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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,033 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.

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2005 Toyota RAV4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 162015


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the part needed to charge the battery was not working properly. In addition, the vehicle made a loud whistling noise. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 47,000......updated 02/10/16

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 142014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 96,100 miles
Over the past few days, the last incident occurring on 2/14/2014, my car will suddenly lose power as I am driving, for about one to three seconds, then just as sudden kick back on again. When it loses power for that second or two, I lose my power steering capabilities and the battery light come on. Once the power comes back on, it continues to ride fine as if nothing happened. The problem is intermittent. I took the car to a local pep boys facility. They tested the battery and it was fine. They could not determine where the issue was originating.

- Maywood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 312012


  • 118,000 miles
First tire indicator light came on. Checked pressure in all tires. Tires were at correct amount. Went to reset light which did not work. SUV was on an incline (driveway). Let car sit for an hour on flat surface. Started Rav4.the tire indicator light came on plus ABS and vsc trac lights. Consulted owners manual which stated to take to Toyota. No other brake warning lights came on. Was 1/2 mile from dealer when smoke started coming into passenger cabin. Smoke/fire was coming from the engine and under Rav4. Smoke was a bluish grey. Pulled off the major road into an abandoned business driveway. Turned rav off and ran. Passerby called 911. Fire trucks/police arrived. Rav was a total loss. Called Toyota usa to report fire. They are saying that it was not mechanical or electrical. But that the fire originated in the engine compartment. Cause of fire was undetermined and there was no evidence of any sort of defect or malfunction with any of the electrical or mechanical systems found. Rav went to dealer for all required service and never had and major problems. If it was not electrical then what caused my lights to come on. Thee vsc trac light had never come on since I owned the car. I have owned Toyota since 1973 and never had anything like this happen. The Rav4 was my 5th Toyota.

- Audubon, NJ, USA

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