really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,067 miles

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2005 Toyota RAV4 miscellaneous problems

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 152015


  • 122,000 miles


Rav4 was total stopped on a stop sign. On taking the foot off the brake paddle to move ahead on green signal, even before the foot touched the accelerator paddle the vehicle accelerated at high speed into the vehicle in front. The driver has been driving this Rav4 for few years and has a very clean driving record and was at regular university stop. The damage was so bad that the vehicle was totalled by insurance. The damage looks like a high speed impact. A old 2005 Rav4 with 122000 miles on it cannot move that fast even if tried. The damage speaks for itself. The police officer was informed that the incident was confusing and later thinking back, it looked impossible to be because of human error even if tried. The household has clean record (no tickets, no accidents from us) on 3 vehicles for past 15 years. The incident happened on a regular daily university stop where the vehicles are driven slowly anyways. The damage speaks for itself that the vehicle had uncontrollable situation. Incident happened moving from a dead total stopped vehicle (0 mph). But the damage looks like the vehicle crashed in with a high speed. Both the driver and the other driver were confused, as noted to the attending police officer.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 312015


  • 63,200 miles
The right side gas tank strap had rusted out and broke, causing the gas tank assembly to drop down onto the driveshaft.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #1

Mar 312012


  • 118,000 miles
First tire indicator light came on. Checked pressure in all tires. Tires were at correct amount. Went to reset light which did not work. SUV was on an incline (driveway). Let car sit for an hour on flat surface. Started Rav4.the tire indicator light came on plus ABS and vsc trac lights. Consulted owners manual which stated to take to Toyota. No other brake warning lights came on. Was 1/2 mile from dealer when smoke started coming into passenger cabin. Smoke/fire was coming from the engine and under Rav4. Smoke was a bluish grey. Pulled off the major road into an abandoned business driveway. Turned rav off and ran. Passerby called 911. Fire trucks/police arrived. Rav was a total loss. Called Toyota usa to report fire. They are saying that it was not mechanical or electrical. But that the fire originated in the engine compartment. Cause of fire was undetermined and there was no evidence of any sort of defect or malfunction with any of the electrical or mechanical systems found. Rav went to dealer for all required service and never had and major problems. If it was not electrical then what caused my lights to come on. Thee vsc trac light had never come on since I owned the car. I have owned Toyota since 1973 and never had anything like this happen. The Rav4 was my 5th Toyota.

- Audubon, NJ, USA

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