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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,310 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 302014


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the cruise control failed to activate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Toledo, IA, USA

problem #6

Oct 152007

RAV4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
All 2007 Rav4 V6 engines like mine purchased new have a whistling/whining noise at idle, especially when cold out due to more air intake needed, from the brakes vacuum booster lines very noticeable when at idle at initial cold startup when applying brakes off and on. I have even heard this same loud whistling noise coming from in front of the instrument panel when accelerating from a stop sign in very cold (below 32 degrees) weather which is all due to the vacuum lines/check valve in the brakes vacuum system. Dealer is aware of the problem and have no resolution except to file a complaint with Toyota rep. To address this issue. All new 07 Rav4 V6 owners need to complain to their dealers about this issue for they will not repair this annoying loud whistling noise in the brakes vacuum booster lines without 100's of complaints. Also, I have read several complaints about the cruise control flooring the engine up even a slight hill and shifting in and out of gears repeatedly like it does not know what gear the engine should be in. Even with my 268 hp V6, it will do this and is not only annoying, but is a distraction and possible safety issue in slippery winter driving since the cruise control floors the engine up a hill and can cause swerving on icy roads. Speak up consumers, and let Toyota know they have issues which I am 100% correct on!

- Mon, WI, USA

problem #5

Nov 212007


  • miles
Racing RPM's when using cruise control; raced way up to 5-6 and then back down.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 252006

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles


There is a problem with the cruise control on this vehicle. It shifts erratically, and bucks, and shifts in to the wrong gears, causing the engine to operate at very high rpms.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 092007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37 miles
When using the vehicle's cruise control it will down shift back and forth from 2nd and 3rd gear numerous times before finally achieving the original speed and returning to 4th gear. This occurs predominately on hills where the vehicle speed will drop forcing the down shift. This down shifting to 2nd gear at speeds as high as 55 mph is hard on the engine. In addition, the ability to concentrate on other traffic and road conditions is impaired. The whole advantage of cruise control is negated causing a more hazardous condition.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #2

May 252007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,100 miles
When using the cruise control (with the automatic transmission) the vehicle will shift rapidly between 2nd and 3rd gears when climbing small inclines and even sometimes on flat ground. This action starts when the transmission downshifts to maintain current speed. This was first noted when the vehicle had just over 8,000 miles. It now has over 17,000 and the problem still exists. It has been in to the dealership twice for repairs. The first time I was told there was no problem. The second time I was told it was a computer problem and could not be repaired at this time. I was advised by the servicing dealer that in order to make a repair Toyota would have to create a computer program for the technicians to install. After talking with Toyota I have been told this is not a problem but a "characteristic" of the vehicle and no efforts were being made for any type of repair. This condition makes for an unstable and dangerous driving condition when the cruise is utilized because you do not know how the vehicle will react during the drive. Currently I am aware of 12 case numbers that have been created with the Toyota customer support center addressing this situation. Some of these cases even involve 2006 models.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Toyota rav 4 cruise control changes gears violently when going up a minimum hill and continues to change gears when on the straight away. Feels like it is changing between three gears. I have read multiple complaints in forums about this problem. Dealer denies problem and will not fix. Car only has 5K miles on it.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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