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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,400 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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2008 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 062014


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Rav4 Toyota. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle was making a humming noise as unknown warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear differential coupling assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage 114,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 292011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle, a 2008 Toyota rav 4, was sitting at a complete stop at a red light with operator's foot on the brake waiting for the light to change. Inexplicably and suddenly the engine revved to a high RPM and the vehicle lurched forward and struck the rear bumper of the vehicle in front. The collision was low speed and there were no injuries and no noticeable damage to either vehicle. We immediately drove the vehicle to the Toyota dealership for evaluation.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011


  • 63,000 miles
My 2008 Toyota Rav4 accelerated when the brake was applied on two separate occasions recently. One instance took place on or about June 30, 2011, the second time happened on or about Monday, August 1, 2011. The first time, Toyota claimed that the non-braking/unexpected acceleration problem was caused by floor mats I put in the car. I bought these for the car because I felt the ones Toyota originally provided were not safe (heels on my shoes, though flat, kept getting caught in the deep ridges of their mats, making it difficult to maneuver). After speaking with the Toyota 's mechanics, I threw out my mats and replaced them with new Toyota mats recommended by the dealership. About one month later the same thing happened again. When I applied my foot to the brake, instead of this action stopping the car, the car accelerated and moved forward. The first time this happened, my car was approaching a stop sign at the bottom of a hill leading to my complex's exit. As I neared the stop sign in front of a very busy roadway, I started applying my brakes. The car did not slow down. Although I pushed down harder & harder on the brake in a desperate effort to stop the car, it continued to move forward. My Rav4 went onto the roadway, narrowly missing a truck in oncoming traffic. The second time I was in a parking lot. I think there is something significantly wrong with this car and do not believe it to be safe. The mechanic at Toyota, before even examining the car, claimed it was "human error." I have driven many cars in my lifetime and have never had this happen to me before. It is my sincere hope that the NHTSA & dot will look into this and other related matters. It appears there are many people having brake problems with these cars. I truly believe people's lives are in danger. I'm afraid to have my granddaughters travel in my car!

- Wappinger Falls, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 272010


  • 46,397 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that whenever the vehicle was in either the park position or the drive position, the transmission leaked fluid. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that they would replace the transmission under warranty. The parts had to be ordered which would take time to arrive. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 46,397.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 102010


  • 20,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota rav 4, with a VIN that begins with a 'J', but I have experienced a problem with acceleration when I depress the brake pedal. It has happened about 3 times in the last 4 months. The motor races and I have to press very firmly on the brake to keep the car from moving forward. I took the car to the Toyota dealership where I purchased it, and they did a thorough check and could neither duplicate the acceleration problem nor find anything wrong with it the systems that they checked. That was about two weeks ago. I have not experienced that problem since, but it happened infrequently before. I am concerned that is may happen again.

- Pleasant Valley, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008


  • 5,000 miles
1st oil change mentioned whine in trans. Dealer said nothing wrong progressively got worse and 15,000 oil change said something again still; nothing wrongthis whine noise is between 38/47 mph. Made an appointment and car was test driven 10 miles by district manager and dealership service manager to verify condition condition heard is normal planetary gear noise considered normal and no repairs necessary. 2008 Toyota rav 4 the whine is very annoying I'm disappointed with the outcome.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

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