2006 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Toyota RAV4 from hell

2006 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Toyota RAV4 from hell
By pabach on


2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


The car has ample power and plenty of space inside. That's the short list of pluses. On the negative side, the car has been a godsend to the Toyota Manassas shop where we purchased the it. Over 76,000 miles we've had to replace all six cylinder ignition coils, the water pump and, just last week, the transmission, a $4,200 repair (luckily covered by our Geico insurance). Then, as we were driving the car away from the shop, we hear a grinding noise on mild turns, a $600 repair to change one of the wheel bearings. Toyota's were supposed to be reliable. Ours was not. Only a Russian Jeep Niva I used to own in the 90s was worse (don't ask). But at least that car was cheap to fix.

Best Features

Engine power of the V6. Space and versatility.

Worst Features

Toyotas are supposed to be reliable. Ours turned out to be the mother of all Toyota lemons.
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By squarebomb
on 10/24/12 11:50 AM (PDT)

Our 06 RAV4's wheel bearings failed at 30K miles. We have practically the same problems you had with your RAV4 minus the transmission, knock on [non-permissible content removed] wood.

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