Toyota Rush: Common issues and how to fix them 

Updated Nov 18, 2022 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

It’s a sturdy vehicle, but old age will eventually get to it.

The Toyota Rush was released in the Philippines back in 2018. Since then, it has garnered a reputation for being a reliable family car. For those who are familiar with Toyota models, that comes as no surprise though since this MPV is actually based on the already proven Avanza. 

A picture of the Toyota Rush

The Toyota Rush seven-seater MPV

However, as time marches on (and depending on how you use it), the Rush will eventually encounter some issues. No, these aren’t common at all, but sometimes, even the most robust cars will experience wear and tear. So, what are the most common Toyota Rush problems, and how does one fix them? 

Common Toyota Rush Problems 

Toyota Rush Engine Problems – First and foremost, be aware that the Rush uses the 1.5-liter 2NR-VE. It is an upgraded version of the 1NR engine, which replaced the older 2NZ-FE. That said, it had inherited some of the older engine’s usual issues. Do note that these commonly occur at very high mileage points, specifically from 150,000 km to 200,000 km on the odometer. 

One such issue is high oil consumption. This commonly occurs somewhere with around 150k on the Rush’s odometer. When this happens, you’ll need to replace its piston rings and valve stem seals. For that matter, one should also check for crankshaft oil leaks and loss of oil pressure. Although, this particular issue doesn’t usually happen until around 200,000 km on the odometer. 

A picture of the Rush's 2NZ-FE

The Rush's 1.5-liter 2NR-VE

Also typical is a problem with the Toyota Rush’s alternator belts. This commonly manifests as whistling noises, but it can be simply fixed by replacing the potentially worn-out alternator belt. 

Next up is engine vibrations. That’s because its engine mounts are usually made out of rubber, which we all know will wear out in time. The only way to fix this is to replace the said engine mount in the casa. 

Toyota Rush gearbox problems – While Rush gearbox problems do occur, they’re not as common as one would think. Due to wear and tear though, these usually manifest as slipping and shuddering when trying to change gears.  

To fix this, one has to first check your Rush’s automatic fluid levels. If the fluid is too low, it might cause the said problem. Also, accidentally putting in the wrong fluid can cause the same issues. So do be careful with that.  

A picture of the interior of the Rush

Do note that the Rush also has a manual version 

On very high mileage units, one should also be aware of torque converter seal damage. This might cause transmission fluid leaks, which will then cause the issues stated above. If you suspect a leak though, one might need the help of a mechanic as this fix needs major disassembly of the transmission system. 

Toyota Rush aircon problems – Aircon problems on the Rush are usually presented as stinky air. This is fixed simply by replacing the cabin air filter. As a precaution, we recommend doing this every 32,000 km. 

Another possible issue with the Rush’s aircon is a dirty condenser or dirty evaporator. If the former is dirty, one may experience poor cooling. If it’s the evaporator that’s dirty, then the air coming from the AC might be spewed out in intermittent gusts or come with a bad smell. 

A picture of a Sakura brand cabin filter

Aftermarket cabin filters are cheap and easily found 

For the evaporator, one can simply remove the front bumper, and spray the condenser with low-pressure water. For the evaporator however, cleaning it will involve the removal of the dashboard. As such, one might need the help of an automotive aircon specialist.  

As mentioned in the introduction, the Rush is known to be a robust vehicle. The issues stated above usually occur far into the said car’s lifetime, and most are easily preventable with regular checkups and maintenance.  

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Know more about Toyota Rush 2024

Toyota Rush

The Rush 2023 is Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP)’s entry to the local competitive multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. Considering its relatively large size and affordable pricing, the MPV is regarded by some as an entry-level SUV to the Japanese car brand. Toyota Rush Price in the Philippines ranges from PHP 983,000 to PHP 1,176,000 with 3 different variants. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine that makes 102 hp and 134 Nm of torque. This engine can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Dimensions-wise, the Rush spans 4,435 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,705 mm in height. In the local market, this vehicle from Toyota Philippines competes against the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V.

There are many SUV-like features that the Toyota Rush offers such as a relatively high ground clearance rated at 220 mm and its new seating configuration that makes seven as standard across all variants. It is considered as one of the best value for money especially for those who wish for a relatively affordable family car. In other markets, the Toyota Rush is called the Daihatsu Terios due to the Japanese automaker's partnership with Daihatsu Motor.

₱ 1,012,000 - ₱ 1,176,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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