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Toyota RAV4, Car Warranties, SUV
#19 of 117 Re: 2001-2005 RAV4 with ECM/Transmission problems [melody11]
Sep 04, 2009 (2:56 pm)
I used to love my RAV4 until it died with only 107,000 miles on it. I took meticulous care of it only to have the transmission fail due to the defective design that Toyota has been aware of for more than three years. This has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life. Toyota on the national and local levels has been awful to deal with. These cars are very dangerous; the transmissions are failing at an alarming rate; and the fact that Toyota has chosen to do nothing about it, leaving us all with the risk of injury or death, is mindblowing.
Please complain to the NHTSA and FTC. These cars are very dangerous.
HATE the RAV4!
#20 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [toyotasuck]
Sep 17, 2009 (11:29 am)
I have a 2003 toyota rave4 no car payment. my mother who passed away help me buy it and she said if she dies i have no more payments.
She passed away and i dont want no more car payment headackes however, I will never purchase a toyota again. The news article in newyorktimes they need to own up to this. the situation hey new about and it can cause accidents i almost caused 2.
OMG. ITS happening to me too and i am mad as well. TOYOTA Stevens CREEK isn't doing anything about it. They want me to take my car to them to charge me 130plus to look at it and I have a mechanic he takes care of my car. instead of the rip off dealers.
I am so damn mad. My car has been away from me 5 weeks
I am trying to find a rebuilt ecm or a new ecm for 600 where can i go? Please call. my mechanic rebuilt the transmission for $1500. I been his customer for 10yrs
#22 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [damashata0430]
Sep 24, 2009 (3:59 pm)
You can go onto eBay and search up "Toyota Rav4 ECM Repair", it is the cheapest and the ratings for the sellers prove the repair works. What you have to do is send them your existing ECM and they will repair it for you.
I'm so sorry to hear what had happened, I hope things will get better for you after this.
#23 of 117 2001 Rav4 Transmission Problem
Oct 24, 2009 (5:20 pm)
10-25-2009. I own a 2001 Toyota Rav4 4WD with about 160,000 miles.I just today had my first experience with transmission problems. I stopped at a traffic light but when it turned green the car would hardly move forward on level ground. I managed to get it home, about one mile from the light. I have had no previous problems and absolutely no warning concerning the transmission. I need help and need to find out if Toyota has issued any bulletins? Thanks.
#24 of 117 Too late ... is the damage done?
Nov 25, 2009 (1:11 pm)
My wife's 03 RAV4 is experiencing this issue. She's at the dealership right now, and I have JUST discovered that all of this could be fixed with a refurbished ECM.
What I worry about is has she driven it too much already and the transmission is now fried.
I am so fed up with Toyota. I sang their praises for years, but after the frame rotted out on my Tacoma and I didn't qualify for the buyback but a frame replacement instead, I got rid of the truck immediately after they gave it back.
What happened to this once great company? When they put their bottom dollar ahead of the lives and safety of their customers, they can officially kiss my customer a$$ goodbye.
How do I know the transmission isn't shot without forking over the $400 to have my ECM rebuilt?
Oh this sucks, we can NOT afford a new car or payment right now.
#25 of 117 CLASS ACTION FILED ! ! !
Dec 21, 2009 (10:47 pm)
A CLASS ACTION complaint on the 2001-2003 Toyota RAV4 TRANSMISSION / ECM PROBLEM WAS FILED ON Nov. 17, 2009.
Here’s the link. MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE ICON ON THE LINKED PAGE TO READ THE CLASS ACTION in its entirety:
Courthouse News Service
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Toyota Faces 2 Class Actions in California
“Toyota knew its 2001-2003 RAV4 sports utility vehicles have “a dangerous safety defect that causes the engine control modules and/or automatic transmissions to fail prematurely,” but sold them anyway and won’t repair or replace them, a class action claims in San Francisco Federal Court. Another class action, in L.A. Federal Court, says Toyota concealed a dangerously defective throttle control system in its 2001 Lexus and 2002-03 Lexus and Camrys.”
The complaint lists four attorneys for the plaintiffs, and their contact information.
Let’s hope for the best.
(I had the same transmission/ ECM problem.)
#26 of 117 Do the transmission problems affect MANUAL Transmission?
Dec 29, 2009 (6:00 am)
Do the ECM/Transmission problems affect the MANUAL transmission RAV 4 too?
#27 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [damashata0430]
Jan 24, 2010 (9:46 pm)
The people at Check Engine, Etc., repaired my 2001 RAV4 ECM for $250, and it fixed all my transmission woes. It had the typical problems described in this forum, hesitation pulling out from a stop - then lunging suddenly forward, hesitation between 2nd and 3rd gear - then free reving until it lunged again. As described on their site, I parked the car pretty soon (about a week) after the problems started. The car has 185,00 miles and after the ECM fix, the transmission now shifts like new.
#28 of 117 01-03 Rav 4 ECM Failures, Transmission damage
Jan 25, 2010 (4:54 pm)
A lot of shop's don't know what is going on with these vehicles and will sell you a transmission, not knowing there is even an ECM issue. The damage that is done is almost always done to one particular clutch in the transmission. (Direct Clutch) This clutch CAN be repaired without remove trans from the vehicle. A cover on the end of trans can be removed, two tubes removed and the clutch drum pulls out..Replace a few clutch plates & steel plates and go back together. Be informed. could save you lots of $$$.