My 2007 RAV4 ran dry on oil at 96,000 miles. Always maintained in a reasonable manner. Dealer and manufacturer refused to help offset repair cost that included replacing the 2.4 AZ-FE engine. There is a technical service bulletin addressing the design flaw of the 2AZ-FE engine, specifically related to the piston and ring assembly (TSB-0094-11). Reall list for this RAV4 includes intermediate shaft in steering column, Faulty air bag sensor, Rear lower control arm failure, unexpected acceleration and power widow switch fire hazzard to name a few. This list doesn't include the many TSB's affecting quality, namely the excesive oil consumption bulletin.
Prior to the engine failure, the gas mileage was good.
Get back to the basics that made Toyota a quality standard and honor customer loyalty. The Toyota Way is no longer practiced.
I was a big fan of Toyota until I experienced very poor quality and even poorer customer support.
Do not buy one of these unless the procedure outlined in the TSB has been performed.
At a minimum, make sure to have an oil consumption test performed before making any commitment.
You will not get support from Toyota.
Just paid off my 2007 rav4 when it blow a motor. The water pump is located in the back and it broke. My wife drove it and blow up the motor. 8 grand for a new one. Even if she did not blow it up, the water pump is on the back of the engine. This requires the motor to be pulled to change it out. A $2000 to $3000 job depending on where you get it done. I had electrical problems. Tire wear issues, brake problems. All the senors would randomly go off on it. The Tire pressure senors where always needing replaced. I ended up junking the car, basically threw 20K down the drain. I know 2 other people that have had issues with water pump or rear main seal. And they all had there engines blown.
Get another suv or at least the v6 and not an 2007, from what I read that was the worst year to own
Brought a 2007 rav4 used few years back.i live on a hill so first thing i replaced the brakes and tires and brought some good yokohoma's from tire rack and felt the difference in handling the factory tires are horrible. you get about 19 to 20 miles city + highway. the ride is still stiff you do feel bumps. only thing i have done on the car is change tires,brakes , oil filter, air filter and cabin filter for the last years other wise no major issue..A.c does give out some stench even after getting serviced and cleaned.. going for a Subaru forester after reading some reviews..
fully loaded had blue tooth. jbl surround system
meamory seats and better shocks for smooth ride and a USB player
2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Bought our RAV with 32k miles on it and have owned it 3 yrs now. Previously I had an '01 RAV which I just loved. This one is a very good car, but somehow not as satisfying. It has been reliable and versatile and pleasant, but I did like the seats, styling and overall size better in the old one. This car is more of a soccer mom car and since I don't have kids, I'm considering trading it for something more fun and sporty for a change.
Reliability, handling, versatility, decent mileage for an SUV (I average 22-24 in town and 27-29 hwy)
The cupholders need an overhaul, spare tire cover tends to rattle (we stuck a piece of cloth in there to muffle it), seats are so-so
2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Bought it new in 2007, I have around 50,000 miles on it now. I'm getting my 3rd transmission put in. The original failed at 25k with a cracked output shaft, and the 2nd one is whining constantly due to a poorly honed final drive gear. The steering shafts pop under stress, and the rear diff makes an odd THUNK when shifting into Drive from reverse. I'm on my 3rd set of tires, and I've already had to replace the front pads and rotors.
Having said that, it's an awesome vehicle in the snow. Great power from the V6, plenty of room for 4. Just wish it had held up better.
Doesn't look like a CR-V ( underbite! )
Better door panel design, it really digs into your leg.
Better lighting in cargo area
Better drivetrain reliability.
Revised throttle mapping, tip in is very abrupt.
A switch to disable Stability control. Sometimes in deep snow, it cripples your ability to get unstuck due to wheel slippage, and the subsequent throttle cutback.