Our top-rated small SUV, the RAV4 is available only as a four-door, the current version manages to be a little roomier than its forebear without being much larger outside. The RAV4's flexible, well-laid-out interior includes a rear seat that lets you fold and remove each half. There's still no V6, but the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine picked up a much-needed 20-hp boost, and now provides adequate performance.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.
Road Test

Our top-rated small SUV, the RAV4 is available only as a four-door, the current version manages to be a little roomier than its forebear without being much larger outside. The RAV4's flexible, well-laid-out interior includes a rear seat that lets you fold and remove each half. There's still no V6, but the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine picked up a much-needed 20-hp boost, and now provides adequate performance. The engine and automatic transmission work well together, and the all-wheel-drive system does its job efficiently and unobtrusively. Access and loading are very easy. Nimble handling, excellent brakes, and good fuel economy also add to the RAV4's appeal. One caveat: The RAV4 lacks a rear bumper, so even minor rear impacts could require expensive repairs.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Had blue smoke on start up. Replaced EGR but it didn't solve problem. Turned out to be leaking valve gasket. Dealer said it was minor problem that didn't need fixing, so I've not done anything about it"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace catalytic converter"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter turns on the check engine light indicating it needs to be replaced, but it doesn't because the car passes emission testing. So my check engine light is always on rendering it worthless"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor heating element failed"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace all oxygen sensors and catalyst converter"

Benton W., ON (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"old and not working properly"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

""Check Engine" light due to fuel injectors needing replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Wiring became corroded and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor failure, total of 2 thus far. This vehicle has 4 total sensors, and the sensor itself costs $250 plus cost of replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine Light warned of the issue. Not unexpected because of the age of the car"

Anonymous, KY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light on, need 2 new O2 sensors and catalytic converter--seems like too much to spend on 14 yr old car"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light, bad 02 sensor. Could have gone up to $2200, cost $500"

Anonymous, WV (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light goes on for several months and off for a few months. The diagnostic check shows catalytic converter but it is not the problem. Without having a spare O2 sensor or cat converter to swap out to confirm. I live with the light on"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor heating element failed"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All four O2 sensors have had to be replaced over the last three years"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The oxygen sensors frequently go bad. I believe its due to the ethanol gas we put in our vehicles"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have an o2 sensor replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain gear on the camshaft has a variable timing function and after changing the sensor we will have to change the gear and that will cost over a thousand dollars"

Craig B., NV (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 Sensors seems to fail quickly and need replacing often. (Two banks of sensors)"

Peter M., MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The fuel intake tube needed to be replaced and the cap because the emissions says there is a leak. The mechanic spent many hours trying to find the small evaporation leak, but could not. So, I am careful to not top-off when I fill the tank. That seems to keep the emissions/check engine light off"

Eugene F., MD (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"The serpentine belt broke while I was driving on the highway. My steering locked up and my brakes weren't working correctly. I have my car checked every 3000-3500 miles and this belt was ok at the last check. I do not know why it popped"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"While driving, the computer malfunctioned causing the vehicle to sputter as though it was not getting gas. I almost got rear ended by a tractor trailer. Thankfully, the Toyota dealer replaced the computer and the vehicle has been running perfectly"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This was a recall problem that Toyota busted their asses trying to straighten out, but if my wife had not complained (bitched about) when three times the car was "FIXED" but didn't run correctly we would never have solved the problem!"

Michael R., NY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"over a 5,000 mile period had to replace 3 out of 4 O2 sensors. I'm ready to sell now"

Jan P., AR (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Periodic firing failure , but minor, as if one spark plug or associate component is not is not firing? Failure will be examined by professional mechanic soon"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"oil was leaking from the area of the oil filter, everytime I had my oil change I would check to see if they put the filter on tight and would see a small drop of oil on the ground and would just think it was residue from the oil change right after my"

Myrna D., CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak at main seal"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking around gasket which was replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"slight oil dripping from a cracked seal where engine is attached to chain housing"

John F., MO (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace gaskets & seals"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket is wet and will soon be dripping"

David B., PA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve gasket leak causes oil to burn (smoke) on start up"

Anonymous, CA (2002 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

"Transmission would not get out of 2nd gear"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping gears would not get out of 2nd. Different estimates said $4200 replacement transmission. $800 repair for part and lab"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problems for the auto transmission to engage in the lower gears, would hesitate and slip, buck, before changing to next gear. Common problem with 2001 to 2003 RAV4"

Joseph G., NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Car started bucking when accelerating. Thought transmission was going out, Research on Internet revealed 2001-2003 rav4 computers have a defect that sends wrong signals to transmission causing it to buck and that Toyota refuses to acknowledge or fix"

Anonymous, LA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At 222,000 miles, this car needed a new transmission computer"

Sidney B., OR (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The electronic device that tells the transmission when to shift was defective and needed replacement. So I guess that would be the Transmission Computer. ??"

John N., IN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The ECU module had to be taken out, since it made the car stop shifting gears. It was over $900 repair and should have been a recall, since it is a common problem with this year car"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission computer failed at 110,000 miles. RAV4 forums helped me determine what the issue was and an after market replacement (core swap) for ~$300 saved me the price of a new transmission + computer module. Toyota warranty expired at 80,000"

Jan P., AR (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"ECM module defective and caused gear slippage. Had to replace the ECM for $1500"

Joseph G., NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer failed causing a transmission failure"

Matthew A., NH (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmissin began slipping and jerking suddenly. We took the vehicle to the garage. So didn't do excessive damage to the transmission. Computer was replaced and transmission tested. Cost more than $1500. No further problems"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

"Sleeve was cracked, could have resulted in serious accident if it failed"

Joyce R., TN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear right shock and strut detached from the car's body while driving"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I purchased the car, the seller told me about the problem, and the cost of the repair, so I was aware of this issue"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed repair of shocks and struts"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Broke from wear and tear"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear springs and shocks needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearings needed to be replaced"

Carl M., WI (2002 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

"windshield molding on driver's side came loose and blew off"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The clear coat has peeled off starting with the roof. In the past 3 years I have repainted most of the car and will need to repaint the remaining panels soon. I am disappointed with the quality of the paint on a car that lasts longer"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat began to peel off about 5 years after purchase causing cosmetic problems"

Jonathan R., GA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Inside the bottom of each door rusted prematurely...warranty would not cover"

Anonymous, NL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant rust through the cross beam of the frame. Enough that it is a safety issue and the car will need to be scrapped"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a lot of rust on my car compared to other rav4s, same age. I literally have rust holes on my hatch door. I park my car in the garage at night"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Replaced the catalytic converter twice. The second time the mechanic changed the sensors, which he said that if they were bad they would ruin the next catalytic converter. He is an exceptional mechanic too"

Eugene F., MD (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The catalytic converters failed. Because of the design of the system the entire exhaust manifold and both converters plus oxygen sensors had to be replaced"

Daniel C., KY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"P0420 code pops up intermittently. The RAV4 ECU recall didn't work"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the catalytic converter and one of four oxygen sensors, likely due to the car beginning its life in the upper east coast, according to my mechanic"

Matthew M., CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted at front of muffler and fell off"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust piping at muffler rotted out"

William I., VT (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust pipe broke near muffler"

Dorn P., OH (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The flange between the muffler and the pipe leading to it rusted and failed. The pipes were otherwise ok so to avoid replacing the muffler and the long exhaust pipe from the rear to the front I had to rig up clamps to hold the pipes together"

Daniel C., KY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water pump failed"

Carl M., WI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"rain leaking behind dashboard - scheduled to be repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearings, suspension issues. Moon roof trim bubbling up and have to replace entire piece to fix. $$$"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks in the instruments area"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking CV boot"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Moon roof as I already stated. Will be over $1100 to fix, plus wind noise around windows"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"We had to take the RAV to the repair shop two times. After the first time, the transmission slipped between gears. The shop found something else wrong with the transmission plus transmission fluid was leaking into the crankcase, another costly fix"

Anonymous, IA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Total transmission needed after 116000 miled"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission slipped via the computer failing and as a result the transmission failed requiring a rebuild"

Matthew A., NH (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a rebuilt transmission put it but now I wonder if it was just the computer"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Clutch replacement

"It was the first clutch replacement after 280,000 miles. In my book that is not a problem"

Eugene F., MD (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch went out -- had to be replaced to the tune of $2350"

Anonymous, UT (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

"It was getting harder to brake, my regular repair man said "calipers" needed to be replaced and he did so"

Lorna S., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told I needed to replace the passengers side caliper due to a leak"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"I concluded simply a matter of the car's age"

Lorna S., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"edge of rotors rusted and the rust ridge made the pads wear unevenly"

Steve W., OH (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When brakes applied, they squeak"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front brake pads wore unevenly because of rust buildup on edge of rotors"

Steve W., OH (2002 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

Headlights

"Short life of the left headlight bulb"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlight plastic lenses became translucent blocking most light"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"four of the five door locks don't work"

Myrna D., CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"One key fob doesn't work, the second key fob works if the driver side door is manually locked first"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Back window brake light isn't fixable. Brake lights burn out fast"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

"Got an estimate this would cost over $800 to fix, so we're just going without A/C for now. :("

Matthew B., MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car wasn't cooling. A junk yard compressor was installed and worked for 5 months. Repair shop could not find leak and refilled. Over Winter it leaked out again so had it checked out. Still no leaks detected. Rrefilled. Again,not much needed. Work"

Mark D., CT (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car had been sitting for awhile and there was a bad smell when the fan was turned on for a period of time until it had been driven more often"

Sidney B., OR (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak located behind dash. Almost all day job to repair or replace"

Anonymous, KY (2002 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

What Owners Say

"Had to replace battery after about 18 months"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Radio

"In both the Rav 4 and the Landcruiser the sound system is crap! For the price I paid for these cars I expect and demand better!"

Michael R., NY (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"The CD player stop working and gulped a CD. I had to replace the unit"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator was leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Was leaking. Replaced for $330"

Anonymous, UT (2002 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

"About 6 years ago, my driver side seat belt started unraveling. I have 2 parts of the seat belt that are approx 2 inch long each and1/2 inch unraveled/shredded. I am not a big person and I am the sole driver of the car. I can't think of anything that would cause the unraveling. Toyota says they never see unraveling of the seat belt before and told me it would cost at least $200 to replace"

Anonymous, WI (2002 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

Cylinder head

"Not certain if it's cylinder head or head gasket; when starting the engine, some white smoke emits from exhaust pipe. Mechanics at our dealer ID'ed problem as a gradual deterioration of a gasket which will eventually need replacing"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota RAV4 Base 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.

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