10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,637 miles

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2015 Toyota RAV4 electrical problems

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Dec 122021

RAV4

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased our Rav4 (Certified Used Car) from a Toyota Dealership in January, 2018. On December 12, 2021, I went into our garage to start the car. Upon turning the ignition key, the car starter clicked and the car's starter did not turn. The instrument lights also started to blink on and off, so I turned the ignition key to the off position. I removed the battery and took it to our local mechanic who tested the battery and determined that the battery was dead and that it would not accept a charge. This battery was the second new battery that I had installed in the car, and the second one to fail. I took the dead battery back to Walmart where I purchase it, and Walmart replaced it for free under warranty. I installed the brand new battery to the car. Upon connecting both the positive and negative wires correctly to the positive and negative terminals of the new battery, the car's starter began to turn, but there was no key in the ignition when the starter began to turn. As soon as the car's starter began to turn without there being a key in the ignition, I disconnected the battery cables immediately as a precaution and I made an appointment with the service department at a Toyota Dealership nearby. I had the car towed to the Toyota Dealership. The Toyota Dealership told me there was a battery recall on the car to verify it's size. The Dealership diagnosed the car's electrical system and said that the battery was sized and installed correctly, but there was a short in the electrical system. The dealership said that they would need to remove the faulty car starter that was installed prior to me owning the car, and the dealership would need to restore the starting system to OEM specs. Total cost was $558.02 for the repair.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #35

Nov 172021

RAV4

  • miles
The electrical system failed and the car has been towed by State Farm Insurance to Cop-art Savage Vendor in Elgin Il today. My safety was at risk by fast rapidly engulfing flames coming from under the car hood.The problem has not been reproduced or confirmed by a dealer or independent service center that we know of. Vehicle or components have been inspected by police, and might have been inspected by our Insurance after the vehicle was towed. There was a warning battery light just before smoke came out from under the hood, then the car stopped and then flames started to come out from under the hood engulfing the front part of the car.

- Lincolnwood , IL, USA

problem #34

Sep 132021

RAV4

  • miles
My wife was driving her 2015 Toyota Rav4 on September 13, 2021 when the car stalled while on the interstate. She coasted to the side. It started back up so she continued to work which was off the next exit. As soon as she entered the parking lot, the Rav4 stalled again and she was able to coast in to a parking lot. As soon as she walked inside the building the Rav4 caught on fire. There were no warning lights are any indication of anything wrong with the vehicle up until this point. According to the dealer and the insurance company, the battery caught on fire. What exactly caused this I do not know. The Insurance company deemed the vehicle a total loss per the Toyota Dealers recommendation.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #33

Aug 172021

RAV4

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Slow down to make a right turn, the car completely shut off. Put on emergency lights pulled into nearest safest parking lot, braking systems failed, finally put car in park. Pulled keys out of ignition. Took a look around nothing was physically wrong, got back into vehicle started it, with no problem. Took it through the same parking lot, through the drive-thru. Started smoking at the second window, pulled back into the parking lot, shut off vehicle. Got out of vehicle to access smoke, fire started, got back int car then an explosion. Grabbed my daughter and my things the best I could. There was about two or three more explosions afterwards, the fire department came to take out the flames; this was after other employees from the same area tried to put out the fire with fire extinguishers but it wasn-t much help. It halfway burned into the ground, the Fireman had to use the jaws of life to get the hood off of the car to extinguish the fire.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #32

Nov 172021

RAV4

  • miles
The electrical system failed and the car has been towed by State Farm Insurance to Cop-art Savage Vendor in Elgin Il today. My safety was at risk by fast rapidly engulfing flames coming from under the car hood.The problem has not been reproduced or confirmed by a dealer or independent service center that we know of. Vehicle or components have been inspected by police, and might have been inspected by our Insurance after the vehicle was towed. There was a warning battery light just before smoke came out from under the hood, then the car stopped and then flames started to come out from under the hood engulfing the front part of the car.

- Lincolnwood , IL, USA

problem #31

Sep 132021

RAV4

  • miles
My wife was driving her 2015 Toyota Rav4 on September 13, 2021 when the car stalled while on the interstate. She coasted to the side. It started back up so she continued to work which was off the next exit. As soon as she entered the parking lot, the Rav4 stalled again and she was able to coast in to a parking lot. As soon as she walked inside the building the Rav4 caught on fire. There were no warning lights are any indication of anything wrong with the vehicle up until this point. According to the dealer and the insurance company, the battery caught on fire. What exactly caused this I do not know. The Insurance company deemed the vehicle a total loss per the Toyota Dealers recommendation.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #30

Aug 172021

RAV4

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Slow down to make a right turn, the car completely shut off. Put on emergency lights pulled into nearest safest parking lot, braking systems failed, finally put car in park. Pulled keys out of ignition. Took a look around nothing was physically wrong, got back into vehicle started it, with no problem. Took it through the same parking lot, through the drive-thru. Started smoking at the second window, pulled back into the parking lot, shut off vehicle. Got out of vehicle to access smoke, fire started, got back int car then an explosion. Grabbed my daughter and my things the best I could. There was about two or three more explosions afterwards, the fire department came to take out the flames; this was after other employees from the same area tried to put out the fire with fire extinguishers but it wasn-t much help. It halfway burned into the ground, the Fireman had to use the jaws of life to get the hood off of the car to extinguish the fire.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #29

Jul 232021

RAV4

  • miles
Driver was driving on the highway when the screen turned off and on and the steering wheel seized momentarily. Approximately 5 minutes later, screen went blank again and could not accelerate. Driver pulled over to the side of the road. Strange noises were coming from under the hood and the car starting smoking and then caught on fire.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #28

Jul 142021

RAV4

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owned a 2015 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that after pulling into the driveway after driving for approximately 30 minutes, the contact parked and exited the vehicle. The contact stated that approximately 10 minutes later there was a loud explosion heard. The contact looked out to see the vehicle on fire. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. The contact was unsure if a fire report was filed. The vehicle was deemed a total loss. The cause of the failure was unknown. There were no injuries sustained. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #27

Apr 112021

RAV4

  • 55,000 miles
Car stalled while driving and battery set on fire. Battery was last replaced in October 2020 at Toyota dealership.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 182018

RAV4

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While on highway or city street at times the radio and panel lights flicker and the sound system goes off and will not return till I stop the vehicle and turn it off then once I start the engine the sound system will come on once again. Also at times the high beams will take a while to come on. The rear diir will not open in automatic must be hand forced. The rear suspension is as it does not exist

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #25

Mar 172021

RAV4

  • 77,600 miles
The vehicle stalled while I was driving on a highway at approximately 55 mph. I had been driving for 15 minutes. I lost power at the dashboard, lost power steering, and the engine stopped running. I coasted to a side street and stopped the car. I opened the hood, and discovered a fire in the engine compartment. The battery cable closest to the engine was on fire, and had melted one corner of the battery. A passerby helped extinguish the fire, and the fire department was called to inspect and make sure the fire was out. Earlier that day, the vehicle stalled in the same way while driving approximately 5 mph in a parking lot, but the power came back in a few seconds. Immediately preceding that was a 1-hour drive at interstate highway speeds with no troubles.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 012021

RAV4

  • 20 miles
Car randomly shut off on Monday of this year.also the radio is defective and car try's to switch gears while driving

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #23

Sep 292020

RAV4

  • 60,000 miles
The car was running on the street in the city when it suddenly stopped, fire and smoke rose from the battery's side. After extinguishing the fire, the vehicle could not move, and had to call the tow truck to the repair shop. I have witnesses.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #22

Feb 052021

RAV4

  • 34,000 miles
Driving normal, made a right turn and car suddenly restarts, steering wheel locks up during turn for a couple seconds. Electric restart engine and turns off the car and cannot gas it, only brake. Car comes back on without me turning it on and does not happen again rest of the drive. Driving normal for a few days, happens again, engine restarts again randomly while making a right turn, same exact description as described previously. Multiple dates of occurence

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 142021

RAV4

  • 25 miles
Driving normal, made a right turn and car suddenly restarts, steering wheel locks up during turn for a couple seconds. Electric restart engine and turns off the car and can't gas it, only brake. Car comes back on without me turning it on and does not happen again rest of the drive. Driving normal for 2 days and on the 3rd day, engine restarts again randomly while making a right turn, same exact description as described previously. Driven car for a day and incident hasn't repeated yet. But, now not sure if this affected it, sensors of car door open sign is on when car is turned off and all doors and windows are in place for locking. Only when car is off and I cannot fix it.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 072021

RAV4

  • 37,000 miles
I was entering traffic from a stop sign and collided with a black car at night time that did no have it's headlights on. City of raleigh, nc. Streets.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #19

Jan 072021

RAV4

  • 37,000 miles
I was entering traffic from a stop sign and collided with a black car at night that did not have it's headlights on. Their air bag deployed, - mine did not. City of raleigh, nc. Streets.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #18

Nov 092020

RAV4

  • 45,000 miles
The dom lights fuse keeps blowing. It appears to have a short but some times the fuse takes a little time to blow. Yesterday I tried to replace the fuse three times, and three fuses were blown immediately.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 232020

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I was exiting a highway on a curve (est. 40mph) when my power steering failed instantly jerking the steering wheel to the right creating a safety hazard. At the same time all of my dashboard lights flashed on and off. I have a Toyota Rav4 2015. There have been a recall for this description but not on my VIN.

- Westminster, CO, USA

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