If you want a small SUV for driving mainly on pavement, you won't go wrong with the RAV4. It has nimble handling and a respectable ride. A fully independent suspension also helps make the RAV4 feel more like a car than a truck. All-wheel drive is available, but it has no low range for serious off-roading. Acceleration is leisurely; the engine is a bit boomy when revved.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“radiator top tank cracked”

Leonard M., FL (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“water was leaking and it was determined the water pump needed replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The Water pump has gone out numerous times in the 10 years we have owned the vehicle and it frequently over heats”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard area squeaks unless the road is smooth”

David H., IL (2000 Toyota RAV4 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“lots of noises in under carriage”

Joel L., PA (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Tailgate latch needed repaired”

Scott D., CO (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Over the past 8 years the car rattles like something is loose. It comes and goes and the car repair can never find it. The last time I took it in for the 90K service I got it back with major rattling, though not all the time. It's very odd”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“just making noise; did not fix yet”

Joel L., PA (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

“$700 repair”

Anonymous, ID (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“minor leak was 90% corrected with LUCAS Power Steering Stop Leak”

John L., NY (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Old time to replace”

Don B., OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At first, we were told we needed to replace them at a cost of over $700. After we had to spend more than $700 on the power steering, the shop said the shocks and struts weren't really too bad and could last a bit longer”

Anonymous, ID (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I paid $1000 to have all the struts and shocks replaced and after 15 years of driving, that was the only problem with the suspension system as they wore out with age”

Anonymous, MI (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rear replacement first time”

Anonymous, QC (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“gasgets and trim showing signs of age and are coming loose or starting to rust”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The clear coat is peeling off (mainly the roof). It started with a small bubble here & there. After it rained, just about then entire roof's clear coat had bubbled, with water getting under the clear coat. It began to peel really bad when it dried”

Donna S., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“normal rusting after 17 years”

Gary S., ON (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on Right rear fender. Repaired”

C D., MA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust very obvious in left rear wheel well, just below gas tank filling nozzle area”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“alarm for door did not function properly and had to be disarmed; it was interfering with the engine electrical system, and the car would not start randomly; once the door alarm was disarmed , it has worked perfectly”

Kyrus P., FL (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The screw fell out and the housing and the contral need to be fiddles with to get it to work”

Kathleen K., NY (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had two new chips put on in the past and it is now out again. They seem to only last 3 years”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

“Stopped working... Driver's side window slow to close”

G M., OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“One baackup light out”

G M., OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“AC does not work after several visits to service department”

George R., WA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower would work irratically for past few years. Now it is not working at all. The car overheats, a lot, the water pump has been replaced at least 5 times since 2007, the raidator once, and it still over heats and loses water. Not sure how but”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattling sound when blower turned on. Mechanic said he could repair it but if we could bear the noise he would suggest "just live with it. He thought it was leaves that some how got caught in the vent system”

J G., NY (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“May also be relating to cooling, but a section of the electronics, radio, clock has all gone out in last month. May just need a fuse but haven't had time to check. One good thing about a Toyota is it keeps on ticking, even when other parts fail”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“slow leak that is impossible to find. Leaks out over 3 years”

Anonymous, QC (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

“Front seat passenger seatbelt very difficult to lock”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“When I lock my vehicle, the passenger door behind the driver does not always lock, nor does it always unlock on the first attempt”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ignition key failure”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“The windows have a coating on to darken them. It is starting to deteriorate on a two of the windows, almost like a sheet is loosening”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“New pads”

Ralph P., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes seem to need replacing every couple of years. Thy often get squeaky first. Right front wheel bearing was also replaced”

M S., VT (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Brakes often develop an annoying squeal”

M S., VT (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“replaced master cylinder”

Donna H., TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“faulty pressure switch”

Anonymous, MA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil has been dripping from engine area after latest oil change”

Anonymous, MA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Cam and crank leaks - large local dealership did not replace these during scheduled timing belt service and the cost to do them separately was high. I see this as a service issue rather than a problem with engine reliability”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“a seal had to be replaced, I think. this was the first major repair we'd ever had done to this vehicle and we've owned it since 2002”

Anonymous, BC (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Hole in exhaust pipe at connecting joint to engine”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Exhaust leak due to corrosion and crack in central exhaust pipe”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted in two places”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“EGR valve needed replacing. Also, the IAC (intake air control valve) valve is not working properly & needs replacing for a 2nd time (first replacement was approx. 2012). The RPM fluctuates drastically from low to high when vehicle is sitting idle”

Donna S., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“both O2 sensors replaced at >Can$1500 total - service costs are out of sight - a rip off”

Anonymous, BC (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“replaced ignition coil and fuel injectors for cylinders 1 and 4”

Donna H., TX (2000 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Half shaft had to be replaced”

B G., SC (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“transmission gears”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“This was actually the LoJack alarm system that suddenly went off when I went to start the car in a parking lot . Every time I turned the key to start the alarm wailed.. Called 3A and the gentleman was smart enough to cut the wires and remove the device and wires. Car started fine and I have a hole in the dash where the system was originally installed at the dealership”

Ed K., NJ (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Transmission does not synchronize well between gears while shifting causing gears to grind. Usually need to double clutch to get transmission into reverse”

Wayne A., CO (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“When trying to move the vehicle at low RPM's the clutch and or tranny rumbles and vibrates noticeably”

Wayne A., CO (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Replaced at 100k; broke at 145k”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“FIRST: it's really a 1997 RAV4, but your stupid form doesn't allow me to enter anything earlier than 2000. Second: not complicated: radiator began leaking badly and had to be replaced urgently”

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Clutch would not stay in 5th gear. Kept slipping out of 5th”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:DISC:ROTOR
Aug 09 2000
THE DISC ROTOR COULD BREAK (WHERE IT MOUNTS TO THE WHEEL), RESULTING IN A LOSS OF BRAKING ACTION ON THAT WHEEL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY ELECTRIC VEHICLES. THE FRONT DISC BRAKE ROTOR, WHEN EQUIPPED WITH STEEL WHEELS, CAN DEVELOP STRESS FRACTURES IF THE LUG NUTS ARE TIGHTENED WITH EXCESSIVE TORQUE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DISC BRAKE ROTORS. IF THE VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH STEEL WHEELS, TOYOTA WILL REPLACE THE FRONT DISC BRAKE ROTORS AND STEEL WHEELS WITH NEW DISC BRAKE ROTORS AND NEW ALUMINUM WHEELS. IN ADDITION A CAUTION LABEL THAT READS, "USE NEW GENUINE TOYOTA ALUMINUM WHEELS." WILL BE AFFIXED. VEHICLES ALREADY EQUIPPED WITH ALUMINUM WHEELS WILL ONLY REQUIRE CAUTION LABEL INSTALLATION.
For more information:
ALL THESE VEHICLES ARE LEASED AND OPERATED IN FLEETS.OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V212000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 780
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:PARK/NEUTRAL START SWITCH
Aug 09 2000
THIS CONDITION CAN RENDER THE SYSTEM INOPERATIVE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY ELECTRIC VEHICLES. IF THE SUBJECT VEHICLES ARE REPEATEDLY PARKED BY PLACING THE SHIFT LEVER INTO THE "P" POSITION WITHOUT APPLYING THE PARKING BRAKE, THE PARKING LOCK ROD, A COMPONENT OF THE TRANSMISSION PARKING LOCK SYSTEM, COULD BREAK.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PARKING LOCK ROD.
For more information:
ALL THESE VEHICLES ARE LEASED AND OPERATED IN FLEETS.OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V211000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 756
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