2007 Toyota RAV4 V6 from North America


This car is not what Toyota wants people to have, but is becoming more common


The RAV4 came well equipped. I liked the power windows, until the switches caught on fire while the car was driving, without any warning.

The driver’s window emits a loud pop every time that the window is fully rolled down.

The air bag light came on at 20,000 miles.

The car goes thru a starter every 6 months, even when it is replaced with a Toyota part.

Every summer, when it gets hot, the alternator overcharges the battery, killing the battery. Even when the alternator and battery were replaced, the battery still was over charged.

The 4X4 system shuts of at 25 MPH, and when in use, the whole car shakes.

The seats have worn thru extremely quickly. As have the carpets.

The sill plates, below the bottoms of the doors, but above the rocker panels, all have fallen off.

The front end needed a complete replacement at 36000.

After a complete tune up, doing only highway driving, the car only gets 10 MPG.

General Comments:

The V6 has plenty of power, and drives well, but you pay for that in economy.

There isn't enough room for a 6'3" male to drive the car comfortably.

The car has had it pretty kosher its whole time. I haven’t abused it, maintained regularly, and it keeps having problems. The legendary Toyota reputation is starting to fail, as their products are becoming cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th October, 2010

20th Oct 2010, 08:27

Sounds like you have a major electrical problem which would account for most of the issues you are having. Who is working on this truck? It seems like they are missing something major when it is fixed.

The 4X4 is supposed to disengage at 25 mph, so that works perfectly. The vehicle is AWD and that is on all the time, but only kicks in when you need it. The 4X4 button is for slow speeds in really bad weather or wherever you may need to crawl along. The manual explains this... or a competent salesman should have like ours.

I have a RAV, and I am 6'3", and it is super comfortable for me. I recently drove it on a 6 hour trip, and was not even the slightest bit fatigued. I was surprised as usually I am hurting after about 3 hours these days, but the driving position and seat material makes a long trip comfortable.

I also have the V6, and I am consistently getting 25 mpg with mixed driving, so if you are at 10 mpg, you have serious problems.

Sorry you got such a lemon. Usually these trucks rate pretty high overall, and they are pretty reliable. I see tons of them driving around. I also know others with them, and they haven't had any issues like fires in the door panels or parts falling off. My cousin has an '07 and it doesn't look worn inside like you are describing. They have two kids even, so you'd think it would. This is an extreme case, and something was fixed improperly for it to be overloading circuits that badly.

Good luck with it!

2007 Toyota RAV4 D4D 2.2 turbo diesel from Norway


OK, but buy another; there are better SUVs today



General Comments:

4x4 system: OK for normal driving, but in 15-20 cm slush/snow the system connects the rear wheels in and out all the time. One notices very well that the system automatically shuts off and on, but this is an extreme situation, but very annoying.

When driving in steep hills covered with a thick ice layer and heavy turns/ starting, the traction controls system is counterproductive, and the car loses engine power and will not go forward since the system reduces the engine speed. I really miss the possibility to turn it OFF…

All in all, it's a 4x4 system for the poor, it is recommended to buy a car with a more permanent 4x4 system, for instance Haldex 4, with a 70/30 distribution between the axles.

Headlight: Miserable, unless you have xenon. Do not buy without xenon, it has been tested in Germany and it has the poorest halogen lights on new cars in Europe. The only lightbulbs that give the car a good light is the Osram (Sylviana) Night Breaker, but they only last for 3 months. And in Norway they cost 365 NOK (approx: 60 USD) per bulb…

Noise: the internal noise level is quite miserable. Toyota could and should have done a much better job. Open the covers over the rear wheel arches and add noise reduction mats, and you will remove the rain noise "by 80%. But there is still way too much noise.

Engine: Very comfortable and good engine, is very good car. During the summer vacation we typically drive between 4 and 5.000 kilometers with a 1.2 ton camping trailer, and the engine is great!

Driving comfort: OK, it is an SUV, and if you could remove the noise, it would have been good/very good.

Driving experience: Under normal conditions, a fun car to drive, but it isn’t good enough in winter conditions during automatic 4x4; Toyota should had given user the choice to select 70/30 distribution between the front and rear axle; the car would had been good with it.

Gear: Good gear, but missing a low gear as the first gear.

Overall: The car is fun, but there are a little hassles with 4x4 system, poor noise and poor lighting. I would not bought a RAV4 today, since there are many cars that are way better. And yes it is my fourth Toyota since 2000, but they are not good enough any more….

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

Review Date: 6th June, 2010

16th Dec 2011, 11:20

You said there are much better SUVs --- what would you suggest?

7th Jul 2015, 12:29

I bought my new 2015 RAV4 AWD in the summer. I recently saw in the manual a dash light for '4wd overload'. That concerns me even though it hasn't seen a snow storm around here yet. I'm a hard hat 4X4 and used to Rams and Jeeps, where if it gets overloaded... then the gear system takes it, but gets you through it.

So the warning light tells me that it isn't a robust system, and I need it to work in the worst conditions, but I also need a car, so the RAV seemed to fit the bill.

I hope I'm wrong, and I hope Toyota has ironed out all the glitches in the 4X4 system. As an aside, I was never crazy about mixing shift magnets in a part of a truck that must never fail.