2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

Not worth the money

Faults:

All the cylinders went bad.

Check engine light stays on no matter what I do.

Automatic door locks stopped working eons ago.

The key entry to the driver's side went bad several years ago.

The coolant system sprang a leak and had to be repaired.

General Comments:

I bought this car because I believed that Toyotas were supposed to last well into 300K miles before causing any major problems -- boy was I wrong!

With less than 100K, the car literally started to fall apart for no apparent reason. I have been the only owner, I have never been in an accident, and I do not drive the Rav roughly.

It's almost as if they (they meaning Toyota) designed the car to fall apart right around the 100K mark. I have to open the car from the passenger side, and the check engine light stays on, so that is a major annoyance, I just failed emissions -- thanks for a piece of junk Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th June, 2014

2001 Toyota RAV4 Edge 2.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A total lemon

Faults:

Rear brake rattle.

Faulty ECU at 186000 replaced for cost of $800.

As a result of the faulty ECU, the transmission failed and needed to be fixed. I asked the dealer for a full rebuild, which they said they would do. After forking out $5100 for the new ECU and rebuilt transmission, I drove off, only to feel the clutch from 1st to 2nd gear slip and flare on the downshift from 2nd to 1st.

I went back and they said they would re-flash the ECU.

It did not fix it. I asked to see the breakdown of the work done to my transmission. To cut a long story short, they charged me for a rebuild and showed that on my receipt, but only did a minor patch up repair on it instead. The same minor job elsewhere would have only cost $1350.

I am taking them to the tribunal over this fraud.

Engine rattle.

General Comments:

The car uses too much fuel for such a small engine.

Issues with dealer service and transmission problems make this car one to steer well clear of.

Avoid the 2002 RAV4 like the plague.

Will never buy or deal with Toyota again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2013

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

I love my 2001 Toyota Rav4 - it's reliable and reasonable on gas

Faults:

Manifold cracked about two years after purchase.

The brakes have always squealed at takeoff when it is raining -- it's annoying, not a mechanical problem.

Since reaching about 80,000 miles, the automatic door locks do not work consistently.

General Comments:

I've had the car for 12 years, and the other than the manifold thing ten years ago, it's has been the most reliable car I have ever driven in my life. It has started every morning, and gets me home every night.

I've had one flat tire in the past 12 years, and the only maintenance we've done are oil changes, light bulbs, and last year the engine coils went bad and had to be changed.

I seriously love my car, and plan on driving it until the bottom rusts out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2012

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

Great small family car

Faults:

Check engine light kept coming on.

General Comments:

Dealer said a code showed emission trouble. Replaced gas cap... didn't work. After the light kept coming on and going off, they found out that the emission hoses were put on the wrong way. Fixed it and have not had problems for months (knock on wood).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th December, 2010

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

Trouble

Faults:

We have had this 2001 Toyota RAV since April of last year (2009), and have had nothing but problems with it.

We have had to get a new transmission already (about $4,000) and the check engine light has been on for months. It will not pass emissions of course.

We received a letter for a recall concerning the check engine light, but they said the code that was coming up was not the one that was recalled. They said it was our timing chain along with everything that goes with that ($1200). We told them we were just going to pick it up and not have them perform the work at this time.

We thought Toyotas were supposed to be good vehicles? Apparently not. We are so frustrated with this one!

Never again will we buy a Toyota!

General Comments:

You would think with all the terrible publicity they have had that they would be willing to fix some of these cars that everybody's been taking in to the dealers! Shame on you Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2010

10th Aug 2010, 06:41

Shame on Toyota for not offering a lifetime warranty, it's nine years old with 145K on it - what do you expect?

10th Aug 2010, 17:59

"it's nine years old with 145K on it - what do you expect?"

I'd expect more than 145K for one thing. We've owned vehicles from each of the "Big Three" that easily made over 240,000 miles with nary a problem. The Ford easily made well over 300,000.