really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,388 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 282016


  • miles


I bought a 2006 Rav4 over the weekend and the underinflation light is on. I checked the 4 tires on the ground and they were all ok. I decided to check the spare and after about 30-45 minutes of frustration, I gave up trying to remove the cover. I called service and the tech said, something like, "yeah, those are hard to get off and even harder to get back on." Anyway, this is the cover with the hard shell and the vinyl with elastic around the back--it does not have the latch. I finally got the vinyl completely pulled towards the back and around the hard shell but I yanked, pulled and pried and couldn't get the hard shell to budge. It was cold in the garage and my hands probably weren't working so well but it should be easier. The question is: What if I have a flat tire while in highway, first of all removing this cover is not easy at all for men, what about women? also, stoping on the highway shoulder for long time trying to remove this cover is not a safe option. I saw another Rav4 with the same shape of this cover but without this vinyl. It's like a body from back and the shell cap over it. This one takes less than a minute to remove it. I believe that Toyota should recall this type of spare tire cover and change it with the newest body and shell one.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009


  • 30,000 miles
My wife's 2006 Rav4 has a "clunking" noise in the steering that is worrisome to us. It has been present and getting worse for seven or eight years, now. I noticed the noise as being faint but didn't think much of it until my stepson asked me one day what the noise was. It occurs when driving the vehicle and turning the steering wheel. It got progressively louder and when I mentioned it to the Toyota dealer where we have the vehicle serviced they basically blew us off and implied that it was our faulty driving. I have seen other complaints about this same problem from other rav 4 owners but Toyota doesn't seem to want to fix this very dangerous problem. The fix will cost from 5 to 7 hundred dollars. We were asked if we wnted to pay for the repair and we said no, that Toyota should issue a safety recall about this problem and they documented that we had turned down repairs to the steering column. Another cosmetic problem we experienced was the finish on the wheels corroding and flaking off so that now the wheels look terrible. This happened when the car was just out of warranty. Toyota told us that we must have used a "solvent" to clean the wheels therefore creating the problem ourselves. This same problem is also on the internet among rav 4 owners. Toyota doesn't want to fix any of these problems.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 032016

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
Good afternoon, Toyota defects and malfunctions. Please, improve safety performance. Thank you for helping.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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

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problem #5

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 #4

Oct 092012


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota rav 4. the contact stated that he took the vehicle to an independent mechanic to repair his transmission when the mechanic notified him that the wheels needed to be replaced because they were rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified but provided no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Bechtelsville, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152012

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,680 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that all four wheels corroded and the corrosion spread to the valves. The failure was causing the tires to lose air rapidly. The dealer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance to the contact. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 58,680 and the current mileage was 59,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer stated that when he pointed out the rust to a service representative air was not leaking from the tire. He was only concerned about the condition of the valve leading to a blowout of the tire. Updated 06/07/12

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 232012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 w/40,000mi. And all 4 alloy wheels are corroded. They have been corroding for 1 1/2 to 2 years. The corrosion now has gone to the TPMS and all 4 valves need to be replaced. I replaced the tires at 36,000 mi. And brought the car back 9 months later because the tires kept losing air. They told me all the valves were rotting at the stem and because of the design of the TPMS had to be replaced. These are very costly repairs on a car that has never been abused and it just seems inferior products were used and I feel like my safety is in jeopardy if I take this car on the highway. Could you please investigate other Toyota owners for corrosive alloy wheels and TPMS problems.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 292011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 135,205 miles
I got a flat and I went to remove my tire and the bolt broke. This was the first time. I had it fixed. I went to the dealer to have my brakes done and was told that a bolt was going to brake if they continued to remove the tire. I was given the option to have it fixed for $178. Then I was having my tires rotated at the shop and another bolt broke. That made 3 bolts broken on the passenger rear tire. I've owned 5 brand new cars in my life and never had this happen before. I've checked the Toyota website to see if any 2006 Rav4 have been recalled for this problem but no recalls reported.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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