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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,292 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Aug 102007


  • 221 miles


This is an ongoing problem that has existed since I owned the vehicle. More then half the time when I step down on the gas hard, my vehicle nearly stalls, severe hesitation, then slowly recovers and applies power. This would be when you have to pass a car on a two lane road or merge into heavy traffic. It is hard to know if it will be there when I need it or if I will have to wait for the engine to catch up. I have reported it to the Toyota service department multiple times; they have test drove it, had a factory rep. Look at it and at computer printouts. They admit there is a problem but don't seem to know how or want to fix it. I thought I should report it, since the information coming out now is Toyota seems to like to hide the safety problems with their vehicles. I feel this is a safety issue since I can't depend on the vehicle when I might most need it to get out of the way.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 012008


  • miles
We bought our Toyota, a new 2007/4430C Rav4 (5-door 4X2 SUV), on 9/7/07, and have noticed several problems in the operation of this vehicle. Our Rav4 currently has around 24,000 miles on it, and the problems have neither increased nor decreased in frequency. Because these problems are intermittent, our dealer, dunning Toyota of ann arbor, Michigan, was unable to replicate what we experience. However, we believe that documenting this situation is important as problems'some of which sound similar to what we have experienced¿are currently surfacing on other Toyota vehicles. Problems we have experienced ever since we have had the vehicle include: (1) intermittent engine surges. These occur when accelerating, braking, or simply coasting. The RPM needle visibly fluctuates, and passengers can feel the surging and ¿choking¿ of the engine. (2) the gas pedal sometimes does not smoothly engage, and the car ¿jumps¿ ahead when the pedal seems to finally engage. (3) occasionally the car does not seem to slow when the brake is applied. In the winter of 2008, I was traveling at a low speed (beginning to accelerate from a stop) on slick pavement when the car in front of me unexpectedly stopped in the middle of an intersection. I immediately applied the brake but the car did not seem to slow down. The resulting collision resulted in $615.63 in damage to our vehicle. I do not know the exact date of the accident. The police were notified but no tickets were issued. I just put an arbitrary month and date below so I could continue to the next page of this report.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 232009

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2007 Toyota rav 4: enginetype V6 1) driving car on highway at night, stopped at light, smelled oil burning thought smell was from other vehicles. Continued to drive when stopped at next stop light smelled oil burning, saw light trails of smoke around head lights. Watched gauges and got the car home. 2) shut of engine raised hood and removed plastic engine cover. Saw oil was all over the passenger side front of engine near fire wall and wheel on well cover. Had wife start car, saw oil squirting in a small stream from a rubber hose attached to metal pipe. The pipe the hose was attached to was attached to engines cylinder head next to fire wall at the front of the cylinder head. 3) I have had the car since Dec. 2007 when it was brand new it now has 80,000. Miles. I talked to the local dealer about this specific failure, I was told there was a bulletin for this problem. I gave the dealer my VIN and mileage, I was told my VIN was not on the list and my miles were well over the vehicles warranty limit of 3 years or 36,000 miles. I was told if I wanted a quote I would need to get it towed in and they would give me a quote for the work. At this time based on all the information still am investigating my options for this repair to attempt to reduce my costs. The repair of this failed oil line entails the removal of the complete failed oil line end to end and the installation of a complete metal pipe assembly. So far I am finding this failure seems to be a quite common with this model engine with this oil line configuration. Based on this failure and that it is a know problem with Toyota, I'm very disappointed that I'm stuck with all the costs. Plus I could for see in some failures one might not detect the problem thus experiencing a full engine failure. I would have to believe if it is covered under warranty, you'll never receive a complaint on this problem. From a cross sectional point, your only experiencing those of us trapped with a design flaw.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #6

Nov 092009


  • miles


2007 Toyota Rav4 V-6 manufacturing defect with the oil line of the vvt-I camshaft. Poor quality of rubber line has caused multiple failures which has resulted in catastrophic engine damage, engine fires. Toyota is conducting voluntary recalls with certain VIN's, however this voluntary recall does not adequately address the problem. Toyota knows of this manufacturing defect and has redesigned oil line accordingly, but is not offering this redesigned oil line to customers affected by original defect.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 212009


  • 56,000 miles
I was driving down the highway with my 2 children and the oil hose broke. No failure lights came on the dashboard. Took car to closest repair shop. They had to add 5 qts of oil since it leaked out. Found out this happens quite frequently on the same engine in another model. The oil hose was replaced.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 222009


  • 45,232 miles
1. leading up : a faulty and poorly designed rubber oil line weathered within the engine compartment. 2. failure: While driving on the freeway, the weathered hose snapped. The car immediately spilled four quarts of oil. The check engine light never lit. The water temperature stayed within range. We had the vehicle towed to a Toyota dealership. 3. repair: Toyota replaced the failed oil line with the same part. No engine diagnostics were performed despite the likelihood of serious engine damage. The oil compartment was left dirty. The engine cover was left soaked in oil (it's a foam part).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007


  • 36,000 miles


Toyota V6 engines 2gr-fe have a problem with the vvti oil pipe failing. This pipe has a rubber section in it, it leaks with all the oil draining & causing engine failures. Toyota has replaced this pipe on later vehicle with all metal this started out with the avalon.check out the ravworld on line site. Click on "4.3" & then "oil line failure rav Camry, Lexus" etc. Toyota needs to recall all vehicles with 2gr-fe V6 that have the rubber hose in the vvti oil line.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 082009


  • 70,744 miles
Blown oil line on 2007 Toyota Rav4.

- Middlesex , NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 272007

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving 45 mph the contact heard a high pitched whistling sound. The dealer stated that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The whistling sound started to occur more frequently, and the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact felt that thiswas a safety issue because it caused the driver to become distracted. The current mileage was 1,500.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

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