fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,984 miles

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 132016


  • 0 miles


I have bought rav 4 AWD xle 2015 in July, 2015. It started giving me problems within 1 year. I went to Toyota dealer 3 -4 times to fix it. He even replaced transaxle and some bolts and put some engine oil in it but again I got all these engine lights on my car display board. Everytime, no. Of lights are increasing N the display board. Sounds like they are not able to fix this manufacturing defect. Suddenly car became sluggish on the highway, not picking up the speed. So scared to drive a defective car on the highway. Specially when problem is in your car engine.(engine light on, track off on, A/T oil temp on, AWD on, ) what else left in the car. Really fusterated and dangerous. Everytime new light comes on and off.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 152016


  • 5,896 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and operated normally. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,896.

- Morrow, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152015


  • 9,000 miles
The light on the cruise control stalk blinks and it is very distracting at night while driving. Then the cruise control started dropping out while driving. No warning lights or codes were stored in the computer when checked by the dealer. The dealer replaced the cruise control switch, but the problem got worse. The engine started shutting off while driving on the highway with a total loss of electrical power and would take several minutes before it would restart due to no electrical power. The dealer then adjusted the switch on the brake pedal but it didn't help. The radio/navigation screen has since locked up and you have to restart the car to reset it. The engine will sometimes shut of for a few seconds and the restart on its own while driving. When this happens several warning lights stay on (ABS, airbags, traction control & all wheel drive). The lights do not reset until the car is turned off and back on by the key. I have almost been involved in 3 accidents because of these problems. The car is now in the shop after contacting the manufacturer several times about the failure of the dealer to repair the car and that it is unsafe to drive. It is at a different dealership due to the selling dealers incompetence in their service department and management to address the problem. These problems have been going on for over 5 months and over a period of 15,000 miles and I do not believe it can be fixed and I do not believe the manufacturer is really trying to repair the car because of all the stalling they are currently doing at this time. I need your help.

- Hampton, AR, USA

problem #3

Mar 052016


  • 4,000 miles


The car was being driven in philadelphia at a low speed when the engine caught fire. The fire quickly was out of control and destroyed most of the car, including the engine, dashboard, front seats, windshield, windows, front tires which exploded, and airbags.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122015


  • 70,010 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While driving 5 mph, the brake pedal was slightly depressed and the engine revved. The brakes failed to respond and the emergency brake was engaged in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,010.

- Los Angles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122015


  • 1,000 miles
Driving on slight grade at approx. 55 mph. Attempted to pass car in front of me. Checked left lane, semi about 50-75 yards back. Pressed down gas pedal and nothing. It was like the car went into neutral. Meanwhile semi is approaching. Pumped pedal a few times nothing semi has to slow down because I am slowing down instead of accelerating. Finally pedal catches and car accelerates. This has happened about 5 times since I got this car new in January, Toyota dealer service person says this is normal as everything is done by computer now, not hardwire. Computers are exceptionally fast so I don't buy it. He did admit that another Rav4 driver had complained about the same thing I did. He advised me to hold the pedal down and the acceleration will kick it. Tried it. Did not do anything. Very worried. Plus semi driver must think I'm an idiot.

- Mililani, HI, USA

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