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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,828 miles

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2015 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 182015


  • 5,000 miles


The car is equipped with an automatic transmission. It rolls back on the slope when the brake is released. Rolling back continues until the brake is pressed again. This happens while the transmission is in "drive". it rolls back usually when the car is driven at the low speed with frequent turns. Irvine autonation Toyota lead technician marco stated that it is normal for some cars with a certain transmission (760ae?). he demonstrated with another Rav4. That car rolled back also until the brake is pressed while the transmission was in "drive". problem is it doesn't roll back always. I expect the car would not roll back while it's in "drive". it would hit the car behind if I don't press the brake fast enough or press the gas pedal fast enough. It acts like a manual transmission rather than an automatic transmission. If I don't have fast reaction, driving in a hilly area would be dangerous.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 082015


  • 400 miles
New vehicle 625 miles. Does not seem to shift into the correct gear when attempting acceleration up hills or from parking lot to roadway, or passing vehicles. Does not have adequate power, engine makes a straining sound. Was attempting to accelerate to drive up hills, pass other vehicles especially on hill. Santiam hiway Oregon. Less power than little Kia and PT CRUISER which easily passed me. Dealer had me compare it to a similar model on their lot, noticeable difference, lot vehicle did not have the problem. I have owned Toyota since 1984 and have a rav 4 2010 so I know this car is not accelerating properly

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 032015


  • 85 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that his wife pulled into the driveway, pushed the ignition button; and applied the emergency brake; however, she forgot to shift the vehicle into the park position. Upon the contact's wife exiting the vehicle, it ran over her and crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact's wife was injured and received medical attention. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85.

- Pepper Pike, OH, USA

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