Some common problems with the Toyota Rav4 include problems with shifting, excessive oil consumption, engine problems and steering problems. The 2002 model has the most registered complaints.
Some Toyota owners complain of problems with shifting, particularly with the 2001 and 2002 models. Shifting problems typically cost around $2,500 to repair, as of 2015, which reflects the cost to replace the transmission in the vehicle.
The most common registered problem with the Toyota Rav4 is excessive oil consumption. The average cost to repair this is around $2,850. Alternative engine problems with the vehicle include failure of the oxygen sensor and a reported knocking sound upon engine idle. Some Rav4s have problems with steering. The biggest complaint is that the vehicle makes noises when the steering wheel turns.
A faulty oil level sensor, a defective valve guide seal or a coolant leak in the engine causes excessive oil consumption in a Toyota RAV4. A faulty catalytic converter closest to the head of the cylinder or a loose gas cap can cause the check engine light to come on with no apparent reason.
A low transmission fluid level, a oxidized, dirty or overfilled transmission fluid can cause the automatic transmission to fail. Additionally, a malfunctioning electronic control module can cause harsh shifting, making the car jump from gear to gear. Worn out or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter can cause the RAV4 to fail to start.