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#122 of 142 Re: Electrical problem 99 Rav4 [nani4gbb]
Mar 17, 2013 (10:11 pm)
Have a 2011 Rav4 that I got in March 2011 and In August 2012, the battery died, leaving me stranded while on vacation with my children. It was on a Saturday, late afternoon, in the middle of nowhere and I am still trying to get reimbursed by Toyota Care for getting a flat bed to drop my car at a closed dealer and to take me to an airport (more than 1 hour away) to get a rental. I had not other recourse . I was told that the flat bed could drop my car but I and my children were on our own in a deserted place. I was very disappointed and still am.
#123 of 142 Re: Electrical problem 99 Rav4 [nani4gbb]
Mar 23, 2013 (5:02 pm)
Thank you friend. It is so nice to know that I can come here and get solutions to problems and save hundreds on repair bills. Your post saved me a lot of headache and a whoopin by my wife. We thought I had fried her RAV4. I was changing the thermostat and didn't unhook the battery..... DOH!
Shorted out the cable putting the alternator back in and it popped the fuse next to the battery. A short piece of solder fixed it til we can get another fuse monday.
I don't like the newer autos man. My 81 Ford F 150 is good, but I'm still gonna get a 79 if I can find a deal on one. Computers are great for in the house, but not in my auto. Analog all the way for me
Thanks again, you're a life saver. My wife would have killed me!!!!
#124 of 142 Re: 2010 RAV4 4x4
Apr 24, 2013 (2:33 pm)
battery problem? Not sure but I can't start my RAV and I have tried jumping the battery. Now all the lights on the dash are on and the starter button is showing orange. So by the time I have my car towed 60 miles to the dealer in the morning, the battery will be dead. Worst of all.....37100 miles, just out of warranty. I sure hope Toyota takes care of this! I have never had a battery need replacing on any vehicle at 37,000 miles!
#125 of 142 Re: 2010 RAV4 4x4 [dthree]
Apr 24, 2013 (2:58 pm)
Who tried to jump start the RAV? It's quite possible they reversed the positive and negative cables which can cause all kinds of problems. Hopefully it's just a couple of blown fuses. If you have the V6, the original battery is only good for 2 years, 3 at the most.
#126 of 142 Re: 2010 RAV4 4x4 [junebug1701]
Apr 24, 2013 (3:10 pm)
I've had my '09 Rav4 Limited, V6, 4x4 for 4-1/2 years and the original battery still shows green on its window.
#127 of 142 2011 Battery problems?
May 04, 2013 (11:39 am)
We are having similar problems with our Rav4, Limited Edition, 2011. About 3 months ago, our son left a light on overnight. No surprise, the car wouldn't start. Tow Truck came, boosted it, let it run for 30 minutes. When we turned it off and tried to restart, nothing. It was towed then to a dealership. They said the battery was dead, replaced it.
Things were fine until Tuesday. My wife drove it at 8:30 pm. Started it (with the car starter) at 10 pm. Got into the car, got called back inside for something and she turned off the car, shut the doors, locked it. (You get the idea). 45 minutes later when she went back outside to restart the car, it was completely dead. Nothing. Tow truck driver came, connected it to a battery but couldn't get it to start. He said the battery was fine, showed lots of juice in it, but could not get it to start. Towed it to a dealership. 4 days later, we are told it was a battery problem (again). They have replaced the battery again.
Here is the kicker-we were told that the problem is that the car isn't driven enough. That to expect this to happen again and again unless we invest in a trickle charger (sp?) and charge it once a week, or take it out on the highway once a week for a long drive.
I have a hard time believing this especially after reading so many other stories of battery problems. This car is driven at least every other day, but it is mainly short distances. There are only 11000 km on it and this was proof according to the service guy that it isn't driven enough. He said you would have this with any car and it isn't specific to Toyota. Has anyone else been told that with their Rav 4s? My wife is the driver and doesn't drive any differently than she did with our previous car (Honda Fit 2008) and we never had this happen. Any thoughts would be appreciated. We are seriously considering selling and buying something else.
#128 of 142 Re: 2011 Battery problems? [robidrew]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 04, 2013 (11:49 am)
You do hear similar complaints now and then and it's usually with newer cars with more electronics. Here's a recent tread on Edmunds Answers from a newer Ford owner with dead battery issues.
#129 of 142 Re: 2011 Battery problems? [steve_]
May 04, 2013 (11:55 am)
Thanks for the link. A very interesting read.
#130 of 142 Re: 2011 Battery problems? [robidrew]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 04, 2013 (12:09 pm)
I have a '97 and a '99 in my garage, and both cars sit for weeks at a time (I basically drive the '97 just for 4 winter months). Yet they always crank.
I have a trickle charger and I guess it'll get plenty of use when we finally break down and buy a new car (hm, I guess "break down" isn't the best word choice there. ).
#131 of 142 Re: 2011 Battery problems? [steve_]
May 06, 2013 (12:01 pm)
Isn't that ironic.
I did email Toyota Canada and this was their response:
"Thank you for your recent email.
Your Toyota dealership is responsible for determining if the condition meets the criteria for coverage under warranty, and we fully support their advice. As such, anything your Toyota dealership advises, Toyota Canada would stand behind their decision.
We thank you again for taking the time to write."
So they completely didn't address the concern or answer any of my questions. We talked to family and friends this weekend and no one could believe we are having these problems. We heard example after example of people leaving their cars for extended periods and starting no problem. And here our car is driven almost every day! Unfortunately, we just don't trust our Rav anymore and since Toyota Canada has ignored our concerns and the dealership has, we are going to sell. Now we just have to figure out what to buy instead. It's a real shame.