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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,985 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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2006 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 022015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


Problema con sistema de frenar el auto Rav4 el pededal de freno pierde precion baja hasta el fondo. Cual hay que estar aplicando varias veces el pedal freno para mantener pecion en el frenado de el auto. El cosumo de aceite exsesivo.en el motor.el control del volante sonido fuerte al giirar.

- Coamo, PR, USA

problem #6

Sep 032014


  • 98,000 miles
Driving down road at 20-25 mph. Suddenly the right front wheel locked up (brake pedal was* being pressed) and began the ABS shudder as if vehicle was braking on ice. Vehicle pulled hard to the right; this occurred several times over the next few minutes. After car warmed up it didn't happen again, but recurred the next morning after starting out. Searched internet and found other Toyota drivers had experienced the same problem and 'resolved' it by removing fuses for ABS braking system, rendering it inoperative. Car brakes normally now with no issues, but ABS, brakes, vsc and other dash lights are on because ABS system is disabled.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #5

Aug 162014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Hissing noise when brake is pressed and took the car a much longer distance to stop and had to press the brakes very hard. Had to use the emergency brake to get back to home. Online it seems to suggest that this is a brake booster failure.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #4

May 022014


  • 16,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota rav-4. the contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed into objects in a residential garage. There were no injuries and the police were not called. The contact stated that the failure recurred three additional times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000. The VIN was not available.

- Killsborough, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 182013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the hydraulic power booster had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was unavailable.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 292013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 77,597 miles
Car making hissing noise, brake light came on, little braking, had to use unusual force to stop. Diagnosis: Brake booster failure.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 35,300 miles
At first, when the brake pedal was depressed, a hissing sound appeared to come from inside the vehicle. The vehicle still braked normally, requiring the usual distance to stop. However, after some time, the "brake" light came on, and braking feel completed changed, requiring the pedal to completely be depressed just to slow the vehicle down to a stop. The brake fluid level in the master cylinder was at the proper (maximum) level and no leaks appeared around the brake calipers / pistons and ground. It seemed several owners of this generation of Rav4 (3rd generation) had exhibited similar symptoms pointing to a "brake booster" failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent, reliable shop and the "brake booster" was verified to be the problem.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

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