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

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2006 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 162006

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144 miles


I have a brand new 2006 Toyota Rav4 V6 sport 4WD and within 4 days of collection, the rear left wheel was in the process of falling off. While this probably sounds dramatic and an exaggeration, it is not. With 144 miles on the odometer, I took it back to the dealer to have the source of a squealing sound looked at. The sound began around 50 miles as a very faint, brief noise and gradually got worse until at 144 miles I was at the dealer. On the shop lift, it was apparent the noise was the wheel bearing/hub assembly coming apart. The lug nuts were tight and the wheel was loose - very loose. I am thankful I did no highway driving in those 144 miles. The technician said the wheel would have fallen off. Toyota have since replaced the parts under warranty but I am very unhappy with them and how they dealt with the whole potentially fatal situation. I have video of the loose wheel in the shop that I would be happy to share with you.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

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