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 5 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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2005 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)

"Had to replace the anti-lock braking control at a cost of $1,000"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4)

"I had to have the ABS system replaced. This is the second time that this has happened since 2013"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Anti-lock braking system was not operating. Needed repair which we did. Somewhat costly."

David V., RI (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem involves indirect TPMS, the indicator light comes on the dashboard despite the tire pressure being as specified. The fault is not determined yet"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Brakes were getting soft so I had to have a garage replace the front brakes and calipers."

Denny R., FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Frozen due to corrosion. Also had to replace the generator which does not seem to be covered by your list"

David B., MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted stuck"

Gertraude H., MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Brake pedal became mushy"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked brake fluid into brake booster. Resulted in loss of brake pressure."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the master cylinder replaced last year."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Required a new master cylinder. There was some difficulty after that, bleeding all the air out of the system"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brakes needed new pads and overhaul. Next visit I anticipate the same for the front brakes"

Gordon E., NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced calipers, brakes and rotors second time in 3 years. RAV4 is a piece of junk compared to my other cars. Wrote a letter to Toyota and complaned"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cost to repair the brakes at a local Mechanic was much higher than I expected (about $900.00)"

Anthony S., AZ (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced front disc brake pads"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear, but also chose to replace brake/tire shields"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake drums"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"rusted cable ,but it is 13 years old"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace some parking brake components"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise was the issue. Not sure what caused it but it took two service visits to get it fixed. OK now"

Dennis B., ME (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I love Toyota's but every one I have ever owned has had issues with premature brake problems"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Heard grinding when making sharp turns. Dealer diagnosed need for new rotors and they were installed along with new brake pads"

Robert S., PA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors are made so thin you can not resurface"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Uneven wear; repair did not seem to resolve problem for long; brakes not working well right now"

Tim T., MI (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors replaced due to rust."

Philip M., PA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes squeal when wet or damp. Sound goes away as soon as they warm up"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4)

"breaks are still squeaking when the vehicle goes in reverse. I do not think the replacement pads fit like the original"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"when the car is not driven for a couple days the brake rotors squeak for a while until the brakes are used a few times"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Best I can tell the catalytic onverter was damaged in a rear end accident"

Dennis B., ME (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust pipe rusted out in multiple places."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After 10 years on the road the stainless steel exhaust system developed cracks in the welds to the catalytic converter and pipe junctions. Had it repaired at an aftermarket place rather than paying Toyota the outrageous sum of $1660 plus tax"

Gordon E., NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer informed me during routine service that the exhaust system needed replacement in order to pass inspection. Work has been scheduled"

Robert S., PA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe leak required welding"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust noise coming from middle of vehicle"

Richard J., NE (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"exhaust broke at muffler"

Tom O., VA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise"

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The failure of the "B" pipe at the muffler left the muffler hanging free and out of service"

Ken B., KS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the entire exhaust system from exhaust manifold to tail pipe including muffler, catalytic converter and all the pipes. $1,300.00"

Raymond C., NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Vehicle was recalled and repaired; no actual problem experienced"

Tim T., MI (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"I had some leaks in the pipes in the muffler system. The dealer wanted to replace the entire system for a huge price, but the catalytic converter did not need replacement. I was able to find a mechanic who replaced the corroded pipes, and the system passed inspection"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhust pipe broke at muffler"

Tom O., VA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust pipe rotted out under welded on vibration weight"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipe failed at muffler inlet. Replacement pipe $600.00 plus labor"

Ken B., KS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Old,perforated,worn out and replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe leak required welding"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust became noisy and a leak was evident. A pipe part (not sure what it is called) was replaced. Problem fixed."

Dennis B., ME (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"pipe separated at the muffler and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipes rusting out in several locations and leaking. Had several repairs"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The "B" pipe rusted through and failed where it enters the muffler"

Ken B., KS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipes rusted and disconnected probably just from age of vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2005 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

"The plug located on the middle console between the driver and passenger seat, where the emergency brake is located, the device failed and was extracted. Now I have to cover the hole."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Bad module needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"SAME AS HEADLIGHTS"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The headlight covers are smokey (losing their transparency). The store bought products do not permanent correct the loss of transparency."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight shields 'cloud' over, decreasing visibility"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Headlights placed behind a glass-plastic. Over 10 year period the glass-plastic became worn and light could not penetrate and throw a beam of light in front of car to see while driving at night. Had to spend approx. $40 to have headlight lamps cl"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated failure of headlights. Replacing bulbs every few months"

Steven G., OR (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Drivers side lock actuator failed"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Keys don't unlock the door anymore!"

Emily V., WA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"reason unk"

A W., TX (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure light kept coming on, also the tire wall separated"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure light activates repeatedly,,, even when tires pressure is good"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"it never work after many shop visits"

Duke D., NH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"random infrequent mystery illumination of battery tire and other warning lites"

A W., TX (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some kind of tracking problem that can't be located so many of the warning lights stay on all the time. tracking check engine and others"

Anonymous, GA (2005 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

"replaced water pump"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Roof drainage channel became clogged allowing water into the passenger compartment. Insurance paid to have drain cleared and repaired and replaced carpet and backing"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior door and window seals have come loose"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rear Springs , both sides broke. New struts and shocks installed. New bushings installed. Left sway bar replaced and installed new bushings"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The RAV4 spare tire cover cannot be secured enough to NOT rattle over bumps. There are individual anti-sway bars at each tire and even though I have replaced them all gravel bumpy roads make suspension rattle noise. Cab noise is solid"

Jeff M., SD (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle occurring following front suspension strut change"

Anonymous, MB (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from stabilization bars that needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Even when purchasing tires to reduce road noise, this car is not quiet. This really becomes an issue when front occupants try to have a conversation with rear occupants or when driver tries to have conversations on the phone - especially when using speakerphone for safety."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doors and windows do not seal well enough to keep out wind noise at highway speeds and of course crosswinds make it worse"

Jeff M., SD (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The seals on the driver side door failed early in our ownership. They were not covered by our extended warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise is so loud it sometimes drowns out my aftermarket 300 watt stereo"

Raymond C., NY (2005 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

Bushings

"The sway bar needed to be replaced and was unsafe until repaired because I could have lost control of the car. The bushings were not as worn, but you didn't offer sway bar in your choices"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"anti-sway bar bushings - bought but not replaced yet, will be DIY."

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"had to replace the crank case it was leaking"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"The front shocks started leaking. I had to have them replaced. The cost at out Toyota garage, where we always get service, was about $1350. Ouch!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts worn out after 125000 miles"

Tom H., CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear struts were leaking fluid. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front strut struts and front strut mounts needed replacing at ~78000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Noise from under vehicle when going over road bumps turned out to be bad torsion bars"

Willard M., OH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"I have to change the four michelin tire¿s for wear and tear"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Thought it was tire noise for awhile, but on normal tire rotation confirmed it was the start of one wheel bearing going bad. Still not awful, from manual/videos not sure if I can DIY, but will try."

Anonymous, KS (2005 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The fancy fender tops are plastic; they ride over the wheels. 3 of 4 have, lost these flanges or little fenders. The plastic holders get dry brittle and break off, the whole piece flaps. I had to pull them off the car."

Emily V., WA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Molding came loose from around the tire and the side molding. Not sure why, but I had to replace the whole panel as the "clip" holding it on broke off. Not sure this was made in a buyer friendly way"

Diane R., IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"This concerns the tire holder on the back of the vehicle. The word "Toyota" has faded"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is cracking/peeling on the back door above the window. It's not really a problem now, but if I keep the vehicle, I'll need to brush & reprimer the spots."

Robert T., SK (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeled off the roof, hood & other areas in large sheets. Cost off repair was almost equal to value of car"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to being parked in an open driveway in the Florida sun and rain, after 12 years the paint on the roof, hood and tailgate is crazing and fading. I intend to have the whole vehicle repainted this summer"

Bertram P., FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Driver side door has rusted on the bottem over the past few years. This will have to be replaced if the vehicle is to be kept over the next couple of years."

Craig J., IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There's a bit of rust evident on the back door where the paint has chipped off above the window."

Robert T., SK (2005 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

"it failed due to age. had it replaced"

Anthony C., OH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"very slow to cool and then not very well."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"a/c not working. Dealer replaced condenser and said it was fixed. It still does not work - I suspect the compressor is faulty."

Philip M., PA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"leak in water pump. Had to be replaced"

Donna S., MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the coolant (water) pump was replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"charged system last year and now still slow to cool and does not cool well."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AAC wasn't cooling. Recharged it and is working and am going to return to dealership to check if there was a leak as dye was added"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch just went out 4 years ago"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replacement in excess of $1200.00. Performed the maintenance myself for approximately $200.00"

Ken B., KS (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told the clutch was set "too high", but it would last another few months. Then a few weeks later, the clutch seized up in the midst of a journey. Then the whole system had to be replaced. I'm actually using this car in Nairobi Kenya"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Within a couple of years of buying this car new, I had problems with the gears slipping and being unable to downshift. While it was under warranty, the dealer said there was nothing wrong, despite my numerous complaints. After the warranty expired, the dealer told me the manual transmission on the 2005 was a lemon. Meanwhile, I spent thousands on a replacement transmission and am very angry. Makes me have second thoughts about buying any Toyota"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My gears have been slipping for years. I've had adjustments to the clutch and the gears, but I need a new third gear"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had trouble with standard transmission w/in a year of purchase. Repeatedly brought to dealer. Repeatedly was told there was nothing wrong. Last year, the transmission dies - could not shift. Talked to dealer. Was told the 2005 had a problematic standard transmission. The company knew it all along. Car was long out of warranty, so the cost to replace fell on me. Am very angry"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There would sometimes be a delay in acceleration, accompanied by a hard shift, when first pulling away from a traffic light for several years. The mechanic said it was a computer related issue, so we ignored it, but it steadily worsened until the transmission died completely"

Anonymous, OH (2005 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)

"Engine was missing. Needed to replace the oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasoline vapor recovery system failed, had to be replaced, very expensive at Toyota dealer."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light due to catalytic converter sensor"

David E., MN (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The YAW Sensor had to be replaced, which was surprising since the RAV onlly had less than 35K miles on it"

Anthony S., AZ (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NC (2005 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

"CDs would not load. CD player easily fixed for $145"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Same problem as radio. Failure from heat."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio will still work but does not pick up many stations that other cars will and the volume knob on the dash will not work for volume - can only use the volume buttons on the steering wheel."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent problem. Volume knob will not adjust the radio volume"

John K., MN (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When tempature in the car gets very hot the radio has problems. The amplifier causes with the radio."

Anonymous, SC (2005 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

Oil leaks

"This car burns a quart of oil every 700 miles."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is leaking or burning about 1 quart per month. Service states that is normal?"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have been putting in a quart of oil every 250 miles for the past few years. Not acceptable"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"continuous oil consumption that Toyota denies happens"

B F., CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It has very quietly been leaking oil for the past couple of years. There has been no smoke and no indication of any kind of problem you'd associate with an oil leak. The only reason we even know it's doing it is when the oil light comes on"

Anonymous, OH (2005 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

"failure"

Margaret M., IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace alternator as it was draining the battery"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternater failed at 70,000 miles"

John D., CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tensioner was seized on the alternator belt. Tensioner replaced"

Steven G., OR (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Engine monitor switch went bad causing vehicle to be stranded. After towing to dealer, it too a week for them to get car repaired. Dealer was the worst"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Leaking seal"

Bradley C., CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"leakage around water pump indicated bad seal & pump had to be replaced"

Willard M., OH (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed at 35,000 miles"

John D., CA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Water Pump did not fail, but I requested replacement of it since the engine was opened up, as a preventative measure"

Anonymous, GA (2005 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

"transmission was sometimes failing to engage after putting into gear. Needed to have the shifter cable replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission line broke, preventing any shifting"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Had to replace the water pump it was leaking"

Anonymous, IN (2005 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

Driveline vibration

"Have a vibration that occurs when decelerating from 42 to 38 mph. It has gotten worse over the last year. Two mechanics have been unable to definitively recommend a repair to fix it. Possible repair estimates range from a new transmission for $4,000 to $6,000 or a new rear end for $2,000 to $3,000."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Universal joint is welded to the driveshaft and the entire assembly must be replaced instead of just the universal joint."

Anonymous, IN (2005 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

Locks and latches

"The driver's side door lock won't work automatically anymore. It is the only one with a problem. I refuse to pay 0ver $400. for a new motor and installation"

Diane R., IL (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Right back window popped off track"

David E., MN (2005 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

Head gasket

"Head gasket failed at about 150K miles. Required new Head and application of silicon sealer to seal, since head gaskets are not available for this model"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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