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#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.
#37 of 117 Letter from Toyota
Aug 05, 2010 (1:20 pm)
Just got a letter from Toyota extending the warranty to 10 yrs/150K miles. They also say if you send them proof you already replaced the ECM and tranny that you should apply for "reimbursement consideration".
We almost sent that in but then we saw the Class Action so I wrote to the lawyers to get their opinion first.
At least Toyota's doing something...
#38 of 117 Re: Letter from Toyota [buzz2020]
Aug 06, 2010 (5:45 pm)
Thankfully I got the same letter last week, because my 2002 Rav with 82K miles started shifting hard/bucking felt like the tranny was going to break apart!
I took the Rav into the shop today, I didn't mention the letter upfront waiting to see what they say. The shop told me the ECM and/or transmission will need replaced and I should replace the ECM first for $900 since my warranty expired. I then mentioned the letter, they said they will get back to me. They called back stated their service bulletin only covers the issue to 80k miles, and that its not covered however they will "comp" it, so no charge.
Either the dealers didn't get the latest memo, or the policy is to only fix for free if customer complains.
For anyone who doesn;t have the letter, for reimbursement requests must include copies of repair, proof of payment, proof of ownership. The address for reimbursement is below.
But Buzz you are correct to consult a lawyer. I have sent an email as well to attorneys building a class action on the prius and steering issues.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc
Toyota Customer Experience, WC10
19001 South Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90509
Aug 06, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I got my letter also, but for toyota it is like too late because I filed a law suite last year and the attornies requested the same thing but more miles and peoples money back for this, their transmission ect.. So my law suit is still pending the class action any.
#40 of 117 Thinking about the Rav4
Aug 15, 2010 (4:13 pm)
Im currently thinking about trading in my civic coupe (no room at all in the car) for a 2002 Rav4 Automatic with 44k miles on it. Ive been reading about the problems but should the car be avoided all together or is it something that can be avoided before it happens?
#41 of 117 Transmission Problems
Sep 08, 2010 (1:26 pm)
I Had an appt. with a toyota rep on Sept 2 for a very annoying noise I have had since I drove the car off the lot. Well after all I was right. It is the transmission and they are going to replace it. I thought one of the reasons people bought new cars is so they dont have to go back and forth for repairs. Well let me tell you I have been back to the dealer so many times in the 5 weeks that I've had my 2010 rav 4 they probably wish they never sold me the truck. I have owned a camry and avalon for the past 15 years and had no problems which had led me toward the rav 4 but boy am i disappointed. I will keep you guys posted they tell me it will take 3 weeks for the transmission to come in. Good Luck to everyone else driving a rav 4 I hope you dont encounter the problems I have had.
#42 of 117 ECM FREE FIX.
Sep 18, 2010 (11:48 am)
I had the same transmission problems as everyone else. Transmission fluid was full and still red(not burnt). I took my 2002 Rav4 77k miles to transmission shop who found not mechanical problems(while I was there another Rav4 came in with the same issues) Shop called Toyota dealership who said they would "Flash the memory in the computer" .Toyota fixed it for FREE!!!
Recall 60I Reprogram ECU
ecu reprogram 6621j2-99-99 .6
Car is running great!!