Transmission Gear Slipping Problems of Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 57 problems linked to transmission gear slipping (under the power train category).
#1 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The dreaded 2001-2003 Toyota well known ecm safety defect began causing the transmission to shift harshly, and start in high gear instead of first gear, especially dangerous when pulling out in traffic. Sometimes it would cause the transmission to slip, causing high rpms. If not fixed the ecm failure will eventually destroy the transmission. Toyota increased the warranty as a result of a class action suit to 10 yrs or 150,000 miles instead of having a recall. I was over the years and under the mileage, so Toyota did not cover the costs for repair of this known defect. . This problem occurred on Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013.
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#2 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTEGH20V02_. The 2002 Toyota rav 4 transmission is now slipping & missing gears had some service on the transmission in 2011 October,but to do a full rebuild starts at $1700. Then goes $$$up. It was Oct. 15, 2011 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#3 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4
The car is a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was JTEGH20V01_. The transmission suddenly began slipping and jerking when accelerating from a stop or while in low gear and shifting from a low speed. I became aware of the ecm problem known to occur in my make and model of Toyota upon calling the dealership; however, I am being told that the warranty only covers ten years from the date of purchase (I purchased my car 11 years ago) despite the fact it is known that the ecm, the computer that controls the transmission, is defective and causes transmission problems. This is a dangerous problem as the car will not accelerate and the transmission slips. It is difficult to understand how Toyota cannot ethically cover this knowing it is defective and is probable to cause owners problems in the future, regardless if it's 8, 10, or 12 years down the line. This issue happened on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
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#4 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2002 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTEGH20V92_. I was going north on molly lane and going to turn right on us hwy 92 going east. I pulled into oncoming traffic when my car stalled and it acted like the transmission slipped. I was almost rear ended. I drove and picked up a pizza on townlake parkway and the same thing happened when I pulled out of papa johns. I knew there was a bad problem at that point. I was going to drive it home and have it towed to Toyota. Upon turning onto the entrance ramp it stalled again and had no power. The cars behind me were blowing their horns. At the top of the ramp it revved and then surged. I drove it home and had it towed. Toyota says that the ecm is bad and needs to be replaced and then they can check the transmission. I looked on the internet and found there have been numerous problems with the 2001 - 2003 Rav4's. This is a definite safety risk and Toyota should be made to do a recall to fix the ecm boards. It was Jun. 13, 2011 when this transmission gear slipping issue occurred.
#5 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle was a 2009 Toyota Rav4. It transmission gears seems slipping when going from 1st gear to 2nd. Sometimes it was like horse riding jumping. It happened twice when I was doing a left turn and almost got into accident with the coming vehicle. I was told the problem is the ecu and transmission problems. This transmission gear slipping problem happened on Saturday, October 10, 2009.
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#6 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this Rav4 is JTEGD20V65_. The transmission on my 2005 Toyota Rav4 has begun to slip. I have maintained the vehicle in accordance to the prescribed maintenance schedule and have had most of the services performed at a Toyota dealership. The transmission slips approximately once a week, always at speeds below 40. Today I was entering a freeway and I heard the transmission slip. The car immediately lost propulsion, slowing to a dangerous speed for an acceleration ramp, and I was afraid that I was going to be rear-ended. I have done internet research and see that this is a very common problem with these vehicles. I have contacted Toyota's corporate office and been told that there is no recall. I have contacted the dealership that I've had most of my services done; they recommended that I have the computer on the transmission reset, at a cost of approximately $125. I'm afraid that the transmission is going to fail completely, or that a slip/disengagement is going to cause me to be in an accident. It was Sep. 4, 2009 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
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#7 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Toyota Rav4. VIN of the vehicle was JTEHD20V45_. I have a 2005 Rav4, the transmission has been slipping, it is an automatic and sometimes it won't change gears when it should, so it won't accelerate and when it finally does switch to the next gear the who car jerks and takes off very quickly. This began happening for no reason I have not had any sort of accident with the vehicle and take very good care of it. I have been told by campbell motors in hermiston or, that the only option is to completely replace the transmission for a cost of $3900. I have read that is a common problem on the Rav4 and feel that Toyota should issue a recall on the transmission it is very dangerous in traffic to have a car that jerks around and accelerates/won't accelerate in an unpredictable manner. The failure date was Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.
#8 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTEGH20V83_. I have a 2003 Toyota Rav4, at 86600 miles it appeared my transmission was slipping, when I would pull out in front of anyone it was stall and slip while going into 1st and 2nd gear. (automatic transmission), the dealership (Toyota) said it was internal in the transmission so I took it to a transmission place, they said they could not find anything wrong with it. After review the complaints on the internet it seems that this is happening with Toyota's 2001 thru 2003 and it is the ecm that goes bad and if you drive your car it will tare up the transmission. I went back to Toyota and showed them the bulletin put out by Toyota and after some back and forth with them they installed me a new ecm, this was just 2 days ago, they are not sure if this will fix the problem or not, but I believe Toyota should recall these vehicles before someone get killed, this is a real expense to the car owners. It was May. 17, 2008 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
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#9 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Toyota Rav4. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTEHH20V83_. The reporting person owns a 2003 Toyota rav 4. The contact noticed that the vehicle skipped gears when she attempted to shift from 1 to 2 or 3 to 4. The gear slippage increased the risk of a vehicle crash. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and a technician concluded that there were no problems with the transmission. No repairs have been made. The current and failure mileages were 98800. This transmission gear slipping problem happened on August 25, 2009.
#10 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTEGH20VX3_. My 2003 Toyota Rav4 sometimes stalls in traffic, due to what seems like the transmission slipping. The engine races for a while, then the transmission will catch and the car will surge forward. There is no pattern to when this happens. This problem occurred on Sep. 25, 2009.
#11 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Toyota Rav4. I bought a brandnew 2003 Rav4 6 years ago and already have 95,000 miles on it. The transmission starts to slipped and drag a couple of days ago. It almost caused an accident on my way home because the transmission slowly shifts gear on 2nd and 3rd with a high idling. I have read some forums about the Rav4 2001-2003 ecm issues. I would like to complaint that Toyota would not do a recall to the faulty part that can cause death and serious accident while driving a Rav4 (2001-2003) model with a defective ecm. There are over 488 complaints that I've read in one forum alone. I hope you will find a way to have Toyota accountable for this ecm failure to my 2003 Rav4 and hope to have them replace all the Rav4 (2001-2003) ecm module free of charge. This problem occurred on November 28, 2009.
#12 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved was a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The VIN of the problem Rav4 is JTEHH20V03_. I have a 2003 Toyota rav-4. The transmission started to slip, so I took it to the dealer and was told I would need a re-manufactured transmission. I went online to look up costs and saw a ton of complaints about the same problem. I am either going to have the transmission fixed or buy a new car because my car is worth the same as the fix. Apparently from what I am reading it is a common problem with the engine control module and Toyota has known about it for some time and has not issued a recall to fix it. This transmission gear slipping problem happened on Saturday, January 2, 2010.
#13 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this Rav4 is JTEHH20V13_. 2003 Toyota Rav4. With no warning or check engine light, car began bucking between 1st and 2nd gears - but then smoothed out in the higher gears and also as the car warmed up. No other cars around so no danger to myself or others. Thought the transmission needed fluid, so I tried that. Seemed to improve somewhat for two days - then the slipping became very bad and the check engine light came on. That same afternoon I brought car into my mechanic, whose computer diagnosed a defective solonoid. After replacement ($117), transmission was still slipping. Found a transmission shop and they diagnosed a faulty ecm. Cost for replacement: $1450. Don't know at this time whether or not transmission has been irreparably damaged. Cost to replace transmission: $3500. This issue happened on Mon., Feb. 1, 2010.
#14 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
When driving my 2003 Toyota Rav4, the transmission slipped at about 20mph. I was about to enter an interception, and a 18 wheel truck, started to make a turn in front of me. I was unable to proceed, and narrowly missed the truck hitting me head-on. Competition Toyota of middle iland, NY put a new ecm in for $1400, but the trans. Continued to slip. I spent $5,700+ on a rebuilt transmission from jasper corp. , but I was with-out a vehicle for 7 weeks. It was Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 when this transmission gear slipping issue occurred.
#15 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2003 Toyota Rav4. Rav4 transmission slips, jerks and slams into gear. Very unsettling and unsafe. No "check" light. Took it to the dealer and they gave a lame excuse about my husband driving it and confusing the computer. Symptoms never stopped so I took it to a trusted independent shop and am having to pay $4000 for repairs. Toyota should be held accountable, especially since they know about the problem and even issued a TSB on it. Unfortunately, that only covers up to 80k miles. Please lean on them to make this right!. This transmission gear slipping issue occurred May. 31, 2010.
#16 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The VIN of the car is JTEHH20V23_. No warning when transmission slipped from stopped to first. Would jerk then be fine. Drove approximately 50 miles while this was happening with hazard lights on. Took to a local transmission shop & was quoted $3,200 for a new transmission. No mention of the ecm being the cause or needing repaired. Will have to trade in. Failure 110,000. It was Jun. 19, 2010 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#17 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved was a 2003 Toyota Rav4. I was about to merge with traffic on a local highway when I stepped on the gas pedal and the car did not accelerate. It terrified me because there was a tractor trailer to my left that almost hit me. As I pressed harder on the pedal to accelerate the car, the engine made a loud revving sound, and the car started to jerk forward, in the sense that there seemed to be transmission slippage: sometimes the car accelerated harshly while at other times it was like it was on neutral. This occurred with no warning at all, as something like this had never happened before, nor was there any hint that something like this would happen. This transmission slippage occurs at low speed, right at those crucial moments when you need the car to accelerate because you are merging with traffic, or are crossing an intersection after having stopped at a light or stop sign. After searching online, I found many similar complaints. People reported that the problem was the engine control module (ecm), so I had that fixed, and now the car seems to be running fine. The worst thing is that online people discovered that Toyota issued an internal memo in 2006 notifying dealers of this problem, but it did not notify the owner, let alone recall the cars and have the problem fixed. Apparently, Toyota did not feel the problem was serious enough, though I am convinced that it was only luck that I survived that day on the highway!. This transmission gear slipping issue occurred Thursday, July 1, 2010.
#18 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this vehicle was JTEHH20V83_. The owner has a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that he experienced transmission problems; the gears would slip at times. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who stated that the problem was most likely the engine control module; no codes were produced. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 89,800. It was Mon., Sep. 6, 2010 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#19 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. I was driving on the freeway when my transmission started slipping. I was in heavy traffic and was scared that I was going to lose my automatic transmission completely and be stuck on the road or rear-ended due to it hesitating badly between gears. It happened so quickly I was thrown off by what I should do but I did manage to make it home then I parked it until I could get it to a local repair shop. It was Thursday, Jul. 10, 2008 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#20 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2002 Toyota Rav4. I brought my rav brand new in 2002. Have had no problem with it up until a few a year ago when the engine light came on intermittent. Every time I was going to take the vehicle into get checked it would go out. When I arrived at my present duty station I was deployed almost immediately. Within two months of my deployment my wife told me that car was having a hard time moving and could hear the transmission slipping. She then took the vehicle to the mechanic and they told her that the transmission was broke and needed to be repaired. Only 52000 miles on the vehicle. The mechanic also told my wife that there could be a TSB out on the vehicle pertaining to the electronic control module, part that tells the transmission to shift gears, "ecm"and there was several that pertained the problem and what needed to be replaced. Being in italy she contacted the states rep for Toyota and was told that they couldn't locate our car because we bought it from a licensed dealer "american spec vehicle" from germany. She then contact the agency that is authorized to sell "american spec cars" and was informed that the vehicle fell under the warranty and that they "american Toyota" should pay for it based on an american TSB. Called Toyota again and nothing. When I came home, we took the vehicle to local dealership and because it was an american TSB they would consider the replacement. In the mean time they assured us that the vehicle was safe to drive and being our only vehicle my wife was forced to drive it. Toyota "rome" oked the replacement of the ecm, the actual fault of the vehicle but has refused to replace the transmission the result of the faulty part. Now the transmission is completely shot and looking on line thousands of american consumers are paying thousands of dollars out to replace a product that is the result of Toyota's engineering flaws. I personally feel that they are responsible the transmission and the replacement. Further investigation is requested. This issue happened on Aug. 29, 2008.
#21 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The car was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. Automatic transmission started thumping/jerking when shifting from park to drive or reverse, despite having foot on the brake. Within a month, the transmission started slipping and would not shift from first gear. Engine races at 4,000+ rmp and does not shift to other gears. This transmission gear slipping issue occurred Saturday, August 23, 2008.
#22 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The VIN of this vehicle was JTEGH20V92_. Transmission began slipping while accelerating from stop. There were hard shifts when changing from 1st to 2nd and to 3rd gears. The next morning, there seemed to be no problem. This is unsafe since one can not depend upon the transmission / engine control module when pulling out into traffic. This issue happened on 04/23/2009.
#23 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. VIN of the vehicle was JTEGH20VX2_. I have a 2002 Rav4 and the transmission is slipping gears. The car stalls upon takeoff and it is very dangerous. I pulled out into traffic with my son in the car and the car wouldn't take off. We were almost hit in the side. It was Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#24 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of this vehicle is JTEGH20V92_. As I pulled out into traffic the transmission started slipping and my 2002 Toyota Rav4 hesitated and would shift into gear. I took it to Toyota on dixie highway, louisville, ky where I had purchased the vehicle and took it for every service. They put some type of fluid said that this may fix the problem. I went to get it and once again would not run. They then told me that it was probably the transmission and that I probably would not be back to see them. They quoted me a price of $4,000 to have the transmission fixed. The failure date was Wednesday, July 23, 2008.
#25 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The VIN of the problem Rav4 is JTEGH20V72_. Toyota Rav4 my transmission slips and jerks. I was just at a light, and it didn't work properly. I almost got hit. I am now scared to drive it. This issue happened on 10/01/02.
#26 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Toyota Rav4 is JTEHH20V32_. Yesterday, 2002 Toyota Rav4 transmission began to slip and hesitate jeopardizing passenger safety. I understand Toyota issued TSB 00206 but chose not to recall or otherwise inform customers. Further I understand replacement ecm is over $1,000 and a transmission rebuild may cost nearly $4,500. Toyota evidently is unwilling to correct or otherwise offer financial assistance to correct this dangerous defect. It was Oct. 2, 2009 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#27 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. The transmission started slipping and there was a lack of acceleration after coming to a complete stop. Once the car would finally accelerate, it would bang into gear. The transmission issue is a know problem with the 2002 Toyota Rav4's and Toyota is refusing to do anything about it if the car has over 80,000 miles on it. This transmission gear slipping issue occurred Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
#28 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. While driving between 45-50 mph the transmission exhibited gear shifting failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician concluded that the transmission had slipped gears,therefore the vehicle was repaired. After the repair the failure resurfaced. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and repaired. However none of the repairs have remedied the failures. The failure mileage was 82,000. The current mileage was 83,000. This issue happened on Aug. 13, 2009.
#29 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
Consumer has a 2002 Toyota Rav4. When driving she experiences gear slippage in the transmission. This causes the vehicle to bounce and stall. The computer chip was replaced, but the failure has not been remedied. The failure mileage 75,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. It was October 27, 2007 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.
#30 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The car involved is a 2002 Toyota Rav4. Same transmission problem as everyone else. Transmission started to slip, stopped driving immediately and told the computer needed to be replace. Furious at the fact that this is not a recall. There is no maintenance which as the owner I failed to do. This is a safety issue and I have sold my Toyota with complete dissatisfaction at Toyota's lack of response to this. If I did not stop driving immediately I'm told I would have ruined the transmission and it would have cost $4,00 instead of the $1,600. Slipping gears while driving is a safety hazard. Does someone need to get hurt before Toyota does something?. It was Thu., Mar. 6, 2008 when this transmission gear slipping issue occurred.
#31 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The vehicle is a 2002 Toyota Rav4. My vehicle began to have trouble the night before the incident. Traveling on the freeway I noticed rough shifting, a chug between 2nd and 3rd gear. I dismissed it until the next morning driving to work. That morning, loud clunk when I shifted to reverse, then in 1st gear there was slipping before it finally engaged. On the way to work the car would lurch ahead then stall in 1st 2nd and 3rd gear. Barely made it to parking at work. After work, on the day of the incident I ventured on the roads again trying to make my way to Toyota repair. I nearly stalled in the middle of at least 3 intersections and cars backed up behind me. I was leery about getting into the left hand turn lane. Finally off the road, the car crept into the repair shop. The dealer service center replaced the trans ecu (description below): 89661-42812 computer, engine con they returned the old part to me with this part number: 89661-42810 this old part was identified as being defective and a service bulletin was sent out to service centers, but not to consumers. I believe the old part is a safety hazard and could lead to more serious incidents than mine. Why aren't these defective parts being recalled?. This transmission gear slipping issue occurred Nov. 9, 2009.
#32 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
2002 Toyota Rav4 shifting erratically and slipping while driving. Began last month with only 39k miles on car. Brought to dealer and they replaced ecm under warranty but refused to also replace transmission which had been damaged due to faulty ecm. (see TSB number:00206 NHTSA number:10019667). Dealer returned vehicle. But transmission began to slip worse and worse each day right after. It was now extremely unsafe to drive. Within 1 week the car would not accelerate over 20mph. Multiple times we almost had accidents while pulling into traffic. Car returned to dealer for $300k+ repair of transmission. This is a known problem since at least 2006 and Toyota has failed to notify any customers. Hundreds have complained of the problem but many unsafe cars remain on the road today as a result. It was 10/15/09 when this transmission gear slipping issue happened.. Read more...
#33 - Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2002 Toyota RAV4
The car involved was a 2002 Toyota Rav4. About a month after having my 90,000 tune up at my local Toyota dealer, I noticed my transmission was slipping; from first to second and second to third. It started intermittently and then became more frequent to the point that I needed it to be inspected. On my way to the dealer my car stalled in the middle of an intersection; cars were honking and I was thankful no one rear-ended me since I was exiting off a ramp. At the dealer they said they could not duplicate my problem (don't know how they couldn't ;everyone driving in my car noticed!) and I drove it away without any problems for almost 2 weeks; the slipping started again. This time my check engine light came on. After taking it back for a second inspection they determined that my ecm needed to be replaced at a cost of $1,200. It has been almost 2 weeks and my car is working great after they replaced the ecm. What upsets me is the fact that Toyota knew there was an issue with the ecms. Back in 2006 I was notified by my dealership that my ecm needed to be reprogrammed. I had mine reprogrammed but it didn't help. I just hope that no one is injured as a result of these defective ecms. This transmission gear slipping problem happened on Wed., Jul. 1, 2009.
Other Power Train related problems of Toyota RAV4:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||352|
|Power Train problems||126|
|Transmission Failure problems||68|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||57|
|Transmission Solenoid problems||27|
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||22|
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||21|
|Manual Transmission problems||16|
|Transmission Noise problems||12|
|Vehicle Shudder problems||12|
|Noises During Shifting problems||11|
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||9|
|Transmission Not Engage problems||5|
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||5|
|Transmission Stuck In Gear problems||4|