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Not a issue as has only happened once. On my way to work a few days ago my screen went black for a good 8 or more seconds then it came back on. Had me worried as my Rav is less then a year old and i have a record of having bad luck in life, lol
 

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Have had a xse 2020 r4p since 9/23. Not a single problem, hopeful my luck continues. After reading these posts I feel fortunate .
The only issue I had was a dealer service issue.
When the dealer installed the roof racks, the mechanic lost my roof rack panels. They were not provided when I was given my car back . I took the roof rack off and then realized the panels did not pivot like those on my 2006 bmw 330xi. Called the salesperson, he mailed 4 panels, two of which were identical, so I was still missing the right rear. They had to order it for me. A good month to resolve . No consideration given for this inconvenience . Now my wife wants to trade her Subaru in on an electric or hybrid. How can this dealer expect my continued patronage ? I have a dealer who is closer I will get my service completed at .
 

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2016 Rav4 entry and start function not working. Smart key battery is fine but i still need to touch key to push start button to start. Remotes don,t work. Am personally diagnosing it if the ELECTRICAL KEY RECEIVER combined with the TPMS has power issue or the lines are experiencing electrical resistance causing this problem.
I will share when am done.
Why is this here? A model that old isn't a 4.5 gen, per this actual section.
 

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This is a relatively pleasing thread.....in that the defects list for the past couple of years seem to be almost entirely for North America rather than Australia - even though the RAV4 is so popular here the current wait time for receipt is 10 months + - with one interesting exception relating to the moon roof aside. I also note the lack of comments from the UK (right hand drive too), NZ and Ireland. Admittedly the population in North America is much larger but the proportions of complaints still dont seem right.

I wondered if the issues reflect a Japanese v. North American build location? A difficulty for me comparing them is that our model coding is completely different to the US for reasons I can only guess at.

In answer to this question reviewer sites exist but confuse the issue further and appear unreliable e.g. https://motorandwheels.com/where-are-toyota-rav4s-made/ One comment is that Australian RAV4s are made in Canada. However the dealer assertion was that ours has been manufactured or at least assembled in Japan. And indeed the VIN number starts with a J. It seems like quality levels change rapidly and complaints reflecting this do likewise. More locally there is this linked site Canada v. Japan build quality It suggests that there is little difference between more recent builds.

So maybe the best interpretation for this and other threads to take note of issues which might be a problem in the future.....but not necessarily.....and not worry about location of construction overly.

Any musings appreciated?
 

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I wondered if the issues reflect a Japanese v. North American build location?
Japanese manufacture for me only. I straight up told my salesman to not show me any vehicle where the VIN doesn't start with a "J". I want a vehicle built in its namesake country. I don't want a Canadian (or US) built Toyota anymore than I want a Mexican, Indonesian, whatever build of a German car.
 

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Japanese manufacture for me only. I straight up told my salesman to not show me any vehicle where the VIN doesn't start with a "J". I want a vehicle built in its namesake country. I don't want a Canadian (or US) built Toyota anymore than I want a Mexican, Indonesian, whatever build of a German car.
Do you actually get a choice in the US? I had a look at some Wiki sites and found engine origins varied geographically and over time all over the place. Pleasingly ours is apparently Japanese, a point the salesman flagged several times. But I worry that with the repeated shutdowns not everything on the production line is going to plan.....in fairness an issue that applies to all stuff currently.
 

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Do you actually get a choice in the US? I had a look at some Wiki sites and found engine origins varied geographically and over time all over the place. Pleasingly ours is apparently Japanese, a point the salesman flagged several times. But I worry that with the repeated shutdowns not everything on the production line is going to plan.....in fairness an issue that applies to all stuff currently.

R4p sold in the u s we’re all imported from Japan last model year 2021. Not sure about rav4 hybrids, but I believe they were u s or Japanese built

. Our 18 month old Subaru Forester was built in Japan . That is the only model available in the us not built in the us. All foresters built in Japan.

So our r4p and forester are both Japanese built cars. Glad for that with our neighbors getting recalls on their u s built cars. Both of our cars have been 100%.
 

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Of course. You look at what's on the dealer lot. If you don't want it, don't buy it. I also got my 2020 XLE at the very end of 2019 so the scamdemic BS hadn't fired up yet, so there was good selection.
You are dead right about the pandemic fouling up the supply chains. We see this probably more than you being at the end of the import supply chain line since our manufacturing was degraded. But this isnt just a scam. Its simply a result of poorly developed responses to a devil's alternative - in this case ignore the pandemic, get sued or have an outbreak in your factory with all the chaos going with that, or introducing quarantining, border closures and other restrictions and screw global car supply that way. Either way the system a big hiccup was inevitable......just like in 2008 when it happenned in the financial sector and the money supply chain nearly collapsed. If you are interesting in existential drivers for the current mess I recommend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_catastrophic_risk
 

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This is a relatively pleasing thread.....in that the defects list for the past couple of years seem to be almost entirely for North America rather than Australia - even though the RAV4 is so popular here the current wait time for receipt is 10 months + - with one interesting exception relating to the moon roof aside. I also note the lack of comments from the UK (right hand drive too), NZ and Ireland. Admittedly the population in North America is much larger but the proportions of complaints still dont seem right.

I wondered if the issues reflect a Japanese v. North American build location? A difficulty for me comparing them is that our model coding is completely different to the US for reasons I can only guess at.

In answer to this question reviewer sites exist but confuse the issue further and appear unreliable e.g. https://motorandwheels.com/where-are-toyota-rav4s-made/ One comment is that Australian RAV4s are made in Canada. However the dealer assertion was that ours has been manufactured or at least assembled in Japan. And indeed the VIN number starts with a J. It seems like quality levels change rapidly and complaints reflecting this do likewise. More locally there is this linked site Canada v. Japan build quality It suggests that there is little difference between more recent builds.

So maybe the best interpretation for this and other threads to take note of issues which might be a problem in the future.....but not necessarily.....and not worry about location of construction overly.

Any musings appreciated?
I have been monitoring for issues in the fifth generation RAV4 and especially for the A25A-FXS engine and hybrid drivertrain, since US (then the later Australian ) release. It is notable that US/Canadian manufactured vehicles have had some issues, with the two significant ones being the fuel tanks on some hybrids and porous casting of some engine blocks ealry in the product life. There have also been some complaints about shaking mirrors. None of these have been replicated in Japanese manufatured vehicles, which seem to have been remarkably problem free. I have posted in several forums, asking about any identified problems, especially for higher mileage vehicles. I have a had a stunning silence in response to those queries.My Australian delivered RAV4 AWD Hybrid Cruiser as been absolutely fault free since delivery almost two years ago.
 

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I have been monitoring for issues in the fifth generation RAV4 and especially for the A25A-FXS engine and hybrid drivertrain, since US (then the later Australian ) release. It is notable that US/Canadian manufactured vehicles have had some issues, with the two significant ones being the fuel tanks on some hybrids and porous casting of some engine blocks ealry in the product life. There have also been some complaints about shaking mirrors. None of these have been replicated in Japanese manufatured vehicles, which seem to have been remarkably problem free. I have posted in several forums, asking about any identified problems, especially for higher mileage vehicles. I have a had a stunning silence in response to those queries.My Australian delivered RAV4 AWD Hybrid Cruiser as been absolutely fault free since delivery almost two years ago.
Only just saw your post. Thanks for this Graham......makes me very happy on top of my experiences to date of very little glitch wise. The only oddity that happenned were somethings electronic. When I pressed by accident the round nob that selects ECO v. TRAIL it sent the cruise control haywire. But it was sorted after turning the engine off and then on presumably resetting the computer. The display had frozen up with a fuzzy green colour.

The only other thing recently was when coming down the Illawarra Escarpment hill above Wollongong at about 80kph. Its about a 1 in 10 to 1 in 15 grade. The battery filled as you would expect but then a clear engine whir noise started and persisted even when I road the brake. I'm guessing perhaps the car was engaging the engine as a brake and shifting down a gear or two for safety. But for the moment that is speculation. The trip went nominally after that for another 300-400 km.

Regarding mirrors and such I've not heard any rattles as yet. Though it is early days.
 

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I have been monitoring for issues in the fifth generation RAV4 and especially for the A25A-FXS engine and hybrid drivertrain, since US (then the later Australian ) release. It is notable that US/Canadian manufactured vehicles have had some issues, with the two significant ones being the fuel tanks on some hybrids and porous casting of some engine blocks ealry in the product life. There have also been some complaints about shaking mirrors. None of these have been replicated in Japanese manufatured vehicles, which seem to have been remarkably problem free. I have posted in several forums, asking about any identified problems, especially for higher mileage vehicles. I have a had a stunning silence in response to those queries.My Australian delivered RAV4 AWD Hybrid Cruiser as been absolutely fault free since delivery almost two years ago.
Our Japanese manufactured RAV4 Hybrid had the fuel tank issue, and also has an alignment issue causing excessive and uneven tire wear. Toyota fixed the fuel tank, and though it was a confirmed production defect, refuses to correct the alignment issue.
 

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Our Japanese manufactured RAV4 Hybrid had the fuel tank issue, and also has an alignment issue causing excessive and uneven tire wear. Toyota fixed the fuel tank, and though it was a confirmed production defect, refuses to correct the alignment issue.
Regarding the alignment issue, check your VIN number to see if yours was in the recall for bad front lower control arms. Mine was and Japanese manufacture, too. :rolleyes:
 

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Do you have a link to the recall story and affected VIN numbers?
Here in the states, I was notified via email directly by Toyota. Here's an article link about it below. You'll have to search on-line for how to check a VIN as it relates to a recall in Australia because I have no clue. I also called Toyota USA (or whatever they're called) and verified it, along with verifying it at the dealership where I purchased my 2020 XLE. Definitely check it out because it's a serious and dangerous condition if you have bad lower control arms. They can crack and fail prematurely, which would collapse that entire corner as bad or worse than broken ball joints. That could be catastrophic at highway speeds because you'd most likely have that whole wheel depart the the chassis entirely and ripping out all the junk it's attached to. Also, it could cause that corner to dig in, catch and cause a potential rollover situation. Maybe try searching for and calling Toyota Australia, or something similar, if there's such a thing?

 

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Here in the states, I was notified via email directly by Toyota. Here's an article link about it below. You'll have to search on-line for how to check a VIN as it relates to a recall in Australia because I have no clue. I also called Toyota USA (or whatever they're called) and verified it, along with verifying it at the dealership where I purchased my 2020 XLE. Definitely check it out because it's a serious and dangerous condition if you have bad lower control arms. They can crack and fail prematurely, which would collapse that entire corner as bad or worse than broken ball joints. That could be catastrophic at highway speeds because you'd most likely have that whole wheel depart the the chassis entirely and ripping out all the junk it's attached to. Also, it could cause that corner to dig in, catch and cause a potential rollover situation. Maybe try searching for and calling Toyota Australia, or something similar, if there's such a thing?

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Here in the states, I was notified via email directly by Toyota. Here's an article link about it below. You'll have to search on-line for how to check a VIN as it relates to a recall in Australia because I have no clue. I also called Toyota USA (or whatever they're called) and verified it, along with verifying it at the dealership where I purchased my 2020 XLE. Definitely check it out because it's a serious and dangerous condition if you have bad lower control arms. They can crack and fail prematurely, which would collapse that entire corner as bad or worse than broken ball joints. That could be catastrophic at highway speeds because you'd most likely have that whole wheel depart the the chassis entirely and ripping out all the junk it's attached to. Also, it could cause that corner to dig in, catch and cause a potential rollover situation. Maybe try searching for and calling Toyota Australia, or something similar, if there's such a thing?

Have contacted and heard back from our dealer. Its doesnt sound like it impacts 2021 builds which ours is. The timing of the warning suggests like other bugs with the 2018-2020 versions a lot has been sorted out......touch wood.

I've also checked the defect information sheet. The affected cars are for Sep/Oct 2019 with remediation around mid 2020. So I think we are most likely safe.
 
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