The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furnishings include straightforward controls, a roomy rear seat, and generous cargo space (with the tiny third row folded).
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.
Road Test

The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furnishings include straightforward controls, a roomy rear seat, and generous cargo space (with the tiny third row folded). Some people will wish the front seats were more supportive. The right-hinged rear gate requires a good deal of swing-out room.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"abs module was not communicating with pcm causing the cruise control to not work and causing the traction light and abs light to come on.replaced vacuum switching valve engine compartment,purge valve.also replaced cruise control brake release switch"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Front brakes stopped working"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At different times both rear calipers developed leaks, one was pulling air into the brake hydraulic system, the other was a major brake fluid leak that resulted in a partial failure of the brakes. Fortunately there was no collision or injury."

George V., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic reports material used for rear brake calipers is inferior - causing the piston to jam. Both rear calipers needed to be replaced"

Timothy H., MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bothe of the entire caliper housings had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear brake caliper leaked, brake fluid leaked out, braking efficiency reduced drastically to unsafe level."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake issues seems to be continued from last year. Premature bad wear, calipers sticking"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as previous comment"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just routine wear and tear"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the rear calipers has an issue that was causing uneven wear of the right rear brake pads"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Making noise. Needs replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Brakes stopped working, had to pump the brakes repeatedly to slow down, very hard to stop completely."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"four years old and had to spend $400. to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The original braes lasted six years. The last set only lasted four years with a lot less driving on them. Brakes were replaced by Toyota service dept."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads worn needed replacing"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As consumer reports say: Brakes wear out on the Rav on a regular basis. Routine brake service must be performed. Great car: no problems except brakes."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed new pads"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was not experiencing any problem. My dealership service dept. monitors things closely. When the wear on the back brakes got to the point of needing to be replaced, the did so."

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads were worn on the front wheels and rotors appeared to be too damaged to repair"

Gerald O., NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noemal brake ware"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"During normal car check was determined brakes needed replacement. Had a lot of miles on them."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back brakes replaced for first time ever at 60000"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear front wheels only"

Mary G., CT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were making a noise when braking. Had them inspected and were in the "red" zone. Enough to pass safety inspection but needed replacing soon"

Francis H., MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Seems like excessive amount of brake repairs in last two years"

Jean R., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced my brakes on this car far more than any other car I have owned"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and rear brake pads replaced 3/6/13 at 60826 miles. Never heard any indication of problems, rotors turned. Rear pads replaced (warranty) 4/13/15 at 73255 miles. Rear rotors also replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced pads"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brakes replaced at 50000 miles"

Fred E., FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"replacement of brake pads (front) and machining of rotors"

Kenneth B., CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The break pads were worn at 60,000 miles no other parts were needed"

James L., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4)

"New break pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced rear brake pads and machined rotors"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front and rear brake pads and rotors at 60,000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear. only city driving"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Completely replaced brake pads and rotors all four tires"

Randy O., SK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaking; mechanic told me brakes were worn and needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"none, simply replaced the brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Cable continue to stretch and emergency brakes very expensive to replace"

Alan F., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake lever and assembly broke, lifted out of the console and was nonfunctional"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both my Rav4's had side driver parking brake cables seize in year 5. Needs one hour of work inside vehicle to replace. So, 1 1/2 hrs of work @$105/hr. Gross. And appears almost planned. Sad"

Pierre H., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Dealer said I needed front brakes and calipers $700. My garage said 7000 miles later I needed front brakes and calipers $700."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake rotors are very rusty, causing premature pad and rotor wear. In general, the underbody is very rusty (has been all along). Replaced muffler at 30k miles."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Grinding sound when braking. Had pad replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"excessive rust on undercarriage affecting all four brakes and rotors, uneven brake wear down to the metal on two pads, all four rotors needed to be turned, some calipers not moving correctly"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After having my brakes replaced, they continue to squeak"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes have been less than reliable with after market parts"

Diane D., MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I AM USUALLY EASY ON BRAKES BUT THIS CAR HAS HAD 3 FRONT BRAKES AND 1 REAR BRAKE JOB. ALL AT THE DEALERSHIP"

Elizabeth D., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I have had to have all the brakes worked on on this car. I always keep my cars for 10 years or more, and I have never needs brake work this often"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Front brakes are at 3 and 4 while back brakes are both at 8. Not sure why front have uneven wear and more wear than back brakes"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"New brakes are a year old and they are pulsating or vibrating."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Replaced brake pads, normal wear."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes had a problem where i had to repeatedly pump them to get them to work. Took it the dealer and they said they fixed but did not, took it back a second time and they fixed it. Not a good mark for the dealer, and dangerous to drive the car in that condition."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced brakes and rotors due to wear."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Original rotors lasted six years but the replacements (by Toyota service dept) only lasted four years that had much less mileage on them."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors wear out quicker on the rav than I have had on other vehicles"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a full and complete replacement of all brake components due to wear"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors had to be resurfaced twice"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear and tear - first time had to replace front brakes - pad and rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"grinding noise, needed replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace at 60,000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this car has to have rotors and brake work at least twice yearly"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"I am relatively certain that the noise is indicating I need to replace the brake pads (normal wear sensors cause a squeaking)"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"when backing up , it would make a loud shrill noise"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota RAV4)

"noise was caused by rust build up on the rotors"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were worn and needed replacing"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear caliper slider pins/housing is worn resulting in a pulsation when braking as well as rubbing and squeaking when not braking for each wheel rotation"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"brake noise as previously mentioned"

Rick K., AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking/creaking noise upon brake application, particularly at lower speeds or when stopping"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"while only, in reverse, very loud screeching. Had brakes done on front and back, then the screeching started"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"There is a recall on the rear suspension that I only recently found out how serious it is. From what I can find out on the internet, the repair is not satisfactory."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In replacing tires after 5 years, the car needed alignment"

Daniel B., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota has epoxied the rear tie rod adjustment that has eliminated the ability to align the rear wheels, resulting in abnormal tire wear"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"was part of a recall"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Can no longer adjust 4 wheel alignment due to recall repairs"

Anonymous, DE (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rear lower suspension arm No.1 assembly nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment needed proper torque to prevent backlash and rust on the treads of the arm"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After the suspension service recall can not get 4 wheel alignment done without replacing rear suspension arms, now a ver expensive wheel alignment"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"routine Inspect revealed problem"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"My problem was just sway bar linkages. Don't know if that falls under bushings or somewhere else"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Recall. Bushings replaced"

Alan S., FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Rotted cylinder on both rear calipers. Leaked and failed"

Vly F., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front shocks were worn to the point that during our vacation, with the car loaded, the car would wallow and bounce when car drove through dips to the point it felt unsafe to drive. This problem came on suddenly."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Front left Struts were leaking had both front struts replaced"

John P., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The shocks had to be changed due to pot hole problems on many of our roads and streets."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After replacement with recommended parts, problems came up again within 5 months."

Ade O., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks, all four worn and front rack loose requiring part replacement. These conditions caused uneven tire wear all around. Luckily this happened toward the end of the four tires' lives. Was kind of expensive to get all the work done. I had to drive from southern California to upstate New York. Considered selling car as a cooling system problem occurred just a couple of months earlier."

Frank C., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A front shock/strut was leaking; replacement and alignment by non-dealer caused slight drift and dead spot in steering. Problem fixed by dealer replacing rear lower control arms and realignment."

David M., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Just that they had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Routine inspection when replacing tires revealed shocks"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Worn and needed to be replaced. Original equipment"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"original rear shocks starting to leak a little at 184000 k. so I replaced them"

S W., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rear end sounds like it is bottoming out whenever a large bump is hit"

Harry B., CT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out shocks needed replacing. Handling was worsening"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks worn out, replaced at a cost of $460"

Nicholas S., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Numerous recalls on rear suspension. Something about rust causing it to fail--never was real sure. First recall was a check and sticker under car. Next was an adjustment. Finally it was fixed right with new parts. Sure took a long time to get permanent fix"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 130000, the shocks and struts needed replacing. It was expected"

Mark C., MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"STRUTS LEAKING; NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR"

Richard F., NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear end was making a lot of noise. After new tires and new rear shocks, the car was quiet again"

Daniel B., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"They are gone and need to be replaced"

Annie B., VT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recalled twice by toyota. Still had problems. Had to be replaced total 3 times"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had company recall twice"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking strut; previous owner also had replaced leaking struts prior to my purchase, at under 32500 miles on odometer"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front shock strut was found to be leaking during a standard maintenance inspection. It was replaced under the manufactures extended warranty"

Frederick B., AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In process of regular maintenance, I noticed the front struts and rear shocks were all leaking. The struts were in the worst shape"

Allen E., AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"driver front side shocks leaking"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud noise whenever we went over rough road. Problem was getting worse as the mileage went up"

Brian M., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"There was a recall on the rear suspension linkage"

Tom W., BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"i had one shock on the rear leak and a cvt boot that was cracked"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"One of the struts was leaking, and needed replacement"

Gilbert S., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks/Struts had to be replaced at 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire rub"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of front struts. Had to replace both. Too soon to fail"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"worn out after 60000 km"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"the spring on the rear suspension broken twice in the same year (note: those spring have been fix and replace by local toyota dealer, not small local car shop, and those spring was order from toyota not after market spring)"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"MULTIPLE RECALLS ON REAR SUPPORTS OR STABILIZERS; WARRENTY REPAIR LEFT CAR UNABLE TO BE ALIGNED IN THE REAR"

Richard F., NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a factory recall for the rear tire support system, but the parts are unavailable and I don't know when it will be resolved"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 recalls related to rear torsion bars. rear wheels can't be aligned I believe its a problem with corrosion"

Richard F., NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Clunks with steering wheel when we tried to turn a corner. Dealer said we needed new steering mechanism. Expensive (and dealer didn't give us much information about why it was needed)."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"Noise from the intermediate shaft"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel started clunking at 50k miles. Apparently this is common problem with Toyotas. Cost over $700 to fix it. This issue should have been corrected years ago!!"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the steering linkage along whole front end of RZV4 (was told it was a power steering rod)"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Actually, rear lower control arms which could not be adjusted to specifications; and which had been fixed by a recall about 6 years ago by epoxy coating, and which cost $700 to replace."

David M., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I may not be using the correct terminology, but I was told by a Toyota dealer repair person, that because too many toyota owners were taking the RAV's to other non toyota repair places to work on alingment and tie rod adjustments and then those other places were messing them up so Toyota decided that they would replace the tie rods with non adjustable ones, so now when things get out of alingment, you have to replace them to the cost of about 600.00. Very rude of toyota . I live in St. Louis so we have tons of potholes and things get out of alignment easily . I saw let those owners and the non toyota repair places deal with their problems. Toyota does not need to come in and prevent that by installing non=adjustable tie rods."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"I didnt experience a problem but it was found by the auto shop"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear tie rods recalled 3 times"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota has epoxied the rear tie rod adjustment that has eliminated the ability to align the rear wheels, resulting in abnormal tire wear"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tie rods (or equivalent part) were causing uneven rear tire ware and rear alignment issues. There was a recall and the dealership replaced and corrected for free"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"replaced rear torsion/sway bar as past of a factory recall and didn't align the wheels correctly. The dealership took care of the problem at no cost."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear suspension had multiple recalls and yet the rear tires still wear out..cupping"

Anonymous, DE (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"rear wheel bearings started to be very noisy had them replaced without incident"

Jordan J., SC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Both front wheel bearings went bad within 9 months of each other. Loud rotational noise getting louder at high speeds and with increased mileage. Toyota was unable to diagnose the problem by my mechanic found it is seconds."

Elliot G., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Noisey"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Had a noise while driving that turned out to be a problem with the left front wheel hub bearing, which required replacement. I went to a local shop, saving over $400 off dealership quote for same problem (also had trouble understanding dealer quote, because it included "absorber set, shock", 2 different ones, then 2 more "absorber, shock"s that were each less than the other 2, but local shop only charged me for the hub & bearing assembly plus labor?)"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"drivers side wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearings failed in left rear wheel and had to be replaced due to all-wheel drive and dealership not telling me that when I replaced one tire at their dealership, I needed to replace all 4"

James T., CO (2009 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

"back passenger side outside window rubber broke"

D C., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the window seals completely dried out and fell out so water was getting into the doors at the bottom of the windows."

Kandice O., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"plastic front underbody mud guard coming loose"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Gasketing around windows is subpar, causing wind noise at high speeds"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint, Blizzard Pearl, had peeled twice over the last 3 years. Both times on the roof. The first time in front of the sunroof. The second time behind the sun roof. I decided to have the entire roof stripped and repainted. I've seen a number of complaints online concerning these issues and it appears that the color, Blizzard Pearl, is the consistent source of the problem. I don't know what it is about that color, but it cost me $1,000 to repair."

Stephen F., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling due to Toyota using new formulation on paint. Only paint is peeling. Basecoat remains solid. Toyota refuses to make us whole although they are aware of the problem and was caused by them. Repainting vehicle will be a cost to us."

Thomas B., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The car is red and red paint is the most volatile. It is parked outside so the paint has faded and bubbled in spots."

Kandice O., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint started peeling 0n hood and front fenders near edges and spread to a much larger area . peeling has started on rear hatch door. dealer refuses to repair. it is very ugly! I like the car, it is very dependable but I will probably buy a new Subaru.."

Emily H., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started peeling at about 4 years of age and Toyota refused to assist in the cost of repairs. As of now all of the roof and approximately 1/3 of the vehicle has lost paint, as well as the factory finish on all wheels."

Mary M., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling in top of car near sunroof."

Bryan K., WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint doesn't hold up to sun."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This was a manufacturing defect in the paint application. it started with the front quarter panels. Paint started blistering then flaking off. It spread to the engine hood and then to the roof of the car. 3 autobody shops confirmed a paint adhesion problem. The dealership and Toyota's main headquarters both refused any liability. I was told in was no longer under warranty . I have 3 other Toyota vehicles , which are older in age with no paint issues. Maybe they need a consumer group like yourselves to highlight the problem. There are several websites confirming similar paint issues with the 2009 and 2010 Rav 4's owners and their Blizzard White paint. Clearly Toyota reliability and quality has waned."

Paul F., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started peeling when vehicle was 4 years old and has continued to this day. Toyota was contacted and verbalized that they would do nothing to solve this issue."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling & cracking on body for no apparent reason. Not occurring in normal wear spots. No sun damage."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is blistering and peeling on Roof near roof rack. Also many chips all over the vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint chips easily and peeled off the rear fender flares"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the roof of the vehicle has begin to crack and peel off over a wide area. To be fair, I am uncertain if this is some sort of manufacturer's paint defect, or if some substance may have spilled onto the roof and caused the deterioration. Based on the luggage rack location, the location of the bulk of the problem, and the problem's pattern, I suspect the latter."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint peeled from the roof just over the front glass Paint peeled from the gas tank cover"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Paint has completely peeled off top-front (above the windshield) and in a few spots on the rest of the body"

Jose G., NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"paint peeling off on roof just above front window and on the bumper"

John T., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I purchased this vehicle in 2012. At around 56,000 miles the paint above the windshield began to bubble up and peel off. I searched the internet and have discovered approximately 25 vehicles, exactly the same 2009 Limited edition, Blizzard Pearl color that are having the same problem with the paint peeling in the same area on each vehicle. When I took my vehicle in to complete the recall issues that have come up, the technician told me that they are not at fault. That Toyota is not responsible"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on rear fender flares removed by debris from front walls heels. Paint in general marked and chipped by road debris"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is literally peeling off the roof in sheets and the hood paint is beginning to crack and peel. No other areas of the car have this defect. It's not been in any accidents or otherwise handled in any "rough" manner"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on the roof, mostly around the sunroof, but also in back of that area. Large, mostly round areas of paint have flaked off. My car is "Blizzare White" and I've seen quite a few other Toyota and Lexus with the same problem"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint started peeling off roof last year. Took it in and measured thickness - apparently thinner on roof For some reason. Toyota did not support me at all. Forums said other issues with pearl white paint in existence. Repaired at own expense, but now problem still exists on another part of roof. ??"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint is bubbling and peeling. Dublin California Toyota dealership has said that because of changing EPA rules this paint doesn't adhere to the metal"

Kimberly M., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint above windshield and before sunroof is peeling in multiple circular areas. Toyota claims no responsibility although it is noted in cases on the internet, especially with white pearl paint choice"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Light weight body materials, including fenders, dent and scratch too easily. I live in a mountain region with a lot of dirt roads. This car, despite all wheel drive, is a town and highway car. i have spent at least $2,000 replacing 2 windshields and"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blizzard White paint peeling just above windshield and continues to grow. Toyota will not take responsibility for it"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint on the panel above the windshield is peeling"

Jose G., NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sosmehow my Honda paint job resisted rock dings better than toyota. Do they use inferior paint or don't put several coats?"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of chips in the hood..also the black trim around the windows bleeds onto the white paint...cloudy head lights on plastic dome cover"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is bubbling and peeling between the windshield and the sunroof. Most spots are about the size of a quarter. We've seen other Toyota & Lexus cars painted Blizzard Pearl that have the same type problem"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"small area of paint chipping in same place near both rear wheels"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Spoiler over tailgate, paint faded and clear coat patches over entire area. Color and texture looked completely different than the rest of the car"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on plastic fin above rear window on door is peeling"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipped off on wheel well cowlings"

Darrell P., WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sealant coat on rims was poorly applied. Even the covered spare which had never been on the road had its clear coat start blistering off right at 3 years. I caught it too late to be covered by warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Entire hood and parts of the roof are peeling badly leaving an uneven horrible-looking apearance"

John T., OK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Really cheesy paint quality. ANYthing will scratch this cheap paint job"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint blistering and peeling badly on all 4 wheel rims. Obviously a poor factory metal prep and processing problem (i was in the business). Toyota dealer says its road salt. Will sell new rims for $100 each"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premium paint started peeling on roof and over rear wheel wells"

Robert M., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on the roof on metal just above front windshield"

John T., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Serious paint blistering on all alloy wheels. No warranty offered to fix. Very disappointed"

Norm B., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For so few miles there is quite a lot of chipping and peeling of the hood and roof. They start with small chips but quickly spread and bubble under the paint. I've done some touch ups but it continues to spread. The Toyota dealership told me that t"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"The steel wheels are rusty and pitted and flaking."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sheet metal around wheel well rusting"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front hood area got rusts and paints are peeling off some places."

Sadhan M., MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"flaking of finish on the aluminum wheels"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"All four wheel covers are rusted"

Jerome A., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unlike my previous Toyotas (5 of them), the wheels started rusting within a year or two. Now badly rusted. Other people I know with the same model +/- a year or two, all experience the same problem"

Donald R., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steel wheels are rusting"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is my fifth Toyota (all others were Camry) and I never had this problem before. The wheels are rusting like crazy. It's disgusting. Mind you, I have very low mileage and the car is garaged all year"

Donald R., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The alloy wheels have corroded and the caused the paint to bubble & peel. It seems as though the wheels were not painted and sealed thoroughly"

A L., IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water on Passenger floor. Discovered it was clogged drain of the sun roof. I was able to clear with shop vac. Info was found on internet."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"sunroof drain clogged with pine needles causiong the sill to fill with water in the rain and drench the driver/passenger when roof was opened"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump broke"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking and I had to replace it"

Nancy W., NE (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump needed replacing. It was under warranty"

Cyndie J., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"All of these are related... This is simply a noisy vehicle. The headliner in the vehicle did not fit at the sides; I brought this to the dealers attention on the lot and was promised it would be fixed. After much time I was told it could not be fixed and that it was simply the 'nature of the beast'. The GMC ads should be changed from Professional Grade to Beast Grade. I am a retired professional but if my professional abilities were that of a GMC vehicle, I wouldn't have made it one year much less to retirement."

Jerry R., TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of wind noise"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moon roof leaks intermittently -- usually after a very heavy rain. Dealer says "drains" clog up. Happens 1-2 times a year"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"air leakage around the window seals"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Window weather seals tearing, door weather seals starting to allow wind noise into the vehicle. I plan on all new weather stripping in the near future"

Wayne M., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"untraceable low clatter somewhere in mid to rear location, irritating on long drives"

David M., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The back door consistently has problems shutting and there are consistent LOUD squeaks in the rear. The dealer can fix the first, but it only lasts for a few months and begins again."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"The rear gate ( have the swing door) developed a nasty squeek with every little bump in the road. We had it fixed twice and it is back again! The body is poor fit and quality. VERY NOISY and UNCOMFORTABLE vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"loud metal squeak coming from the very back of the vehicle when driving over a bump. Unable to determine what is the cause."

Henry L., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right inner rack end worn and required replacing. Rear shocks leaking and required replacing. Both occurring at89000 miles."

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles seem to be coming from the rear suspension, other noise comes from the automatic transmission (especially upon down shifting)"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the past couple of years our vehicle has occasionally made squeaking noise, from the body of the vehicle or undercarriage, whenever we drive it."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership could not find the problem, so I took it to my mechanic, who found that the rattle was indeed the stabilizer bar, which MY mechanic repaired and stopped the noise from occurring."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metallic squeak coming from rear quarter panel on driver's side. Sounds like somewhere near tail light, but nothing is loose. Mystery."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have a squeak in the right rear of the car has not been able to resolve it. Its not really a loud squeak. Thought the recall for the rear would fix it but it didn't"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It rattles alot"

Sharon M., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"backdoor or back area squeak possibly caused by weight of spare tire on back door. From what I've read this is a known problem."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittent squeaks"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Center console squeaks and rattles on uneven pavement. Something in the rear area squeaks whenever the road is bumpy. Rear end sounds like it is bottoming out when you go over large bumps"

Harry B., CT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear door rattles and rear seat squeeks"

Charles T., IN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"possibly related to hand-brake, squeaking on tire rotation, had to take in twice to try and get it fixed"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle seems to come from power sun roof"

Andre L., GA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Same as reported for wind noise!"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Has loud general road noise at highway speeds. Rattles in dashboard on passenger side"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of road noise on highways"

Rene B., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Klunking sound from rear end. Dealer tried twice to find it, but could not. They said they would have to schedule it for a full day (at my expense) to look some more. It finally stopped on it's own last month"

Frederick K., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"There's something wrong with the front struts, or suspension - there's a noise / vibration. I need to get it checked out but am waiting as long as I can for cost purposes"

Christopher W., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"breaks make a noise since recall fix made several years ago. dealer claims it is normal"

Rick K., AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are squeaks and rattles in the rear compartment"

Jose G., NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Swing read door vibrations and rattles"

Jacques P., QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had an intermittent rattle since I purchased the car when I drive over bumps. I took the car back several times while it was under warranty. Since the rattle is so intermittent they could not find anything"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The engine makes a loud squeaking sound that the dealer cannot fix. It sounds like a worn belt, but the dealer says the belts are fine"

Benjamin P., NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"New rattles have begun in the rear cargo area"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dash that is annoying"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There were squeaks coming from the cargo area. Repair shop had to apply silicone lubricant to various seals to eliminate the squeaks. This procedure was done twice, as the squeaks reappeared after 1 month"

Gilbert S., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear area makes a squeaky noise = Annoying"

Amy M., MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport)
Wind noise

"Wind noise from left cockpit area has been since new car, enough to interfere with conversation"

David M., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"very noisey car"

George S., MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Road and tire noise makes it very difficult to have a conversation or enjoy music."

Jerry R., TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem since new - wind noise from passenger side door (unsure if front or rear). Numerous dealer visits to fix resulted in no resolution"

Timothy H., MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Loud cabin noise from wind at higher speeds"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Driving any where at any speed this vehicle is noisey!"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The right side view mirror would "whistle" at certain speeds. I needed to cover a seam with a piece of electrical tape to make it stop"

A L., IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At high speeds, the road noise is noticeable"

Blaine A., OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Door and back hatch weather seals degrading allowing dust and wind noise into the vehicle. Weather seal degradation can be expected but this seems a bit early"

Wayne M., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"have buffing noise somewhere up front"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving at highway speeds the wind noise is very noticeable and drowns out the radio"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is a very noisy car,"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

4WD/AWD components

"We were on a long trip when the warning light came on , do not drive your car, Some drive train failure. Found out it was some sensor failure. Incident caused us much anxiety, money and inconvenience."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced 4wd viscous coupler and drive shaft"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Seal on the differential began leaking. Repair was done, and leaking stopped."

Kevin B., IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"whining noise which they replaced some portion of the differential on as extended factory recall"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking seals"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bad bearing in differential made squealing noise (subject of TSB-0080-13). Repair required the differential to be replaced as a unit"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak. Covered by the Certified Car Warranty"

Pete W., CT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Expensive pinion gear seal replacement"

Thomas S., IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear differential went. Covered by manufacturer's hidden warranty. Dealer said Toyota was now covering this problem due to a high occurance. Otherwise, cost would have been $1300-1400"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Encountered a worsening noise in the differential just under a year ago. Fortunately, it was still under the 5-year D/T warranty and the dealership replaced the differential with no charge to me. No problems with the vehicle so far since that work"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At about 58000 miles, the seal for the rear axle differential starting leaking fluid. After the dealer diagnosed, the seal needed replacing. Dealer fixed the issue and no problems since"

Vincent F., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced the rear differential twice on the vehicle. Once under warranty, once after warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"rear axle coupler went bad. toyota split cost. paid $970 out of pocket"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Car was shaking. They told me the shaft was rusted and had come loose from connections. Had to replace."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"the drive shaft, completely broke off from the vehicle."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Excessive vibration caused by worn Universal Joints at approximately 180000km."

Mary M., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak"

R C., MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearing failed."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking dif and axle seals and def coupler"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Left rear axle seal leak"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A rear universal joint on the drive shaft to the rear wheels seized. The universal joint was not replaceable or repairable. I had to replace the entire drive shaft assembly!!!!"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear drive shaft differential needed repairing"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace seal and mechanical items that allowed vehicle to transfer between all wheel drive to 4-wheel drive"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace the right front bearings"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearing failed"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Left front wheel bearing failure, cost about $600 to repair. Service record shows a wheel bearing was replaced at about 12000 miles, not sure which one"

Malcolm G., CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"loud noise from coupling on front of rear differential"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Universal joint was seized. Normally a $20 part and $50 in labour. Had to replace split driveshaft as joint is not dealer serviceable. $1000. Way out of line"

Pierre H., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The logic board for the HVAC system failed."

Dan J., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"DEFECTIVE RELAY SWITCH"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"A sensor went bad which disabled stability control, traction control, and all-wheel-drive."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"There was a warranty recall and I took it to the dealer and they replaced a part."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I had a slow oil leak on driver side where CV joint enters transfer case."

John B., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Took into dealership for a noise while driving. Dealer replaced transaxle as it was seized up. This was told to me after I returned to pick up car. The original noise was still there"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking at seal"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Coupler from drive shaft to differential. Bearing failure. High cost of repair @ $1900 USD"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Tire pressure display erractic. Replaced sending units in tires"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The back up camera seems to get water in it. After it dries for a few days, the water disperses. It should be a larger view, as well. Other than that: a great car"

SUSn F., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stop working had to replace the camara"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera stopped working - the video image stopped displaying on the back-view mirror"

Victor L., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just quit working. Blank screen. Outside of warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"It has problem with inserting and ejecting CD's."

Kenneth C., AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not accept disc."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It quit working and won't accept input of CD's"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player would not eject disc"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped working and radio screen was illegible"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player stopped working, radio is still working fine"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes turns off and on randomly"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It doesn't want to accept new CD after one is ejected"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just quit working. If you put CD in, sometimes it says CD already there. Or, tries to read it and fails"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Cannot connect to auxiliary cable"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Input jack short circuited and is no longer usable"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The jack broke for the mp3 in player"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auxiliary audio plugin has unstable wire connection"

Victor L., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone does not always pair with the bluetooth. Sometimes the radio/bluetooth shows a connection but when the phone rings I cannot hear anything as it defaults back to the phone and not the car speakers."

Elliot G., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had periods where the Bluetooth system would not function - finally after months of complaining the system was replaced supposedly with a new system. However, the dealership was not smart enough to clear the previous owner's phone directory so I kne"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio only picks up the very strongest signals"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Satellite radio has not worked for more than 2 years due to a broken antenna lead located between the dash and the receiver under the front passenger seat. It's not yet obvious how the lead has been compromised knowing that there aren't any moving parts located where the antenna leads are positioned. It may be a pretty easy fix, but the Toyota dealership estimated the repair would cost over $800 to replace a $150+ part."

Debra H., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Have had to get a new radio installed twice bec it would not change channels or would shut off when changing channels. Now it is occurring again"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Couldn't change stations, radio would shut off on its own, got error messages"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Screen would flip channels and it was not possible to change channels"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"extremely poor reception. Was never fixed. I installed an XM Serious"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Rear speakers are not working"

Blane S., GA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The cruise control will not engage every time. It is intermittent issue"

Randall K., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"License plate light. Didn't have it replaced due to level of difficulty and cost"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota RAV4)

"Running light bulb replaced left rear"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The passenger seat heater, which has been used very rarely, stopped working. The mechanism could not be fixed and needed to be replaced. (The driver's seat heater, which has been used a lot, still works well.)"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Horn

"Three times this has been brought to the shop because the horn did not work. Weird! Now it toots at a high pitch"

Diane D., MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"overhead lightbulb needed replacing - easily fixed"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota RAV4)

"Lights on the dashboard and to highlight gears frequently don't work"

Anonymous, AK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger door switch inoperative"

David K., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Car does not start. No green light. Have to rock the car back and forth. Then it will start. Had car serviced both times but unable to duplicate the problem. Also, car eats batteries. They only last less than two years"

Wanda F., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Batteries ran out within 2 years"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Cost far too much to replace for what it is. It can be a real pain in the ass to use as well. Not worth the money the keyless entry costs. .... but would still buy the vehicle again. Love Toyota's. Wish I could afford a Lexus"

SUSn F., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure monitoring system was not working and we determined that we were not going to spend what it cost to fix it."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 monitors failed. They cost a lot to replace. Tiremonitors are a ripoff and they are too sensitive, they go down a pound and the light goes on so we learn to disregard"

A M., NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tire pressure light remains on at all time. The cost to replace the sensor is ridiculous"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Foolishly had the sensor replaced for $225. If other sensors die we will just ignore the warning light and visually check the tires periodically"

Nicholas S., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor in tire failed. $120 to replace. Second one to go"

J K., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Open door light drained my battery twice. Toyota found the problem was "crud" in the door jamb of the rear door. Cost: $65.89. Insane"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Increased outdoor humidity caused check engine light and 4 wheel drive traction light to stay on until warmer dry weather"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lights come on but no problems can be found"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Low tire pressure light permanently on; a few other warning lights go on intermittently for no reason"

Anita W., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The warning lights and tire pressure lights come on several times a year. Each time we bring it in, they take care of it but then a few months later, it happens again"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper motor was o.k .But not the mecanic of wiper, i had to change and it cost me more than $350.00"

Alain B., QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Lower radiation hose blew off and all coolant drained out while driving. Drove directly to dealer (about highway miles). Cause was a non-dealer shop had replaced hose clamp with non-OEM clamp. Standard clamps corrode and catastrophically fail. Dealer said I was lucky to not have damaged engine. Car runs fine now."

Frank C., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"The pump started to leak and needed replacement."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It started leaking and needed replacing at the previous mileage."

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a leak.Got a new water pump"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"pump leaked. changed it before aggravation."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I noticed a slight, but annoying rotational squeaking noise. The Toyota dealer service dept. diagnosed it as a failing water pump seal and recommended replacement"

Robert B., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking water pump required replacement"

Mark B., NV (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace leaking water pump"

James Q., MD (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"failed at 63000! just after warrenty"

David B., MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The water pump failed at ~40,000 miles, and was not covered by warrantee. The repair cost $570"

Terry B., OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pump cost $760 to replace. Much more than I would have expected"

R T., FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was leaking after only 28,000 miles"

G G., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking of water pump that necessitated replacement"

Kenneth B., CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump started leaking about two months after warranty expired. Toyota repaired it free of charge!"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed before vehicle mileage warranty limit reached but after time limit. no compensation from company"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"failed at 38K MILES"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water leaking at freeze plug"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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

"component failed for 3rd time"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The compressor failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Under 50000 miles a/c compressor failed."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It quit completely, no AC at all at bout6500 miles. It cost almost $800 to fix"

A M., NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C failure requiring three trips for repair/replacement, two of those out of town and requiring loaner cars for multiple days. Total cost was $1,900 plus mileage of 240 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor went bad at 65000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC failed in 2014 and was recharged by Toyota dealer. Worked fine throughout summer 2014. First attempted use in 2015 was 4-30-2015 -- not working. Toyota dealer today said this time no refrigerant had leaked; instead, the compressor would need to"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working after 32 or 35000 miles.Toyota covered most of the cost,I only paid for labor??"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The ac compressor went out in year 5. Quotes of $875-1200 to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The blend door failed not allowing a mix of cool/hot air"

James B., OK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Faulty sensors for AC"

Jacques P., QC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"They have not worked properly since I bought the car and the dealer could not fix them and Toyota Canada basically told me that it was not their problem but the dealer's"

David V., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Broken water pump and thermostat"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A small connector in a hose cracked from age and wear"

Amy W., OK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak in a hose for the radiator"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After all of these years, the refrigerant was a little low. I was experiencing some loss of cooling and a recharge fixed the issue"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Had to replace the charcoal filter that is part of the emissions control. Because of a defective part, and then improper installation, I had to have it repaired 3 times before it was done properly. Also, this was NOT a cheap service. About $1300 - the part itself is like $900."

Patrick M., OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors failed"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Fuel cap latch lever snapped. I have to use plyers to open the gas cap door"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Rusted causing fumes to leak. Very difficult to diagnose."

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"$2,000 to determine the source of the emission problem. Many parts were replaced before finding the solution. The dealer was not able to locate the problem. We needed an emission specialist."

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"drive through water O2 sensor has to be replaced"

George S., MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front and rear sensors had to be replaced. The extent of the problem was not initially clear so multiple visits to the mechanic were necessary."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needs to be changed as light comes on and goes off. Unable to get the sensor out so will have to get assistance."

Pat H., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"$300 to replace O2 sensor at 22,000 miles"

J K., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

""Check Engine" light came on. Dealer diagnosed an oxygen/fuel sensor. Repair came to about $430. I realized later I should have taken the vehicle to my own mechanic"

Scott H., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The O2 sensor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"This is a very expensive part that had to be ordered in, I was 4 days without a vehicle. Thankfully it was under warranty, cost was over 500.00"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"1 failed O2 sensor $500"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failure after water pump replacement within 24hours of driving vehicle. Dealer not willing to look at alternate causes"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Rated to tow 3500 pounds. It doesn't. Almost burned up the transmission towing medium sized U-Haul trailer"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Intermittently does not shift smoothly and makes a light grinding sound when accelerating especially on hilly terrain"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clunk when shifting from reverse to drive"

Vly F., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"This was supposedly the part that went bad"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Seals on the AWD transfer case leaked. $500 plus to fix"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer identified and fixed it under warrenty"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear differential pinion seal leak. Not yet fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The transmission sensor was a manufacture malfunction which was covered by warranty after serious negotiations."

Paul W., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light would come on when the overdrive had problems engaging."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The engine light came on and I took it to the dealer. They said the problem was with a sensor and repaired it"

Arlo N., NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise Control working intermittently, was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This was covered in the previous comment about the transmission problems. Error code p0741 came up three times which I was told was linked to a solenoid and torque converter. which eventually led to my transmission having to be replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-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

"Due to the alternator problem our vehicle stopped running while we were driving from Colorado Springs to Kansas City. We had to be towed about 200 miles from a small town in western KS to Hays KS. We then had to stay overnight (Sunday) and our vehicle was repaired at a Toyota dealership."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine died while driving, I coasted to a lot. AAA towed the vehicle, the alternator was replaced."

Elaine R., NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator bearings went bad and the alternator had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed"

Catherine N., KS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited)

"While driving one late afternoon everything shut down in my car-everything on dash, the wipers (it was raining), power steering. was able to cruise to my driveway. Got in the driveway and it died"

Annie B., VT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"$485.00???"

R T., FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The alternator output voltage on these vehicles is fixed at 13.7 - 13.9 volts, which is not high enough for modern sealed/maintenance free batteries. As a result, the battery only lasts 1 or 2 years"

Brandon M., AB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery replaced due to alternator issue, second battery in less than 3 years"

Catherine N., KS (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited)

"Battery failed on a hot day in downtown Philadelphia. Needed jump start. Battery was under warranty, drove to dealer for replacement"

Blair B., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"battery replaced twice in last 24 months"

Billy W., MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Battery cables

"The battery terminals were so corroded they could not properly charge the battery. This caused the battery to fail early. The dealer said this is a common problem. I added Noco terminal protectors to combat the problem."

Frank C., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"It has started to mysteriously not start. It will turn over but it won't start. It doesn't do it all the time just once in a while. We're afraid to drive it any distance from home. The mechanic can't figure out whats wrong with it"

Allen M., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt and tensioner needed replacement."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"failed along with water pump at 63,000, just after warranty was up"

David B., MN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Engine warning light was on. The dealer technicans had to reset the computer to turn off the warning light, but they didn't know what caused this issue.. This happened twice in the last 12 months."

Victor L., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light periodically comes on due to error code from one of the exhaust oxygen sensors"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"O2 sensor failed"

Billy W., MO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Ping sounds are probably the result of the engine burning too much oil. Uses on average 1 quart per 10000 miles. Toyota acknowledges this is a Toyota Rav 4 problem and says they will fix it"

Gregory J., CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Uses about 1 qt oil per 500 miles"

Janine E., FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear end leaking"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Engine oil leak. Engine had to be pulled to repair"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"small oil leak, reality repaired"

Robin G., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"I regularly have to replace the oil in the car from loss. When I went to the dealer about this, I was told it was a normal loss and that they would not fix it"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"rear drive whining so Toyota replaced clutch pack free of charge and at that time indicated that the rear differential yoke on driveshaft was loose so I replaced driveshaft with newer used one"

S W., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Torque converter

"At 100,00 miles torque converter would grind going up inclines between 35-40mph. Putting the car out of OD made the grinding go away. Also letting off the gas would stop it as well. Toyota knows this is an issue however refused to do anything about it recall wise even though I am far from alone with this issue on the Rav4."

Randall N., VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise and operation"

Paul W., OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The torque converter was starting to slip and become clunky, and the only way to cost-effectively fix it (due to labor charges to access the unit) was to replace the transmission. My wife loves the V6 power of the vehicle and even though she had 160k miles on it, she decided should couldn't buy another vehicle that had what she wanted in it and new car payments all over again. We paid $3600 to replace the transmission"

Eric M., GA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I recently had my 2009 Rav4 transmission, with only 62,000 miles rebuilt at a cost of $4,100. I was told that that the seal around the piston in the torque converter had broke preventing oil from getting into the parts. The seal had been cracked for"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This is the second time I've had the transmission rebuilt. Starts slipping and then will not go into gear at all. We have two 09 Rav4s - this one built in Japan and the other in US. There is a design flaw in the one from Japan as far as transmission."

Pat H., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifting problem that would have led to transmission failure"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My wife loves the V6 power of the vehicle and even though she had 160k miles on it, she decided should couldn't buy another vehicle that had what she wanted in it and start new car payments all over again. We paid $3600 to replace the transmission"

Eric M., GA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota knew the transmission was prone to fail due to overheating but did not notify consumers. The increased the warranty to 90K instead of 60. I was out over $3000 for replacement. Not happy"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 70000 miles, the transmission was making a slight grinding noise that got louder as vehicle speed increased. Toyota tried an interim fix that didn't work, so they replaced the transmission with an updated version"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Noticed unusual noise around 94k miles. Took it to dealer. They found problem with the transmission and it was replaced. Covered under extended warranty"

Qamar K., MD (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-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

"Valve train noise when engine is cold"

Mark B., NV (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Broken valve spring. Had to do valve job on both cylinders"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine suddenly started burning oil. It burns 1 quart every 1000 miles. Had I reported it to the dealer before it had 140000 mi. on it they would of put a short block in it. Now they will not do anything. I consider this a major defect. We still drive it & add oil. The car has totally lost its value now."

Charles M., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve spring broke. Replaced all valve springs"

Blair B., PA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Warranty had just expired by one month, 99960 Km, but Toyota knew about the problem and honoured the warranty"

Judy I., ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"valve cover gasket leak"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced. Very expensive job because of the 24-26 hours of labour required to extract and reinstall the large V6 engine. After replacement of the head gasket, we had difficulty with the timing belt"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"the gear on the end of the cam shaft loosened and started making noise"

Dale D., OK (2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is an issue with the timing chain gear that makes a terrible tick/clicking sound. There is a TSB for this but my vehicle is out of warranty and the repair would cost $4000 out of pocket"

Brandon M., AB (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced VVT gears in engine for $2,300. Outside warranty by 10,000 km. This is a known problem for Toyota"

Pierre H., ON (2009 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver's door actuator went out. At least you can get in with a key. A minor inconvenience, but when coupled with the same issue with the gate, it was a bit frustrating."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side mirror fell apart"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"Windshield needed to replaced."

Sadhan M., MI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Exterior door handles broke on two doors."

Pat H., TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Locking from interior switch somehow dysfunctioned the hatch lock so that after the hatch was opened, it would not allow latching the hatch door to close; the rotating pin in the door latch was stuck closed. Service tech levered the pin open while holding up the hatch handle...problem solved but worry about locking from interior now! switches now!"

David M., WA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Actuator went out and the gate was in the locked position. No key entry and no interior release! Made it completely useless."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber gasket around tailgate so flimsy that it tore in several places again even after having a new one installed"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Driver's side automatic window failed within one year of ownership and remains balky after one repair"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I am a GOOD listener to my car sounds....about a year ago I told my mechanic I had this some time rattle. He put the car on the lift...there was the sound... he told me when it really bugged me we could replace it"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The O2 sensor went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"replaced rusty muffler and nearby pipes"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Dealer told me my exhaust system needed to be replaced (The entire part from end to engine) for a tune of 1500.00. Took it to a reputable mechanic who replaced the muffler which was leaking for 200.00. No other work was needed."

Randall N., VA (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"fastening area rusted"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Heat shield fell off - 65000 miles."

Patrick G., WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"should have used rustproof bolts when first installed in factory"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"muffler and exhaust pipes failed prematurely. Our claim was denied due to Toyota's claim that our repair cost were not documented to their requirements. Very disappointing!"

Patrick G., WI (2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
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