The Toyota RAV4 is well-rounded and easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Although narrow and a bit cramped, the RAV4 features a flexible interior, with rear seats that can be folded, tumbled forward, or removed in sections. A new engine for 2004 provided acceleration comparable with a V6 and relatively good fuel economy. Handling, which is aided by standard electronic stability control (ESC), is nimble and secure.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

The Toyota RAV4 is well-rounded and easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Although narrow and a bit cramped, the RAV4 features a flexible interior, with rear seats that can be folded, tumbled forward, or removed in sections. A new engine for 2004 provided acceleration comparable with a V6 and relatively good fuel economy. Handling, which is aided by standard electronic stability control (ESC), is nimble and secure. The rear cargo area is easy to load, but there's no rear bumper to absorb small impacts. The RAV4 received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without side- or head-protection airbags.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (161 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The part that controls the ABS and the traction and stability control stopped working. It had to be replaced. Our mechanic found a used one and installed it for $600. A new one would have cost about $2300"

James G., CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Light always on and it don't work. Period!"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS controller became defective and needed replacement affecting ABS, traction control, and stability control, but the brakes still worked"

Jim G., CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"just defective, kept hanging up and not releasing"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had my repair shop check the brakes because they were making a lot of noise. He stated that the brakes still looked fine, but would replace them for us since are going to take the car on a long trip.When they were replacing the brakes they discoverd that the calipers were leaking."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In the area of expense, parts and labor cost approximately $1000. A lot to invest in a 2004 SUV but still like driving this vehicle so it was worth it for me"

Marcia B., IL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake calipers,rotors, and pads are all related. The vehicle was purchased and used in Minnesota for 10 of the years that I have had it. The icing chemicals that are used on the roads damaged the metal and effected the operation of the components. The calipers stopped functioning and were degraded to the point that replacement was necessitated. rotors were pitted to below manufacturer allowable specs, and the pads were normal wear and tear."

William S., NM (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers kept sticking, finally fixed it right."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the rear calipers replaced 2 times because they fail with the brakes stuck on."

Brenda D., NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front passenger side caliper frozen, both front calipers replaced in September 2014. Read driver side caliper frozen, both calipers replaced April 2015"

N B., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"during brake pad replacement one caliper needed a rebuild kit"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"new front brakes"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just regular brake maintance , replaced rotors and brake pads."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine brake job/no problems"

Greg D., CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced pads and turned rotors on all four wheels"

L T., AL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I just needed to replace the front brakes, rear brakes will be this summer"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal repair"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake repair"

Margaret H., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal replacement of pads, rebuild one caliper and service rotors"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal break wear. But also found a frozen toe in one wheel"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needs new brakes too often"

Richie H., NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake became inoperative. Entire assembly was rusted and had to be replaced"

Lou F., AB (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front brakes have been replaced twice on this vehicle"

Daron-Camden D., VA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"I assume it was normal wear and tear given this was the first time it's been replaced in 11 years. Bearings/assembly"

Andrew C., OH (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Replaced front rotors when front calipers replaced"

N B., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear passenger-side rotor was rotting, according to my mechanic.This caused a loud squeaking sound every time I made a turn. No problem since after replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake splash guards completely rusted away, allowing salt & corrosion to enter rear brake calipers and rotors"

Theodore H., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The rear brakes developed a noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The issue was that a metal shield next to the brakes has rusted to the point of being loose and was making contact with the moving parts of the brakes. The repair shop simply removed the shield completely and corrected the problem"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

Alignment

"After the front struts were replaced, the car needed a wheel alignment."

Joseph L., CT (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear and tear"

Henry D., AZ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alignment was out because all 4 struts needed to be replaced"

J R., SK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"After nearly 14 years the bushings on front suspension went. C$250 to replace the pair, including labor, but not taxes. This is very cheap, compared to the cost of new struts (which I thought the problem was). Original struts on the vehicle are still working fine."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Normal wear and tear."

Anonymous, DE (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front shocks wore out. I replaced shock/struts. Very easy to replace! I love working on Toyotas in most cases."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the shocks in the back of the car and the struts in the front. I blame the horrible roads in my area."

Joseph L., CT (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts worn out, which is normal for the mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shocks started leaking. I had to install a replacement to pass State Safety Inspection. Cost $200 for a DIY job. Quoted $800 in the shop"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"struts needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts were just way overdue for replacement at indicated mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling noise in front end was diagnosed as worn out struts, so I had them replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"constant squealing noise, especially when braking, reversing, and turning corners. MEchanic cannot fix it. You can hear this car three blocks away"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All 4 struts needed to be replaced"

J R., SK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacing at 50,000 mile checkup so said the mechanic. Were in the rear but I had no indication that they needed replacing, was informed when I picked up my car from mechanic. Was rather surprised because last 7 years haven't really done that"

SUSn W., NV (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement due to age and condition. Strut mounts also needed replacement due to structural integrity"

Matthew S., TX (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced both front struts at about 100,000 miles. Consider this good service"

Theodore H., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broke. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"The rear sway bars needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"routine lub oil change inspection noted rt side very worn, did replace it, and full alignbment"

O H., WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings wore, replaced"

Lindsey B., NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Rough ride for passengers in the back seat. Was told it was bad brake pad that caused uneven tire wear."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had 3 worn tires plus I hit a curb head on and also hit a curb sideways a couple times. My mechanic suggested putting all new tires on my vehicle so I did purchase 4 new tires but need to do a front end alignment."

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Bearings went bad and need to be replaced. Replacement bearings have operated without issue."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

"Identical to my earlier comments about my 4Runner: "Upper corner of windshield started dripping. Turned out the sunroof/moonroof drains were clogged with fir needles and had to be cleared. Also, the front air intakes by the windshield wipers have to be cleared, esp. before any snowfall winds up sealing the mat of needles in place. No car we've ever owned over 50 years (domestic or not) has ever been designed with effective drainage or heater/ac air filtration for evergreen needles. Neither has a"

Donald M., WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The drain from the moonroof clogged and caused water to seep inside the car."

N B., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Like our 2010 Toyota 4Runner, the RAV4 has had to be serviced to remove clogs of fir needles from the moonroof drains. Needles also accumulate enough to clog rain channels on both sides of the hood opening, the top of the rear tailgate, and the air intake grilles under the windshield wipers (which means that needles are also accumulating in the heating/air conditioning ductwork ahead of the cabin air filter)."

Donald M., WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Parked outside, the RAV4 rain channels in the passenger windshield post got clogged with dead fir needles, and rain water began dripping inside the car. The service dept. just removed the clog and the problem disappeared"

Donald M., WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant water leak during heavy rains. Water was leaking around sunroof and/or windshield and the car developed mold under the floor mat as well as a "swampy" odor. DIY carpet cleaning and discontinued use of sun roof have helped tremendously"

Nancy L., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water will leak into interior through the top left corner of the windshield"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"There is deterioration of most seals and weather stripping as car is parked outdoors in sunny parking lot all day. Rarely garaged. Florida sun. Almost 12 years old so there's going to be breakdown"

Nancy L., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sun roof developed a problem. The duct that drains water away collapsed and let water into the back compartment. It was a very costly fix"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All seals: hood and doors kept coming loose and dangled"

Leslie L., ON (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Multiple dash squeaks and rattles. Squealing sound when heater fan turned on. I had none of these issues with a 300,000+ mile 1997 RAV4 (previous generation with twice the mileage)."

Alan C., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear-end squeaking when driving on rough pavement. I plan to point this out in a month, when the RAV4 is in for routine service and oil change. I hope the semi-annual lube will help with this issue"

Robert D., BC (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking from front of IP or windshield"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise in rear suspension that lubrication did not stop"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking was related to rear tire rod and rotor. After spending more than $700, the problem stopped"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front-end stabilizers had to be replaced"

Leslie L., ON (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"All my window seals were replaced with my car was under warranty. The driver's side seal kept coming apart, until I had it repaired by a private mechanic. But I still have wind noise"

Martha P., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer installed sun roof won't seal right"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter rusted out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"need a new cat"

Marc G., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I really didn't know I had a problem with the Catalytic converter in my 2004 Toyota RAV4 until I picked it up from the mechanic after my 50,000 mile checkup. This was my second Toyota vehicle I've owned which needed this part replaced over time and"

SUSn W., NV (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Rusted out holes developed in several spots and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to R &R"

Joseph C., ME (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"original muffler I had it replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"WE HAD NEVER HAD THE MUFFLER REPLACED. I STARTED MAKING NOISES. MY HUSBAND DID NOT RETURN TO THE DEALER TO HAVE THE MUFFLER PROBLEM FIXED. INSTEAD HE WENT TO A CHEAPER AUTO SERVICE. NOW I HEAR ALL KINDS OF RATTLING AND NOISES."

Dann H., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Factory recall for airbags made by Takata, and the possibility of shrapnel injury with the explosive deployment of the airbag. We did not personally experience any airbag deployment due to an accident."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"the pipe that connects to the muffler rusted out had to change"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe corroded and developed a 1 inch hole, just before the joint to muffler. The dealer patched it up. In same area where it happened before, 3 years. Repaired at that time as well. Over 10 years driving on salty roads this problem did not come as a surprise."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken flanger, repaired inexpensively by welding in a replacement section of generic pipe"

Grant H., ON (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacing due to rusting out"

Carol V., MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It's a 2004 & things wear out. Had 5 holes in pipe leading to muffler"

Mary H., WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The clear coat is peeling off. Also paint on the rear bumper and on the spare tire cover is peeling off"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car needed body work after two minor fender benders. One fender never stayed attached correctly and paint is peeling after the front fender was repaired. It's probably the body shop's fault"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint missing around some molding"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint in the false air scoop is discolored, peeling and blistering"

Ronald B., NV (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint started to get chips and scrapes within the 1st year - fortunately the car is silver and they do not show too much but this was a disappointment for the amount I paid for the vehicle"

Pratiksha J., PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"just a bit of rust inside front doors - maybe 2 1x1 spots"

Anonymous, NE (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wheel rims, around the wheel well, and the hatch door have rust"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I live very near the ocean and was not able to garage the car. Rust on the wheels, muffler and brakes caused damage requiring repairs"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was needed a windshield replacement. couldn't have it done because of rust around the windshield. I was told however by the expert technician that that was the result of a poor install when I had it replaced 14 years ago and not necessarily a manufacturers defect or simply age."

Lloyd C., VA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"living in so. fl. sun Hood faded and now rust spots"

John S., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the body is starting to rust over wheel wells"

Richie H., NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

12V power plug

"Plug pulled out when removing a power cable"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm no longer locks on drivers side or open drivers side with alarm device. Also sometimes car will not start for no reason at all sometimes. Unsure what exactly it is because can find no problem why when taken to mechanic."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"A few of the dashboard control lights have gone out and, the volume control knob for the radio is not working properlyl"

Lloyd C., VA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front reading light switch cover broke about 2 years after purchase. You cannot get just the light cover, to fix it properly, you have to get the entire housing with the light which is a costly repair for a broken push button switch cover"

Pratiksha J., PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Passenger door lock won't open or close with remote"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2 of the 4 doors have electronic lock failure"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"After almost every routine oil and lube service which includes tire rotations, the tire inflation sensor stays on and we have to drop by the dealership to have someone turn it off. Apparently there's something we can do to reset the sensor ourselves, but we haven't bothered to learn how."

Donald M., WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"keeps coming on and does not want to reset"

Ron G., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Check engine light comes on occasionally with no smog problems, etc"

Ron G., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Removed/replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"I experience a shaky steering wheel and rough ride. Car vibrated and was informed it was due to bad engine mounts."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Mounts broke - all had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Can't find the leak, not burning oil, but keep adding oil. Dealer thinks it may be an upper seal."

Anonymous, AK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent engine oil leaks, even though previous owner fixed some, still goes on"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I just noticed the leak on garage floor this morning, so need to take car in to determine cause"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is an oil leak which I believe may be the valve cover gasket"

Edward W., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a seal in the timing belt cover, not to serious but costly"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The fuel fill inlet (under the cap) rusted through"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Cap would not close securely and hose was leaking fuel"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Only needed cleaning"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the fuel injectors began intermittent operation, and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed and I had it repaired. I consider this a regular mechanical wear item."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor became inoperative which triggered a fault code which in turn triggered the check engine light which causes great concern to young drivers. The O2 sensor was incredibly difficult to replace due to location on vehicle."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel filler charcoal filter causes the VSC Trac and Engine check light stay on. It has been checked out by my Toyota dealer and they want $800 to replace the charcoal filter at the fuel filler. They said that it has no bearing on the fuel mileage, but is annoying with the lights that stay on. I replaced the gas cap, etc. Toyota used to cover this, but stopped a while ago"

Martha P., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor dash light came on a few times. After checking the gas cap a few times, I had a module replaced"

Carolyn J., NJ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Required complete replacement of engine block at 90,000 miles due to head bolts loosening from the block. Cylinder head was salvaged. Constant oil leaks and overheating due to separation of head from block"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head gasket was leaking, mechanic said the head bolts were a defect on this years engine. The mechanic that actually did the repair said the first mechanic stripped the head bolts while he was working on it."

Jim L., AK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Removed/replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine coolant leaked out"

Frank Z., CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota had a service bulletin about a problem with some of the 2004 Rav 4 head bolts being over tightened at the factory causing the head bolts to strip the threads in the engine block. We had to have this fixed and Toyota would not help with cost"

Lee S., PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Replaced timing belt assembly when we had the head gasket and stripped bolts repaired"

Lee S., PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"The timing chain guide wore through and the timing chain made contact with the timing chain tensioner causing damage to the tensioner and the timing chain cover. The dealer noticed an oil leak at the timing chain cover and discovered the damaged tensioner inside the engine in the process of removing the cover to replace the timing chain cover. Timing chain cover, timing chain, tensioner and guides were all replaced for about $1860"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

Gear selector or linkage

"The cable between the shifter and the transmission broke at the transmission end due to rust"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Feels like car is not shifting to the next gear or slipping when driving. sometimes unable to get full power as if tranny does not want to shift to next gear."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Car wouldn't run. Toyota wanted $5000 for a new transmission even though I told they many ppl had the same problem. I had to remove Computer and send it to NC. A special place and this is what they do. Maybe $200 plus shipping but when it cam back the Traction or the ABS works."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission computer when bad , causing rough shifting and need whole transmission replace. Toyota did all the work for free under warranty"

John S., FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"A high pressure line inside of the transmission bust and repair was necessitated. Part was about 16.00, labor 280.00."

William S., NM (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace gasket on transmission pan. IN previous years had leak problems with oil and had to replace other gaskets"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

Doors or sliding doors

"The rear door opens sideways. Something rusted and then every time I opened this door it would slam into me. The cost to replace this broken piece of "bolt" was over $400"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear door had a popping sound when opening and closing the door"

Jeff C., TN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The rear door won't lock when using the key fob. It has to be manually locked with the key"

Jeff C., TN (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"I went into a car wash and came out without the cover of my spare tire. The cost to replace this cover: $600!!!!"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatch movement device failed, allowing hatch to open too widely and damage body panel"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

4WD/AWD components

"leaks led to rebuild AWD DRIVE"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Axle shaft assembly - removed and replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The alternator gave out"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Failed with the failure of the ABS module"

James G., CO (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Not really a problem just routine maintenance that dealer had recommended. Expensive"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

CD player

"CD player stopped working and needed to be replaced."

Tom G., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped working and had to be replaced"

Christopher F., PA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player is kaputt"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Tuning and volume encoders are intermittent, so station frequency jumps randomly and volume jumps around randomly when changing."

Alan C., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission broke down. Replaced with used model from a wrecked car with low mileage. Works fine now"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wouldn't upshift to overdrive (5th gear) Car stopped Transmission inspected then replaced with used (72,000 miles) transmission"

Gary G., NY (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I took the car in to my mechanic in Feb., 2015, because it was laboring and making a noise when it shifted from 1st to 2nd and 3rd gear. He replaced the solenoid and then put in a rebuilt transmission. That still did not fix the problem. He replac"

Nancy L., CA (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

A/C compressor

"Normal wear and tear"

Henry D., AZ (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Heat and defrost went out, live in Wisconsin so need defrost. Had to replace the heater blower motor."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-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

Alternator

"alternator failed did not charge the battery dealer replaced the alternator with a refurbished alternator that had a warranty of 1 year"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery failed car would not start... when we jumped it when you took your foot off the gas the car died"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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