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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,000 miles

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2005 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 212015


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 30 mph and attempting to merge to the left lane, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The contact had to wait approximately four minutes in order for the vehicle to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 032008


  • 30,000 miles
We were approaching our garage when all of the sudden our 2005 Toyota Rav4 accelerated without me pushing the gas petal. We drove through the front of our garage, causing substantial damage to our garage and the SUV. Both garage doors had to be replaced and the front of our garage had to be reframed and dry-walled inside. My husbands 1977 Jeep-CJ7 that has been totally restored was damaged and had to be repainted. The SUV suffered damage requiring a new passenger door, new passenger side trim, new side mirrors, new headlights, and repainting of the front half of the SUV. We contacted the police and they said since the damage was done to our property no report needed to be filed. We did take pictures for the insurance company which we still have, and we can obtain a copy of the report from the insurance company and or the body shops. We also contacted the Toyota dealership and questioned whether there were any recalls or problems with any other Rav4S and they said no. We have noticed on several occasions that there seems to be some times when the throttle seems to accelerate while we are driving down the road, but nothing as severe as the accident. With the recent recalls of Toyota we are very concerned about another incident occurring and for the safety of lives.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

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