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.
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There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 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

"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)

"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)
Bushings

"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)

"Rear anti-sway bar links on rear suspension failed. Possibly due to salt corrosion.,"

Arthur R., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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)
Shocks or struts

"small pistons needed replacing"

Paul G., VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Began leaking? may be normal for road conditions here in Houston?"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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 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)

"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)

"Struts/shocks locked so my suspension were the tires. Ok for short distances only. Repair satisfactorily."

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

"had a recall for rear stabilization bars when the replaced the ride was like riding with no shocks had to replace the shocks at a cost of over $1000.00,ride is still a little rough"

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

"one rear shock absorber failed (leaking), so I replaced rear shocks and front struts. Car rides like new"

Arthur R., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"right rear shock failed; left was weak -- replaced both"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"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)

"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)

"rear stabilizer bar on Sport versions seem to fail regularly. No recall or program to fix."

George T., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"broken rack. I could feel the break occasionally when turning. The failure did not incapacitate the vehicle and was fixed in a few hours at my local shop."

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

"Recall. Toyota dealership repair"

Anonymous, OR (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)

"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 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)

"The steering linkage makes a clicking sound when we turn the steering wheel. We have had it replaced by an independent repair shop and again by the Toyota dealership. It is better, but still makes the clicking sound on occasion."

Anonymous, NE (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"steering mech.had play"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"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)

"Our RAV4 has been experiencing uneven tire wear on the rear tires that has caused the vehicle to wobble and make a loud wub wub noise when it's driven. We first noticed the problem when we had the tires rotated to the front. One mechanic thinks it's caused by a recall fix that installed permanent control arms on the back of the RAV4 so it can't be aligned by anyone but a Toyota dealer's repair shop. The tires are wearing out very prematurely."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noise from wheel bearing slowly increased to the point where I could easily discern where the noise was coming from. Mechanic confirmed and replaced part."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

"Alternator shorted causing battery to drain. Power steering (electric) failed before engine died."

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

"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)

"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)

"It needed to be replaced."

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

"alternator died"

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

"Alternator died this past winter, which damaged the battery as well. Both had to be replaced. (Battery was still under warranty so no charge)."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Batteries don't seem to last very long"

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

"coil had to be replaced."

Barry S., WA (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 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)

"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)

"This appears to be an ongoing Toyota problem. It is expensive to correct and is ongoing and costly. Once it starts happening it continues every few months."

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

"I got a check engine light indicating the failure of one of the 6 engine coils. I ended up changing all 6 of then since I had the engine apart and didn't feel like doing it again."

Peter W., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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)
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)

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 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)

"Brakes needed replacing on approx. mileage of 55000"

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

"Replaced pads and rotors"

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

"continuing problem, cant get fixed"

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

"the ABS and brake' lights go on and off constantly. I've noticed when they are OFF, the ABS system wants to engage constantly even if stopping from a speed of 25mph. When these lights are ON, I have no problem with the ABS system and brakes seem to work fine. The cost to fix this issue is extremely high and given the millage on the car.... not worth it. I've been told my brakes are in great shape otherwise so I hope that holds true."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

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

Anonymous, VI (2006 Toyota RAV4 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"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)
Parking brake

"Parking brake would not completely engage because linkage on the brake handle was defective and our independent mechanic fixed it himself because he could not find a new replacement for it. The parking brake is still not 100% functional to my satisfaction."

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

"hand brake needed adjusting"

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

"line broke"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base)

"I heard a scraping sound as the wheel turned. The dealer diagnosed a perished spring in the parking brake brake shoe, causing the parking brake brake shoe to drag on the drum [parking brake system, not wheel braking system]. It was fixed."

Christopher C., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"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)

"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)
Regular brake failure

"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)

"normal wear and tear on rear pads and rotors"

Christopher S., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"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)

"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)
Squeaking

"Wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Engine computer

"Check engine light keeps coming on, various other dash indicators lit with check engine light"

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

"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 knock or ping

"Engine performance/loss of power noted at slower speeds. Notice if driving at steady speed, ping starts/continues until change of speed. Increased octane of gas, stabilizers added to impact cleaner running."

Anonymous, PA (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)

"Related to the previous problem, solved with the engine rebuild"

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

"3 of the 4 engine mount went bad"

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

"Expirencing the known issue with rav4 engines on excess oil consumption."

Andrew P., MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front transaxle seal had to be replaced."

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

"Engine burning oil for last 2-3 years, discovered routine trip (engine/oil lights on/off) when rushing in work commute. Hyper vigilant monitoring of oil consumption and change octane gas to reduce engine wear concerns."

Anonymous, PA (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)

"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)

"Valve cover gasket leak, fixable."

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

"oil leak around timing chain cover estimate repair cost $1,000.00"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

Cylinder head

"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 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)

"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)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Toyota recall due to excessive oil consumption. Toyota dealership rebuild"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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)

"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)

"Problem is excessive oil consumption with the 2.4L 4 cyl engine due to bad rings. Using a quart of oil or more every 1000 miles. Enhanced Warranty Program came too late to have Toyota fix due to being over the total mileage limit of 150K. Prior to that mileage consumption was just under the prescribed level for assistance but it was still almost 1qt./1000 miles which is unbelievable. Now I have a vehicle that uses a quart per 500 miles and therefore is practically worthless. Will never buy another Toyota."

Richard Y., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was burning oil and part of a recall to test for this defect. Toyota paid to rebuild the engine."

Michael M., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Toyota rebuilt on special warranty program. No cost to me and loaner was provided. Surprisingly, I had 185000 miles when vehicle was recalled."

George T., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"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 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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

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 leaks

"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)

"Hole in muffler"

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

"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)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"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

"muffler finally wore out after 255,000"

Edward K., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 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)

"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)

"Muffler finally developed holes. Had to be replaced. Not bad for 250,000 miles. it was the original muffler."

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

"works intermittantly"

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

"The standard Takata recall. Not a big problem."

Peter W., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"The muffler leaked first and was replaced at Midas. Then recently the front pipe at the manifold leaked. It seem as though this may have been caused by a clamp rusting out which attached the pipe to the manifold. Exhaust Pro made this repair."

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

"pipe rotted off from the muffler and was dragging on the pavement. had to have my son come and wire it up so I could get to the dealer. this muffler was not a Toyota product. I had a recall on the muffler, I had replaced it at least 4 years before"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water 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)

"Busted water pump"

Aimee S., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base)

"Water on the passenger side floor when sitting or driving in rain."

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

"Waterleaks front passenger side at feet. Replacing windshield did not solve issue"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Constant problems with wind noise and road noise with the RAV4"

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

"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 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement windshield ( not Toyota product) leaks"

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

"squeaking weather stripping on back door. Loose door latch on back door"

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

"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)

"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)
Wind noise

"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)

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

"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)
Differential

"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)

"Recalled differential thought it would fix the growl but it did not."

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

"Toyota issued silent recall, but I only learned of the program after it had expired, forcing me to deal with a known problem with the prop shaft u-joint seizing up. This, in turn caused excessive vibration that broke two studs on the mounting hub of the rear differential. Replacing the prop shaft was relatively simple, but the studs on the hub could not be extracted, forcing additional expenditures for a $1500 hub assembly that integrates with the read differential. RAV4World and other forums document the issue very well and numerous Toyota customers missed out on this silent TSB/recall. Sneaky but legal. Definitely impacts my feelings toward Toyota."

Chris A., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
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)

"RAV4 has a low growl vibration going uphill at 40 mph, dealer could not fix, charged us $100 for diagnosis of a muffler, which after I replaced, did not fix the problem.It sounds like it is coming from the differential or U joint. Toyota recalled the differential but that did not fix the growl."

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

"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)

"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)
Electrical failure

"Starter failed and had to be replaced"

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

"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)

"The cruise, anti/slip and one other thing are all tied to sensors located in each of the 4 wheels. These lights popped on about 5 years ago and of course the cruise, anti/slip etc stopped working. I took the car to toyota to determine the issue and was told the sensors needed replacing at a tune of $1000/wheel! these sensors are encased in the wheel so the entire wheel needs to be replaced to fix the problem.... and there are 4 wheels. Again because of the cost of repair on a very high milage car, i chose not to fix it and have been driving without cruise or anti-slip since then."

Anonymous, OH (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)
Gauges

"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)

"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)
Headlights

"Passenger side headlight burned out."

Doug H., MN (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The interior lights that are supposed to go on when the door is opened stopped working. The repair would have been too expensive so it was left as is."

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

"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

"Faulty transmitter in one or more wheels gives false tire pressure alarm indication on dashboard. I use a tire pressure gauge monthly. Another issue: Radio on/off switch does not work. I now leave radio “on” because if I do turn it off it takes multiple switch pushes to get the radio back on. Volume function of the switch still works fine."

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

"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)
Warning lights

"The plug underneath the driver's seat connecting the airbag warning is gone bad. The only way to fix it is to get a new seat, which is very costly. Warning lights on is a safety hazard."

Zhou Y., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"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)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wiper motor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"window molding"

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

"Paint cracking on hood, roof of car."

David L., KY (2006 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some peeling on the paint coating, but maybe not a big surprise since this Rav-4 is parked in a Florida driveway not our garage."

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

"Paint peeling and window tint the same"

Simone J., TX (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 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)

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

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

"A crack in the back door area developed."

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

"Paint is peeling off in good sized swaths on the top and side of the car. Damage seems to have started with a rock strike, with air flow and water penetration doing the rest."

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

"The clear coat is completely peeling off. It started on the roof, then hood, now, just about all is peeling off."

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

"Front driver side door, bottom front started rusting a few years ago. Other doors OK. drain must be plugged?? Lots of rust underneath but it is old."

Arthur B., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"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)

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

"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)
Automatic climate control

"Air conditioner no longer produced cold air, needed a recharge."

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

"selection dial that chooses ventilation path is stuck in defrost & feet mode. In winter heat comes out of vent & defrost driver side only . Good thing we have a heating element built in at the bottom of the windshield. Not available in the USA?? Figured it will cost a fortune to repair, my regular mechanic had no interest in trying to fix this. Did not talk to my local Toyota dealer, so I bought a $15.00 plug in heater for passenger side. Summer A/C is enough to keep us cool. Fan works great."

Arthur B., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"My RAV4 is completely unfit for driving when temperature dips below 32 deg F. It fogs intensely in the interior and turns to ice on ALL glass windows and windshield. Toyota has been unable to identify root cause and fix the problem. No amount of method of defrosting works."

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

"The ac/heater on the passenger side of car cannot switch from AC to heater or back. The dealer put it on AC when it happened last summer. It would cost over $3K to fix and all the controls are in a single box that has to be replaced - the part is $1300. I understand this has also happened to Highlanders."

Susan R., VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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)
Heater system

"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)

"Heater selector knob gets stuck"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"$600"

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

"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)

"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)

"bearing in water pump failed. Nursed it to shop to replace it"

Christopher S., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace the water pump in June 2017. It was making noise and about to fail when I took it to a private mechanic for replacement."

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

"water pump failed, then replacement installed incorrectly, continuing to leak. fixed on third try"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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

"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)

"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)
Slipping transmission

"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)
Transmission leaks

"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)

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

"Does not work"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport