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#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 $$$.
#29 of 117 Re: CLASS ACTION FILED ! ! ! [david_s]
Feb 13, 2010 (1:10 pm)
is there a place where we can sign up for the class action ?
#30 of 117 Re: CLASS ACTION FILED ! ! ! [sunnyweather]
Jun 30, 2010 (3:37 am)
I am having the exact same problem and have learned that the cost for new ECM is $1200 and that Toyota refuses to fix transmission until I get the ECM changed. If that doesn't work, I can get transmission repaired at $5500! I was a wreck after driving from Toyota repair to another repair center as vehicle jumped and hesitated all the way across town through busy traffic. I stood by Toyota with all the gas pedal issues but after finding out this is something they knew about, "good riddance!". I had made multiple trips back to dealer stating that it seemed as if power was lagging and every other fix they could bill me for, I find out they knew all along. I would like to know if I can be part of the class action suit also.
#31 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [steve_]
Jul 01, 2010 (8:18 am)
Yeah, I searched ebay and get one of those auctions for servicing my computer. My RAV4 was doing the same as what is been largely described here and was diagnosed by a mechanic as I thought it was the tranny. These guys from ebay told me to send my RAV4 computer (ecm, ecu or whatever they name it) and after a few days it came back and the problems were not exactly the same but they were as annoying as it was before. They told me that it must be the tranny and I told them that it was diagnosed already.
I was about to give it up and try to buy a new computer (about $1250), but a friend of mine recommended me to get the service from another website (www.otherdeal.com) since he bought it for his wife's RAV4 that was doing the same. I though I would give a last chance to the computer and sent it to them.
Now my RAV4 is running nice. I am glad I was recommended another service since I was about to spend my savings for a new computer. By the way, I did not get a refund from the ebay guys for the first attempt, so I guess that people should be aware of some sellers offering this service for cheap.
#32 of 117 2002 rav4 ecm problem
Jul 04, 2010 (7:21 am)
I had The same problem !!!! I have a 2002 Rav at 75,000 I took the car to the dealer good that it still covered by warranty they replace a lot of stuff and it looks like they dont knw what their doing at first they replace my i forgot what its called i rthink its the sollenoid and then they replace the whole transmission but its still the same so figure out its the computer thats is doing it so they replace the computer. now my rav is running good but now i have another problem the valve seal i took it back to them it will cost me 2300 to replace it .
#33 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [gonz3]
Jul 04, 2010 (7:41 am)
I was looking for the website I mentioned. I finally found it here:
I really recommend it. You should give the car computer a try first, before the shop attempt to replace or repair the transmission because most of the times the problem is the computer, unless the car is been used with the problem for long time, which will also damage the automatic transmission in the long run, specially when it is launching in second or third gear instead of first gear.
#34 of 117 Re: RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [gonz3]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 04, 2010 (9:05 am)
Thanks for the updates.