really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,947 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 suspension problems

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Aug 142013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated NHTSA campaign number: 13V383000 (suspension) had surpassed a reasonable amount of time for repair. The contact took the vehicle to be serviced and the dealer stated that they did not have the lubrication available to perform the repair. The manufacturer was alerted about the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Payson, AZ, USA

problem #19

Jan 152013


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the rear of the vehicle began to shake intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 12V373000 (suspension). The failure persisted after the repair was performed. There was a second recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 13V383000 (suspension) however, the vehicle was not repaired because the manufacturer informed the contact that there was not a remedy yet available. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #18

Aug 262013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
I received notification of the recall and took my vehicle to the dealer in October 2013. The dealer determined my car needed the recall part fixed. I was notified that due to availability of parts the recall could not be done until mid-February 2014. I called the dealer and Toyota on 2/10/14 who both tell me it would be "mid-February." It was mid-February but they didn't know when the parts would be received. I called today, 2/26/14, and now being told that it would be between "mid-February and mid-March" but they don't know when the dealer would receive the parts to fix it. In the meantime, the car continues to make the grinding sound. Toyota continues to give the run around on this repair. This is not acceptable when I took the car to the dealer in October!

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 202014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number 13V383000 (suspension) and was informed by the manufacturer that the parts were not available. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 03/31/14

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 172014

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 93,853 miles
Front left clunking noise when going over bumps, told by dealer issue is in the electronic steering. Dealer did not sound confident when stating it was safe to drive. Have read about multiple 2006 Rav4 owners having defective steering.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

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problem #15

Nov 042013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Driver side read tie rod end rusted through and snapped causing loud noises and handing issues.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #14

May 012012


  • 122,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V383000 (suspension) and stated that the parts were not available to have the recall service performed. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle had been experiencing problems with the rear suspension and when making turns, the contact would hear an abnormal noise from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 122013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Saturday, October 12, 2013 when my wife and two young daughters (ages 2 & 4) were coming home from shopping. Our vehicle experience catastrophic failure, endangering the lives my wife and my two young children. She heard a loud bang from the rear of the vehicle and she lost control. Luckily, she was not moving very fast and was able to stop quickly and pull to the side of the road. The failure occurred on the on-ramp to an interstate 71 with a posted speed limit of 70 mph and the car was not drivable. Had the failure occurred 20 seconds later, my family would have been traveling at a high speed in a rav 4 with absolutely no control. We cannot even fathom the potential outcome if that failure had occurred on a busy highway with trucks etc. We took the rav into the local Toyota dealership and they deemed the accident to be caused by the rear lower suspension arm. The rear lower suspension arm was recalled in the fall/winter of 2012, where we took it to the dealership to be fixed in Nov. 2012 with the so called "clip".

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #12

Feb 212010


  • 77,000 miles
I was driving by 88 St and 94 ave in miami, Florida went through the train tracks, and heard a loud noise, like an explosion, and the car started to shake and move to the left lane, thank god there was no cars coming, so I finally control the vehicle, I look for a reason of the explosion, and then drag...literally to a shopping plaza, where I noticed the tire behind on the driver side was almost separating from the vehicle. I called my son, and he send a tow truck, later a mechanic would tell me that the inner tie rod broke. I noticed months before that the car made funny noises from the suspension. I called the dealer sent an E-mail to Toyota usa warning them, they told me to go to the dealer. They didn't care what I said to them, I went three times to them, Toyota usa insisted to go to the dealer. Three years later Toyota usa sent me a warning brochure about the inner-tie rod problem and how to do the alignment on the rav 4 but when I bought the car they never said anything about doing this procedure. I did the alignment for the rav 4 in a place that has all the certifications, in my opinion the rav-4 has a defect involving the suspension ( after shocks) and the inner-tie rods, I hope this helps find the reason of this problem. And how to get reimbursed for all the expenses that I went through this..

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 042013


  • 92,180 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, she heard a loud noise and lost control of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that her vehicle veered to the right. After inspecting the vehicle, she noticed that the rear driver's side wheel was protruding out of the wheel well. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V373000 (suspension). The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 92,180.

- Lanham , MD, USA

problem #10

Apr 252013


  • 74,400 miles


My power steering P/S warning light came on as I was backing out of a parking space. I noticed my power steering suddenly wasn't working. I drove home and then took it back out of my garage, in which the light then turned off and I had my power steering back. Is this a known defect of my car? I did receive one about the rear lower suspension arm #1 and a floor mat recall, but that's all.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 012011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 66,789 miles
Right rear suspension rod broke. Took it to mechanic, had it welded till new part arrived. Had it replaced. Toyota issued a recall and had work done on February 13, 2013. On March 18 the driver side arm broke.

- Mt View, HI, USA

problem #8

Feb 272013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 102,512 miles
Over the course of the past 2 months I have heard a quiet popping noise coming from the back right tire area when I make turns. I actually visited a Toyota dealer 1/8/2013 because there was a lower suspension arm recall on my vehicle. They "inspected" and put a sticker on, and a worthless clamp (might as well been a paperclip) on the the tie rod. On 2/27/13, I took a few co-workers to lunch and they noticed a loud pop every time I turned a corner or hit any uneven spot in the road. When I pulled into my parking spot at work I got out and looked at the rear right tire and it was slanted only slightly. Later in the day, I backed out of my parking spot and heard a very severe pop and the tire made a whooshing noise as it was making contact with the tire well. The vehicle was out of service at this point. I got my vehicle toed to a nearby shop, and they found that the tie rod on the rear right wheel was bent severely. The mechanic that was inspecting my vehicle was not a dealer, and agreed that the "fix" Toyota developed for this recall issue was worthless, and agreed that I could have been seriously injured if this had failed on the highway. I have a photo of the bent tie rod, and visited the shop to see for myself this afternoon. I truly think that Toyota's fix should have been to replace everyone's tie rods. People's lives are still at risk! I plan to submit my charges to Toyota for reimbursement.

- Beach City, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 302013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
On Wednesday, January 30th, around 6 P.M. est, I was driving home from work, going approximately 40-45 mph, when suddenly I lost control of my vehicle (2006 Rav4, standard not sport). Fortunately, I was able to get the car off to the shoulder after about 30 seconds of swerving and inability to control the car. There was no physical damage to my person, car or anyone else, but as you can probably imagine, I was ? and continue to be- very shaken up over what happened, and how much worse it could have been had I been on a more congested highway, going at a faster speed. A woman, who was driving behind me, stopped and helped me out and witnessed how out of control my car was. She thought I had hit a deer (it was very dark, foggy and rainy, as well). Ironically, I had just received a recall notice from Toyota not even a few days earlier. I was away the previous week and it arrived while I was out of town. I had the recall in my physical possession for a total of 4 days, one of which was not a business day. I had my tires changed and aligned over a year ago (I"D have to get back to you on the exact date, but I"M fairly certain it was Dec. 2011 or January 2012). At this time, according to the Toyota recall notice, an additional step needed to be taken in order to prevent backlash at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust. If this occurred, thread would wear, causing the arm to separate, which could result in the loss of the vehicle. The same night of the incident, I had my car towed to the dealership where I purchased it and the next morning, January 31st, they confirmed that what had happened to my car was indeed because of the recall. This means that I had been driving my car around to my own detriment for over a year, without any idea that there was a potential safety hazard to myself or my six year old daughter.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 172012


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota rav-4. the contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph around a bend, the driver's side rear wheel separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was later towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they advised her that the tie rod end was fractured, causing the wheel to detach from the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired by welding the tie rod into place. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 106,000. The current mileage was approximately 107,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Semms, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 132012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 46,401 miles
This is an inquiry not a complaint I had my car checked for the suspension arm recall nothing was done to my car I given a repair estimate for tires and a alignment my concern is if there was nothing done now what happens if this suspension arm causes a problem next week or next year can I be certain that a quick check is all that is needed to ensure safety no clips or caution labels were mentioned am I driving a safe vehicle.

- Roselle, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 192012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 63,825 miles
My rav 4 is making a loud clunking noise from the rear suspension. My local shop replaced the rear shocks and the rear sway bar end links, which did not solve the clunking noise. I took it to Toyota of westport in westport, ct on October 1, 2012 where they checked the vehicle and said they are unsure how to rectify the problem until Toyota produces a formal recall and fix, but they do know of the problem. If the problems are stated all over the internet and Toyota knows of the problem...how can it not be fixed" I am worried as my wife travels distances by highway and I do not want this to cause a crash if it can be solved. What is one to do when the dealer does not know how to fix their product" I am at a loss, but will keep my fingers crossed and hope that my car holds up until Toyota figures this out.

- Oxford, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 022012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 56,100 miles
Performing a three-point turn on an uneven, rocky surface. Heard a loud clang/pop from the rear of the car. Thought a rock was kicked up or it might have been suspension related. Was informed by dealer at previous oil change that I was in need of replacing passenger rear shock absorber as it was leaking badly. I had figured that the failed shock absorber had finally given in and had created the noise. I went ahead and scheduled an appointment for service that same week and had an oil change done and had both rear shock absorbers replaced. Peeked underneath the car when I got home to see new the new shiny (not oily) shocks and noticed that the bolt connecting the anti sway or stabilizer bar to the lower suspension arm had sheared off on the driver's side. The bottom half of the bolt, the bushing, washer and nut were missing. The passenger side was complete and intact. The failure of this critical piece of suspension had obviously created the noise I heard.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 012010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Steering wheel "clunks" at relatively low speeds - clunking increases over time. Concern is if steering fails as a result. Toyota's fix is to replace intermediate driveshaft and an alignment. Apparently this is a pervasive problem on a number of Rav4 model years (based on hundreds of postings on internet discussion sites, at least one of which claims failed steering resulting in multicar crash). Per these online discussions, some Toyota dealers have stated it is a serious safety issue, some have not. Given this problem has existed for a number of years (Toyota has two service memos issued on the problem and even developed new replacement parts), if the NHTSA has investigated this issue and determined there is no consumer safety issues, is that conclusion available to the public? would appear this would be proper to disclose, as consumers get very concerned with a potential loss of steering and its potential crash ramifications.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302007

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Toyota rav 4. consumer states issues with front steering, suspension and drive train the consumer stated the problems started with an abnormal noise in the steering system and continued with other problems associated with the steering, front suspension and drive train. Various front end components had been replaced 10 times. After the steering shaft was replaced for the second time in August of 2011, the vehicle is now performing as designed.

- Weddington, NC, USA

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