2004 Toyota RAV4


Worst car I have ever had


This car has to be at the service station every month, I had for less than a year and I have spent more than 1000 pounds in repairs. My latest was my break head cylinder had to be replaced. Before that I had my engine oil was leaking. before that I had some sort of electrical short. I had no head lamps and dash lights... and the list goes on.

General Comments:

I have changed from TATA Safari because I taught it gave me some problems. But the Safari had minor problems compared to this piece of junk. 1 more problem and I give up on this vehicle. I bought Toyota because of their reputation, I will never touch a Toyota again. If I have to go back to TATA I will, but never Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

13th Jun 2009, 09:36

Hope you got everything sorted with the car. Maybe you got a lemon or something, but my 2004 RAV4 is an indestructible tank. Got no problems at all with her. Makes me wonder if the European version is different from what we have here. Just to balance out one of your comments, I myself will not touch any other car except a Toyota.

2004 Toyota RAV4 XT3 2.0 turbo diesel


Totally reliable family car


Nothing at all to report.

General Comments:

Car is an ex demonstrator thus comes with a few extras.

The chrome pack and rear spoiler look good, but we have had the front "A" bar removed as it clutters the front of the car.

The ride and handling are excellent with modest body roll in corners.

Economy is good considering the full time 4 wheel drive and mid to high 30's are easy to achieve.

Controls are easy to use and well laid out except the remote radio control on the steering wheel which would have been better placed on the oposite side of the wheel.

The 3rd seat belt is a little awkward to secure and release from it's anchorage, but can be done using the ignition key to release from the buckle by pressing in the release tab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004

22nd Nov 2009, 13:56

I have a Toyota Corolla X reg and have the same light problem. A friend had the same problem with a Y reg Avensis. He took it in and had the same sensors changed, but didn't cure the problem. After a few more unsuccessful visits, he got the car changed under Sale of Goods Act as not being fit for purpose, being as this happened within the first 6 months of owning it.

I'm wondering if anyone who has had this problem has ever found out the reason for the engine management light coming on like this? I don't want to take it in to the garage to be charged for not fixing it, as I believe even Toyota don't know what the problem is. The car still drives well, but I can't sell it with this light on. Any ideas?