4th Generation RAV4 Battery Fires
The 2013-2018 RAV4 is being investigated for a potential battery defect that can cause the SUV to lose all of its electrical power and, in some cases, start an engine compartment fire. …
Toyota Excessive Oil Consumption
An increasing number of Toyotas are experiencing excessive oil consumption which may be the result of defective piston rings. Toyota, in all their 'deny-til-we-die' splendor, is reportedly denying warranty coverage on many oil consumption r…
One of the automotive world's worst science projects is coming to an end. Toyota dashboards have long been known to melt under the heat of the sun. The melted dashes warp and extrude a strange, goo-like substance that is oddly shiny and sti…
What Owners Complain About the Most
Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.
- 2007 Camry excessive oil consumption 284 (100%)
- 2007 Camry burning oil 232 (82%)
- 2009 Camry excessive oil consumption 219 (77%)
- 2007 RAV4 excessive oil consumption 160 (56%)
- 2008 Camry excessive oil consumption 137 (48%)
- 2002 RAV4 problems shifting 137 (48%)
- 2007 Prius headlight randomly turns off while driving 135 (48%)
The 4th generation RAV4 is being investigated for what NHTSA is calling "non-thermal crash events." These are better described as "holy crap, my car's on fire" moments.
I'm hoping that'll catch on. So far there have been 11 fire incidents stemming from an issue with electrical shorts in the B+ terminals of the SUV's 12-volt batteries.…keep reading
Someone at Toyota forgot to make sure the new RAV4 Prime's headlights are only adjustable by a certified mechanic.
And that's a no-no under federal law. So here we are, less than six months from when they were first made available for sale and 700 owners of the PHEV SUV are already dealing with their first recall. At least they were able to get their hands one.
The recall is expected to begin in early January 2021 and will make sure the headlight's aiming caps are properly closed.keep reading
Some Toyota hybrid sedans have fuel filler pipes that were never reconnected to the gas tank during assembly.
Does that make them fuel spiller pipes? (Hold for applause). A small number of 2019 Avalon Hybrid and Camry Hybrid sedans will be recalled to have those pipes inspected and possibly replaced.keep reading
Someday the Takata Recalls will end. Today is not that day.
Toyota has recalled the passenger-side inflators in 1.7 million vehicles across North America.
The airbags currently in the vehicles have metal inflators that contain ammonium nitrate without a drying agent added to protect the chemical from moisture. The moisture can destabilize the ammonium nitrate and turn the metal inflator into a grenade full of shrapnel.
The affected vehicles include the 2010-2016 4Runner, 2010-2013 Corolla, 2010-2013 Matrix, and 2011-2014 Sienna. Toyota plans on sending out recall notices towards the end of January.keep reading
The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.