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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,064 miles

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2011 Toyota RAV4 fuel system problems

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 262014

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • 48,484 miles


1. after having driven my Toyota Rav4 limited edition for about 3 miles, I was turning left into a parking space at the morgantown airport. I had my right foot on the brake pedal to slow down. When I was about 25% into the space, the car lurched forward and the engine began to race spontaneously. I increased pressure on the brake and shifted from drive to park. This caused an immediate decrease in the engine speed. My wife was with me and I told her to look to verify that my foot was on the brake, not the accelerator. I went directly to the Toyota dealer. After 3.5 hours Toyota concluded that the problem was "pedal misapplication" and no further action was required (case#-[xxx]). 2. at about 8:12 pm this evening, we were driving around looking at christmas lights. I was doing about 5 mph in front of 937 riverview drive, morgantown. I depressed the brake pedal with my right foot to slow down for a better view. The engine began to accelerate spontaneously. I shifted from drive to neutral, which solved the problem. I had my wife verify that my foot was on the brake only. 3. this is the third occurrence of the same problem I first reported in ODI number 10667543 (Toyota case#-[xxx]). this vehicle has a dangerous defect which Toyota has not been able to correct. This is a problem in the control system. It is not a "pedal misapplication". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #3

Mar 252014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 41,572 miles
Driving home from work. Hit some type of debris in road heard a loud noise immediately smelled gasoline gas tank had a large hole in it. Concerned that there is no protection whatever for gas is just there under the driver seat. Seems like there should be a skid plate or some sort of protection from rupture.

- Winter Haven , FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
When accelerating to pass another vehicle we get an overpowering sulfur smell in the cabin.

- Tx, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 012010


  • miles
I purchased my 2011 Rav4 on 10/19/10, with 3 miles on the odometer. As of 1/31/11 the odometer now reads 2605 miles. After driving the vehicle for 1 week I noticed that the gas consumption was very high. I drove the vehicle to harrisburg, pa which is only 120 miles from my home in philadelphia, pa and burned a full tank of gas upon my return home. The vehicle is suppose to get 28 mpg on the highway which equals to 420 miles on a 15 gallon tank. Also, I have a 24 mile roundtrip commute each day and by the end of the week my tank is almost empty. I took the car into the dealership to service the complaint but was told, as I suspected, that nothing was wrong. I am filling the tank up on average every 4 days. I also notice that as I am driving, the fuel gauge needle is moving downward. No one seems to take my complaint seriously and I am always fed the story of how well made and sophisticated that the engine and components are. I have been purchasing Toyota certified used vehicles for the past 20 years and have never had any complaints. This is my first brand new vehicle and I am regretting purchasing it. I want this matter thoroughly investigated but I am always told the same thing. I am not a mathematician but I can count and my 2011 Rav4 gas mileage is horrendous.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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