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#797 of 823 2011 Rav4 Vibration Problem
Jan 10, 2012 (6:05 pm)
Ive recently purchased a 2011 Rav4 2wd i-4. Numerous times now ive had to take the newly purchased car into Toyota to be serviced. The first time i ever brought the car in they balanced the tires & road force balanced them. Claiming the problem had been fixed i brought my car home, & on the way home i noticed the problem yet again. When going between the speeds of 55-60 their is a weird vibration that can be felt. The problem also occurs more frequent when it is cold. The second time the car was serviced Toyota replaced the transmission, admitting the transmission must have been faulty coming out of the factory. Yet again on my way home which is about a 45 min drive that is mostly on the highway, i felt the vibration. For a third time i brought in my car, despite what Toyota was telling me. That "They no longer felt the vibration, & fixed it" They lastly replaced the front Left tire, now claiming it was a bad tire all along.
After the new tire being on, the vibration did seem to ease up a bit... But shortly after it was back to the same vibrations. The driver is not the only person that feels it, sitting in the passenger side & in the rear seats it can be felt. (Not Heard) When feeling it at first, its almost as if you have a low/flat tire.
As of now Toyota claims their is no vibration, atleast not one that they feel.
They claimed to have test drove the car when it was cold, since the vibration can be
felt more easier this way. But yet a 3rd party has to be called in now, & test ride in the vehicle.
If anyone should know or have any suggestions on what the problem may be,
please contact me ASAP. Ive clearly been dealing with this issue awhile &
would like to hear how others may view this issue.
#798 of 823 '08 Rav4 Sport, maintenance help
Jan 28, 2012 (9:09 am)
I'm coming up on 30k miles an wanted to get an idea of what maintenance needs to be performed. I don't prefer dealer packages because you pay them to just "check" things. Can anyone give me a guide to follow and what fluids should be changed at certain intervals for 30,60,90k?
#799 of 823 Rav 4 ECM issues
Feb 02, 2012 (6:58 pm)
I have a 2001 Rav 4 which I purchased used..it had approx 160k mile. I had no problems at all until one evening when I stopped at a store...when I returned to my car it would not go in reverse. It would slip into drive but had no power to move, and in low gear then engine would sputter and die.
After talking to a transmisson shop I found out that there was a recall on the ECM. I spoke to the Toyota dealership and they "reprogramed" the one in my car for $65.00. The car was then taken to a trans shop and I paid $1600. to have the trans rebuilt.
Since that day I have had nothing but problems. Its like this car has a mind of its own.
One minute it may be sluggish in first gear and jerk into second. The next minute 1st is fine but it will jerk into 3rd....sometimes it doesnt go into overdrive at all. The engine is cutting out really bad which it didnt do before. Yesterday I had the cruise control on, and all of a sudden the car accelerated by itself.
Today the car wont hardly move. Each day is different, from moment to moment.
The month of Jan my car was in the trans shop 24days total. He has replaced all of the sensors twice, and thinks the ECM may have been bad.
I spoke with Toyota Customer Experience today and was told that even if the ECM was bad, that I have to pay to have it replaced.
He also told me to find a new mechanic!
After talking to the last owner, there have been 3, I found out that the orig owner had a new trans put in at 65k mi, the 2nd owner had a new trans put in at 125k mi..and I had mine rebuilt at 238k mi.
I cannot afford to purchase an ECM, and it aggrivates me that they have this warranty coverage dependant upon milage...if its bad its bad!
What should I do?????
#800 of 823 Re: Rav 4 ECM issues [mbarnette]
Feb 02, 2012 (9:56 pm)
Sorry about this. I would consider it a loss and buy a different car. Don't waste any more money on it.
#801 of 823 2006 RAV 4 tune up
Feb 13, 2012 (4:52 pm)
what is the milage that needs a tune up?
#802 of 823 Re: 2006 RAV 4 tune up [superman55]
Feb 15, 2012 (10:50 pm)
If you use Edmunds search for "car maintenance" you can input the year, make and model to see the manufacturer recommended maintenance at each 5000 miles. I do not think the term "tune up" is used. My '06 v-6, if I remember correctly does not need new spark plugs until 120,000 mi. Roy
#805 of 823 Re: 2010 Rav4 Limited Rear Differntial [nmod]
Feb 29, 2012 (1:19 pm)
It seems that a lot of dealerships are saying they've never seen this problem. I am 5500k over warranty. Just starting this battle with Toyota. Have you had any luck with Toyota backing up their product?