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.
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!