Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2013 RAV4's top complaint is that the navigation screen is impossible to see in direct sunlight.

While certainly an annoyance, it's not a big deal in the world of car problems. Luckily the fix is a $10 anti-glare screen cover.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 accessories - exterior problems

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 062015


  • miles


We had a winter blizzard with ice, show wind etc. Where the wiper blades rest on the windshield they receive minimal if any direct heat. (I can not get a thin piece of paper between the dashboard and inside the windshield. The paper is 2 1/2" above the wiper blade.) I warmed the rav 4 for an extremely long period of time and the ice that had formed on the wipers before I started it would not melt off. I then scraped as much of the ice off the wiper as you can reasonably do without damaging the wiper and ice and snow off that part of the windshield where the blades rest. I started to drive but ice and snow immediately started accumulating on the lower part where defrost does not heat and the blades started to ice up and they scrap across the unheated area. Had totally unacceptable vision. Would stop every so often and scrap everything best as I could. Start driving and a total unacceptable vision window almost immediately. I have driven in this area for 47 years in a lot of blizzards and with a lot of different vehicles. I have never had a situation where I could not keep my windows so I could reasonably see to safely navigate. This rav 4 would not let me do that and I have been in a lot worse blizzard conditions than this one. Some Toyota have wiper de-icers with lines through the windshield to heat this part of the windshield where Toyota decided to place the wipers. While we were not aware of this issue when purchasing this vehicle new, safety should not be an add on you have to pay for. Toyota placed the blades where they are so they should de-ice. I understand heated side mirrors and the like but that is something that can be safely remedied by a driver who does not have them. This wiper problem can not be. Thank you.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
The navigation screen is totally unuseable in daylight. Screen is flat and exposed to sun. Driver has to lean way over and hold right hand over the screen to get any visibility at all. Even then it's too difficult to see, not to mention the danger of leaning over, using the right hand to screen, and staring at the screen rather than the road. Terrible terrible design. Toyota will not address the problem. $1500 mistake for anyone who purchased this add-on.

- Potomac, MD, USA

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