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The RAV4 is quite competitive in its class with either the standard four-cylinder or the optional V6 engine. Improvements to the four-cylinder engine for this version of the compact Toyota SUV reduced noise. An available third-row seat and powerful V6 make it a good alternative to some midsized SUVs. The RAV4 is agile and roomy, rides comfortably and has a smooth drivetrain and a flexible interior.
Alerts
There are 11 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 RAV4 is quite competitive in its class with either the standard four-cylinder or the optional V6 engine. Improvements to the four-cylinder engine for this version of the compact Toyota SUV reduced noise. An available third-row seat and powerful V6 make it a good alternative to some midsized SUVs. The RAV4 is agile and roomy, rides comfortably and has a smooth drivetrain and a flexible interior. Fuel economy with either engine is impressive. Side- and curtain airbags are standard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
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 Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (166 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Recall repair would not permit me to adjust alignment in rear any longer”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear wheels cannot be properly aligned. Causes cupping in tires”

Sunset S., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“It was out of alignment and was difficult to get aligned. It took two attempts and parts to get it aligned”

Gerald K., MO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be aligned after front end work. All good”

Matt H., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had to be aligned, in the front end, after purchase (which was covered by the 30 day warranty)”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base Unsure)

“worn out”

Laurence S., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“We live on a rough dirt road which definitely is a challenge for car suspensions from time to time”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rear stabilizer link kit”

Thomas W., WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Ride is very stiff. Loud bang noise whenever driving over bumps in the road. Toyota claims the car is old and everything is fine. Recently a technician reported the suspension and struts need to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new struts”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Was an easy fix at Toyota. Front end struts failed”

Frank S., AL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Frequent rattles - not bad for high mileage and dirt roads though”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Wore out causing very rough ride Had to replace all shocks & struts”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear Shocks and Front Struts Both Needed Replaacement at About 70000 Miles”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough ride, more vibration than usual, lots of banging when going over bumps”

H G., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front Struts wore out @ 55000 miles”

Robert E., OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Shocks had to be replaced”

John M., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to replace original factory front struts. 9years old and 118000miles. I got my monies worth”

Nicholas S., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front struts-shocks locked up”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Needed to replace after 140K miles, which doesn't seem unreasonable”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Was a problem identified in the purchase”

David B., AR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Worn/needed to be replaced. Front end had a "squishy" feel. All good after replacement”

Matt H., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had rear struts replaced and front end work”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“In reversing from our drive way we get a large sounds and clunking in the rear end”

Mary W., HI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Broken rear spring after returning from south for winter. Vehicle was kept at a friends house and was driven 1-2 times per week”

Michael H., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Recalled for possible rusted or loose bolts not properly tightened at time of alignment”

Cecil C., AR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear upper control arms required replacement”

Nicholas W., MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Toyota recalled and fixed the rear suspension for the second time”

Edward K., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Need to be replaced at 65000 miles”

Anonymous, AE (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace sway bar link and rubber bushings”

Randolph H., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear axle control arm. was replaced on a recall”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rear suspension clunked when entering parking lots, driveways, etc. that involved uneven chassis twisting terrain. Replaced rear stabilizer links”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“there was a recall”

Fred K., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“STEERING LINKAGE HAD A CLUNK WHILE TURNING. FROM WHAT I READ ON THE INTERNET, MANY PEOPLE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM, BUT TOYOTA NEVER SEEMED TO HEAR THE NOISE UNTIL THE DRIVERS CAR WAS OUT OF WARRANTY. AVERAGE COST TO REPAIR WAS $700”

James M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I was having a snap-like feel when I came to a stop and proceed to turn left or right. The linkages were replaced about two or three times when the issue was solved. I had these steering problem when the car was fairly new”

Anonymous, MP (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be repaired”

John M., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We have replaced the steering column twice since buying the RAV4 new. The first time Toyota paid for it but the second time they refused despite knowing it was a huge issue with this model car”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front suspension has had a persistent knock over rough roads for most of the car's life”

Edward K., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Steering linkage was replaced once under warranty, and problem has again reoccurred. In my opinion, the nature of this defect should warrant a recall”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“steering replaced, not subject to recall. should have been, toyota aware, but ignores problem”

Ellen B., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The repairs are in progress as I write this but there seems to be a problem with steering--a flappy sound and feel--when I turn the wheel at very, very low speed--specifically when I am parking”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base Unsure)

“STEERING SHAFTS HAD MANUAFACTURING DEFECT THAT TOYOTA WOULD NOT FIX AS A RECALL. PAID INDEPENDENT SHOP $800 TO FIX”

James M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Steering shaft from the wheel to the steering box had to be replaced. It's developing the same problem again at 100,000 miles”

Philip D., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“steering mech.had play”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear wheels cannot be aligned properly leading to cupping of tires. No fix available”

Sunset S., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

“control module”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Power steering has an electric motor that didn't function properly in extreme cold weather”

Robert M., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

“The alternator went bad in May 2016 at 55650 miles. Replaced (at great expense) by dealer”

Steven K., OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It died and we had to replace it”

Chad K., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“When the car was still brand new, it'll leave me stranded at the parking lot of a grocery store because the battery went dead. This incident happened twice and the battery needed changing about every two years. Eventually, it was discovered that the alternator was the problem and it didn't come back when it was replaced. I think the original alternator was a factory defect”

Anonymous, MP (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator was failing and needed to be replaced. Replaced one failed and then THAT one had to be replaced”

Theodore S., WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator went out”

Craig C., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed on the road, led to car shut down, towing”

Dan G., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the alternator bearing went out causing a metallic squeak when the engine was turned off. The alternator did not lose its charging function”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator failed suddenly. Had to replace alternator and battery. Cost $800”

James G., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine and other warning lights. faulty voltage regulation with original and first TWO replacement alternators (two at an unaffiliated garage, 3rd at a Toyota dealership)”

Dustin K., CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The labor to replace the alternator is very expensive, around $700 and took the tech almost a day due to the entire front of the car has to be removed to get to it. part + labor almost $1000!”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had it replace a few times in the span of about 2 months.... I think I was given a refurb that wasn't up to par”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Toyota dealer in Laramie, WY replaced defective alternator with an aftermarket part. It failed a few hundred miles later on a cross country trip. Had to replace alternator again with a Toyota part which works well”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Batteries don't seem to last very long”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“Ignition coil failed during hot weather. I have replaced 4 of the six so far”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Ignition coil #4 went bad at 71,500 miles. Replaced #4 Ignition coil #2 went bad at 74,000 miles. Replaced #2 as well as 1, 3, 5 & 6”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Have needed replacement of 3 of the 6 coils”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“several engine coils needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I have replaced 3 of the 6 ignition coils. It's not horribly expensive if they are in the front cylinder bank, but if they are in the rear it's a big labor bill to access them”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The coil in cylinder #4 had to be replaced”

Albert C., VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Coil failure requiring replacement. This was the second time”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittent problems that after the first coil replacement and the failure of the 2nd coil we found out it is most often caused by spark plugs needing to be replaced. very costly and could have been repaired at less expense if mechanic had told us”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“coil packs keep requiring replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“3 Coils went bad”

Clyde W., IN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“They failed one by one, setting off alarming warning lights and costing a LOT to repair,”

F F., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Engine has cylinder coils, 2 went during warrantee, the remaining 4 went after warrantee. They were expensive. Toyota knew the original parts were failure prone but did not replace all of them under warrantee. Not happy with Toyota”

Ralph B., AB (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced coil 3x”

Rodney H., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“2 coils failed one at a time which prevents cruse, 4 wheel drive. Needs diagnostic to find which coil, replaced myself but rear cylinders require moving the intake manifold to change coils”

Robert R., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Starter

“after 225000 it's probably normal to have to replace a starter but i wish it was designed to give me more warning. it failed suddenly”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“It failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Had to replace the number 2 cylinder ignition coil”

Rick P., CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace 3 ignition coils”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Multiple coil going dead at the same time causing vehicle almost unable to limp home. A lot of Toyota with the 2GR-FE V6 are suffering from this problem but there is recourse from Toyota”

Kuk W., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“needed minor tune up”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“my engine warning light came on. it took $1800 to diagnose and replace three ignition coils (these are now used instead of spark plugs). Toyota charged 2 1/2 hours to replace the three coils at rear of engine. My private mechanic changed them (6),”

Jon C., AB (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Brakes needed replacing on approx. mileage of 55000”

Betty B., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced pads and rotors”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The sensors responsible for this system and cruise control and a few other items is factory sealed in each wheel. One of them was compromised - shutting down the ABS, cruise etc. The only fix was to replace the entire wheel at a $1000 cost”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“hand brake needed adjusting”

Aurea J., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“line broke”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base Unsure)
Premature brake wear

“The brakes and wheels became really rusted. The brakes started binding and the wheels needed to be replaced (they were so rusted that they weren't holding air). It was inexplicable since the car is garage-kept”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes made horrific grinding noise when backing up. No one could fix problem. Had to replace pads, rotors, and calipers”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“brake pads changed 4 times since car was new. Brakes are very noisy when braking”

Anthony L., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Spending alot of money on brake pads”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“On the 4th set of brakes pads. This car is unlike any others I've owned. It seems to be very bad on brakes”

Craig G., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“My car was making terrible noises. Broght it to dealer 3 times and they kept telling me nothing was wrong. I insisted they replace the brakes because I was scared to drive the car. My husband and father also heard the loud noises. After the brakes”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Wear and tear”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Not sure”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced pads and rotors”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“They wore out and needed replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“First time in 110000 miles. No complaints”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Have to replace them frequently”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“Wear and tear”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes failed; dealer/repair service indicated master cylinder had failed, need to replace”

Anonymous, VI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Inspected the front pads; time to replace these. Routine brake service”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replace shocks;replaced pad;machined rotors”

Kennard K., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“normal wear of disc pads, nothing unusual”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“normal brake repair had to replace the rear brake pads”

Larry S., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear pads replaced after 110000 miles. No complaints”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Over 9 years premature front brake wear only problem”

A L., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The brakes have never been right. We serviced them for wear and tear but the answer to the real question would be to pinpoint the pedal action in relation to the braking”

Virginia M., WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore out in half the time of the original brakes”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“All four rotors and pads done. Asked the previous owner when he did brakes before he stated he did not. The original equipment lasted until changed”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“One of the front brakes locked. All brake components on that wheel had to be replaced”

Larry P., MT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“There was a leak in the system somewhere ... had to replace a number of things. Bill was around $1,000”

Anonymous, VA (2006 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

“I HAD 2 FUEL INJECTORS GO BAD ABOUT 6 MONTHS APART. SINCE IT WAS SO EXPENSIVE TO PULL THE CYLINDER HEAD, TO GET AT THE REAR INJECTOR (THERE ARE 6 TOTAL), I HAD ALL 6 REPLACED AT ONCE. TOTAL COST: $1000”

James M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Burns oil In for recall testing”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“ONE OF 6 FUEL INJECTORS WENT BAD. HAD INDEPENDENT SHOP REPLACE”

James M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“oil consumption had dramatically increased”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This car has been burning oil since around 115000 miles. I brought it to Toyota, since it was not under warranty their solution was to tell me to check the oil more often. Now, at 180,000 Toyota did a oil consumption test which proved it was burning”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“There was a recall for excessive oil consumption. My dealer performed a test and said I qualified to have the rings replaced. They didn't find any issues with the bearings. Oil consumption has been fine since the work was done”

Dennis B., WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Experienced excessive oil usage. Toyota announced an "enhanced warranty" for this problem and after having to become very assertive was able to have the engine repaired under this warranty. It took considerable effort to get the dealer to comply but finally they replaced the pistons and rings”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We had the oil consumption problem. They had to replace pistons to fix the problem. There was no cost to us, including a rental car”

Chad K., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was using excess oil. Toyota rebuilt at no cost to me”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine had to be rebuilt due to excessive oil consumption and leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil useage”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine uses about one quart of oil every 800 miles - Excessive oil consumption”

Thomas L., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“No warning or gauge indications when engine blew”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“EXCESSIVE oil consumption >1 qt per 1000 miles This is endemic to this model when over 120000 miles”

Phillip S., MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Design defect-Consumes oil”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Defective piston rings. Used oil excessively until new rings were installed”

Joseph C., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burning oil”

David C., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Toyota refused to honor its bumper to bumper warranty hat they charged me about $1,000 for. I will never buy a Toyota again and have advised the people I know not to deal with this company”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced engine”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaked and replaced 4 months ago”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“oil consumption had dramatically increased”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“Should get rid of belts and change to timing chain which will last many more kilometers”

Robert R., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“Noise in engine, dealer refuses to address issue. Oil changes and maintenance performed regularly by dealer”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Busted water pump”

Aimee S., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base Unsure)

“Water leaked from the cowl onto the front passenger floorboard. There is a TSB on this but Toyota will not help me with this. It seems to happen very rarely. It was parked when it first occurred and this was the most pronounced”

Eugene L., KY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“plastic piece just blow dash broke, leaves filled up drainpipe, water in car, passenger side floor”

John B., IN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced water hose and assembly”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“required water pump replacement”

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Leaking water pump”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace my water pump”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front cowl doesn't drain properly. TSB issued but Toyota won't fix”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Seal on rear door leaks when it rains or go to car wash”

Mark J., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“passenger floor wet. unable to find cause”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacement windshield ( not Toyota product) leaks”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Constant problems with wind noise and road noise with the RAV4”

Thomas I., MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear swing door rattles. Annoying. Tightened the latch twice and still rattles”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“broken drive belt”

Aimee S., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base Unsure)

“We have a chronic and very annoying rattle from the rear of the car and have not been able to remedy it”

William F., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Tinny sound when driving”

B M., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield rusted off bolts and caused noise and vibration”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Luggage rack screws started to come loose and needed to have the headliner removed to fix it”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side sun visor will not stay up in position. Most annoying when driving. Been told there is no simple fix for the problem”

Karen H., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is terribly noisey”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sunroof leaked water”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Hole in muffler”

Craig C., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“pipe leak connected to catalytic converter made repair 1500 dollars. Toyota should have a way to attach pipe back on same converter so you don't have to pay for a new one”

Anthony L., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“muffler and exhaust (stainess steel!) developed punctures, entire exhaust and catalylitic converter is 1 welded unit (stupid! replaced free under 8-year warranty, heat shield rattled, removed”

Jack E., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There were small leaks in the exhaust system. Because of the vehicle design, the muffler and pipe had to be replaced, so even though the problem was isolated, it cost a lot to fix”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In December 2014, we were informed that there was a hole in the exhaust pipe ($1200 bill that will have to be paid before it passes inspection this July). My sister has the same car, purchased one month after we purchased ours, she has double the mi”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the car has loss heat shield that i can not reach and do not want to pay the dealer to repair”

Larry S., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler heat shield rattling. removed”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Muffler

“The muffler has been replaced twice due to rust and Toyota has just now issued a recall”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The muffler rusted through and is part of an exhaust system that I was quoted would cost approximately $1800 for an OEM replacement. My local repair shop was able to cut the muffler out and replace it with an aftermarket part for about $350. I have since received a recall notice from Toyota addressing this problem and will send them a copy of my repair invoice and hope for partial reimbursement”

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Exhaust was getting louder and muffler had to be replaced. But, it is an 11 year old car so not bad”

Theodore S., WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Developed a hole. Was replaced on a recall”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Hole in muffler, rusted out”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rusted out, supposed to be stainless steal?”

Ellen B., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Hole developed at connecting pipe”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler rusted causing holes in the muffler. Required a new muffler to be installed”

Mark R., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“just a pipe after the catalyt convertor, had repaired at local independent for one half the cost versus dealer repair charges”

Ken R., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Found center pipe leaking causing noise”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Ruptures”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Catalytic converter

“because of the exhaust sys design cat conv had to be replace4d when muffler failed”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Exhaust manifold rusted and bolts fell apart. muffler hit the road and dragged to nearest stop”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Related to the previous problem, solved with the engine rebuild”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It makes a lots of knocks which I am told is normal. I am skeptic as the logic of metal upon metal does not seam reasonable”

Phillip S., MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns an excessive amount of oil, about 1 quart per 600 miles”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“I have to add about a quart a month but none of my mechanics can find where it is leaking. My garage floor and driveway are clean and there are no noticeable leaks”

L H., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption, not actual leaks”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace the head cover gasket”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall! They did an oil consumption test and said everything is ok. Said if it failed, there would be a rebuild or replacement required, but my car STILL uses 2+ quarts BETWEEN oil changes and is not leaking oil!”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak from timing change core caused engine to run low on oil. Excessive wear resulted and engine now burn a quart of oil every 500 miles”

Derek S., MS (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This piece of junk vehicle consumes oil like a champ, and Toyota will only test for oil consumption first before considering doing any repairs. Meanwhile, you are always checking the oil level. Poor, poor, record from Toyota. Very unlikely I would purchase one of their products even if Consumer Reports recommended it as a used vehicle at the time”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“suddenly started using oil. However, Toyota had issued a bulletin (not sure if that's the correct term) about this and the engine was repaired under warranty even though it had 185000 miles on it”

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Before the engine rebuild, I was told the rear main seal and valve cover gaskets were leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I've been needing to add a quart of oil about every month. Last year I was contacted by Toyota via mail and told the warranty was extended for oil leaks. I had them do a consumption test. Which I was down 0.8 quarts in 1000 miles. They said that was under the normal 1 quart before they repair the engine. Which I called BS. They recommend oil changed every 5000 miles. So they're okay with it leaking over half of it's total volume of oil. I was pissed. That will damage an engine!!”

Brian H., OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to add oil once between changes”

Lisa W., OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle uses approximately 1 gallon of oil per month. I took it to the dealership for an oil consumption test 2 years ago, which identified 2 oil leaks as well. The repair for the oil consumption is NOT covered by the extended warranty offered by Toyota due to the vehicle mileage is >150,000. The excessive oil consumption has damaged the catalytic converter also. I had the leaks repaired by replacing the oil pan gasket and valve cover gasket, but fixing the excessive oil consumption would ha”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“All major seals replaced;in fact, one seal had to be replaced twice. Also, car burns 1to 3 quarts of oil per oil change”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Between oil changes, my oil has been mysteriously disappearing. No leaks, no burning oil smell, no sign except the level was going down. I lose, at least, a quart of oil every 3-4K miles”

Paul P., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine burns 2 quarts of oil for every 500 miles it drives. Toyota has just indicated it will repair this problem but has not fixed the engine yet”

Thomas I., MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“oil pan leaks”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“ENGINE COMPUTER HAD TO BE REBOOTED. AND STILL COULD ONLY NARROW DOWN THE PROBLEM. MY PRIVATE MECHANIC TOLD TOYOTA COMPUTER NEEDED A REBOOT BY USING HIS HEAD TO MANUALLY DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM.i FOUND THE TOYOTA DEALER TO BE AT BEST - LESS THAN FOR”

Jon C., AB (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

“3 of the 4 engine mount went bad”

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

“Needed new U-joints but the U-joints arepermanantly attached to the driveshaft so I had to have the whole driveshaft replaces at a cost of $1000 instead of $100 for just a u-joint”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Drive shaft snapped in 2”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had to have a new one. Expensive”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“1) Left front axle seal replaced due to transmission fluid leak. 2) Replaced VVT hose seal at cylinder head due to leak”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I have 149k mile on my RAV4. I could feel the vehicle vibrating between 55-62 mph. Toyota said it was the drive shaft. They replaced it. That cost me an outrageous $1200”

Paul P., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Drive shaft joints failed. Had to replace drive shaft. cost $950”

Robert W., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“driveshaft to rear axle failed, replacement cost $1200, dealer was helpful, Toyota CA was not”

Jack E., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driveshaft and rear link kits replaced”

Anonymous, QC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“Growl going uphill at 40mph with moderate gas petal pressure. The sound seems like it is coming from the differential a recall did not fix noise. Toyota dealer unable to determine source or cause . Dealer charger $100 for troubleshooting and said it may be the muffler, but noise has been there through two different mufflers”

Hugh H., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Starter failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Constant whining noise while driving. Electronic coupler for rear diff was the problem. Replaced under special warranty in CA but seems like Toyota US will not do anything for their customer. Rear more at Rav4world.com”

Kuk W., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the viscous coupler. Not complaining. This is the only non-maintenance work we have had to do on this vehicle”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear diff coupler failure, $1200 repair”

Anonymous, MB (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The differential started to make a whining noise. I am still unclear on the exact problem, but my mechanic said it is a known issue with RAV4 and there are notes regarding the problem”

Aimee S., ME (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Output seal leak that required replacing the bearing and seal as an integrated unit”

Roy J., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

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

Cruise control

“sensors in the wheel are corroded and causing certain systems in the car to stop functioning: cruise, ABS brake system, etc. The cost to repair ONE of FOUR wheel sensors is $1000 per wheel. Because of cost, I chose not to get this fixed so my cruise no longer works. I am totally frustrated about the way these systems were set up on this SUV- making it extremely costly to repair. While Toyota's are reliable, their repairs have proven too costly for me so I won't buy another Toyota”

William D., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“lights sometimes go on and stay on from 10 minutes - 5days”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuel level gauge was sometimes erratic and in error”

Belinda O., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“All three lights Engine, VSC and 4WD on at the same time with no solution from the dealer or a couple of outside garages”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“The interior lights do not go on automatically when the door is opened and it would be expensive to fix according to our dealer”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“this sensor also short circuited and it will cost $200 to repair - just for the benefit of having a light tell you when your tires need air. My older 3 cars did not have this feature and I used a tire gauge to check the tires on occasion. So instead of fixing this, I opted to start using a tire gauge”

William D., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace two of the tire pressure sensors”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light, VSC and 4WD on with no solution”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the plastic casing near the ignition key cracked so a number of warning lights came on”

Chad K., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The wiper motor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Indicator bulb needed changing, but about a month after I changed it, I had the same problem. There is a short and is not related to the bulb”

Scott B., TX (2006 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

“complete failure”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“No cooling. Air controls not work”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“Heater selector knob gets stuck”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“top passenger vent blowing cold air”

Albert S., YT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“No heat. Controls not work”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“Check engine light came on -- ''found evidence of water intrusion into eval system"”

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“I had the A/C system recharged last summer - I think it needs another recharge now”

Albert C., VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Water Pump replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Transmission was making loud noises when shifting and sometimes running at speed. The tests did not show any of the usual problems but the regional transmission specialist said that he had seen this before. The fix was to change ALL the transmission fluid which is not needed on this RAV4 model according to the maintenance manuals. It fixed the problem. Perhaps it was a batch of substandard fluid from the factory (my speculation, not theirs)”

Lewis B., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sounds like at least one CV joint is shot”

Don L., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“at low speeds between 1st and 2nd gear, the car will down-shift, just to up-shift immediately, again”

Patrick L., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“jerks & jumps out of gear very hard when going up hill or accelerating in reverse. It doesn't do it if backing very gently. This trans was dealer replaced a year and a half ago under warranty at 63K Mi. and the replacement started jumping out of gear”

Paul L., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace transmission seal”

William F., WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaking from rear axle seals”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I had fluid leaking from the wheel joints. It was due to a transmission seal. The first mechanic tried fixing it but failed. It took a secnd repair shop to fix it”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The rear transmission had 2 leaking seals”

Gary T., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“window molding”

Richard R., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint peeling off in sheets on the roof. Rest of car perfect”

Barry P., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint peeled off the plastic air diverter above the rear window”

Douglas S., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat is peeling off roof, hood”

Patricia B., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat has started coming off”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“the muffler was subject to recall for excessive rust”

Aurea J., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The rocker panels on both sides have started rusting just forward of the rear wheel well. This car also had a dealer applied rust proofing when new”

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“the belt on the drivers sit isn't retracting”

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

“Check engine light came on. There were no changes in operation of the car. The sensor was replaced at great expense but with no changes in operation”

Haywood B., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“two sensors, oxygen went bad and had replaced at local dealer, total cost $600. checked at local independent repair place and would have been half the cost”

Ken R., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Indicator lights told of problem with O2 sensor”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Both Air Fuel and Oxygen Sensors replaced on the front exhaust manifold. This restored cruise control function”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Sensors would randomly go out. Expense is about $2000”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fuel injector failure causes multiple sensors to go off and have done so in the past much research needed before the cause is determined”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Had to replace”

Philip R., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car began making noise under hood”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer found it was leaking and recommended it be replaced, along with drive belt”

Theodore S., WI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump was still working but dealer noticed it was leaking so we replaced it”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Antifreeze leaks

“$600”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

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 works only occasionally. If I replace it, it will be the fourth factory unit in this car”

Greg H., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fails to reject CDs and they get caught in the system. Have to remove them by hand”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not work”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio / CD player does not work on hot sunny days and display screen shows gibberish”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio work intermittently. $495 to replace with refurbished unit. Have not done so yet”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric system seems to short out at times, especially during heavy rain or after car wash. Toyota has been unable to "find" the problem, and, after drying out, the car starts and the display goes back to normal”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Lock up torque converter failed when car had 110,000 miles. Transmission itself was operating normally”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The drop down final gear wore out and made a noticeable grumbling noise while maintaining a low speed”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Total failure, had been routinely maintained. $6000 replacement, near cost of the cars value”

Dan G., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“cost 3500 $”

Edward B., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In one year had the transmission rebuilt twice. 1st time the transmission was not working as expected, took it for service, said I needed to have the transmission rebuilt. The second time the transmission coolant was leaking into the transmission,”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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

“Cannot unlock passenger back door from inside. Must be opened from outside by driver”

Patricia B., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Latch on the rear door came loose”

K T., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Split fold-down seats in middle row will no longer release and fold down when the release lever is pulled”

Douglas S., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)
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