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#55 of 104 Re: RAV4 2001 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure. [gonz3]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 02, 2011 (12:43 pm)
Funny that their web page says "We are located in USA" and doesn't mention PR. They probably figure that most of us on the mainland think that Puerto Rico is a foreign country next door to Cuba.
#56 of 104 Toyota will pay for transmission repair
Jan 11, 2011 (10:01 am)
If you have a 2001-2003 RAV4 that has had a transmission problem due to a defective ECM, Toyota will pay for the entire repair. Please see this article for details. You can call the Toyota Customer Experience Center in Torrance, CA. to go over exactly what documentation is needed to get a refund. I will be getting $4300 back for my transmission and ECM repair. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/toyota-extends-warranty-on-troubled-2- 001-3-rav4/
#57 of 104 Re: Toyota will pay for transmission repair [bbeek]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 11, 2011 (8:47 pm)
Thanks for the link. Interesting that CARB in California put the pressure on and Toyota responded by extending the warranty to owners nationwide. Good to see.
#58 of 104 Got ECM replaced today.
Jan 26, 2011 (8:19 pm)
My wife complained about her 2001 Rav4 3 weeks ago. She is senseless to cars so when she used word - STALLING, I knew something really bad was happening, so I took a test drive immediately. The car had 89K of miles and didn’t have any problems in its almost 10 years of life. During a 7 miles trip, I hit this problem 4 times. In one occasion, I was almost hit by another car because when I step on the gas, engine rev up but the car doesn’t move. Worse, the tranny behaved like its going to fall apart. I said to myself, oh-oh, this is going to cost me. Stepped into the house and worried, suddenly, I remembered a ECM extend warranty letter I received last year. Bing-go! I pulled out the letter, read 3 times. What a horrible explanation of the symptom! Searched online including this site, I was able to link ECM issue to our problem. Today, I took the car to a nearby Toyota dealer. Up front, they asked me to sign a paper work for $59 checkup fee. I asked, “Will I be charged if the problem is covered by the extend warranty.” No, service manager said. “Good, I also hope I won’t walk out of here with a broken wallet.” Two hours later, he stopped by and told me that they have replaced the ECM, reprogrammed it, test drove the car and washed the car; the problem is fixed at no cost. I couldn’t be happier. The invoice said that dealer charged Toyota $800 for the job. Two months before the extended warranty expires, our car exhibited the problem and was fixed at no cost. Thanks to the class action filed by owners who made Toyota bend.
#59 of 104 Transmission Issue
May 07, 2011 (7:48 am)
Back in August 2010 took my 2002 Rav4 into the dealer to check engine light on & "slippage" I was feeling in the transmission. I had received the notice about the ECM. Dealership said they would check and if it was the ECM there would be no charge and it would be replaced. Came back and said "The Codes showed it was a canister hose leaking not the ECM" issue but recommended transmission flush, etc. which I did. The Canister hose replacement would be $400+ for a $125.00 hose. I had them on other occaisions prior to this look at the engine light being on and it was always said to be the gas cap issue. Took it to another mechanbis who checked and could not find any hose leakage or breakdown. The this week, with 79,900 miles...the slippage started again and when the mecanic drove it sounded like the transission would fall apart!!! AM FURIOUS that, after researching this site and others, that Toyota knew how bad this issue was and did'nt investigate my complaint further back in August!!! Am now on hold whether to go ahead and take it to transmission specialist to have checked, or back to dealership. The service manager won't be in until Monday...so I will be calling him..and also Toyota's Customer Service in Ca. as listed here. Any suggested form you all will be appreciated. Have copied the info here and have my copy of the work order from August cearly stating I complained of feeling transmission slip!
#60 of 104 Help! Ideas about RAV4 transmission warranty?
Jun 29, 2011 (5:42 pm)
I'm having the problem that a lot of you are talking about, however, not getting support from Toyota on it. I know my case might be a stretch, but is anyone else having the experience that I'm having...erratic check engine light, not informed of warranty extension, etc? You can see details of my case here:
Any help or insight would be much appreciated! Thanks a lot.
#61 of 104 Re: Help! Ideas about RAV4 transmission warranty? [rickwhitney]
Jun 29, 2011 (7:46 pm)
About getting help for implementing the warranty, I guess that you will unfortunately have no success, as many of us have tried before with no luck. There was even a class action attempt and none have progressed.
Lots and lots of dealers, either do not know about this or are just ignoring it, but believe me, most will bring no help at all, even telling them the whole story. I just don't know what are they up to about this.
One thing that they said to you is true and it is that if you keep using your RAV4 like that, you will have a dead transmission soon. In my case, everything was as you described and it all suddenly disappeared for good after bringing my ecu to the guys I mentioned above in post #54.
Believe me, you will feel so good at driving it after their service, that you will forget all about the whole issue and move on.
I was very happy because in my case, the issue was so annoying that I was almost sure that it was the transmission, but it wasn't and these guys were not even expensive.
Just my 2 cents,
#62 of 104 Re: 2001 Rav4 transmission trouble [lisadp]
Jun 30, 2011 (3:21 am)
Alldata.com is a great site for checking out TSBs for your specific vehicle. Another site is Autobeef.com, it has an extensive database of owner-submitted problems and also gives you a breakdown of the top problem vehicles, etc.
#63 of 104 2002 RAV4 ECM/Transmission issue NO HELP from Toyota
Aug 04, 2011 (8:57 am)
In April 2009 my transmission blew on my 02 RAV4.. when it was towed to AAMCO there were 5 other Rav's with the same issue.. Trans was relaced... flatbedded to Toyota and an new ECM put in.. 18 months later? They repaid me... HOWEVER.... the new (or supposedly new) ECm started gived errors and AAMCO inspected the car 2 times and replaced a solenoid valve.. In May 2011 I took the car to Toyota and the dealer told me the ECM was defective... I had to pay $1000 & Toyota said "sorry" you were covered the first time and now the car has more than 150,000 miles Tough Sh--... I just brought the car back AGAIN because the banging on the O/D was getting bad and now? They tiold me I knew a new transmission AGAIN... And I called Toyota and their answer was "Sorry"... Is anyone interested in beginning another class action suit? The additude by TMC is so uncaring 3 times they replaced the ECM and now it has damaged the transmission AGAIN but they claim "it's not their problem' PLEASE can ANYONE help...