really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,662 miles

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2009 Toyota RAV4 body / paint problems

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 012014


  • miles


Paint peeling on roof of 2009 Rav4 Toyota, manufacturing defect that Toyota will not repair.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

problem #7

Jul 262015


  • miles
I have peeling of paint on exterior surface down to the metal. It is located on top between sunroof and windshield.

- Pinehurst, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 122014


  • 57,668 miles
I was driving and the air bag inadvertently went off, exploding in my face. The vehicle filled with smoke, dust, and debris. Because I could not see (airbag in my face and smoke/debris in the vehicle), I crashed into the vehicle in front of me.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #5

Jun 082014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 70,500 miles


On June 8, 2014, while driving my 2009 Toyota Rav4, I began to slow for a stop light. Several cars were already stopped. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, my car began to accelerate causing me to crash into another vehicle, and forcing it into a second vehicle. After the initial impact; my engine continued to rev-up, even though my foot was off the accelerator and hard on the brakes. Finally, I shifted into park and turned off the ignition. All three vehicles were damaged, two significantly. A passenger in the second vehicle expressed personal anxiety due to a ┐┐heart condition┐Ł and possible neck injury. Both drivers filed claims on my insurance, but no damage estimates or injury claims are available as yet. A police report was filed. During 2013, I had two previous accidents and several incidents while driving this Rav4, caused by sudden and unexpected acceleration. Damage of about $3,000 was incurred; however, no other vehicles were involved. One accident report was filed. On several other occasions, while driving on the interstate highways, the Rav4 suddenly and unexpectedly, accelerated. In each instance, I regained control of the vehicle and no accident or damage occurred. Prior to owning the Rav4, I purchased a new 2008 4-door Toyota Camry. On numerous occasions, during the eight months I owned the vehicle, I experienced sudden and unexpected acceleration, especially at cruising speeds on the highway. Becoming very uncomfortable driving it ┐┐ I traded the Camry on the then new 2009 Toyota Rav4. As a 68 year old single working widow, I am afraid of driving the Rav4 to work or on weekends. In January, 9013, a legal claims administrator for Toyota motor sales, advised by letter that based on their inspection of the 2009 Rav4; the 2013 accidents were ┐┐not the result of any type of manufacturing or design defect.┐Ł

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 012012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the ignition button failed to shut the engine off. The contact also mentioned that the door locks failed to function. The failure was experienced numerous times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 60,342. Updated 6/10/14

- Ft Mayers , FL, USA

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problem #3

Jun 062012


  • 17,124 miles
On June 6 2012 driving into a parking lot I had an un-intended acceleration on my 2009 Toyota Rav4 and the car only stopped because I hit my doctor's office wall. Even though I pressed the brake pedal, the car wouldn't stop. It was a very scary moment. I filed a claim with Toyota manufacturer, they inspected the car on June 19,2012. I got a letter July 30 2012 from Toyota motor sales usa Inc. That says they didn't find anything wrong with my car and that it is "operating as designed, within factory specifications" "however the inspection of your vehicle revealed no evidence of any sort of a manufacturing or design defect and we are unable to offer additional assistance". I thought my car was safe but now (thank god nobody was hurt) I don't trust this car and I lost confidence on Toyota cars. I'm afraid to drive this car. This car is defective and they know it. It was a horrible experienced! I didn't make this up, this really happened to me. On Aug 1st 2012 on press release tyt recalled Rav4 subs and Lexus to fix the suspension of Rav4S from 2006 to 2011 models. Other law firms have told me that the un-intended acceleration has to happen several times to be considered as complaint/recall per lemon law and that if tyt says there's nothing wrong with it, there's nothing they or I can do. I'm outraged to say the least! can you help? thanks for your time.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #2

May 282012


  • 22,000 miles
Rust on the latches that hold the rear door on the 2009 Toyota Rav4. Although not a major concern at this time, however when the rust does get worse the door will not seal exhaust and/or will open in a accident or while driving. This can be a hazard. I can email photos of the latches. If you want them. Toyota motor corporation and its dealership network are not wanting to repair this problem. I thought I can bring up the issue here and please contact me for further information. The repair is simple since the latches are held on with easily removed hardware. Toyota is not wanting to repair a simple issue that can become a serious safety issue in the near future.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152009


  • 8,000 miles
I bought a Toyota rav-4 sport in January 2009. It is a V-6 with the run flat tires. In July, I purchased a new, very expensive computerized sewing machine--one that I had hoped to be able to buy for a long, long time. It was just over $1400. I placed it in the back of my rav and drove home. I swung open the tailgate, not thinking I had to peak inside first. The sewing machine fell right out of the car unto the cement garage floor. I was devastated. Then I thought how lucky I was that my foot or my small dog was not injured. A toddler or an infant in an infant seat would have been seriously injured. I remain concerned about the computer in my sewing machine. My husband, knowing how upset I was, and seeing that there was a serious problem, cut a 2X4 and wedged it in along the edge, thus preventing my groceries and everything else from falling right out of the car as I opened the door. The other concern I have about this car is that there are no run-flat snow tires available and we live in an area that is hilly, with a lot of snow. The so-called, "all-weather, " do not have enough tread for our terrain.

- Bedford, NH, USA

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