2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America


Several days after purchase of a 2001 Rav4, the engine light came on. The car has about 50,000 miles on it, and came with a warranty for any work needed for the first 30 days after purchase. I sent the car in, they switched off the engine light - it came back on 5 miles down the road. The second time it was sent in, they kept it for a month, replacing the catalytic converter, spark plugs and eventually an engine rebuild... all to get the light to turn off! After a month of scratching their heads the car was returned to me, and of course, the light went back on as expected. The vehicle runs great, but beware if you live in a state that requires emission testing. We are unable to pass the test, and are required to spend $800 more in useless repairs by the state to correct a problem that doesn't exist. A recent recall has been posted by Toyota, and we're hoping having the ECM reprogrammed will set this whole issue to rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2007

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America


A big disappointment "lemon"


It is the 5th time the check engine lignt turns on.

First at 55,000 miles with an oxygen valve problem with $600 cost repair. Three months later the light came up again in a different city with different Toyota dealer, the car passed the diagnostic and the dealer said the problem was with the computer, not the car's engine. Two months later again the check engine light came up and the dealer checked the evap system, but said nothing was wrong with it.

A week later the check engine light problem showed up again and being in a different city the Toyota dealer wants to change the charcoal canister and the vacuum switch valve, an $800 job.

Engine problem codes: PO440; PO441 and PO446.

Reading the postings here and elsewhere in the internet, it seems that the RAV4 engine and/or computer's reliability is very questionable. This gives a very bad reputation to both the Toyota car manufacturer and the dealers, who are making a good deal of money on the side.

I bought the RAV4 new because it was given great reviews as a low maintenance vehicle. I'm very disappointed.

Perhaps someone reading this could offer some advice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2006

17th Apr 2006, 14:27

I might be way off base with this, and someone out there can correct me if they know that I am wrong, but if it is a vacuum problem that you are having, maybe try something as simple as changing your gas cap; it may solve it.

22nd Apr 2006, 15:29

We had the same problems with the ECU and false vacuum readings. Changed the fuel cap twice, but still gives a bad reading from time to time. Gave up on it, but still like the car mostly because of good drive ability and gas mileage.

2001 Toyota RAV4 LX 4 Cylinder from North America


Just an average car like all the rest


The day I drove my RAV4 off the lot it started making loud noises whenever I would make a right turn. I immediately brought it back to the dealership and told them that I didn't want the vehicle anymore. They would not let me out the deal and I was not treated very nice. The salesman took my car for a spin (without me in the car) to see if he could determine what the problem was. Supposedly he didn't hear the loud noises in the front of the car near the wheel base when he made right turns. So that has never been fixed.

The rear view mirror falls off all too often.

The brakes has been squealing from the first week I bought it. I has been replaced three or four times -- two times under warranty. It took over six trips to fix the brake problem from squealing very loudly. It still squeals every now and then four years later -- though not as loudly as when I had purchased it.

My tires wear out very quickly. Apparently after reading some other reviews this problem it not too uncommon.

Sometimes my power windows and locks will not work.

I had to get the manifold replaced after 20K miles. I don't know what the problem was, but the check engine light did come on, they did fix it (cost $200+) and I did not have the problem again.

Are the front seats suppose to move back and forth automatically? Mine doesn't. I've had so many other problems, the seat moving was the least of them.

General Comments:

The vehicle is not worth the money.

I do think it looks very good and has a lot of leg room for the drive (great if you are tall.

The fuel economy is average.

I doesn't really accelerate as quickly as I would like.

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

Review Date: 23rd September, 2004