What should I look for in a used Toyota RAV4 4x4?
There is a chance that your RAV4 will have been taken off-road at some stage, so check for any damage to the front spoiler and underside of the car and for stone chips and any cracks along the door sills. It’s a large-ish car, so check the bodywork for general car park scuffs, too, and the alloy wheels for any signs of excess kerb damage.
What are the most common problems with a used Toyota RAV4 4x4?
The most common problem listed with petrol RAV4s is the occasional failure of the lambda sensors in the exhaust, which tell the engine's computer if the fuel mixture is correct. The main problem with diesels appears to be some occasional reports of failure of the clutch's dual-mass flywheel.
There have been a few reports of the engine intermittently cutting out and the fault cannot be diagnostically traced, although it seems it may be due to a faulty safety fuel cut-off solenoid switch. On the D-4D, the engine cutting out can also be caused by a build of of salts on a hot wire in the airflow sensor.
Sunroofs can spring a leak needing new seals. Also, the engine warning light coming on and speedometer not working are symptoms of water in the wiring harness under the passenger seat. If it has corroded internally, it will require expensive replacement.
VVT-i engines can start to use up to a litre of oil every 600 miles after 40,000 miles.
Is a used Toyota RAV4 4x4 reliable?
Toyota as a brand finished third out of 32 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey, and the RAV4 did equally well in the large SUV class, with a highly commendable 82% score.