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2005 Toyota RAV4 exhaust system problems

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 052005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact states that there is a undercoating on the engine to keep the engine from rusting. The smell of the chemical is toxic and coming into the vehicle which caused the passengers and driver to get sick, and can even possibly to put them to sleep. The effect of this is even hours after getting out of the vehicle is dangerous, including symptoms of light headed, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. The longest trip in the vehicle is 20-30 minutes at a time. Dealership said they would try to remove the smell. They would not let them trade the vehicle in for another vehicle with out that coating on the engine. The name of the chemical is cosomolene (rust protective sealant).

- Alameda, CA, USA

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