really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,796 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 drivetrain problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Mar 012007


  • 50 miles


When driving for longs periods, and some short periods including coming home from the dealer when the vehicle was brand new, the check engine, stability control, and 4WD lights come on in the cluster. The cruise control, 4WD, and stability control do not function when this happens. The dealer claims they could not find any codes and cannot fix it. This has been going on since March of 2007, and the warranty has expired. I feel this is a huge safety concern, as I have heard of other Toyota vehicles doing the same thing, and stability control is a safety feature.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 012009

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Transmission developed an annoying whine from 40 to 60 mph. Very distracting while driving because of the high pitch noise it makes inside the cabin. Big disappointment!

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 012011


  • miles
2007 rav 4 had 3 lights turned on (check engine light, stability control light and 4 wheel drive light), shortly after the lights came on, the brakes failed. Rav4 was taken to Toyota delearship for repair and after the technicians being confused by the lights, they determined that the brake booster had failed. This issue is similar to the recent highlinder recall and I feel people's safety is at stake with the brakes failing.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Aug 112010


  • 40,000 miles


I bought a Toyota Rav4 07 with 5000miles 3 years ago. Runs great, everything seems fine, but noticed that after taking a 700 mile round trip that we had gone through darn near a quart of oil. No visible smoke, no leaks....what gives? I was surfing the web this morning and did notice a couple of different questions regarding excess oil consumption in various Toyota. Toyota won't fix my car and said that was "normal"...I want the big guy in Japan know about this issue. Can you elaborate for me. Thanks in advance for any help.

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #7

Apr 072010


  • 47,000 miles
Engine appears to stall under light throttle. RPM gauge shows the engine speed fluctuation. Transmission shifts in and out of gear rapidly when cruise control is on and you are going up an incline.

- Springtown , TX, USA

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problem #6

Oct 092009


  • 46,387 miles
On Oct 2009 I had a total transmission failure of my 2007 Toyota rav 4 while driving on the highway the vehicle seized completely.the transmission has been replaced but I continue to having major problems with shifting gears and braking problems.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 092009


  • 43,000 miles


On several occasions while driving my wife's 2007 Toyota Rav4, the motor revved momentarily while I was braking. The last instance was in the summer of 09 while driving through a campground at approximately 5 mph. A person crossed the road in front of me and I applied the brake to let him pass. While driving through the campground, the motor revved (I am estimating it revved from idle to about 17-1800 RPM) and the vehicle lurched forward, startling the pedestrian crossing in front of me. Fortunately my foot was on the brake and I just applied the brake harder and no one was hurt. On several other occasions previous to these incidents, I experienced similar problems, and I had previously dismissed them thinking that perhaps I could have stepped on the brake and gas at the same time. I know this not to be the case in this latest instance because my wife and I were returning from the beach and I was barefoot, so I know did not step on both the gas and brake simultaneously. The gas pedal also did not stick. I was idling through the campground at the time without my foot on the gas at all.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Complaint:second complaint I purchased my Toyota rav 4 2007 in October of 2007. A few months after I had the car I started noticing that the car, for no reason would hesitate, leaving me at times in the middle of crossings an intersections with no power. After others began making comments that there was something wrong I brought it into leith Toyota. The first time was April 24th 2008. I explained to the service advisor I was having intermittent problems with the car. I told him I would start across an intersection (4 lanes) and all of a sudden the car hesitated, there was no power. I would press the gas pedal to the floor and approximately 10-15 seconds later the car would lunge forward. I told them it concerned and scared me. I was told that they could not find any problems. April 28th 2008 I returned again to the dealership advising them there was a problem, I was afraid to drive the car and wanted it fixed. I again was told there was not any problem with the car. This time I refused to leave until the problem was fixed. They finally brought the car back in and told me the models have a problem with the ECM system. I was told they reflashed the ECM system with an update sent by corporate and things should be fine. Yesterday I returned to the dealership. I told them the car was ok for a number of months but again this week I was almost in an accident because the car had started to hesitate again, and I am left in the intersection without power and on-coming traffic. They took the car out and of course the problem is intermittent so they were unable to find anything abnormal. They told me they would check to see if there were any additional computer updates for the problem. The car also looses power on highway at 60 mph, shuts down after a while. They advised me there were no additional updates. I told them the problem is putting me in danger of having an accident. They told me Toyota does not feel this is a problem. Updated IVOQ 07/15/10.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

May 112007


  • 37,887 miles
My Rav4 V6 2007 37,887 miles had a V V T oil line rupture and extensive loss of oil. The oil sprayed the upper engine and leaked on the ground. The car was creating a loud grinding sound and the oil light flickered then went out. The service station where I pulled in refilled the oil and then found the leak.the car had to have 5 quarts put into it, it holds 6. the car was towed to the dealer. A request to exam the valves and drop the oil pan to exam for metal filings or any damage has been denied. They would only replaced the hose according to the warranty. This defect was known by Toyota, tsb EG064-05, on the avalon 2005 (same engine). Research shows this part was still on the 2006-2008 Rav4 V6. This hose was redesigned on the 2009 Rav4. The oil warning light on the Rav4 V6 does stay lit until after all the oil is gone and catastrophic engine failure occurs. Toyota built it with this defect and have no mechanic device to warn and protect the consumers of the leak. I was told service replaced an engine on another Rav4 recently, but mine was not run until the engine stopped. I do not understand why the service department would not check the valves or bearings for further damage. They ran the car, but would not do a visual or physical inspection as we requested.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 212009


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While entering the vehicle, the contact's child inserted a key into the ignition. The child accidentally shifted the gear into reverse while sitting in the front passenger seat without the brake pedal being depressed. The vehicle rolled backwards and caused minor physical damages to the vehicle and property. The contact is in the process of notifying the dealer to determine why the brake safe gear shifter did not work. The failure and current mileages were 27,000.

- Eagar, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 242008

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at any speed, the vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating. The contact did not notice any difference beforehand. The current mileage was 9,000 and failure mileage was 4,000. Updated 11/12/08. Updated 11/18/08.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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