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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).
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Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Camera went out completely and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera performance became erratic. Wiring was repaired”

Anonymous, SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Camera quit working. Told it was about $800 to fix. ridiculous for how poor quality the camera was to begin with”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Camera did not work. Dealer claimed was not in warranty. Screw you pal”

Fred P., SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“1. Camera is easily jolted out of position causing rear view picture to show area to side of car instead of back of car. 2. picture on screen became very dim and required camera repair again”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Backup camera failed. Toyota replaced it at no charge”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The camera system started working intermittently close to years after purchase. It stopped working completely 4 months after warranty when I had 42000 km on the vehicle. Repair costs were 1100 Canadian. I paid it all”

Steven C., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Since I purchased the vehicle, the backup camera tends to go to blue screen or blank when external temp. is cold (winter). It works in warmer temps”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Backup camera display comes on solid blue, then goes blank when car is is reverse”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“CD player doesn't eject , which I can't use. Had this problem fo r4 + years”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display on the radio goes crazy several times a month and ejects out the stored DVD”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Radio failed when the car was first purchased, replacement works erratically and unexpectedly when buttons are pushed. For instance, pressing the FF button when listening to a CD may cause it to eject”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It has happened twice now - first the display screen doesn't work. Then it will not play CDs. I do a lot of books on CD when driving. Factory-installed. They have replaced twice”

Anne W., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Player failed could not play or eject discs”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“eject CD/DVD erroneously when system is switched from radio to CD sometimes”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“wouldn't eject properly, they replaced the unit”

Tim M., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CD Player does not work”

David P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The CD player may sometimes spontaneously eject the CD”

Mark M., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The CD/stereo system failed and was replaced, under warranty, by Toyota”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“it won't work, when it did work it seemed to get hot”

Nathan M., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player will not play nor does the display light up”

Anonymous, AE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2nd time. The radio started cutting out, as well as CD player. It turned on check engine lights, and stalled the car, twice”

Rick S., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The screen will randomly give gibberish symbols”

Mark M., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“After vehicle has been up and running for about an hour the radio display screen freezes or goes blank. It returns to normal after car has been turned off and cools down”

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stereo freezes and randomly eject cds”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When it is hot out the display screen just shows random images”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen goes to unreadable numbers and text or is completely unreadable with non text or numbers”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The radio display screen goes blank and the buttons don't function well. Happens intermittently”

Matthew C., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“intermittently the screen goes blank or looks like ink spots”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When hot in the cabin the radio display goes blank”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio will turn off occasionally when changing stations. It will occasionally start a loaded CD when changing radio station”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is nothing wrong with the speakers when radio or CD is used. However, when MP3 is plugged into the AUX, sometimes, only the left speaker responds”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth did' work properly”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Phone pairing is not reliable. Phone will pair when 1st entering vehicle but will not pair again if the phone is removed and then brought back”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Although the car paired with my Samsung Galaxy S5 initially, it stopped recognizing it and refuses to pair with it. Toyota does not acknowledge that it is a problem with the vehicle so does not attempt to repair it”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Will not pair easily. Reception terrible. Works in very narrow reception area”

James V., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Radio display occasionally (randomly) disappears”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Not able to change stations when car has run for about an hour in the heat of a summer day”

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio won't turn on when it's too cold outside; turns off when selecting preset station”

Lance M., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I push one of the choices for the satellite radio, like XM or FM, I get the message "no disc" and the radio turns off. Also, sometimes the digital display looks like someone tried to erase the display, as the display is completely blurred”

Arvid J., KS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio replaced 3 times under warranty. They give you "remanufactured" radios. One of the replacements still had the prior owner's phone numbers stored in it!!! I don't think they actually do anything to the "remanufactured" radios other than rebox an ship to a new unsuspecting owner. The current radio, which is now out if warranty, is having problems. Toyota is about 10 years behind the other car manufacturers in consumer electronics - very behind the times”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Digital screen does not display correctly half the time. It goes blank and often does not have any numbers of stations and not easy to use the satellite radio too it's full capacity”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio screen goes blank when hot in cabin”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The radio stopped working simultaneous to the system "eating" my CD...taking and not returning. Transmissions were garbled”

Anne W., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“display scrambled”

David B., IA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio would turn off when I changed stations.The car was under warranty, so I had it replaced at the dealer, and the new one is doing the same thing!”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“radio replacement under my warranty, the radio lights went out”

John B., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pressing preset buttons turns radio off. Pressing the dashboard caused the display to turn off”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio display problems -- garbled characters, radio shuts off unexpectedly”

Stephen L., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Radio preset buttons don't work. Goes back to original channel. If you repeat the screen goes blank or the radio turns off”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio has the following intermittent problems: Turns off when station is selected and display shows random characters/”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Radio shuts off intermittently when changing channels. Since it is intermittent it is impossible to fix”

Stephen P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The factory radio has been replaced twice. On the third radio. It has started malfunctioning. They are not replaced with new radios but are replace with "refurbished" units. Still had data (phone numbers) from the last owner of the "refurbished" radi”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“1. NAV suddenly loses sight of where you are and shows you spinning around in one place. 2. NAV freezes up and requires you to turn off car and restart to "reboot" NAV system. 3. NAV system loses correct time and is therefore unable to display a pr”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“difficult to use, can't operate when vehicle is moving (even with a passenger present), occasionally gives wrong directions”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Not accurate. Updates have to be paid for. Software nothing like smart phone nav apps. AWFUL system”

James V., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The in-dash navigation system is seriously out of date and inaccurate (cannot find some addresses, locates them a few blocks away) and the dealership was not open to providing an upgrade or warranty the upgrade CD for $69”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Noises and a grinding sound”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed brakes”

Raymond E., TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

“Replace”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear. We're machined to normal”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The pads seem to wear out more quickly but it may also be that I now live in an area with more stop lights!”

Linda S., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers froze”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“One of the front calipers froze up causing excessive brake pad wear and rotor warping”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

“parking brake would engage periodically while driving producing a strong vibration”

Don H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The parking brake had slack in the cable on one side and would not pass inspection without a new cable. The cable cost $300 but cost over $500 to install it as the whole console area has to come apart in order to connect the cable to the handle”

David G., NS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“at 40000 miles brakes did not perform at top level”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Should get longer life out of front discs”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“new brakes needed; did not help squeaking”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brake pads 90 percent worn at 38,000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clicking and rubbing noise that resulted in three days of repair work to the differential and other major suspension repair. Unfortunately it is still not fixed though Toyota did cover it under my warranty. Some odd problem”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Needed new pads/rotor after 40000 . not bad but I usually get 60000 miles”

Joseph L., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes wear out with normal use within 25000 miles”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4)

“While Toyota has not found any problems thus far, there is a squeaking and shimmying when I apply the brakes. I actually have an appointment for the tech to do a test drive”

Phyllis R., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front disks and pads replaced for 600.$”

Richard C., QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front rotors replaced and rear brakes serviced at 48,000km maintenance. This was covered by the Toyota 3yr/60000km warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads were replaced at about 1/2 of the expected life”

Linda P., GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“there was a piece of metal in one of the pads causing me to replace the pad sooner than normal”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“sensrs grind”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This car's brakes wore out far sooner than any other car we've owned. So much so, the dealer gave us new brakes, free”

Dotty K., VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Early wear out of brake pads; rear pads in particular were worn out at about 40,000 miles”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front and back rotors and front pads wore out very early”

Dennis S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes replaced at 30000 miles”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This car needed new tires at 17,000 miles and new brake pads and rotors at 40,000 miles after very gentle driving. I'm very disappointed”

Ted M., WV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Router was in such poor shape it could not be re-cut and had to be replaced”

Richard P., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My brakes wore out and the rotors need to be replaced as well”

Mel M., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front passenger brake rotor keeps warping. I have had to have it replaced three times because the vibration becomes so bad it shakes the whole car when braking down hill”

Gary N., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rotors needed replacement too soon at 45000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes chirping needed replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lose break pad. Found it was warn so I had both replaced as a precaution”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When hard brAking, makes loud noises, checking on line shows many people complain, and dealer says no problem”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced front pads at 30k miles, totally unusual for me as i expect 100k”

Ron M., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We live in a very hilly area. About 1/3 of the driving distance is downhill needing braking.which wears out the brakes”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Needed front brake job; only concern was expense”

Alan C., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“just needed new brakes”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“normal brake wear after 40000miles”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It has 52000 miles I think its time for some brake work. It starting to make noise when applying the brake like metal : )”

L G., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced brake pads”

Edward K., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake noise”

Don H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Breaks wearing down causing squeeking sound and having to push futher down on break foot”

Sheilla D., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced rear brakes at 70000 miles”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The rear brakes made noise and were replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When foot on brake, it began softening with brake pedal going down closer to the floor”

Nancy B., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“routine wear required replacement of brake pads and front rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“normal brake wear]”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

“Water pump needed replacing: Cost about $1000”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The design of the condensate drain for the air conditioning allows mice in very easily. This has happened 5 times since we purchased the vehicle. The vermin block the drain and which then causes the condensate to leak onto the floorboards. We have had four other vehicles on the property and the RAV4 is the only one that allows mice into the interior”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Access to cabin from engine compartment makes it accessible to critters etc. and this is a design fault that Toyota fails to recognize as their problem”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The stripping and trim around the front windshield has always been misaligned - not so much that the windshield leaks, though; it's more of a cosmetic issue, I think”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At my last oil change they said I had a grade 1 (low level) leak in my rear differential. I have not noticed any fluid on the garage floor and I didn't check under the car. They said it was not serious at this time and didn't warrant repair, but mentioned it so I could keep an eye on it. Repair is estimated at $600”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The rear output shaft seal is leaking; will be replacing both shortly (May or June 2015). There were spots in my garage this winter where it was leaking out oil or whatever they have in there for lubricant I imagine”

Richard S., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sun roof leaked during automatic car wash. When i complained Toyota CA recommended a number of soloutions over a one year period with little or no solution found. Finally toyota send 2 engineers from their office and resulted in them stating the”

Marshall B., MB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rear door latch squeaks on bumpy roads”

Steven S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Mechanic has been unable to find the source, but the car has a metallic rattle between 40 & 50 mph. In general the interior of this car has always been noisier than average, including highway and wind noise”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“persistent rattle from the rear which cannot be identified”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission/rear differential displayed the whine that has been common among these vehicles. Dealer installed sound insulation to repair the problem. The whine is greatly diminished, but not inaudible”

Steve M., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Something in the rear of the car, likely under the body, or in the body panels, is loose, shifty, scratchy, and annoying. On smooth roads or around town, never an issue, but on long trips with varying road conditions, it always emerges and annoys”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The sun roof mechanism rattles a bit”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dash rattles. The rear head rest rattles because the plastic guide for the head rest came out of the back seat”

Joseph S., KS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rattes after going over bumps in the rear cargo area”

Steve M., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“squeaks and rattles due to loose hinges on rear gate”

Steve M., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I don't know if it's because there is a rear tire on the rear door but there seems to be more rattling then expected”

Phyllis R., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Incessant rattling of the rear gate as soon as the car begins moving. Dealer could not solve problem. Finally solved it myself by tightening the rear gate catch mount screws in the door and applying light lubricant to the door seal”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car has had rattles since new”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems like rattling comes from the rear. Either the spare wheel assembly or a plastic cover in the rear storage area”

Anonymous, NH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Squeaks coming from rear of car, especially when traveling over bumpy roads”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Annoying rattles and vibrations inside car in doors and dash”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise, moldings inside car rattle, seats rattle”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“In dash rattling”

Dale R., NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle [really sounded like radio static w/o the radio on] noise in right side of dash. This occurred in weather freezing and below”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The back cabin area of this car rattles and squeaks horribly. It started shortly after I bought the car and has never been resolved even after 4 service visits to try and resolve”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“it is starting to make annoying rattling and squeaking noises,also can hear road noises”

Nathan M., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Back left door/ window always has wind noise”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Loud vibrations around the vehicle when it reaches about 60 mi/h (90km/h)”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This model consisently has excessive road and wind noise”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have to turn the radio up high due to wind & road noise”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“lots of wind noise from drivers side and back door. Also terrific road noise on highway”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“At speeds above 70 a lot of wind noise”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

“Rear adjustment were very difficult and required expensive after market parts”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Uneven tire wear resulting in the need for front end alignment”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noisy and need replacement”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front wheel ball/bearings needed to be replaced; technician said the struts will be next in about 6 mos”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

“This is a heavy truck with big hravy tires and wheels and tends to be hard on sway bar bushings. With normal wear and tear expect only 4 to 5 years depending on your mileage”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Body squeaks going over speed bumps”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Leaky rear shock absorber”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced Struts”

Robert P., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear shocks leaking fluid. Out of warranty, replaced at my expense”

James E., MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear shocks R&R at 45000 miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace both rear shocks after one started leaking”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My Toyota dealer said during my last inspection that they were leaking and needed to be replaced at a cost of $492”

Mark B., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking shock”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the rear shock leaked”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the shocks was broken & leaking oil. So we had them replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver side rear shock started leaking and needed replacing as it was not functioning properly”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Horrible ride, noisy, bumpy, ugh”

Gregory W., TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rear shock absorbers started leaking”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“After noticing a wet area approximately four inches in diameter on the floor of the garage, I took the vehicle to my mechanic to confirm my suspicion that a shock had failed. It was the left rear shock. I did not have the dealership replace the shock”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One leaking shock absorber”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“1 shock leak both I had to change both”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced rear shocks (under warranty)”

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“one of the shocks came unbolted”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“normal wear, at 80k”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the rear ones leaked, so replaced both of them”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The steering wheel would shake especially with sharper turns. It affected the turning radius as well. They said eventually the steering would stop working if it wasn't fixed but it wasn't an urgent safety issue to fix. Maybe it was the steering rod or something that had to be replaced specifically; don't remember but it was expensive!”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing went bad, was replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noisy and need replacement”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace two Wheel bearings, one at 60k the other at 80k”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The RAV4 appears to be clicked together like a tinker toy and clips keep coming undone on front fenders”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front bumper cover screws popped off and both sides are sticking out a little. Dealer says it was hit but I don't think so as same thing happened on my 2006 RAV4 and neither have any indication of being bumped. I believe it is undersized or under e”

James B., ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Broken clip on rear driver side window belt molding, causing leak into door (by rain, car wash, etc.). Unknown cause for broken clip. I just noticed it sticking out one day”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“trim on the front A pillar came loose”

Daniel B., NT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint spontaneously peeled from a few spots on the car including the top. These are not stone chips because they are large and the paint peeled leaving the primer intact. Toyota insisted that it was a maintenance problem. Not sure what I would have done to maintain paint!”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Unsure)

“Paint peeling off on roof in spots ranging from 2 square inches to 1/2 square inch. Dealer claims I let bird poop sit too long on those areas of roof. I strongly disagree”

W H., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small area of paint peeling on roof + seems to have rust marks in roof paint. Car has been kept outside since new”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“approx 3 inch circle area of gas cap is cracking”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Paint peeled off top of vehicle.Also peeled paint near back door and fuel door”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car needs a paint job, paint failed after car went out of warranty. Paint coming off roof and hood, door trim rusted”

Jerrie G., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front of roof, paint began to peel. This is a systemic problem because another white Rav 4 in my area had the same problem”

Jason B., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint started peeling between windshield and sunroof about 10 months ago. Got online and saw that it was a common problem with the pearl white paint. The dealer or Toyota refuses to help. With the number of cars with this problem it's obviously a manufacturing defect. I don't want to spend the $1500 to have it fixed not knowing if the peeling may occur somewhere else. Can you help”

Ray F., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint chipping and rust around rear door opening”

Gregory R., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear fender flairs are subject to much debris. I have had them painted 3 times. The car has mud flaps and is driven mostly on paved roads. I think it is a poor design”

Michael S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The paint started chipping early in my ownership of the car. The paint on my previous car, a Toyota Highlander, did the same thing. I did not have the same problem with a previously owned Nissan. This doesn't seem to be a problem on our present Ni”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear wheel outer trim is peeling on driver side”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeled off the roof above the windshield”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Hail damage was highly apparent and very costly”

John T., CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Some rust appearing in area of chipped paint around rear door opening”

Gregory R., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small spots of rust are appearing. Minor at this point”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting under the rubber cover on the driver and passenger rocker panels. Sand has accumulated and scratched the paint under the rubber cover leading to rust and perforation”

David H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust formed in door sills even with rust protection package. Toyota CA hopefully will address but disappointed as car is only 4 years old and well maintained”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 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

“fuel canister/vapor vent system--failed air pump”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Flashing lights on the dashboard, LSD disabled because of a computer "problem" related to the fuel tank, cap or charcoal canister. Fuel tank and cap have been replaced. Shop says canister is OK. Seems to be a common problem with Toyota trucks of this age”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The release lever for the fuel cap failed to open the cover(cable broke?). I was lucky to be able to drive to the dealership for a repair, as there is no other way to open the fuel door if the release lever fails”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump failed”

Mike M., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Flashing light just came on 2 days ago”

Randy B., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“O2 sensor needed to be replaced at 40000 miles; normal replacement indicated at 75000; other Toyotas (my 2000 Avalon) didn't need sensors until 130000 miles”

Gary S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“needed replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Was on a trip and multiple warning lights came on, including the "check engine light." The cruise control stopped working. Had to find a dealer in NC to run diagnostics and found out the O2 sensor had to be replaced”

Theodore H., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The engine light came on and it was determined that an oxygen sensor needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of oxygen sensor at 40000 miles”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Both O2 sensors malfunctioned and had to be replaced. No problem with the O2 level in the car”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensors had to be replaced”

Edward K., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2 O2 sensors replaced at 38190 miles - actually January 2014 for $315”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Two of the sensors went bad. The diagnostic system could only tell one was bad at a time so it took 2 trips to get it fixed and cost approx $800. I have never had this problem with a car this new”

Stephen P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light with our indicators came on. Had to ne taken back 3 times before corrected under warrenty”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor broke. Took 3 separate trips to the dealership to get repair correct”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on. One O2 sensor was replaced then the light went out a few weeks latter the light came on again and the second O2 sensor had to be replaced. Working ok now”

Glenn S., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor near the gas tank had to be replaced because fuel somehow spilled on it”

Arthur T., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“gas pedal sudden acceleration and unable to undo it other than braking and turn off fthe key to the motor. It happen 4 times. Toyota looked at it twice First they said after market rugs caused it and second they could't find a problem but it hasn't”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“bad axle Toyota had to replace twice and second time Toyota Escondido wouldn't pay for it! never buy a Toyota again”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driveline vibration resulted in the replacement of a drive shaft and the U-joint at the rear differential. From conversations with the service staff, I gained the impression that this was a known problem. It was covered under my extended warranty. A friend who has a 2008 RAV4 reported having the same problem at about the same time (95,000 km)”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Brake relay module failed causing a cascade failure of Stability, 4 WD, cruise control,”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Electrical connector to AC compressor broke”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“Viscous coupler and drive shaft failure - fortunately we purchased extended warranty which covered these items”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Noticeable whine in the rear differential developed a year ago, and Toyota says it is typical of this vehicle model and no problem and no fix”

Joe H., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light showed problem w/ incline compensation feature”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both axle seals on the rear differential were moist with oil and so I replaced them. Covered by extended warranty”

Mary C., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Car emitted a whine from the drivetrain at certain speeds. Later learned that the some vehicles of our model had a potential for bearing failure if emitting this sound. Had repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle was repaired but it makes more noise than the 2010 which is nearly identical. That noise comes from the differential area of the RAV”

Jerry M., OK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Differential pinion seal developed a leak. Replaced it”

Anonymous, SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear differential axle seal leaking on the driver's side. I did the repair myself”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“differential axel seal”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a vibration in the drive-train. Dealer said it was the front differential job that cost around $6000 after multiple visits, luckily financially covered under warranty, but the problem persists as if nothing had been done”

Ted M., WV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

“The final drive system started making a noise and needed to be replaced. Covered by extended warranty”

Mary C., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Both my RAV 4s are almost identical. The 2011 had to have the tranfer case replaced under warrenty. It took a while and the road noise is louder than on the 2010--was not that way before the failure”

Jerry M., OK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“My cruise control just stopped working”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caused by the corrosion in the connector in the wiring harness”

David S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Passenger headlight failed”

Lance M., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fogged up head lights even when the car has not been through car wash. difficult to correct”

Anonymous, ND (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Low beam headlights are too low, can't see to safely drive”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“My interior light will not turn off, my car thinks all my doors are open, unable to unlock back door now all of a sudden it opens but does not lock, sometimes I can't open my doors”

Theresa V., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the interior lighting is NOT adequate..the back area is DARK at night ..lights are too small and in the wrong place to be helpful. Light on the swing out door is AWAY when open to have access to the back”

Rebecca F., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“When it's cold my car will not unlock with remote, back door would not unlock could not open now it opens won't lock”

Theresa V., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the battery in the keyless goes dead way too quickly and without warining... also sometimes is not reliable”

Rebecca F., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Tire pressure gage light comes on frequently when the weather gets cold”

Anonymous, ND (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Wiper motor failed and had to be replaced”

Rodney M., WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Subject to a recall due to potential fire if water entered the motor assembly. Extensive time between notification of faulty condition and having a resolution”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“Corrosion in connectors in wiring harness”

David S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“instrument panel cluster needed replacing”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4)
Warning lights

“a couple warning lights came on (related) as the result of a sensor needing replacing”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“Computer told the car to go into reverse the first then back into reverse. Or the opposite depending on gear selection”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Software needed to be updated. Car was shifting erratically, but not dangerously. Update fixed the issue”

Greg B., RI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Complained to dealer about small transmission leak for 3 years finally fixed 1 month before end of power train warranty”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Always seems to be transmission problems in rav”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A rear axle oils seal started leaking- second time in less than 25000 miles”

David J., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

“From the first week I owned this new vehicle, it would randomly "pause" between 2nd & 3rd gear. Mechanic unable to duplicate it, so nothing has been recalled or "done". I have had some close calls; especially when entering high speed traffic from a”

Lynn D., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission would downshift when it should not have done so. The dealer had trouble diagnosing the problem and my local mechanic fixed it”

Edward B., DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“tween 1st and 2nd gear when not rapidly accelarating noticed slipping”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasional hard shift in low shift ranges”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Slipped tween 1st and 2nd gears and "whined" at around 60 mph”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After a cold start the car will shift into too high a gear so acceleration is minimal for several seconds. Dealer can't reproduce the problem. Dangerous when pulling out a driveway or parking lot”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Had to be completely replaced, vehicle had no AC last summer”

D F., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor stopped working after less than a year of ownership.Vehicle was bought "certified" from Autonation. Not covered. Disappointed with purchase”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“compressor clutch failed to engage”

Anonymous, DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C never put out the cold air that I have experienced with other cars. Always had problems with cooling the car in the warmest summer days. Mentioned it many times while the care was in warranty but they always stated there wasn't anything wrong. To”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC did not work at all in the spring”

Thomas H., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the compressor replace under warranty 3 years ago. 6 months later the AC stopped working intermittently. Dealer was unable to determine the cause and this never has been fixed”

David P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“stuck valve”

Paul N., DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“no air conditioning”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Currently in shop to be replaced because of burn out”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Last year, while on a trip to florida, A/C became very weak. Toyota dealer said there was probably a leak in the system. We chose not to have it repaired (too costly). Recharged the system; has been working fine ever since”

Daniel B., NH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“loose hinges on rear gate”

Steve M., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Electric Lock on tailgate failed. Could not close tailgate after opening. Very expensive to replace electric latch”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The gas door would not pop open when the interior latch switch was used. This was fixed by bending the door spring outward a little. This returned the 'pop' back to the latch”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Latch inside back door does not reset when door is opened. Dealer tried greasing it and said it that doesn't work they will have to fix it. Requires pulling latch back up with a screwdriver to close door. Although I have not seen it on my other RA”

James B., ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Tailgate latch sticks open and does not latch in very cold weather (-25 degrees or colder)”

Dean J., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Plastic piece at bottom of window used by 'rollers' to raise/lower window broke loose, without abuse or warning. Even under Toyota's own extended warranty deemed a "consumable," with $325 window replacement cost. Consumable? Infuriating!!”

David N., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Window came out of track in the winter and dealer made me an appointment to fix it 2 weeks. Went to independent and had it fixed that day”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

“The alternator quit working at 11000 miles”

Melissa N., MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Had to replace it”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Battery failed at three and one half years”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dead”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Came out one day from the store and the car would not start. It had to be towed to the dealer and the ignition had to be changed”

Theodore H., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Coil

“replaced # 6 coil”

Rosie D., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“The torque converter needed to be replaced approx. 62,000 miles. I had previously driven standard transmission Toyotas. Dealer did reduce cost but this was a replacement I thought shouldn't have occurred at 62,000 miles”

Anonymous, RI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Loud clunk going from reverse to drive. Transmission replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic transmission shifting unevenly”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission began slipping at random times. Wasn't sure what the problem was but took it to a Toyota dealer who said the transmission needed to be replaced. The replacement was covered by the warranty”

J G., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was replaced under warranty due to gear whine”

James I., IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“within 8 months of purchase needed new water pump”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump failed. Very expensive to replace due to difficult servicability”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Leaked coolant due to faulty seal on water pump. Repair was covered under powertrain warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“timing chain cover leaks requiring engine removal to fix”

Stephen H., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Oil leak was rear axle differential seal”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

“The oxygen sensor behind the catalytic went bad. It turned on the check engine light and a warning light telling me the ASD was off. (automatic slip differential) The dealer fixed it with no appointment. Took 4.5 hours and was fixed perfectly”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“leaky gaskets cost $3000 to fix”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Took in for oil change and shop discovered rear head gasket was leaking. They kept car and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

“exhaust system needed repair”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SUSPENSION:REAR
Aug 12 2016
Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 31, 2005, to September 7, 2010, and 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles manufactured July 6, 2009, to August 26, 2010. The affected vehicles have rear suspension arms (rear tie rods) with adjusting lock nuts that may have been improperly tightened after servicing. As a result of being loose, the arm may have thread damage and may rust, possibly leading to the failure of the arm and an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge. The recall began on September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are G0V for Toyota vehicles and GLK for Lexus vehicles. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-383, in which some vehicles were only inspected, sealed, and did not have both arms replaced. The affected vehicles were previously recalled under 13V-383, but did not have both rear suspension arms replaced at that time. Those vehicles need to have both arms replaced as part of this recall remedy.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V596000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 337449
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Jun 02 2016
If damaged, the copper strand heating element may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2005-2011 4Runner, Highlander, Sequoia, and Sienna, 2005-2010 Avalon and Tundra, 2006-2008 Camry Solara, 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid, 2006-2011 Rav4 and Tacoma, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2007-2011 Camry hybrid, 2009-2010 Venza, 2010-2012 Prius, 1988-1990 and 2005-2010 Camry, and 1989 and 2009-2010 Corolla vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters with a copper strand heating element. The electrical wiring in the seat heaters may be damaged when the seat cushion is compressed.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the seat heaters, free of charge, and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET number for this recall is SET16B.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7749
SEAT BELTS:REAR
Feb 19 2016
A cut seat belt may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing their risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured July 28, 2005, to December 19, 2012, and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the event of a frontal collision, the rear seat belts for the outboard seats may be cut by the seat cushion frame.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a protector over both rear seat cushion frames, free of charge. The recall began on June 24, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G0F.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V096000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1123752
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
Oct 22 2015
If the sliding electrical contacts are not protected by lubricant, debris and moisture that get into the switch may cause a short circuit and the switch assembly may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Company (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Scion xB, 2008-2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2007 Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2006-2011 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, and 2009-2010 Scion xD and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. During the manufacturing of the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS), grease lubricant may have been inconsistently applied to the sliding electrical contacts.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the switch, applying a lubricant if no abnormality is found. If abnormality is found, the PWMS circuit board will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is C0M.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V689000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1814284
VISIBILITY/WIPER
Sep 18 2015
Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would not function, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 27, 2008, to December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water diverter channel. In addition, a new wiper linkage with a wiper motor crank arm will be installed. The wiper linkage will have a protective cover over the wiper linkage joint to minimize water splash and a retainer ring to prevent the wiper arm from separating from the wiper motor. The recall began on November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota's customer service number at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V577000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 423456
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Nov 19 2014
Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia, 2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 Rav4 and 4Runner. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. The recall is expected to began in January 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V743000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3233
SUSPENSION:REAR
Aug 28 2013
Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tie rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tie rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie rods and replace any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All of the rear tie rods will then be encased in an epoxy to prevent future environmental damage. Due to limitations in parts, the recall remedy will be launched in phases from September 2013 through mid-April 2014. All owners will receive notification of the recall, with most receiving second notifications when parts are available in their area. IMPORTANT: This recall supersedes Toyota and Lexus recall 12V-373. All vehicles that have been inspected and remedied under the previous recall need to be re-inspected and have the appropriate remedy applied.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V383000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 780584
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Apr 09 2013
An inaccurate label could lead to owners overloading their vehicles and tires. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2010-2013 Toyota Tundra, 2010-2012 Rav4, 2012 Toyota Sequoia, 2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2010-2011 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2010-2013 Toyota Venza, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2010-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna, 2012 Toyota Prius, 2013 Scion FR-S, 2011 Scion XD, 2011 Scion XB, and 2012 Scion TC vehicles. These vehicles were sold with labels that were outside the allowable one percent of accuracy of actual weight added. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners and provide a corrected label with instructions concerning its installation. A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. The recall began on May 28, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V123000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7525
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Jan 16 2013
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall began on March 21, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3235
SUSPENSION:REAR
Aug 02 2012
Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tie rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust, leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tie rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear tie-rod nut for looseness and replace any suspect tie-rod found loose. Dealers will also affix instructions in multiple places to prevent improper servicing in the future. The recall began on November 30, 2012. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V373000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 780584
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Feb 01 2012
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE AIRBAGS MAY NOT DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT AN OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 RAV4 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 24, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 19, 2011. IN THE CURTAIN SHIELD AIRBAGS, PROPELLANT WITH THE INCORRECT SPECIFICATION WAS USED FOR THE INITIATOR ASSEMBLED IN THE AIRBAG INFLATOR. IN THIS CONDITION, THE INFLATOR MAY NOT PERFORM PROPERLY, CAUSING ONE OR BOTH CURTAIN SHIELD AIRBAGS TO NOT DEPLOY.
What should you do:
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL CHECK THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER TO IDENTIFY THE CURTAIN SHIELD ASSEMBLIES AND REPLACE THE ASSEMBLIES AS NECESSARY WITH NEW ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 8, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V029000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 427
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