really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,224 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012015


  • miles


2006 Toyota rav 4. consumer writes in regards to gas pedal issues. The consumer was involved in an accident, because the accelerator became stuck and did not release. Consequently, the consumer hit a tree.

- Brambleton, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 242010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving 60 mph and attempting to pass another vehicle when the accelerator became stuck in the open throttle position. The pedal would not release and the contact shifted into neutral. The brakes were applied with extreme force and the contact was able to stop the vehicle and shut the engine off. The dealer was informed of the failure and they advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 29,000. Updated 01/13/11 updated 01/27/11.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 092010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Rav4. The contact stated that when he started the vehicle and shifted the vehicle into drive with his foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated on it's own. The contact applied pressure to the brakes, shifted the vehicle into neutral and shut off the ignition. The contact fears for his safety while driving the vehicle. When the contact purchased the vehicle he noticed that whenever he engaged the accelerator pedal it temporarily became stuck. The failure and current mileages were approximately 36,000.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 082006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles


There is a problem in acceleration delay/throttle lag in the 2006 Toyota Rav4. After taking delivery Jan 06 and while driving 12K miles, we have experienced erratic acceleration problems. From complete stops or rolling starts, when turning corners in either direction, on uphill grades, or attempted passing, there is a significant delay in delivering forward speed regardless of how much pressure is put on the foot feed. After the delay, forward speed is delivered suddenly, causing the car to lurch forward and the engine to race. The forward speed lags continuously up hills, depending on the grade. Under these conditions, everyday driving is hazardous and I have had many close calls. The Toyota dealer dismissed our initial complaints, stating that this problem was 'normal', and we put up with this for too long before insisting the vehicle be checked out. The dealer said no error codes were generated and no tsb's had been issued and that they would have to be able to duplicate the problem in order to fix it, as though we're the only people with this complaint. After some persistence on our part, they gave the impression that they're well aware of a problem, but seem to be stone walling while laying the blame on Toyota to issue a fix. This is a very dangerous fault in the new Rav4. My online research has now revealed that there are numerous complaints of this same problem on consumer websites such as Toyota nation and edmunds. For Toyota dealers to pretend this is an isolated, insignificant problem is, at the very least, deceptive and may prove to be criminal, as this acceleration problem could well lead to an accident. Toyota must fix this problem asap.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 292006

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,312 miles
Hesitation problem - '06 Rav4 I4 sport model when trying to overtake, when pressing the pedal harder, engine didn't respond right away.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 172006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As I stopped at a traffic light the engine began racing and I almost was forced into the intersection into traffic. I had to push as hard as I could on the brake pedal to prevent an accident. This is the 3rd time that has happened and I am very apprehensive about driving the vehicle. It is a 2006 Toyota rav 4 sport.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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