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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,880 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 lights problems

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012015


  • 124,000 miles


Noticed while parked in driveway, right front headlight appeared to have a blowout. Replaced with new bulb, did not work. Checked fuse to light, fuse good. High beam does work, low beam does not. Checked online, and see others have had the same problem.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #2

Aug 112012


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Rav4 and it has had a whining sound when idling or accelerating for a week. Today I was driving it and the power steering quit while I was driving it. I could barely steer it, if my wife was driving, she could not have turned the vehicle. Many of the warning lights came on- brake light (checked the parking brake), ABS, SRS, battery, vsc, maintenance, and slip indicator lights. Also the radio quit working, all at once. New battery installed last month. We have owned this vehicle since new from the dealership, had 2 recalls fixed for air bag sensor and floor mats, but no other problems until this.

- Mcalester, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 222010


  • 54,640 miles
Number 1 -- I am very happy with my Rav4. It was a cold evening after dark and I left work. The battery had failed. Not a problem, I got a jump and the car started. I let it sit and obtain some charge. What was very unusual were the number of systems that could fail whenever a power surge was needed, say from the power steering, power brakes, etc. The power surge would lead to a lights out, or loss of steering, or engine temporarily stalling, etc. It recovered each time after the surge was over (good news). I am reporting this because if the battery failure had occurred at speed I could have easily lost control of the car. I view myself as very lucky. The battery was the original battery supplied with the car. I have not yet returned it for re-cycling. It it would be helpful to you for safety study reasons I can make it available.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

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