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Automatic Transmission Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1



Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 353 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 04/19/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated the vehicle suddendly accelerated independently and immediately the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician made the contact aware of an unknown manufacturer recall related to the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 84,329.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 08/08/2011

The contact 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 07/29/2011

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 07/03/2011

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.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2011

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.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2011

My Toyota 2002 rav 4 suddenly would not accelerate when more gas is given thereby being more dangerous on highway for possibly being hit by traffic behind. Such a sudden change in shifting possibly transmission mal-functioning happens also while driving at a higher speed.


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Failure Date: 05/29/2011

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. While the contact was driving 35 mph, the engine warning light illuminated, and the transmission began to exhibit severe hesitation in a jerking motion. The vehicle was to an authorized dealer for diagnosis who stated the transmission and ecm module would need to be replaced. In addition, the faulty trans axle required replacement. The contact discovered there was a prior voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer pertaining to the ecm module; however the contact did not receive notification of the recall. The manufacturer was notified whom informed the recall expired in January 2011 and was unable to provide further assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000. Js.

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Failure Date: 05/20/2011

My 18 year old has a 2001 rave 4 the mechanic says that the ecu has trashed the transmission so now she needs both to be replaced. I have found many complaints on line about this problem and most likely not many people know to contact this agency or this would have been addressed by now. Please refer to the Toyota service bulletin March 3, 2006. Toyota is aware of the issue! this problem has the potential to cause an accident due to lose of power or stalling of the vehicle. My daughter has been very fortunate not to be in an accident due to this ecu /transmission problem.

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Failure Date: 04/25/2011

2003 Toyota Rav4. Started having vague problems last year with the car not wanting to shift at the appropriate times. On Dec 22, 2010 we took it to greentree Toyota in danbury CT and they replaced an ecu unit. It seemed to be working better but not optimal. It started shifting bad again and at times not wanting to shift at all so we returned the car to milton ruben Toyota in augusta GA on 4/25/11. These symptoms are sporatic and some days it runs better than others. Upon driving the car they are telling me that because the check engine light is not on and the codes are fine, as well as the fact that they can not get it to reproduce any of the symptoms I am complaining of I. E. Difficulty merging into traffic b/c it will hardley go at times, upon taking off on an incline, at times, it will not go over 30 mph with the gas pedal to the floor, at times it will go over 4. 5 rpm before it decides to shift, I will not let my daughter drive this car because I am afraid she will pull out and not be able to go in time. The symptoms are very obvious but I am being told that that they don't see any symptoms at all and the car is running beatifully and that they can not put forth a claim to Toyota for this issue without a set criteria. This is so frustrating and now I will have to pay them money to tell me that the car is fine when it is not. I so wish I had not bought this Toyota and will never buy a Toyota again.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 04/25/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated the driver attempted to accelerate from a stop but the vehicle would not accelerate. The failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 122,000.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 04/10/2011

I have 2003 Rav4 with 70000 miles, all of sudden the gear started jump and jerk, I asked a dealer how to fix it, the dealer told me to pay $4000, this is very bad I hope there shuold be a recall because everybody with rav 4 has the same problem. . This is so bad. .

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Failure Date: 04/10/2011

My 2002 Toyota Rav4 began shift erratically 2 days ago. Not shifting to 2nd gear the finally jumping into gear. 102,000 miles. Sounds like a common problem that Toyota should own up to and make right. Dealer is asking for $4000 to replace transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 02/18/2011

My Toyota Rav4, 2002, began shifting hard, clunking into gear, and accellerating prior to shifting on its own. I took the car to a Toyota dealer who has told me that this issue is not covered for all VIN numbers of Rav4's sold. We shall see if he is correct as I told him that the article from the NY times sure looks like it covers all Rav4's between 2001 and 2003.

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Failure Date: 02/10/2011

2001 Toyota Rav4 transmission is shifting hard and into inappropriate gears. While accelerating, the transmission is not shifting into a higher gear as it normally did. Now it hesitates between gears (neutral) and then randomly shifts into a lower or higher gear often jumping from gear to gear until settling into the proper gear. This behavior just began with 112k miles.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2011

Faulty shifting in 2001 Toyota Rav4 related to the ecm causes the vehicle to slow down and almost come to a stop when trying to accelerate or pull out into traffic. Ecm was replaced but the faulty shifting still occurs. According to the dealership this means that the vehicle now needs a new transmission. While the vehicle is 10 years old, it has less than 130,000 miles on it. This should not be occurring. Toyota customer service refuses to acknowledge that this issue is due to the ecm and its poor design despite extending the warranty for exactly this issue. There are multiple reports on the internet from Rav4 owners who have experienced the same problem.

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Failure Date: 02/01/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was unable to shift between gears properly. The vehicle was no longer under warranty and was not repaired. The manufacturer did not offer the contact any assistance. The current mileage was 193,000 and the failure mileage was 183,000.

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Failure Date: 01/30/2011

The transmission of my 2002 Toyota Rav4 was damaged due to a failure of the eletronic control module. The issue was first discovered not by a check engine indicator light, but by nearing being smashed by on coming traffic when the car failed to shift as I was crossing an intersection. This is a serious safety issue. The failure in the transmission is sudden and I was extremely fortunate that it did not result in an accident. Through research, I've come to learn that Toyota has been aware of the issue since March 2006. I have not been informed of situation by Toyota to date. I really feel a recall is in order. This is a very dangerous defect.

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Failure Date: 01/12/2011

2002 Toyota Rav4. Started a month ago harsh shifting from lowest gear to the next, hesitation then abrupt shifting or no shifting at all by transmission, either with or without overdrive applied. Replaced oxygen sensors and ecm, okay for a week but back again. Repeats the same problem from complete stop then slow accelaration, gear shifting is not timely and suddened unexpectedly creating a jerky motion.

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Failure Date: 01/10/2011

In October, 2010 my 2003 Rav4 started acting sluggish and shifting poorly. It would almost stall out in traffic and several times I was almost rear ended because the car would balk shifting from second to third gear. I took it to arlington Toyota in palatine, iiinois. They could find nothing wrong. In January, 2011 the problem got worse. The dealer reflashed the ecm module which controls the transmission. The problem got worse. They told me that I would need a new ecm . Cost $1400. Mileage out of warranty so it would not be covered. They contacted Toyota regional who also said they would not cover it. I contacted Toyota customer relations but they also said even though I had received a recall notice, they would not cover the cost.

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Failure Date: 01/08/2011

During a snow storm, my vehicle's transmission started revving up to 5000 rpms without shifting into 3rd gear. I thought my tires were slipping because of the weather, but over the next 2 days as my car would heat up, it would continue. I had a repair shop look at it and they advised me to repair or replace the transmission. Toyota suggested I bring it to a dealer. The dealer said that I need to have my transmission flushed and to replace the ecm/ecu - which costs $900 and there's no guarantee it'll fix my problem. I'm not receiving any assistance from Toyota hq or the dealership as far as receiving a guarantee that this will fix my issue, and they won't provide information on what to do if the issue stiill persists.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 01/03/2011

2001 Toyota rav 4. Consumer states problems with computer and transmission the consumer stated a few months after the vehicle was purchased, the check engine light illuminated. The consumer took the dealer to two dealers who gave him different stories as to what the problem was. He finally took the vehicle to his personal mechanic for the check engine light. And it was determined the oxygen sensor need to be replaced. Also, the transmission would slow down in first gear and then activate hard in second gear. The consumer was informed a letter was mailed regarding problems with the transmission. However, the consumer stated he never received a letter and the vehicle was serviced several times at the dealer and no one mentioned it.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

Toyota Rav4 2001 sudden acceleration, and throttle surge. . . No way to stop car with brake pedal.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 11/24/2010

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 25
Failure Date: 11/06/2010

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. . .