hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 22
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,751 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 electrical problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #61

Jan 092017


  • miles


My vehicle was parked in a parking lot but when I wanted to open the door, the fob wouldn't work. The battery had been depleted and when I replaced the battery, by aaa, the dashboard lights stayed on even after I took out the keys from the ignition. This can cause the battery to die again. I have to disconnect the battery so that the light that stays on will not deplete the battery. The car shakes because the power isn't getting to the receiver very well. This is a problem inside the electric hub. At any moment my car can shut off because the electric current isn't stable when the car is on. One of the fuses or something isn't disconnecting properly, causing the dashboard lights to stay on.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #60

Nov 172016


  • 92,000 miles
Drove for over an hour in dry, stable weather conditions. Upon slowing to make a left turn into a parking garage on surface streets the steering completely stalled with multiple alarm lights flashing, including battery. Vehicle was still on and able to drive but with very poor acceleration. This caused me to block traffic oncoming traffic for over 10 minutes as I labored (with a lot of strength) with the stalled power steering back and forth until inline with the garage. Called triple a immediately and had battery changed. Despite the car working again with stable steering, still concerned about stalling again, particularly in city streets (including the sf hills) and freeways. There needs to be some fix for power-steering being the first thing to fail with the battery/alternators.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #59

Jun 192016


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at unknown speeds, the battery light illuminated and the power steering malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the alternator and battery needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #58

May 022016


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle suddenly stopped and smoke and flames were present behind the steering wheel. The contact used water to extinguish the flames. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #57

Jan 182016


  • 110,000 miles
Driving on the highway going about 75mph after about 5 hours when a bunch of warning lights came on (including battery, air bag, and brake), my power steering failed and my speedometer quit working. Pulled over on the side of the highway and let my car sit for a minute, restarted my car and three different lights came on (vsc, check engine and slip indicator) and my cruise control wouldn't work anymore. My car currently has about 110,000 miles. This is not a wear and tear issue; this is a defect. From reading online, there are many complaints of the same issue. This could be a fatal defect and should be taken seriously. This is the second time my power steering has failed while driving.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #56

Jan 152015


  • 75,000 miles
While driving the car suddenly loses all electricity, all the lights, every light indicator, the radio are off. The engine stops running and the car stops immediately. This normally happens while driving on city streets but also happened once when the car was parked and the key was out. After I entered and turned the key the car wouldn't start and there was no electricity in the car. No lights, no indicators, etc were on. Took it to the mechanic to take a look but he couldn't find anything. Also took it to Toyota dealership and the technician inspected it and ran a diagnostics test but couldn't find the problem either.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #55

May 152015


  • 79,800 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at various speeds and attempting to make a turn, the power steering seized and several warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the battery and sensors were changed, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,800.

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #54

Nov 042015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while making a left turn at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact mentioned that on several other occasions, the failure recurred when the radio or turn signal was activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000. The VIN was not available.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #53

Jul 012015


  • 90,300 miles
Driving 55 mpg around curve in heavy traffic steering locked up hardly able to pull.off side of road. Happened again today July 25 2015 going 60 down busy hey rush hour traffic and steering froze had to get of to the side and restart then it was able to steer but battery.light flickers ha D battery lreplaced day before.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #52

Jun 072015


  • 128,910 miles
The car failed to start, the battery was extremely hot and had not water in it. Changed the battery, the car started properly; however, once set to drive it hesitated a bit, as if it were chocking for lack of gas but it had gas. Drove on and at about speed of 40 mph steering became hard to handle, ac and engine cut off. Restarted it drove back home... just made the last payment on the car, car was regularly serviced at the dealer.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #51

Nov 142014


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that it had oil consumption. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Brandon, SD, USA

problem #50

Jan 272011


  • miles
2007 Toyota rav 4. consumer writes in regards to the power window master switch assembly recall notice issues. The consumer stated the window would roll up.

- Ocean View, DE, USA

problem #49

Dec 192014


  • 88,584 miles
Occupant classification system malfunction (ECU). Toyota is refusing to cover the repair since the vehicle is no longer under warranty. Was advised at the dealership (kendall Toyota) that this malfunction will prevent the passenger airbag from deployment in event of an accident. The system malfunction is not specifically a wear N tear item and I firmly believe it should be covered by Toyota. Rav 4 has had multiple recalls but none for this problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #48

Nov 282014


  • 45,526 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While reversing at 5 mph, the air bag, power steering, and brake light illuminated and remained illuminated. The tachometer did not indicate the RPM. The speedometer and engine temperature gauge were inoperable. Also, the gear shifter failed to indicate what gear was in shift. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,526.

- Washington, NC, USA

problem #47

Nov 102014


  • 106,000 miles
All dash lights turned on and steering wheel was hard to turn. Drove home. Restart the vehicle, no issues, left it running, it happened again and smelled a burning smell. Had it towed to Toyota dealership. They replaced battery. Yesterday 11-18-14, same issue going about 40 mph. Had it towed to same dealership. Alternator needs to be replaced. Toyota also informed that water pump is failing. Through internet research, these are extremely common issues that should be resolved by Toyota and people should be reimbursed for such an extensive problem.

- West Suffield, CT, USA

problem #46

Sep 302014


  • 46,925 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving 40 mph, the oil warning indicator failed to illuminate within a reasonable amount of time when the engine oil level was low. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,925.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #45

Sep 072014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving 65 mph, the battery warning indicator illuminated, the steering wheel seized, and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Montclair, CA, USA

problem #44

Aug 092014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 80,450 miles
On 08/09/14 we were driving in parking lot with 5 people in car. Started driving and engine suddenly stopped. Car glided to a stop with gears and steering wheel locked. Car would not restart. Called aaa for a tow 20+ miles away to closest Toyota dealership and then got Transport for ourselves to hotel for the night. Next morning got rental car to drive to Toyota dealer where car had been towed to. Repair was simply a blown fuse for vehicle remote starter which was oddly located under steering wheel. Similar incident happened (03/12/08) while diving in Canada and repaired then at a Toyota dealer at 12,101 km. The remote starter was part of original equipment on the new car. Now, we fear driving Rav4 on highway at any speed for fear car will suddenly stop and steering will lock up. Remote starter needs to be removed or fixed at it is not safe.

- Glendale, WI, USA

problem #43

Mar 142014

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 67,800 miles
Well-maintained 2007 Rav4 (67K miles, no issues in the past) stalled completely while driving 50 mph. Nearly got rear ended as hazard flasher lights did not work at all. All power cuts off to inside of car. Once fan in engine turns off (about 6 minutes) car can start again. Dealership said "dirty throttle body part" so they cleaned it. Happened 2nd time the next week! then dealership replaced entire throttle body assembly. Happened 3rd time the following week! it's at dealership again now. Each time it happens, car is driving and once about 6 minutes passes, I can drive again. Barely have time to get near the shoulder of road.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #42

Apr 212013


  • 50,000 miles
On March 21st the ABS, vsc, traction and brake warning lights came on while driving at 35 mph in dry weather condition. When the lights were on, the ABS system was triggered making difficult to brake to stop. Since then the warning lights have been on and off and so I've been having difficulties when slowing down at a higher speed rate 60 mph, slow speed 20 mph, and even stopping. On Tuesday, April 8 I brought the Rav4 to the dealer and they said that there is nothing wrong with the car and that the breaks were ok. Dealer said: It is just the a rear sensor that needs to be reset. So dealer technician reset the sensor the same day. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 around 6:00 pm when turning left at a corner I heard a ticking noise then four warning lights appeared again and the breaks started to malfunction again. I'll bring the Rav4 to the dealer on April 12, 2014 and see what they have to say. The codes the dealer have initially were C0210 and C1223. My spouse and I don't want to drive the Rav4 without knowing that the sensor that the dealer talks about is either fixed or replaced. I don't want to be exposed nor expose my family to any possible accident due to the sensor/braking system failure.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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