really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,048 miles

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2015 Toyota RAV4 miscellaneous problems

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 252016


  • 24,000 miles


Vehicle did not respond to braking (possible stalling, loss of control of vehicle), resulting in a severe crash involving two parked cars and property, injury to driver, and total loss. The vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed going down hill due to having no control over the vehicle. Because driver was unable to stop, the vehicle ran two stop signs. The crash resulted in the vehicle crashing into two parked cars, "jumping" those vehicles and running into a home. The vehicle was twice previously repaired under warranty for stalling. Occasion 1 (14K miles): Vehicle stalled at stoplight and key light was flashing. Error codes P1605 and P219A at the time. Occasion 2 (16K miles): Vehicle stalled twice while stopped, on the same day. The vehicle was shaky at the stoplight and multiple warning lights came on, code P1605 (2nd repair).

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 202016


  • 17,031 miles
Takata recall. I would like more investigation regarding when a car is repair per specification and state law. How is that a company take control of the value and history of the car. But is not reported the correct way when the repair is done. Affecting the owner of the vehicle.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Oct 242015


  • 10 miles


The roof rack that came with the Rav4 states that each strut can hold 100lbs, but in the manual it states that it is 100 lbs total. I purchased some lumber and my roof rack failed on the return trip home. I believe it happened when I was driving on the highway. One side of each strut broke and dented the roof of my car. If the other side of the struts failed there would have been some devastation behind me as lumber and roof rack parts would have flown off behind me. I do not know the exact weight of the lumber, but based on the quantity I purchased I can assume it weighed around 110-120 lbs. If I knew that it couldn't handle 200lbs like I was led to believe, I would have easily put one board or all of them in the car instead of the roof rack. I would also assume that Toyota would have some sort of factor of safety on the struts. Also the side of the struts that didn't fail I assume had an increased load applied to them. This would make me think that there could be a problem in their molding process as well. The picture shows that each one says that it can take 100lbs evenly distributed. My point if my tire says 40psi max then I don't fill it to 10psi because there are 4 of them. The struts are also separate pieces, what if I mixed and matched or only had one on the car. Also these struts are sold with the Rav4 model I got and not purchased as aftermarket or as an add on item.

- South Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 132015


  • 5,700 miles
Purchased this car dealer certified after being leased for 9 months by someone else, from new rochelle Toyota. Had 5700 miles on it at the time of purchase. Since purchase it does not always start the first time, sometimes taking 3-4 times to start, and making strange noises, it sounds like its going to start and then dies. Has been to the shop 3 times and going in for the 4th time today, on 12/4 a new fuel pump relay was installed, starts better but still unknown reason why it at times it still takes 3-4 times to start it. Is a mystery, nothing shows up on the tech computers after it happens over and over again. Have owned Toyota for over 17 years never expected an issue like this. Also lights flicker and there are strange noises when attempting to start and unsuccessful. No rhyme or reason to this issue.took possession of the car 10-13-15 I think it is a lemon. I have a video of what happens dont think I can upload to this website.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

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problem #5

Oct 202015


  • 26,000 miles
Sunroof spontenously busted while driving on the interstate.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #4

Sep 302015


  • 612 miles


After 10 days of owning the car and less than 600 miles the car wouldn't run and we had to have it towed to the dealership. They said it was not under warranty and that the damage was caused by a rodent. Later that same evening our salesman called and informed us that components in the car are "green" and made of soybean and to keep our car in the garage (which we don't have). I have since caught a mouse under the hood of the vehicle with a glue trap and found hair and mouse droppings. The best offer they have given me is to give me a different Toyota vehicle at cost (and take the loss on my current vehicle). I have complained to both the dealership and to Toyota. I have had two other vehicles parked in within the same proximity for over two years. I have never had rodent issues with either of them and I run into issues within the first 10 days with a new vehicle. I am concerned for the safety of my wife and two year old child. If there are mice living inside the car, they could be leaving rat droppings that could be harmful to both of them. I am angry and concerned and don't understand why, when other vehicles parked in the same location aren't experiencing the same problem, this isn't a valid reason to return the car. Here are two articles that detail the problem myself and other Toyota owners have had - ctwatchdog.com/finance/rodents-damage-cars-by-chewing-electrical-connections-tips-on-how-to-avoid-costly-repairs, www.synlube.com/incredibleediblecar1.htm

- Cherry Log, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 282015


  • 1,897 miles
After gassing up in a station (full tank) and the gas nozzle clicked to a stop, soon as extracting the nozzle from the Rav4, fuel sprays with a force of pressure from the gas tank towards the person holding the nozzle. After this event happened the third time, we brought the Rav4 back to Toyota to be checked. Was returned to us the next day with an ok result. But the next 2 to 5 weeks the same problem happened, so we requested that a replacement Rav4 be given us - but Toyota refused stating that with the warranty, they will now perform a rigid test - the results of which confirmed the problem of gas sprays. We just got back the Rav4, and Toyota said they replaced the gas tank with a new one and saying that the old one had "a factory defect wherein the tank flapper was not closing properly. I am putting this on record on this report, for further investigation of NHTSA for the safety of other owners.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 042015


  • 6,224 miles
Yesterday, while I was parked at a secure location the back glass of my 2015 Toyota Rav4 broke unexpectedly for no apparent reason. There appeared to be no point of impact and the glass appeared to have exploded outwards. There was nothing in the car that went through the window and there was nothing around the car that may have hit the window. Other than two small areas where the glass fell outward the window was shattered but together. However when I got in my car and moved it all the glass crumbled and fell into the truck area.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 222014


  • 5 miles
Loud buffeting wind noise and vibration when any rear window is partially lowered or open. Will diminish or go away if either front window is open partially or all the way. Vibrating droning noise is so loud you can hear nothing else. Noise increases with speed starting at about 20 mph and up. Design flaw or is a repair available" definitely a safety issue in my opinion. Nature of the vehicle" hope not.

- Penn Yan, NY, USA

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