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Toyota RAV4 Radio LCD Display Problems

ofeliaofelia Posts: 10
Has anyone noticed their radio LCD getting distorted. Today my LCD just went wacko, does not show the station number but some square marks and slightly visible compact disks numbers.


  • It does on my too, sometimes dash board LCDs go wacko too. :(
  • bobbyt2bobbyt2 Posts: 2
    The radio LCD has distorted on me several times. The last time it happened I took digital pictures so I can prove it to the dealership when I take it in for service.
  • jimdrewjimdrew Posts: 84
    Yep, I bought mine memorial day and it just did the same thing tonight. What is that..looks like Greek writing...and idea and is this a problem...with a lot of RAV's. I have the V6 Sport....with the JBL system...

  • jimdrewjimdrew Posts: 84
    Exactly what I am seeing on my JBL...any solution?

    Jimmy Drew
  • We have 3K miles on our RAV4 2006 with the JBL system, and when the hot weather hit us, pushing 112F, our radio display also started acting up. Also we had trouble getting the radio to turn off.

    It continues to misbehave even after the weather has become normal again, so while heat may have or may have not triggered it, the underlying issue is not dependant on heat. I am suspecting a short or electrical issue in the head unit or power to it, and since others are seeing it, it must be a quality or assembly issue at the factory. We are about to take it into Toyota to get it resolved.
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    I know i've read other problems relating to the JVC stereo. Twice now the display on mine has changed to several blocks across the display with nothing else visible. Unit works, but you can't tell what it's doing. Has anyone else experienced. Called dealer, bring back so we can see. Problem is next time i start it up it probably will be fine (plan to swing by when acting up and leave motor running etc.). Also asked dealer about hesitation problems. No, none reported. Yeah right.
  • hibeamhibeam Posts: 9
    Yes, I have had this problem for a month, my dealer finally ordered me a new radio which they are installing friday, I understand from the forum, that when they replace them it's ok, will let you know
  • yes. i took my RAV in, and they found out TODAY that that a 6 point connector was installed backwards. It happened before the vehicle was recieved at the dealorship. Champion Toyota in Austin, Texas is my dealorship, if you need information on this problem.
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Surprising if something installed backwards it worked at all. But i'm armed with this latest info when i stop by to discuss with the local dealership service manager tonight. Wonder if they have a new number or whatever, date code, mfg. date, anything that can be referred to when ordering replacement units. They should be asking these questions though, not the customers. But, ya gotta do what ya gotta do anymore. :confuse:
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Just browsing thru Consumers Reports. Checking Lexus 07 SUV. And lookie here. Apparently problems continue even in their 07 model. Doesn't give me a warm/fuzzy feeling about to get my 1st replacement 6 disc stereo. Here's text from someone rating their 07 Lexus

    I brought the car in April 06. It is now August 06, and I am already replacing the
    CD player for a second time. After googling this issue, I find that it is endemic
    to Lexus multi-CD players and certain Toyotas, yet Lexus has not done anything to
    address the problem (and the dealer acts surprised when you bring it back with this
    problem). This seems unacceptable in a car with an MSRP over $46K.
  • kusakusa Posts: 1
    My Acura TSX 2004 has a problem with the display. There is audio from the radio and CD, but there is no clock, radio or heater dispay. Dealer wants to change the radio, at a ridiculous cost. Does anyone know how to fix this problem. Thank you.
  • dogdog Posts: 5
    I had the same problem with my 2006 RAV 4 radio. The dealer said that he could not fix or diagnose it unless he could see what it was doing. I took pictures of it with a digital camera and spoke to the service manager after getting nowhere with the "master service adviser" that I spoke with at first. It took him a couple of days but he then called me and said that he was ordering a new display screen for my car. You have to make a little noise or you might get stuck with it after the warranty is expired.
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Surprised when i got your message. August 06 when i got replacement stereo. Anyway, it's been great till past few weeks. A few times while playing fine, screen is blank. If i hit am or fm then back to cd for example, it comes back on. It's happened a couple times now. Car runs great, but this stereo display thing my only complaint with the RAV4. I did have a hesitation glitch but after they performed fix based on TSB, it's fine now. I'll at least call dealership to log complaint on current stereo, blank screen etc. for future reference during next visit.
  • dogdog Posts: 5
    My display would intermittently display an H followed by 12 indistinct figures which looked as if all of the characters were attempting to display at one time. After a trip to the dealer in which case it did not display this problem. I called the service manager and insisted that there was a problem and that I wanted it fixed while still in warranty. He finally called his technical support organization and called me and said that he had ordrered a new display for my radio.
  • dogdog Posts: 5
    Was your hesitation problem at low speed or higher speed? When slowing down for a turn and then accelerating coming out of the turn I see my RPM go up a little and then feel the car surge forward. It seems to happen between gears 1 & 2 possibly.
  • stevem685stevem685 Posts: 4
    My stereo on my Rav has done this twice. Dealer doesn't seem very interested as it hasn't happened in front of them. Service is not Toyota's specialty!
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    The hesitation was at low speeds, slowing then accelerating for example a red light that turns green. Car whatever went wacko. as though no power. Also in passing, low speeds jumping out to pass....nothing for a second of 2..... scary. But since TCB was performed it's run flawless.
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Mine went blank, blinked, and had strange symbols etc. I reported this, screen printed pics from web others had (same symbols i showed), and gave this to dealership. They acted dumb, as they never heard of it. While talking to supervisor one of their mechanics walked in. Overheard us. Said, yeah that problems hapening with alot of these radios. Probably inserted his foot in mouth and got in heat later. Anyway, they ordered a new one. And no problems till just recently. Noticed a couple times playing fine, but screen blank. touched another button cd or fm or whatever and back and it reappeared. So who knows.
  • dogdog Posts: 5
    Saw the same problem on Edmund's forum and cornered the dealer about it and they have ordered a new display screen for my car. If dealer is unresponsive, call Toyota International and report it. Do not have the phone number but heard that it does exist.
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Mine had this problem a year ago.. same reaction from my dealership until one of the mechanics walked in and confirmed and i too had screen prints etc. They ordered a new one. Except for a couple times in past couple months screen fine. Even when it was wacko it played. The 2 times recently just blank. go from CD to FM or whatever and it magically reappers. JVC f'up. However Toyota should note and change suppliers.
  • drohrerdrohrer Posts: 37
    There is a Toyota Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) about radio problems. It was issued January 25th, 2007 and is entitled "Radio Display Malfunction" Its number might be "AU001-07"

    It covers the regular 6-cd radio and the JBL 6-cd radio.

    People have mentioned this to their dealers and gotten replacements.
  • chungcalchungcal Posts: 2
    Radio display problems showed up 2 times, once overnight and once for several days. Dealership service saw it and replaced radio (2 visits). Now, a few weeks later, some of the display is gone again. The radio works fine. Do I bother with getting ANOTHER new radio and what's to prevent it from happening AGAIN? Thanks for posting. My annoyance is with Toyota and the car radio manufacturer, not people reporting problems.
  • It's been 3 weeks and all is well.
  • 3rd Time was the charm for me as well. Not sure when you got your Rav, but mine was Feb. 2006. I've had 3rd unit now for over a year thru winter/summer weather etc. and so far so good. My beef is with Toyota only for continuing with same supplier of radio's. Obviously they have/had a problem. And with a 3rd unit for me and now yourself, obviously they didn't get it right the first time, second. yada yada yada.
  • I've had the same lcd distortion problem (2007 RAV4 V^ Sport $ whhel drive, 12k miles). I've had the dealer replace the stereo (d disc chnager non JBL) 3 times to get this right. All replacements developed same problem quickly ecxept for the most recent. Its been good for 5 months or so. Negotiated additional next oil chnage for free for my hassle as well. The casue is dual: 1) sometimes radio has improper installation (2 wires reversed), additionally some radios are defective themselves. Insist on new radios until problem is permanently fixed. I'm a toyota fan, but Toyota should issue a TSB for this one.
  • Actually there is a TSB on this radio mess. came out at least a year or so ago. I know it helped to have since early on i was at the mercy of this discussion board, and another one which had pictures showing problem display. Service acted as though i was screwed up and not the radio. Don't have #, on (believe that's correct). They have alot of discussions and also TSB's out there for RAV4. Another one came in handy with early on hesitation problems i was having in my car (4 cyl). 2006 model. But fixed some time ago and it's been fine. Car runs great no complaints currently.
  • I have a 2006 RAV4 and my radio doesn't always work. It seems to be related to hot weather. In the summer when it starts getting into the 90's the display panel just turns into a bunch of x's and sometimes, none of the buttons work. Have had a few other problems with this model--so won't be buying Toyota again.
  • Mine's a 2006 Rav4 as well. Had my radio replace twice. 3rd one seems fine no matter the weather (approx. 1.5 years now). Other than that Rav runs great. One problem early on it seemed to search for a gear or when passing or accelerating on merge/from stop etc. lacking any power. A TSB was out on this too and they fixed that problem. That was early on in 2006 so i'm sure if you had it would have been fixed by now. 23 mph local 28-30 on a trip. Can't complain. Actually would like to get a Venza, but, economy in toilet, so not anytime soon.
  • Apparently this radio problems continue as my 2011 Rav 4 radio is wigging out mostly in cold weather. The display looks frosted with weird marks and sometimes every station I press just turns the radio off.
  • Same thing, 2011 RAV 4 radio malfunctions occasionally in cold weather. dealer states they will not replace until they can re-enact the problem. Great service, just annoy the customer and make them return the car until the problem is re-enacted or they simply give up!
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