really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,858 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 022014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I had ABS, vsc all the traction light came on my car around 6 months ago. I took it into the dealer and got the car fixed the culprit was the bad ABS sensor. Now on new years night while driving home all the lights came on and I lost my traction ABS suddenly. After parking the car for few hrs or so seems to cure it, but it kicked in while driving again and lost ABS, traction etc. It is very unsafe and I am taking my car to the dealer for second time, first thing in the morning. Now do I have to do that for all 4 sensors" wait till they die out one by one and go all year around ? what happens if my ABS and traction stops working while I am on highway while its heavy snowing? I after quick research online there seems like the ABS sensor problem is quite common among all the Rav4 in similar body style. If Toyota knows about it why are they not doing something ? if I loose ABS and my traction while driving I am jeopardizing my life. I am certain that Toyota have said oh its bad ABS sensor and made the customer fix it but how about the rest of the sensors which is about to go bad" I would kindly seek if someone could get back to me. I would also volunteer my time and allow the car to be tested at your facility if needed to do so.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 042011

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Brake master cylinder failure on a well maintained SUV.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 172009

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
To whom it may concern: I sent the below letter directly to Toyota and received a note back stating my issue is not considered a recall. However, I feel this is a safety issue and Toyota should be covering the repairs. I have a 2006 Rav4 that encountered an issue Feb 2010. I took it into a Toyota dealership and the diagnosis was left rear speed sensor and harness. Since the estimate was a little over $1000, I was not able to afford the repair. Within a few weeks after I picked up the car, the ABS, trac and vsc lights went off and stayed off until Dec 2010. When the lights came back on, I started to research the issue and came up with a "technical service bulletin (tsb)" explaining exactly the symptom I am experiencing. The tsb states that some 2006 model year Rav4 vehicles may exhibit an ABS M.I.L. "on"............ the tsb goes on stating the rear wheel sensor have been modified to correct this condition. My VIN number according to this tsb shows that my Rav4 is one of those vehicles that fall into this category of a possible failure. The warranty information stated the repair is covered under the Toyota comprehensive warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. The warranty application does also state the repair is limited to correction based upon a customer's specific complaint. I drove to a dealer in my area and explained the issue and showed them the tsb. I also called your customer experience center. Unfortunately, I did not receive any cooperation concerning my issue. My Rav4 is 4 years old and had around 48,000 miles (the first time this issue occurred) - just out of the "comprehensive warranty". I purchased a Toyota for its reliability and safety. Now, both of those reasons are hindered because of an issue Toyota knew about in 2006 that unfortunately occurred on my vehicle just out of the warranty. I would like to talk to someone that can make a reasonable and conscious decision concerning my complaint.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 142007


  • 7,000 miles


I bought my brand new Toyota rav 4 in August 2006. I use it very lightly mostly to commute to work which is about 10 miles. About 9 month later, I heard a squeaking noise when I hit the brakes. When I took my car to the dealer. I was told the front brakes need to be changed. I argued that the brakes have to be defective since with my previous car I changed the brakes once in 16 years. The dealer argued that I have to be an aggressive driver that why I wore the brakes so fast and that it is not covered by warranty. This problem was repeated twice after that. This means that in less than 4 years. I changed the front brake pads twice and the rear brake pads once. I found this extremely unusual. So far I have spent almost $1000 to repeatedly change brake pads and rotors. Recently I believe I found the problem. When I press the gas pedal the car speeds very easily and very fast. However, when I release my foot off the gas pedal the car does not slow down spontaneously. The gas pedal takes an unusually long time to go to the idle position. Hence, I have to use the brakes much more frequently which wears them out very fast. This is a safety issue and needs to be addressed and fixed. I am going to the dealer tomorrow.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 122007


  • 36,184 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph. When the brake pedal was engaged there was a grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several separate occasions for the identical failure. The noise was coming from the front driver side brake pads. The dealer stated that the brakes were functioning normally. There were no resolutions. In addition, the vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who stated that the floaters within the calipers failed and the brake pads were severely worn. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 36,184. The current mileage was 117,000.

- Phelan, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 152010


  • 46,000 miles
I wish to report an ongoing problem with the ABS braking system on my 2006 rav. It seems similar to that described for the new prius models. When braking on slippery or bumpy surfaces, usually at final braking at a stop sign, the system seems to take over and I have no braking control. (it is as if a pre-set braking program goes into effect.) it happens most often at low speeds, just as I brake for the stop -- and should have stopped easily. I have had many, many incidents where this has caused me to slide through a stop sign into an intersection. This has been a recurrent problem this winter, and is a serious concern for driving in Minnesota winters.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 192008


  • 37,700 miles


Purchased a 2006 Toyota Rav4 new in 2006. Replaced new brake shoes in early 2008 on July 19th brakes stopped working, but was able to avoid accident after two years I am told that the brake booster was leaking.

- Owings Mill, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 192008


  • 43,549 miles
Rav4 2006 SE le han realizado servicios de mantenimiento al DÍa. presenta sistema de frenos daÑado, diagnÓstico segÚN el centro de servicio el booster daÑado. No frena por poco ocasiona accidente al conductor. Millaje 43,549.

- Juncos, PR, USA

problem #3

Sep 092006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
My Rav4 started giving me brake problems within 5 months, about 5,500 miles. I took it over to the dealership where I bought the Rav4. They said the rotors had to be cut, so they cut them and put new brakes on them. The problem started again in less than a month. I drive a lot in the highway, so I put some miles in the Rav4. I took it to the dealership where I bought it again, again and again because they kept on making noise and I was afraid the Rav4 wouldn't stop when I put on the brakes. After the 3rd try because the brakes were still making noise and they weren't stopping correctly and the people at the dealership looked at me like I was crazy. They said the car was safe to drive. I changed to another Toyota dealership. At this dealership, first they said nothing was wrong, but they took a ride with me in the Rav4 and realized what I said. They put new front rotors and new front brakes. When I went to get the Rav4, I told them the noise was still there. They said to try it out for at least 500 miles before they put the rear rotors. That was at 18,000 miles. At 19,000 miles I took it back because the noise was still there. They put the rear rotors and brakes. Now, after five months and 8,000 miles it started all over again. This time, the lights are turning on for brakes, 4WD, ABS, vsc are turning on. I took it back to the dealership and they said the front brakes are completed gone and the rotors need to be cut. I complaint because it was only 8,000 more and they were used in the turnpike. They said the lights went on because the brake fluid went very low. I still had to pay to put on my brakes and cut the rotors. The following day, the lights of brakes, 4WD, ABS, vsc turned on again. I am afraid of driving the Rav4 and it won't stop in time and there is an accident.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 052007

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the brakes had to be replaced at 11,500 miles because the rotors were failing. The dealer replaced the rotors and brake pads. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle began squealing and grinding very badly 4,400 miles later. When she took the vehicle back to the dealer, they stated that the noise originated from the rear brakes, in between the vacuum and the rotors. The contact feels that the system was poorly designed. The possible mileage is 16,700 and failure mileage was 11,500. The consumer provided repair invoices. Updated 08/27/07

- West Branch , MI, USA

problem #1

May 072006

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact stated the he owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. While driving his vehicle at 5 mph and he was tried to come to a stop when the vehicle accelerated. The contact stated that this happened 3 times before he took the vehicle to dealership. The dealership did run a computer diagnostic and found no errors. The contact stated that the vehicle ran fine for a while and on 12/29/06 while driving the vehicle tried to make a turn and to stop when the vehicle accelerated again. He stated that this has happened 4 times that day. The contact stated that the second time the vehicle would not come to a stop and ran into stairs which damaged the guard that protects the bumper. The contact called Toyota's regional office in Chicago. The contact met an investigator at a dealership to run more diagnostic testing. The contact stated that the investigator found nothing wrong with the vehicle, but is waiting for the official test results. The consumer stated the third time the incident happened, he ran into a deck and caused damage to the vehicle. Updated 03/07/07

- Mercer, WI, USA

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