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 14 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 2008 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

“Toyota Recall of corrosion on rear alignments items. Multiple fixes and still needed to return for more factory recall work”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This is a used vehicle and when the ball joints went out, I discovered that major work had been done in the same area prior to my purchase. This happened within a year of purchase”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers side ball joint had to be replaced”

Helen G., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“Rear trailing arm had to be replaced because of worn bushing. It had been "inspected" a year earlier by Toyota but not replaced”

Byron M., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Bushings on the rear suspension arms wore out. Had to have the lower arms on both sides replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Worn bushing on suspension service recommended repair at 70K now at 74K will have repair done at 75000”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“control arm recall with inadequate tightening, needed multiple diagnostics and re-repair”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“control arm bushing failed, also plastic radiator fialed”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“repack something with grease every year. a known problem”

Karl T., CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“total failure of power steering system. had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“was replaced under extended warrenty due to leaking”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front passenger strut thuds going over uneven pavement”

Joseph W., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The mount was repaired by Midas Muffler and it was not done properly. We kept bringing it back, but it was never fixed”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“When the Toyota dealership put my car up on the lift for routine maintenance the struts broke. They told me it wasn't their fault, that this was a rare occurrence but it had happened before and offered to pay for parts but not labor. I paid $400!”

L M., HI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“One strut leaking oil. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Unusual shock failure at less than 50000 miles”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“shocks and struts replaced twice”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I was surprised that my struts went bad. I don't take my car 4 wheeling Nor am I hard on it at all so I was quite shocked when I had to pay about $700 for struts! Wonder if it's something that should be recalled! I love Toyota cars. But this did”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“FRONT STRUT FAILED”

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Completely gave out and car bounced wildly”

Mara S., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Shocks needed to be replaced, we found this odd since we don't drive the car much”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I replaced the struts on both front and back this year”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Right side front strut leak and not working”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced at 65000 km”

Anonymous, SK (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Rear shocks started to leak at approximately 22,000 miles which I considered shoukd have been a recall item”

Joel F., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failed and was part of a recall that came later. It was the front stabalizer bar”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“all covered under warrenty”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle has become a rough ride over even mildly rough roads. Up until this year,it's been a very comfortable and reliable vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer told me I had a leaking strut and it "had" to be replaced. I was also told my brakes needed to be done immediately. Went for the strut repair, took the vehicle to a private garage and paid 40% of the dealer quoted cost to have the brakes done”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Have had problems with the struts for 3 years since purchase. Dealer refused to address the problem at purchase. Now all struts need to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Just needed routine replacement”

John H., IA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Normal replacement. Just wore out. Normal schedule”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“front struts stuck in the up position. Rear shocks were leaking. Bushings were worn due to mileage and weather”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“All shocks and struts we bad and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“We live off a dirt road with a lot of ruts, the left front strut was leaking causing noise and harsh ride. Replaced the front struts and springs and new alignment. I consider it normal wear, since the original struts lasted over 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“front”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was normal Maintance not a problem with the vehicle. It was time to do it. It was just a bumpy ride after shocks were done it was a smooth ride. $245 for front shocks & $526. For back shocks”

Natacha S., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Struts worn out”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear drivers side shock had a small leak. Replaced both rear shocks”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear coil spring”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“recalled for problem with rear strut. Had to be worked on twice bc of problems with the first fix”

T N., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Rear Suspension Arms replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Broken torsion bar”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“right rear bar broke. not under warranty”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Clunking sound when turning steering wheel. Dealer wanted $700 to replace upper end of steering column. I found a you tube video that showed how to inject gun oil into the bearings. Clunking sound stopped”

Criag R., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Steering wheel had a little play in it and made a "thunk" sound sometimes”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Recall issued for this problem”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Toyota had a technical bulletin on their steering linkage but would not repair the item. It cost $430 to replace”

Jeffrey G., WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“clunking sound from steering column when turning the steering wheel”

Eric W., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Creaking noise when turning wheel. Dealer says it is the steering intermediate shaft. Doesn't need to be repaired; not dangerous. Repair would be $850 if I wanted to get rid of the noise”

P Z., MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Small gear needed replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“needed complete repair of rack and pinion steering $1400”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“clunking while steering especially at slow speeds”

Barry R., WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“steering makes a clunking noise when rotated to either extreme. There is no recall or tech info bulletin according to my Toyota dealer”

T N., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“steering wheel locks and I cant go snywhere”

Dennis C., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Electronic power steering failed. Was almost impossible to drive to dealer for repairs”

Larry B., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have steering intermediate shaft replaced in December 2014”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The steering shaft u joint clunks for about two years. The dealer says there is an upgrade for $500, but not a recall for free”

Scotty C., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The steering linkage make a clunking sound & transmits a feeling of bumping in the steering, during hard turns. I've been advised it can be repaired for around $1000”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Making occasional popping noise. Got estimate for repair, told we could wait 3 to 4 months before doing repair”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Steering shaft was bad and needed to be replaced”

David P., WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“These were replaced under recall by the dealer. We were satisfied with the replacement”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The uiversal linkage is loose or has slop to the point of making a loud clunk when turned to either extreme position. I asked the Toyota Service Manager if there is a recall and he said no because it is not a serious problem”

T N., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Can't locate cause of steering wheel vibration”

Anonymous, SK (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“A nut on the suspension system came loose, but was caught by the mechanic on routine maintenance and did not cause any damage or expense. This was later corrected via a recall by Toyota”

Anonymous, AK (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Rear Suspension tie rods-factory recall”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“There was a factory recall on the rear suspension system that was fixed by the manufacturer”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“inner tie rod to replace is too expensive to fix. It requires removing the steering box which requires removing engine. 10-12 hours of labor”

David S., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the problem was related to a recall. The repair was done incorrectly and the rear suspension was "frozen" with no movement after the repair. It was all covered under the recall notice, including the repair of the recall work”

George L., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“right rear noise sounded like golf balls rolling around in a wooden box, usually while drifting to a stop sign and/or some change in grade.. dealership replaced right rear sway bar with new link assembly, stabilizer. @ 111,861 miles. in april 2016 rt rear stabilizer link was replaced @ 99,910 miles”

Jon P., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Tie rod linkage is broken”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“uneven tire wear due most likely due to inner tie rod end problem that is too expensive to fix”

David S., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Do to a permanent fix rear wheels cannot be aligned any longer”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

“The wheels became slightly untrue and over time caused the entire rear suspension to have to be replaced due to prolonged vibration, least this is what I was told by Toyota. Toyota would cover nothing and wanted $400 per wheel to replace!!!! Never h”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Defective rear wheel balance, under manufacture recall. However, Toyota put a permanent fix so now the rear wheels cannot be aligned anymore. Was done this way without my being notified by the dealer that this would be permanent and cannot be balan”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“front wheel bearing failed had to be replaced”

James B., UT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Right front bearings went bad”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front wheel bearings had to be replaced due to constant humming noise”

Jamie D., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“front driver's side”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing wore out as a result of normal use just prior to 200000 miles. Normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Two factory recalls”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)

“Brake pedal is very spongy and sinks almost to the floor at times. This is a highly intermittent condition and results in my foot contacting the gas pedal and the car lurching forward at stoplights. This occurs only rarely and dealer says this is nor”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Faulty sensor”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall for anti lock sensor,and air bag sensor”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced rear brake pads and resurfaced rotors”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

“Went almost 50,000 miles before brake pads and roars had to be replaced for first time. Not sure if its was the quality of the work or just premature failure that caused the calipers to go”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Stuck caliper caused a major brake job”

Michael K., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“5/11/14, started accelerating while driving. Husband applied brakes, finally slowed down. Later jerking. Toyota, said all went out, brakes , cylinders, etc. Told there was only 1 in all US. Long wait. Paid $3500, still hard to believe Toyota”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced as they cease in place and wear out pad ever other year”

Keith P., ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“calipers froze and wore out the pads”

K M., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Considering the mileage on the RAV I consider new pads normal and one caliper was sticky so we replace both on the front wheels”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sticking”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“7-2014 rear brake job 4-2015 front brake job”

Roy H., WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cost of repair at Meinikie was $1,500 for breaks, pads and rotors. Thought that was excessive”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“big car eats brake linings for breakfast 45-50000 miles for re shoeing/pads 2X a year sun visors replaced 5xsafeyt issue falls down at speed bumps overpriced at dealer 120 135 each cant get at aftermarket bloted with gadgets on it”

Carl D., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced rear rotors and pads”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Brake linings had to be replaced in order to get my safety check renewed”

L M., HI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes needed replacement, but not properly repaired”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Seemed expensive to repair”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Change all 4 pads”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“just replace the pads and turn the rotors”

David H., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I had the brake pads replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure Unsure)

“normal brake wear in front brakes”

Gary P., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the cost to repair seemed high ($400) for a "normal" use the dealer said it was a normal cost”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced pads & rotors”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Routine replacement of brake pads”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“New brakes”

Joseph D., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced pads, rotors, calipers at 140000. This was normal wear”

Armas S., MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I was told that it was time to get new brakes by Les Schwab. The car squeaked when I stopped. The new brake work was done at the dealership in which I bought the car, Larry Miller, downtown, Spokane, WA”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rear brake pads wore out and were replaced”

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cost of repair seemed high. There was no warning I needed brakes”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace brakes on all 4 wheels in 2014”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“repalced front breaks”

Michael T., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“pulsating, jerking due to warping of the rotors causing high spots.Normal problem when using cheap steel in the rotors which will not withstand the heat temperatures associated with years/miles of braking service”

William M., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“replaced read brake pads, front brake pad replacement due at next service”

Jamie D., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“All 4 brakes needed to be replaced...all parts. When the problem was discovered it was very serious. Car gies in for regular service and this should have been discovered sooner”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced leaking water pump due to a leak fluid leak. Replaced front brakes, flushed brake fluid”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Changed pads”

Linda L., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Spent considerable amount of maintenance cost on front and back breaks almost every year”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced front pads”

Gary P., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Breaks were extremely noisy”

Glen K., AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Toyota examined the rear brakes and said they needed pads needed replaced and the rotors are rusty and they must replace them. They would not consider turning the rotors like most service garages. After being unhappy with Toyota I took the car to Cou”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore out at 25000 miles”

A B., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The front brake disc pads wore out far more quickly than the rear ones did and had to be serviced at 60000 miles”

Bob K., CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“right rear pad excessively worn, replaced both pads prematurely. Also had lube for slides on front brakes dry out”

Jerome J., MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Needs new brakes every 20000 miles. I am in a hilly area but the car is gently driven and this seems excessive”

Jerry B., VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“needed new pads at 35,000 miles”

Dennis C., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“hgeragse”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Nothing out of the usual; just time to replace brakes all around”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors damaged due to excessive wear. Pad wear indicators didn't make noise to warn of needed replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rust, corrosion and scoring due to excessive use of magnesium chloride by DOT on roadways during winter months”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Always have to replace both rotors and calipers, alleged could not grind down rotors due to rust. Around $1050 per brake job”

Jerry B., VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“This is part of incident previously described. Calipers, rotors, all 4 brakes out down to the axel. I still believe Toyota not completely honest”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“seemed to wear prematurely - rusty”

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The front rotors were collapsing in middle causing uneven ware on brake pads”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors were busted and any time I used the brakes, the whole car shook. Toyota told me they replaced the rotors and brakes, but I found out later that they replaced the rotors and only reconditioned the brakes. I ended up replacing the brakes”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The clips that are supposed to warn you that the pads are thin, which were replaced at the last brake job broke and did not warn of pending pad loss. As a result the pad was completely gone on one and deeply scored the rotor, which now needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes were sticking and overheating”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear rotors rusted and became very abrasive. The rotors prematurely wore down the pads. Both components needed to be replaced”

Robert F., MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace rear brakes & rotors for second time”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Very high pitch - repaired by Toyota dealership”

J F., GA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“HA AAHA pad sensors giving warning squeal expected”

Carl D., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“noisxe-had the pads replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Caused by the corrosion of rotors and effects on brake pads”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had some major noise from brakes. repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“They have replaced the brake pads 5 times and each time, initially they don't make noise but about a month later, the noice/squeek returns. I've finally given up and just dealt with the noise”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4)

“Noise indicated normal brake wear”

Dean T., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“water pump leaks”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Related to failed water pump”

Jay R., AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“radiator failed”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“At oil change, I had the timing belt replaced as recommended in the owner manual. They noted that the water pump was slowly leaking and recommended the water pump be changed when the timing belt was being done - I had all the work done by the dealership”

Kay-Wayne S., BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

“Coolent was leaking from radiator and need to replace that one”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failure @ 34000 mi”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace water pump which required replacing timing chain too”

Cynthia P., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failure, replaced by dealership under extended warranty”

Charles G., AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Water Pump failed, replaced, needed new thermostat at same time, over $700 repair, had to be fixed twice due to non-oem water pump. Mechanic had to chase down non-oem mfr for additional hours on this replacement due to mfr defect”

Gordon M., ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failed and was replaced by an independent garage, not Toyota”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Went to get the oil changed and had to replace the water pump and didn't even have 50000 miles on the car. Supposedlly there was a weeping fluid leak. All I could see was the dried up results which I believe that could be from spillage when filling”

Anonymous, DE (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pump made noise. Dealer replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Unexpected failure of expensive component”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Was told the pump was defective because it was making loud noises and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“One of the vanes broke and made a loud rattling noise. $750 repair”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Found leaking during routine service and replaced as recommended by dealership”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump failed twice within 3 months. Was dealer repair. Dealer replaced pump the second time free of charge as it was under repair warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Began leaking about 78000. Said it would only get worse. Had to do timing belt at sme time for economic reasons”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Mechanics said there was a problem although didn't seem to be leaking But I got it fixed along with a belt. Came to about $400”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The water pump was leaking, so it needed to be replaced. I decided to replace the timing belt at the same time to prevent timing belt failure later on, and to save money on the cost of timing belt replacement”

Ray K., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The water pump failed and there was a leak in some hose. The cost was $1400 in part because access was difficult and they practically had to remove the engine to get access”

Jeff L., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Bearing failure”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Making noise which was good because then we found out it was the water pump and it cost $400 to replace with a new one”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failed with only 55000 miles on the vehicle. Very disappointing”

Michael F., NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“After 96000 miles ,water pump failed. Toyota's cost to fix it was$750 and would only be guaranteed for one year. I got a local mechanic to install a new Toyota water pump with a lifetime guarantee for $600. This is a costly repair”

Connie-Donnie M., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“I have never had to replace a water pump in this few of miles ever”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacing the water pump is expensive on the V6 model & even after the repair, the engine compartment now always smells like there's a coolant leak”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“it failed”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace water pump”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“needed replacing”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Expensive replacement. Over $1000. Seems to be a common issue on V6 models from what I read on the Internet”

Jay R., AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failed after about 60K miles; replaced under warranty (Toyota Certified used vehicle)”

Peter H., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“pump started leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The water pump bearing failed and was making a high pitched squeal. The extended warranty fully covered the replacement”

Mark L., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Online owner forums revealed that many people with 2008 RAV4 with V6 have issues with water pump failure. Even now, the coolant will never be above the 'low' level indicator in the reservoir. The dealer adds coolant but it gets expelled”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“In Dec. 2014 (km 34669), the water pump had to be replaced. Cost (part and time) = can$684.68”

Anonymous, QC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“bearing in the water pump went out requiring replacement of the water pump”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Needed replaced at 63,000 miles. Very costly”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump replacement cost $700. A free recall replacement for same failure on several other Toyota models”

John K., CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The water pump issue was discovered when I had my engine parts replaced. Toyota fixed the issue with no problems”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace water pump”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump became noisy and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Noise near pulleys, diagnosed as leaking water pump. Timing chain ok. Replaced water pump and thermostat”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failed at same time as belt tensioner”

Robert P., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking water pump at 90,000 miles. Replaced by dealer at a fairly high price - $800”

Terry G., CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“failed, required replacement”

John M., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I don't think a car with less than 40,000 miles should have a leaking water pump. Last toyota did not need a new water pump until over 100,000”

Anonymous, AR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“heavy rattle (bad bearing) No leaks. Had a new one installed along with belts and pulleys”

William L., WV (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump was leaking and had to be replaced. the estimate fro replacing from the dealership was $1226.00. I had it repaired by a local mechanic (using Toyota parts) for $790.00”

Hugh M., BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Went out”

David C., IL (2008 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

“Needed water pump”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“water pump failed”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The vehicle needed a new water pump”

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Interior of windshield develops frost and fog that needs to be scraped”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)

“Air noise from drivers window”

Gary K., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump; warranty covered it, but it was within weeks of going out of warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rain leaking in from dash cowl”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There is water on the floor mat after a heavy rain. I was told it was from a leak in the lower-right side windshield. It has since been fixed”

G B., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump is leaking for the third time”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“After a storm, the rear well had about 2 inches of water, started to mildew and I had to pull the carpet and dry it out”

Scotty C., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced water pump”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump went out at 88000. Had extended warranty”

Gerald S., MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced leaking water pump”

Nancy F., MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield drain was clogged and water was leaking into car. Known problem fairly easy to fix”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak of water at radio antenna caused by vandals attempting to steal the antenna”

Elmer K., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“water pump went out”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“water leaks past back door seal”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Differential seal was leaking”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“when front windshield glass was replaced from crack, the passenger side front now leaks whenever it rains”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Driver door is slightly sprung, my fault, so air leaks around the seals. Over all not as quiet as new but not bad for a 2008 car”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“air leaks make the cabin louder than it used to be”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“This vehicle has developed several squeaks and rattles”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“the vehicle rattles incessantly”

Bob K., CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Headliner rattle”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittant rattling may be associated with the oil burning”

Laura M., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle in the cargo area. Hard to detect. May be coming from the removable plastic panels on either or both sides”

Eric W., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The rear door (tailgate) lock fell out of adjustment and the door floated while locked. It took three trips to the dealer to fix it”

Robert N., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rattle under the car; took several trips to dealer to locate and repair”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car sometimes groans when I back up and turn the wheels. I was told it was because of cold weather. However, it happens other times. I was also told that all RAV4s do this”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It is not a quiet car on the highway. The taught ride leads to a lot of rattles inside, even with new tires”

Eric T., MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“In cold temperatures for the first 30 minutes or so there is a squeak from the dashboard. Annoying”

Suresh N., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“There has been a rattling noise in the back (sounds like from the suspension) that no Toyota dealer has been able to fix”

Steven B., CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The road noise on anything except brand new pavement, is terrible. I thought the Limited would have extra sound proofing insulation. Appparently not”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There has been a squeaking noise in the rear of the vehicle, the origin of which is unknown at this time. It's a high pitched squeak, worse when driving over bumps. I also have noted a clunking noise when turning the steering wheel to the far left”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This year is the second time that rattles have started. The first time it took two times at the dealer to find the correct trouble and then two different parts at different times to correct the trouble. The new rattle is similar but have not taken it”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Just makes lots of noise coming from the brakes and when we go over bumps”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“a couple of interior rattles, maybe a rear seat spring? Maybe one exterior that could be the tire tools”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“heat shield above catalytic converter deteriorating”

Vince P., NL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Right rear brake has a low pitched squeak when backing up”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear gate squeaks when driving”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes squealing”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“don t know where coming from”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Very loud on the interstate”

Ernest D., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rav 4, like the Venza, small SUV, has noise problems. Whether that is wind, tire or road noise it is hard to determine”

Winston W., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Great vehicle, but it is difficult to hear conversation or radio at highway speeds”

John B., MN (2008 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

“Belt tensioner failed - costly repair for a single part”

Robert P., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“Sudden Unexplained Acceleration. While stopped at light car revved to top acceleration and barely able to hold car back with brake. Put in neutral and turned off engine. Repeated when engine turned back on. third time turned on did not repeat”

Janice R., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor in the VVTI system failed. Caused a check engine light, had to take it in to the dealership to have one of the valve timing sensors replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Unintended acceleration due to computer software recall problem”

Lois W., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“sensor failed”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Cam position sensor went out, was almost 700.00 to repair!”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Excessive engine oil consumption- factory recall for oil consumption test. Didn't know what other category to use”

Rob S., AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“My car started burning oil quite badly. I had had run ins with the dealer previously and had to rebuild th transmission at 105,000 miles on my own dime. We took it to Toyota to diagnose the oil burning issue and they ran a test and qualified it for a rebuild. They took care of its n record time though it did cost me almost $800 for the auxiliary parts like water pump etc. I had actually replaced the water pump but figured I'd better pony up so they would warrant the new engine rebuild”

Barbara W., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

“See comments under Engine Major Problems”

Gary I., MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Transfer case left side drive shaft”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I burn or leak a quart of oil for every 1000 miles driven”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“related to a recent recall pertaining to abnormal oil use. Test underway now. After 1200 miles, I return to dealer to confirm oil USge problem and get the warranty fix per the recall”

Roy H., WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil line leak, huge amount of oil lost, luckily as we were almost home. Learned this was a known issue, but Toyota wouldn't fix ours since the car was originally purchased by military through AAFES system”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Not quite oil leak - but you had no choice for the correct category: OIL BURNING. Toyota has issued a recall for this problem but they do NOT have a fix yet. I have been burning oil for the last year at an excessive rate for this newer car”

Laura M., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Using too much oil. on average I have to add 2qt between oil changes”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“More Smell, Than Actual Leaks”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine used 3/4 of a quart of oil in 1,000 miles but Toyota said it would not fix the problem because it has to lose 1 quart in 1,000 miles to qualify for repairs”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine uses oil at an excessive rate. Apprx. 1 quart between each oil change. Also rear differencial parts leaking oil”

Jeff S., IA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burning through oil at higher than expected rate”

Patrick H., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a massive oil leak caused by a faulty hose that was under recall. Toyota honored the recall and fixed the problem”

Eric T., MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Front diff needed filler plug gasket replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Car was using a lot of oil. Brought it to the dealership repair department, and they said leaks were found in the valve cover and timing chain cover. Repaired, and oil consumption reduced”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota RAV4)

“Leak at left axle at rear differential”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rear pinion seal leaking and needed replacing”

Anonymous, SK (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“2008 Rav4 is not as reliable as should be....too many recalls...inclding a major drivetrain rebuild/recall”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“No physical sign of oil leaks. But the oil level always get low between 500 to 1000 miles. I always fill it up a quart of oil everytime it passes 500 mile”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Uses an excessive amount of oil”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Oil line broke”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had dealer perform oil consumption test, apparently it is ok for engine to burn a quart of oil every thousand or so miles. Just like a 70's vintage engine”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was serviced at Toyota for $300. I do not recall the last exact problem”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This engine now requires a quart of oil every 300-400 miles. I This problem was identified approximately 30,000 miles ago and discussed with dealership. Numerous times we have been told this is "normal oil consumption"”

John I., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was burning oil at a rate of about 2.5 quarts every 1000 miles. There was a recall and the car was fixed. It took several visits to verify the problem and then a week to fix it”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace valve cover gasket because of oil leak”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Small oil leak upon Toyota replacing the pistons and rings”

Jessie J., AR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Review previous responce”

Frank S., TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle had recall for excessive oil consumption. (not dripping). Toyota ran tests and said consumption was within tolerable limits. It "consumes" 1 liter every 2200 to 2400 KM. Getting worse - recently it consumed 1 liter after driving just 300 km. Will likely trade in this vehicle in the fall of 2017 (but will not be buying a Toyota”

Kay-Wayne S., BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It use a quart of oili each month”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excess oil consumption”

John B., MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns oil - Toyota has a bulletin on this, but my car doesn't "qualify" for repair. Also, my bushings are going which makes for a rough ride although my mechanic says this is an expensive repair ($1,300) and not a safety issue”

Carol G., MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Nothing major just needed to be replaced”

Steve F., MD (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensors were faulty. Resulted in ALL of the vehicles warning lights to come on and stay on. Entire dashboard. This happened about 6 months after we bought the SUV. Repair was covered by warranty”

Katherine P., WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“failed”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“It failed causing failure of the muffler”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“large Hole in muffler at 32000 miles”

A B., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced exhaust system. muffler, tail pipe converter. amount charged $1100--ridiculous for this repair”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted out”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pipe going into muffler rotted and needed replacemnet....Man at muffler shop told me thi a very common problem with these Rav 4's Cost 350 dollars”

Robert M., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle noise-muffler heat shield replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Toyota replaced muffler under warranty because the muffler and catalytic converter are all one piece”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The galvanized cover of the muffler "flaked" off with corrosion”

Robert N., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had replace some pipes and the muffler. Required also replacing the catalytic converter”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Muffler rusted out from the top next to the car body and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“HAD ONE MINOR EXHAUST LEAK, BUT TO FIX REQUIRED NEW EXPENSIVE EXHAUST SYSTEM”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“needed to be replaced”

Don N., MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Hole in muffler”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The car came with the anti-rust (electrical) system so I did not have it oiled and the muffler rusted. I have since had it oiled”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler has to be replaced but Toyota compensated me for the cost taking responsibility for the premature replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A muffler seam failed (corroded) on the top resulting in exhaust noise/fumes. The repairs were covered as an emissions 7yr warranty since the muffler was integral with the catalytic converter”

Mark L., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Muffler failed (rusted through). Replacement at dealer requires purchasing new cat converter at a cost of $1300. Instead got a muffler replacement at muffler shop but replacement is quite loud”

Thomas M., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler was severely perforated, causing significant exhaust noise”

David B., OR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The muffler and pipes attached to the muffler rusted out and I had to replace them. Now I have received a recall notice on the exhaust system”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Muffler rusted through. I had it replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“failed due to failure of catalytic converter”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler seam decayed and split open. repair was not warranty-covered. Toyota has since issued a recall and I should be getting a refund on my repair cost. I am not confident Toyota will come through”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

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Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal wear”

James B., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I needed a new muffler”

Berson K., NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The muffler rusted through on the top seam causing an exhaust leak and was replaced with an after market muffler. About 11 months later Toyota issues a Special Service Campaign to deal with this type of problem. I am working with Toyota for a refund for the work done but they are very nit-picky. Stay tuned”

Robert F., MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The muffler and pipe was jury rigged to connect to catalytic converter. (If I understood the mechanic) He said it was too expensive to replace with a single unit. Thus noisy until it warms up. Shahes and rattles”

John G., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“After market muffler had to be replaced after 3 1/2 years of installation”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The pipes were full.of holes most likely from the road salt used on Illinois roads where we lived when we first purchased the vehicle. The whole exhaust system had to be replaced due to the way Toyota built the exhaust system, including catalytic co”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Pipe rot led to hole. The Toyota warrantee covered the exhaust system and the pipe under the car was replaced at no cost to me”

David H., RI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“we replaced the exhaust pipes which rusted before the recall for this part was announced. We now have had to replace the part again. Toyota is unclear whether they will pay for the repair, or part, which we had installed at an independent mechanic shop”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“Significant noise caused by holes. Replaced entirely”

David B., OR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

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

Driveshaft or axle

“Loud noise at speed and vibration”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel bearing slowly over months started to cease up due to lack of grease. (sealed bearing) heard a grinding noise (I'm deaf) that had been going on for quite a while. MPG dropped off to 16 MPG. I usually get 21 - 23 MPG depending on mountain or FW”

E T., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Bent drive shaft require replacement of it and the u bolt”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Rear UJoint on 4WD driveshaft became stiff and caused vibration under rapid acceleration. Fixed by machine shop replacing UJoint (welding)”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer identified wear. Second opinion could not verify. 10000 km later, all is well!!”

Vince P., NL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Leaking fluid from seals in middle”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Cracked rear axel.. Needed to replace L rear axel shaft”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“We need to replace the driveshaft as it might lock up. Over $1,600 to fix it”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“U joints on end of drive shaft need to be replaced, but unlike most drive shafts where you can just replace the u joint, on the RAV4 the whole drive shaft needs to be replaced.$$$$$”

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driveshaft broke and was replaced”

David K., ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear lower suspension arm was epoxied in place as a remedy to a recall - car can no longer have a 4 wheel alignment due to this fix by Toyota. Also, auto consumes oil - barely passed oil consumption tests, or otherwise would have qualified for engine rebuild”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“At 40 mph, the vehicle has a rumble. There is a recall to replace the torque converter and it was replaced but did not fix the problem. Dealer now says it's the rear differential”

William P., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Would not go into 4wd and the ESC light came on. Replaced gas cap, and had smoke test (passed). Went to Prime Toyota for a recall and they reprogramed it (for free I might add)”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Recall item, not fixed by the dealer yet. Has refused to repair up to this point”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Very expensive repair to replace clutch drive system to rear differential”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rear differential is messed up. Don't know what else to say”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“front wheel bearings”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Differential

“failed”

Glenn C., NL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Differential input seal had to be replaced twice”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Differential required replacement due to oil seal failure; $33000 for new differential incl labor”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“miniscus coupler covered under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The rear differential on our Rav4 started to make a slight huim noise from the rear of the vehicle. This progressed to a loud hum. We had the vehicle serviced and they said the rear differential was going bad. Cost to repair $2000.00 of which I pu”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front differential is very noisy at about 25 mph.. Dealer says this is normal.and refused to fix when the vehicle was still under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pinion seal leak”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Speed dependent buzzing sound from rear differential. Dealer can't even find the part(coupling, approx $900 part alone) Not happy, paid nearly 12K for the car”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced leaking rear pinion seal”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“leaking seal on rear differential”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Apparently this is a problem with other Ravs also. The internet is full of stories. Loud sound in the back. $2000 job. Toyota paid half but were asked to pay in full”

Gabriel G., VT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“normal wear and tear. Leaking and we got it replaced”

Todd D., MB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“The electrical unit that controls the power steering....emergency brake...esc....4wd....etc. it went bad due to a accident I had several months before this happened”

Nathan S., VA (2008 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

“Head warped do to water pump failure”

David B., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“calipers froze and wore out the roters &pad Engine excessive oil burning, soon may need rings redone”

K M., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“excessive carbon buildup and required valve job”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“oil scraper rings malfunctioning using 5 qt.. of oil in less than 5000 miles”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It started burning oil. Took to dealer and he said there was a TSB on this and I should return in 1000-1300 miles to recheck. Returned and it was down oil again so he said Toyota would do engine work include new pistons as soon as parts were in. T”

Joseph P., GA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Improper dealer service (oil change)at Faulkner Toyota in Bensalem, PA resulted in the oil plug not being properly torqued after oil change. The result oil leaked out of engine and a rebuilt engine had to be put back in. Toyota did NOT and REFUSED to”

Gary I., MI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Piston rings leaked oil out and engine locked up”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced pistons because of oil consumption under warranty”

William P., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine overheated and had catastrophic failure”

David B., FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to add 1L oil every 2000km. Manual states it's normal, but found a Toyota Service Bulletin outlining problem. Undergoing oil consumption test for proof, but say will need engine rebuild to fix. Not sure how much of cost we'll have to pay”

Mary F., ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine made a metal scraping noise. Then one day A/C light began blinking. Was on the way to service the car the next morning when the engine blew and we needed to be towed. Toyota warranty wouldn't cover stating coolant fluid should be checked”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The engine died and we bought a new one”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“A year ago I noticed my RAV4 was burning more oil than usual. Mechanics could not find a problem with the car. One month ago my car just cut off while going 70 mph & I was told the cylinders stopped working & I had to replace the whole engine!”

Carol M., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I was losing oil at 90000 miles; however, toyota performed an oil consumption test and handled fixing the issue. I didn't have any problems getting my car fixed. This issue is now a recall item, but it wasn't at the time I was having the problem”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“motor needed complete rebuild. There was a recall notice for this model that Toyota didn't tell me about. I had to fight to get this done under warranty. Not impressed”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excess oil consumption first appeared around 60K mi, but dealer did not recognize it until full warranty extension program was rolled out. Extensive rebuild Had my car for 6 weeks waiting for parts. Afterwards, still some suspicious noises but hard to pin on oil consumption”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)

“The shift was moved by accident taking it out of drive and throwing a rod. Total replacement of engine. Service tech said is was from many rpm's after the event happend. Toyota had never heard of this happening before. Being a good guy and being honest I had no assistance from Toyota. If I had not been honest they most likely would have come other cost decision.. Moving the shift may not have been the problem”

Richard A., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failed the oil consumption test (recall) and had to have the pistons and rings replaced”

Jessie J., AR (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Diagnosed in 2014 with excessive oil burning. They promised repair the problem by replacing the pistons. They said the parts were on order. The parts NEVER arrived and the promises (no cost to me, free loaner during repair, reimburse cost of all the oil consumed). I tried to join a class action suit but got no cooperation from any of the attorneys I contacted. I considered painting painting a lemon on the side and parking it in front of a local dealership. My conversations with service (Toyo”

Frank S., TN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had an oil usage warrant able problem that Toyota took care of. They replaced the pistons and rings on the 4 cylinder engine, it was a recall. Which was good as it was a 2008 model”

Richard M., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed oil consumption test on recall. Short block rebuild under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Leaky valve gasket”

Michael K., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“in addition to head gasket being replaced the car burns oil. Surprise, the owners manual claims burning oil is to be expected”

Thomas P., OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Not covered in survey. Rear hatch could not be opened. Cost $484 for repair; think it was electronic connection to the opening handle. Common in other SUVs, but not RAV”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I decided to replace the timing belt while replacing the water pump. This was to save money on this routine maintenance, and to help prevent timing belt failure”

Ray K., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Odd noise (not always) when starting. Dealer traced it to timing chain. Could have been left but decided to do repairs. Both dealer and Toyota CA shared in cost of repairs”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“This vehicle has very poor trim; the front fender has been out of alignment and slips out on a routine basis when realigned. Have never seen poorer trim on any other vehicle. Trim in hood on top of radiator poor idea and with clips that break. Tota”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“one small latch broken. dealer will only fix by replacing whole assembly. says would do or take responsibility for any other more simple repair”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint has chipped also Some plastic molding near the ignition switch has been loose since I purchased this vehicle”

Ernest D., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Luggage rack adjustable bars became loose and tightening crews came off and were lost”

Bryan D., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Small indentions in console, can find out how to fix or what happened, heat/cold”

P G., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Very Minor Paint Scratches”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint chips super easy. More so than most cars. That's a little aggravating. My other 2 Toyotas did the exact same thing”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Hood and front quarter panels have some peeling and discoloration”

Jeff H., OK (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint won't stick on front bumper toyota refused to help at the start and gave up”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint on rear door is fading. Color change is becoming noticeable”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is very delicate. Pitting all over the front surfaces. The slightest touch results in a scratch all over the car”

Dave R., OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“fading, chips”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat peeled off of front quarter panel. Paint cracking of front bumper and hood”

Bryan T., MS (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Top, rear bumper. Many small stress cracks”

Mikael C., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat is pilling off”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pain on plastic parts peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint has begun peeling from more than a dozen places on the vehicle, exposing the primed metal beneath. Most are quarter-size or smaller, but several are larger and appear to be getting worse”

Gary N., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“cracking , peeling”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“Steel wheels are a rusty mess”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Steel wheels had rust near the valve stem area when I bought this car. The dealer cleaned it up Three years later even wire brushing with my drill, paining, and rust converter will not keep rust away”

Geoffrey H., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“The steel wheels were so rusty, that we had to replace them - well past sandblasting and repainting. We ended up with used Toyota alloy wheels, which I wish we had gotten originally. Very expensive”

Jeff L., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Rust was discovered about 2 years after purchase on all of the door sills. It was repaired under warranty(not a good job) and has now come back but is no longer covered”

Donald G., QC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front Passenger lower fender, small area in rear passenger fender”

Mikael C., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rusty wheels”

Peter K., MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

12V power plug

“Two fuses had to be replaced because neither power outlet worked. The fuses were extremely difficult to access for my experienced mechanic. He cursed Toyota for placing the panel where they did!”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“turn signal/headlight arm broken”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Lenses clouding making less effective”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights fail to turn off on occasion when the car is locked”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signal auto shutoff”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Had to replace key when purchased. Also, controls to lock/unlock all doors stopped working on driver side armrest”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“one of the supplied key prob had problem, if battery install into the key prob alarm went off. The other working fine”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Tire pressure sensor in the spare and the front left failed. Very expensive to replace. Computer chip has to be reprogrammed”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This seems to be a recurring problem with this car and it has been serviced several times because of it”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“"check engine" light came on. Went to mechanic; was told it was likely a fuel sensor repair costing about $300”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Driver side wiper motor malfunctioned ... $500 part + labor”

Bradford Y., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“pump for the windshield wiper fluid is fail on the passenger side”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“Intermittent erratic behavior. Never explained or fixed after multiple repair attempts; eventually just went away”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

“Intermittent failure of all gauges, usually recovered quickly, never explained after multiple repair attempts, eventually went away”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“abs and check engine lights went on. Shop told me this was the gas tank vapor control, estimates of $1200 to repair with new parts. Problem confirmed by 2nd shop. Vehicle was drivable but would not pass NJ inspection. Used part was located b”

Mark R., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Catalytic converter failure”

Paul S., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A box near the catalytic converter needed replacement...dont recall the name. It caused the check engine light to go on”

Richard M., CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A check engine light came on. I was told that , in part , it controlled the emission control system This seemed strange to me because the cruise control did not work. It would have cost $2,000US to have to fixed in Fort Walton, FL so I drove home to Winnipeg and had it fixed for @1,400Cdn”

Doug B., MB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“ENGINE ELECTRICAL ~|~CUSTOMER STATES THAT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, VSC AND TRAC LIGHTS CAME ON WHEN DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE ~|~ ~|~117227 CHECKED FOR CODES, P0015 STORED (CAM POSITION B OVER RETARDED BANK ONE EXHAUST). TESTED SYSTEM AND IS WORKING O”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“clean fuel injection system because of rough idle”

William P., IL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Unintended acceleration on several occasions. Car engine races, car lurches forward, car vibrates. Hard to control braking, car vibrates. Car out of control. Scary! Brought back to dealer several times, they keep telling me they can't find anyth”

Lois W., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Had to replace one of two air/fuel ratio sensors. Other one still works 11 months later”

Gordon M., ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failure of O2 sensor located near transmission”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light on required replacement of filter ($1500)- said issue was moisture in the filter (Believe from deep snow in the mountains)...no effect on driving...was fixed to pass emissions”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Burned out”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Two sensors replaced, including the O2 sensor, after the fuel economy dropped to 16/17 mpg. Fuel economy improved, somewhat, but was still <20mpg during the winter”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear bank O2 sensor failed, needs to be replaced. Quoted approximately $500”

Anonymous, NL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“3 lights on dashboard are lit. Dealership wants $100 just to estimate cost of repair. Local auto shop tells me its pollution control sensor/fuel emissions or oxygen sensor.. Several hundred dollars to fix but no hurry as car and engine run fine. I will need to fix it before my next inspection however”

Mark R., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“I cannot believe that the alternator in a 6 year old (at the time it was replaced) Toyota needed to be replaced. I have another Toyota that is 25 years old and still has its original alternator. Inferior part if you ask me”

Derron L., PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator failed after about 75K-80K miles; was NOT covered under warranty (Toyota Certified used vehicle)”

Peter H., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The alternator went out and had to be replaced as well as the battery”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“failed, required replacement”

John M., NJ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“unusual humming from engine and troubleshooting pointed to alternator. Testing resulted in low charge voltage and alternator required replacement”

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bearing failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery light indicated it was working fine, but it he car wouldn't start. AAA jumped it on twice about 2 weeks apart, then we replaced the battery and it's been fine”

Cynthia P., NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Battery showed not enough cranking power on tests even though the numbers didn't jive with what the mechanic wrote down”

Anonymous, DE (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was time to replace it. Had trouble starting vehicle”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“battery replace due to age”

Jamie D., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Battery was at the end of life. This was an 84 month Toyota battery. But it did not last 84 months.; it only lasted about 5 years. Replaced it with a 3 year Costco battery”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Still working issue. I think it is the neutral safety switch. Car won't start sometimes. There's no sound when you turn the ignition, and other times it starts normally. There appears to be some history with this vehicle and this part”

Anthony B., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Do nor recall all the details. It was covered by Toyota - Per the mechanic, the problem was documented in service advisory”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Code reader indicated #6 coil was bad. To replace need to remove upper intake manifold. I replace all three in back rather while I had upper intake off”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

“Compressor failed and required replacement at around 45,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“AC stops working intermittently but no problem can be detected”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A/C unit stopped working - due to age of vehicle and climate of NE Pennsylvania, decided not to have it repaired (>$1,200)”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Defrost system was not adequate during cold weather operation”

Lee B., MT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“It only worked on high speed then finally quit. Fan resistor had to be repalced”

Dave S., AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“Intermittent HVAC system odor like mildew/mold. TSB 0378-09”

Suresh N., VA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“waterpump failed, needed to be replaced”

Marty D., MB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Defrosted windows ice up during snowy conditions. Ocassionally will need to stop and remove ice/snow build up on windowshield and wipers when on a long trip or during heavy snow”

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Car studders and shimmies at times”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Torque converter shuddered at 90,000 miles. Noise got worse when driving ,dealer estimated repair at $2790.00. My garage referred me to a highly regarded transmission repair shop. Converter replaced at substantial difference in Price. No problems”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud noise and movement when in revers gear”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We have conducted regular transmission service at the dealer since the cars purchase, so this sudden occurrence of transmission failure came as a surprise”

Barbara B., CO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Began to make 'clunking' sound any time vehicle driven in reverse. Replaced under warranty just under the 100k mile limit”

Peter S., CT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration in 20 to 45 mile speed range caused by clearance problem where the drive shaft exits the housing. Toyota had to replace the transmission under warranty”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“We replaced the factory transmission with a used transmission with approximately equal miles on it”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clutch replacement

“A clutch on the rear differential that engages to transmit power to the rear drive was leaking lubricant due to corrosion causing a seal failure was replaced under extended warranty after seeking help for action on Toyota's extended warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

Sunroof

“Between tile and open, it never closes securely. Had to play open/close to get it to close”

P G., NC (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)

“Loose trim”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“problematic getting it open”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The tail back gate lock kept getting loose and open back gate door light keep coming on. Also rattling noise was coming from the back accordingly”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The rear door (hatch) stuck so I could not close that door. Had to go to my mechanic who freed it. I might have to replace the latch mechanism”

Carlton S., ME (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Latch on rear gate sticks open so the gate won't close until popped back into place”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“The weather stripping came loose”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

“the CD player will not accept or eject any CD inside the system.The system will not allow you to use Aux, it will not accept that mode”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“cd player stopped working 2 years ago; cd got stuck in the drive and had to be taken apart to get out. now cd player doesnt work at all”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Taking the vehicle in next week for CD player repair”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Bluetooth stopped working”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“System kept losing phone hook up”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Fuses blew on cigar lighter and accessory jack in center console bin”

Janet S., TX (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Does not happen during every acceleration, however there is an occasional delay between the time I press on the gas pedal and when the gear kicks in when accelerating to highway speeds”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“The transmission leaked fluid onto the electronic control box for the four wheel drive. Cost to repair $1500”

Jeffrey G., WA (2008 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transaxle seal needed to be replaced twice in 9,000 miles”

Lee B., MT (2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
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