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#20 of 56 Toyota Rav4 Paint
Aug 21, 2009 (12:19 pm)
I have a 2006 Rav4 with 75000Km. Overall, I'm satisfied with the Rav ..so far..BUT
the paint damage on the rocker panels and lower doors is very bad. Sometimes paint damage is the result of other problems. I've come to determine it was caused
by 2 things. The front mud guards are too small,you can actually see the damage
that has left hundreds of small rock marks as they come off the front wheels. The
paint on the front of the rockers is almost completely GONE. The other cause of this is the original tires. They are made from a soft rubber compound and they tracked up a lot more sand and gravel than the new tires we replaced them with.The
original tires wore completely out at 40000 km's. These tires were properly inflated
and rotated. The local dealer admitted Toyota was having a tire problem. Check out
other Rav4's in the parking lot...most I see have paint damage in the rocker/lower door panel. Has anyone noticed that the 2009 Rav4's have what seems to be be an attached fender flare. Just in doing this has Toyota noticed a flaw?
#21 of 56 paint chips on 2009 RAV4 Limited--metallic silver
Dec 30, 2009 (1:42 pm)
I just washed my car and was shocked to see the number of paint chips. I bought it in August--it had been driven by one of the managers and had 14000km. It now has 19000. Paint wasn't a concern to me so I probably didn't check it over carefully enough and the price was really good. My 1997 Honda CRV doesn't have as many chips on it after almost 13 years. I have a call into the dealership to see if there is anything they can do. I'm envisioning a freckle job of paint touch ups over the years and am not pleased at all. Has anyone had luck pursuing complaints of this type? I certainly didn't have a special protective coating on my CRV and the paint job has held up very well.
#22 of 56 Paint chips on 2009 Rav 4
Jun 30, 2010 (9:38 am)
Bought a new Rav 4 in August 2009. Only have 7,000 miles on it and nothing but problems with paint chips. Every time we go out more chips gone when we get home. We are retired and do not drive far and only go on paved roads. Went to dealer with problem and they could care less. Anyone else have this problem. If so did you get results.
#23 of 56 Re: Paint chips on 2009 Rav 4 [shrrann]
Jun 30, 2010 (10:59 am)
It's interesting as obviously dealers seem to respond differently. Bought our 2008 Rav4 in update NY and noticed paint chips on rear bumper - wintered in FL and brought car to local FL dealer who stated that we must have "dragged" some items across bumper causing paint loss - HOWEVER, they volunteered to repaint bumper which was done free of charge and they provided a loaner car while this was being done.
Recently complained about many paint chips on 2007 Yaris which was about to expire on warranty. Complaint voiced to upstate NY dealer and once again problem taken care of without charge.
#24 of 56 Toyota Rav 4 paint complaint
Aug 07, 2010 (9:46 am)
After taking pictures and writing a letter to Toyota with regard to the paint
chips in my 2009 Rav 4 they called and stated they would not do anything about the chips. I feel this is unfair as we have never had a car that everytime you go out on the road, mind you we are retired and only have traveled 7,000 miles since we bought the car in August and on only paved roads, we come home with more paint chips off the car. Does anyone want to see about a class action law suit or does anyone know of one
#25 of 56 New Rav-4 Limited 2009-NEEDS A PAINT RECALL
Aug 17, 2010 (8:27 pm)
My new Rav-4 Limited which is solid black and has all the bells and whistles and is also on the recall list. It now has 16,000 miles, since purchased on Dec-31-2009, and now has over 40 paint chips on the hood, and on other areas of the car, of course the dealer states were not responsible for road debris, and told me that I need to take another route to work. Its sad that a company that is struggling so hard to rebuild its image due to the recalls, and its willingness to put a sale above poor quality and control as well as the consumers's safety, is now going to blame the consumer for poor workmanship on the paint, not only do I have the stigma of the recalled vehicle which will hurt my resale, I now have to worry as to how much paint will I have left on the vehicle when it comes the time to trade or sale, at the rate of chips that I'm getting on the new paint, I might have more touch-up than actual paint on the vehicle, this is really sad, and no other vehicle that I've had has never had this many chips, perhaps all the money that your currently using touting new safety designs could be spent towards applying a thicker and quality paint, to all of you out there just remember a squeaky wheel gets the oil, feel free to contact me-Stew16
#26 of 56 Re: Toyota Rav 4 paint complaint [shrrann]
Aug 19, 2010 (4:12 am)
Were do I sign up, I can only imagine how bad my new Rav-4 is going to get, seeing how toyota is trying to repair its image why not advertise your problems with the paint by having a local sign company make a magnetic sign that you can attach to your vehicle and place it on both sides as you drive around alerting others that apparently the paint is just to thin to hold up to normal wear and thin, I heard of others doing that, after all your vehicle appearance will tell the story, and if toyota can't acknowledge your problem let the public ask the dealerships when they are looking at buying a new car. My Rav-4 is also on the recall list as well.
#27 of 56 Re: Toyota Rav 4 paint complaint [stew16]
Aug 23, 2010 (5:24 pm)
What state did you purchase your Rav-4 in. I got mine in Florida. Also did you have the exterior paint sealant applied. I did and the package cost an extra $699 for the Toyoguard protection group. A lot of good that has done me. There has to be something we can do. I am going to make a complaint to Consumers Affairs and see if that does anything. I really think if we cannot get any help to see if we can get enough people to do a class action lawsuit. No other car I have ever owned ever did this.
#28 of 56 Re: Toyota Rav 4 paint complaint [shrrann]
Aug 23, 2010 (6:17 pm)
I purchased my Rav-4 in TN, did not get the exterior paint sealant, I am also being represented in a lawsuit regarding the recall and you may want to contact the lawyers featured on fox news, I have close to 40 chips and counting, you can also visit your local sign stores get some magnets made up advertising your problems let your car speak for your claim as you drive it. No-one should have to do this but when enough people begin to complain and their bottom line is affected then you get there attention, I will never buy another Toyota. You have to make people aware and your vehicle is your bill-board.
#29 of 56 Re: Toyota Rav 4 paint complaint [stew16]
Aug 24, 2010 (4:23 pm)
I did not know there was a class action law suit regarding I do believe you are referring to the gas pedal issue which my car was also recalled for. Where do I find out the name of the lawyers handling this. Maybe they would want to handle the paint issue as well.