Automatic Transmission Problems of Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 352 problems associated with automatic transmission (under the power train category).
#1 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
Hi about my 2003 Toyota Rav4, its seems to stall and shutting off the engine while driving. For exaple it happen more then 5 time on me this month7/1/2011, and almost getting bump in rear end. I took it to Toyota dealer, and paying $100 for what they could find anything wrong. This model should be recall or accident will happen. The failure date was Jul. 1, 2011.
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#2 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle having this issue was a 2003 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTEHH20V03_. Vehicle started to begin off takeoff really slow and hesitant, and then shift really hard with a jerking motion into second. Not safe for taking off with traffic or crossing intersections. Very scary to operate. Could ruin transmission, shafts, and other parts. Quote from dealership to replace ecm is around 1500+. Then transmission around 3000+. I am currently dealing with Toyota back and forth on getting repair approved. Parts are available. All necessary calls have been done up the chain of command. They are not warranting this claim at this time. This automatic transmission issue occurred Friday, Jul. 29, 2011.
#3 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The VIN of this Rav4 is JTEGH20V91_. I noticed vehicle was not accelerating or going into proper gear. I was alarmed when I couldn't pick up speed turning left. Engine light lit when I got home. I spoke to Toyota today about the known ecu issue with 2001-2003 Rav4s. My car was served in 2007 when there was a recall but they will not address the issue now since the warranty expired. I am very disappointed with Toyota not addressing the ecu/ecm issue to a satisfactory manner. This is a safety issue that Toyota should show more concern over. This issue happened on Jul. 3, 2011.
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#4 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this vehicle was JTEHH20V31_. Consumer owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the electronic control module malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to stall in the middle of the road. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where a diagnostic test was performed and the dealer stated that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the faulty transmission was a known issue with this year, make and model. The failure mileage was unknown. It was Monday, August 8, 2011 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#5 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved was a 2010 Toyota Rav4. VIN of the vehicle was 2T3DK4DV7A_. 2010 Rav4 limited delivered 10/26/09. Constant transmission whine at speeds from 10 mph to 45mph. This whine appeared immediately after taking delivery of the vehicle. Took it back to dealer who said this happens in all Rav4's. Wrote letter to president of Toyota USA on 12/17/09 and have received no response. Called him also, and no response yet. This problem occurred on Monday, October 26, 2009.
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#6 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The car involved is a 2010 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 2T3ZF4DV7A_. I bought a 2010 rav 4 2w drive 4 cyl automatic from nwa Toyota on dec18 2009. Immediately discovered that when starting off from a stop(brake on) and going to the accelerator the vehicle is in a freewheel mood. Even on just a modest incline dive ways, exits onto streets and highways, or anywhere except dead level ,this vehicle rolls backward with no drag whatsoever, at first quite alarming and after a couple more incidents I deem it very dangerous and really not normal. Took it back to the dealer and from the salesman servicemanager costumer relations person and g. M. All agreed that it was unsafe "an engineering defect " but all the new Toyotas are like that" I was told that had I purchased a more expensive model that it would have a "hill holding feature" and eliminate the problem . However my 25000 Rav4 does not have that feature available . It gets better. There suggesting for me were and I quote service manager said use your handbrake when putting it in d from any stop on a incline" due to no "stall speed " drive two footed on any incline' or the salesman suggestion , "put it in park on the incline and then go to drive. Like what? I was a equipt. Operator for 50 yrs and have never seen a more convoluted way of screwing up something a simple as a push and go automatic transmission (also the reason I bought it . We traded in a 5 speed car in to get away from all the . This is worse as you don't expect a automatic to roll backwards when you are simply going from stop to go. They can't possibly rent this model as it would take 2 days to explain its idiosyncrasies plus all the wrecks that would happen when it rolls back on the uninformed. I'm sure you will be getting more complaints on this issue so I'll give it a rest. This automatic transmission problem happened on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.
#7 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2010 Toyota Rav4. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6) I am writing because I just experienced sudden acceleration in reverse in my new 2010 Toyota Rav4, 6 cylinder. This is a vehicle I was told by the dealer was not affected by the recall. Here are the details: I purchased the vehicle about a month ago from irwin Toyota in new hampshire with VIN# [xxx] . I had contacted the dealer before the car was delivered to see what the recall meant for me. They said that the vehicle was made in japan and was not affected by the recall. On February 17th I put the Rav4 into reverse to back down my driveway. I was cutting the wheel to the left to make a reverse k-turn when it began accelerating vigorously in reverse. I did not have my foot on the gas because it was idling in reverse down a 7% grade. The engine raced way up and it took all my leg power to bring it to a stop. I did stop the car just before hitting a tree on the side of my driveway. I had my wife and my infant son in the car and they were both terrified. When I called the dealer the service manager said he would be happy to look at it, but that it was probably high idle. I have degree in physics and electrical engineering and I own a company that builds acceleration sensors for vehicles. This car has a serious, potentially deadly problem with one of its sensors or with electrical interference causing the computer to misinterpret the sensor data. There is no way a dealer is going to find this, let alone fix it. What can I do at this point?. This issue happened on February 17, 2010.
#8 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
We were driving a 2010 Toyota Rav4 limited with approximately 68 miles and with an automatic transmission. We were stopped on an incline with the vehicle in drive. When the brake was released and before the gas pedal could be pressed, the vehicle rolled backwards as if in neutral almost hitting a vehicle approaching from the rear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the problem was duplicated more than once on an incline. The dealer(service supervisor) stated that this is a normal operation with the automatic transmission and further stated that the left foot should be kept on the brake or the hand brake applied while stopped on an incline. I felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and since the vehicle was only two days old, they took back the vehicle. We were told that Toyota offers a hill assist item on certain Rav4's with a v6 and 4cyl Rav4's with a third row seat only. In the vehicle hand book there are no cautions or warnings about the vehicle rolling backwards while stopped on an incline and in drive or any other warnings or cautions about the transmission that I could find. This automatic transmission issue occurred Friday, Mar. 19, 2010.
#9 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTMWF4DV7A_. Purchased new Toyota Rav4 2010 4-cylinder model in February. When at a stop on mild incline (driveway made of woodchips. . . Good traction), the vehicle rolls backwards when foot is off the brake pedal. Dealership insisted this is normal for these vehicles and demonstrated this anomaly with another Rav4 to prove it. The engine doesn't produce enough torque for the transmission during idle to engage the converter apparently, especially when the transmission is hot. No one told me of this problem during sales. A 'hill-assist" option is available that I did not know about. This merely prolongs the braking when switching from brake to accelerator pedal when the pressure changes. Since I didn't know about all of this stuff when purchasing, the first time it happened I almost rammed into the truck behind me. Then when stepping on the gas the vehicle lunges forward in response to the rpm change. This is a hazard to the unwitting buyer and needs to be clearly discussed with all buyers. The dealership blows off this incident as 'normal' for this car. What they don't say is that it is bad engineering. . . That the car computer should raise rpms until the transmission is working properly on incline. The software cannot be changed so the car is considered 'normal'. I was disgusted with the explanations, even from a mechanic there I respect, he said this is 'how they are'. This issue happened on February 15, 2010.
#10 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle having this issue was a 2010 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTMWF4DV9A_. 2 days after the purchase of our 2010 Rav4 my wife discovered when stopped on an incline, the vehicle rolls backward when foot is removed from brake, stepping on throttle to correct it causes the vehicle to surge forward. Service dept. Said just use two feet to drive. This automatic transmission problem happened on Tue., May. 4, 2010.
#11 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this vehicle was JTMDK4DV6A_. My vehicle is a 2010 Toyota Rav4-v6 with automatic transmission. While coasting or maintain a low speed of approximately 5mph, I press the accelerator and the vehicle hesitates about 3-5 seconds. During the hesitation, the engine revs high and the car does not accelerate. At the end of the hesitation, the transmission goes into gear with a thud and a jerk to the car. I was involved in three near-miss accidents while trying to merge into traffic since the vehicle would not move for the 3-5 seconds of hesitation. I searched the problem on the internet and found similar problems with other Rav4 owners. The failure date was Fri., Sep. 24, 2010.
#12 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The car was a 2010 Toyota Rav4. There was crash involved with this Toyota Rav4. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTMBF4DV6A_. Vehicle was at the stop sign for the high speed train. The vehicle was rearended by a truck. Brakes were applied, the brakes failed and the vehicle continued to go towards the railroad crossing with approach of the high speed train. The driver in desperation made a u-turn still trying to stop the vehicle. In desperation the gear was shifted to park and the key removed, the vehicle continued to roll jumped the curb and fortunately ran into tree which stopped the vehicle. The vehicle body damage is being repaired. This problem occurred on 10/01/10.
#13 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2010 Toyota Rav4. While driving my Toyota rav 4 build Sep/2010, compliance oct 2010 at 20km per hour, automatic, I was beginning to brake gently and move into neutral when the engine rev up at 8000 rpm. I completed the maneuver to put the car in neutral (within milliseconds of the problem happening) and after watching the clock showing 8000 rpm for 1 second I turned the car off. I did not suffer any injuries, but I have bad dreams about it. My wife was in the car at the time and she also witnesses the event. Toyota is investigating. . . This automatic transmission issue occurred 11/06/2010.
#14 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this Rav4 is JTMZF4DV7A_. The owner has a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled backwards when he removed his foot off of the brake pedal in the drive position. The contact stated that the vehicle responded as if it was in neutral. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the failure was normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileage was approximately 6,200. This automatic transmission issue occurred March 15, 2011.
#15 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2009 Toyota Rav4. Toyota 2001 Rav4, transmission problem, doesn't want to go when you stop at a traffic light. The failure date was Saturday, November 7, 2009.
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#16 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2009 Toyota Rav4. Toyota 2001 Rav4, transmission problem, doesn't want to go when you stop at a traffic light, due to a bad ecm. This issue happened on 11/07/09.
#17 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this vehicle is JTMBK32V19_. The transmission in my 2009 Toyota Rav4 seems to slip. When I press on the accelerator from a complete stop, the vehicle violently jerks 2 or 3 times before it takes off. It doesn't happen every time, but it happens at least 3 times a day. It was November 1, 2009 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#18 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of the car is JTMZF33V39_. The vehicle involved is a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that she shifted into drive from park and when she removed her foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle began to accelerate in reverse. The contact stopped the vehicle and was able to duplicate the failure. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 23,789. This issue happened on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
#19 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2008 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTMZK31V28_. 1st oil change mentioned whine in trans. Dealer said nothing wrong progressively got worse and 15,000 oil change said something again still; nothing wrongthis whine noise is between 38/47 mph. Made an appointment and car was test driven 10 miles by district manager and dealership service manager to verify condition condition heard is normal planetary gear noise considered normal and no repairs necessary. 2008 Toyota rav 4 the whine is very annoying I'm disappointed with the outcome. It was Jul. 3, 2008 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
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#20 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Toyota Rav4. I own a 2008 Toyota rav 4, with a VIN that begins with a 'j', but I have experienced a problem with acceleration when I depress the brake pedal. It has happened about 3 times in the last 4 months. The motor races and I have to press very firmly on the brake to keep the car from moving forward. I took the car to the Toyota dealership where I purchased it, and they did a thorough check and could neither duplicate the acceleration problem nor find anything wrong with it the systems that they checked. That was about two weeks ago. I have not experienced that problem since, but it happened infrequently before. I am concerned that is may happen again. The failure date was Jan. 10, 2010.
#21 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The car was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTMZK32V27_. The loud sound appeared clearly like a flute sound when I pressed the gas pedal, especially when going 30 to 45 mph. When I released gas pedal the sound goes away, but when I press the gas pedal again, the loud flute sound appears again. This problem occurred on 11/01/06.
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#22 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
Consumer has a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at a speed of 45 mph and trying to accelerate to pass a vehicle the transmission shifts to a passing gear but the vehicle will swerve to the right within 100 feet. A representative of Toyota and a regional manager drove the vehicle and experienced the exact problem. After two suspension alignments, the problem had not been corrected. The manufacturer still says that this is normal. The failure mileage was 530. The current mileage was 3000. This automatic transmission issue occurred Feb. 13, 2007.
#23 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
I am also experiencing a consistent problem with my 2007 Toyota Rav4 with a lag in acceleration. I notice it the most when slowing down to about 10 mph to make a turn. As I come out of the turn and press the accelerator, the car does nothing for a couple of seconds. Then the engine revs up and finally lurches forward. I started noticing this problem just a couple of days after purchasing my vehicle. It is very annoying and totally screws with the gas mileage. It's also one of the reasons why I hate automatic engines and wished that Toyota offered these vehicles with manual transmissions. The "automatic" transmission isn't all that automatic and seems to take some time to catch up with how you're driving and what you need the car to do. This automatic transmission problem happened on Dec. 1, 2006.
#24 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The car was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. When I turn my car off, but leave the key in the ignition to keep the radio on for my passenger while I am out of the car, sometimes I forget to take the car out of drive and put it into park. I do not use the emergency brake. Several times when I have done this, the car has rolled backwards. Usually, I notice it before I step out of the car, and I put on the brakes and put the car in park. Last week, however, I got out of the car. Luckily, the passenger was able to put the car in park before the car rolled into something. If I had left a child in the car, there might have been terrible consequences. It was 02/28/09 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#25 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. 2007 Rav4 w/4cyl engine and automatic transmission. While accelerating into traffic, throttle became stuck. The pedal did not respond to my foot. It was stuck in "down" position. I managed to shift the transmission into neutral and with engine revving widely shut the motor off. I am very lucky there was light traffic at the time. Note that I immediately checked for floor mat interference with pedal and the mat was not near the pedal. This throttle stuck as if mechanical linkage or throttle-related device had held it in place. This automatic transmission issue occurred 11/07/2009.
#26 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. At low rpm the accelerator and/or the transmission has a noticeable lag. This occurs approx 50 % of the time. Several times it has put me into a dangerous situation when trying to blend into traffic. Most recently I was taking my son to college and was almost hit by a truck on the penn turnpike. I have brought it in twice to the dealer only to be told that a road test showed "normal operation of the accelerator". I recently did a web search and found that Toyota has stopped selling rav 4 with v6 engines in australia for just this problem. In June , while also driving my son to college I had the air conditioner on for about 4 hours of a 11 hour drive. The driver side floor, and to a lesser extent the passenger side floor, flooded. Upon my arrival I dried it out the best I could using hotel towels. A musty smell lasted about a day or two then subsided. Driving back home several days later it rained for most of the trip and again the car flooded . I brought it to the dealer since it was under warranty. They told me that weep vents under the vehicle for the air conditioner and moon roof were clogged thereby directing the water into the vehicle. The cleaned it up as best they could but that the musty smell was stronger now. To get rid of that would require pulling the seats and rugs to properly clean the vehicle and that would cost approx $250. I opted not to do that and drove for the next week with the air conditioner on to dehumidify the car. I checked to owners manual and found no mention of cleaning these weep holes/vents, and it is not part of the dealers maintenance policy to clean them. The owners manual did mention that if the floor was to get wet then there was a safety issue with the side airbag and curtain shield airbag activating correctly (page 379 of owners manual). Water may also get into audio components or other electrical components above or under the floor carpet and cause malfunction and it may cause body corrosion. It was Wednesday, June 17, 2009 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#27 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of the car is JTMBK31V57_. I have an automatic, 6-cylinder 2007 Toyota Rav4 limited awd, that suffers from throttle/transmission lag of 1-2 seconds. I experience it most commonly when merging into traffic or changing lanes, when I depress the accelerator to speed up, there is an uncomfortably long delay before the transmission changes gears. The result is I am left hanging out in a lane with no power or speed. When the transmission or throttle finally kicks in, the car lurches violently, almost causing me to lose control. I and many owners have complained but have been told that this is normal operation. By the way, I also own a 2008 Honda accord automatic and have never experienced anything like this in the Honda. I would like this to be looked at and fixed. This problem occurred on February 1, 2010.
#28 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTMBD33VX7_. Toyota 2007 Rav4 with 20,000 miles, since I purchased has had some issues with the acceleration lurching forwrd both while barely touching the gas pedal or turning corners, and going up a small hill or a large hill. Ive still got the warranty till may2010, they checked it out and couldnt find anything wrong. Hello Toyota ! now im reading about all these transmission problems that Rav4 isnt disclosing to the public! the service knows about the problem so why wont they fix I ? im on a disability and need safe reliable transportation. Where do I stand ? what do I do next? it may be the transmission or cps? im sitting here with the proof that it was looked at . As I drove it home from school yesterday and turning a corner going on an incline it lurched forward , that isnt good for me or the car and they wont fix it it only happens once and awhile wwhat do I do ?. It was Monday, March 22, 2010 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#29 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4
The car was a 2007 Toyota Rav4. My 2007 6 cyl Rav4 has under 30k miles on it. Was fine and after sitting un-driven in my garage for 3 weeks, now the check engine light, vsc, and 4 wheel drive lights stay on. The transmission no longer shifts into overdrive (stays in 4th gear) at highway speeds. Random delayed acceleration when making slow speed turns (usually at intersections or passing in slow moving rush-hour traffic) resulting in sudden acceleration. No accident - yet. Have appointment to have the dealer look at it. This automatic transmission issue occurred 04/23/2010.
#30 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4
VIN of the vehicle was JTMZD33V66_. I have a new 2006 Toyota Rav4 with automatic transmission and, in the first 2000 miles, it has failed to shift correctly on 3 separate occasions. This has created dangerous situations when merging in traffic. Specifically, when I step on the gas pedal, the rpms shoot above 4-5k but there is no accompanied increase in speed. Given the repeated postings on edmunds. Com about these problems, it does not appear to be an isolated case with my vehicle. This issue happened on Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2006.
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#31 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The VIN of this vehicle is JTMBD32V86_. Hesitation problem - '06 Rav4 i4 sport model when trying to overtake, when pressing the pedal harder, engine didn't respond right away. It was Thursday, June 29, 2006 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#32 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTMBD31V96_. Serious hesitation problem in my 2006 Toyota Rav4. I've reported to Toyota, but they indicate it's normal. Problem has happened seriously 3-4 times. When slowing to a near stop or from a stop, accelerating, I get nothing when I push on accelerator. This is beyond hesitation. The first 2 times I panicked since I was merging in traffic, floored the pedal and after perhaps 1/2 to 1 second (might not sound long, but imagine no response to pushing you pedal with oncoming traffic doing 60-70). . . . It kicked in/downshifted or whatever. Really scary. Again, I noted this to Toyota. I noted a post on edmunds site today with a 2005 article on past hesitation problems with Toyota/Lexus. And other complaints as well on this serious safety issue. I've posted a date of June 30 for incident, but actually 3-4 separate times in past 4 months. This automatic transmission issue occurred Fri., Jun. 30, 2006.
#33 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was JTMBD33V16_. My Rav4 "lags" or "hesitates" when I try to accelerate in order to get up to speed-especially when I am trying to merge into oncoming traffic. I have been told by technicians that others are experiencing the same problem and that there is no "fix" for this problem. This automatic transmission problem happened on Jan. 27, 2006.
Other Power Train related problems of Toyota RAV4:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||352|
|Power Train problems||118|
|Transmission Failure problems||66|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||56|
|Transmission Solenoid problems||27|
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||21|
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||20|
|Manual Transmission problems||16|
|Transmission Noise problems||12|
|Vehicle Shudder problems||12|
|Noises During Shifting problems||10|
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||8|
|Transmission Not Engage problems||5|
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||5|
|Transmission Stuck In Gear problems||3|