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

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