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#59 of 117 Transmission Issue
May 07, 2011 (6:48 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 117 Help! Ideas about RAV4 transmission warranty?
Jun 29, 2011 (4:42 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 117 Re: Help! Ideas about RAV4 transmission warranty? [rickwhitney]
Jun 29, 2011 (6:46 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 117 Re: 2001 Rav4 transmission trouble [lisadp]
Jun 30, 2011 (2:21 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 117 2002 RAV4 ECM/Transmission issue NO HELP from Toyota
Aug 04, 2011 (7:57 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...
#64 of 117 Keep this in mind
Aug 10, 2011 (11:00 am)
My mother's RAV4 pooped out this week with the ECM problem. We found this forum and contacted Toyota who was doing just fine in resolution until they decided they weren't going to cover the repair because the car, while a '01 model year, was purchased in Nov. 2000. Had it sat on the lot for eight more weeks, no problem, but since the person she bought it from bought it early (as a fleet vehicle), she's S.O.L.
Keep this little tidbit in mind. We're currently in talks with a lawyer. I'd love to see that company try to defend that ridiculousness in court.
#65 of 117 Re: Keep this in mind [beaker30]
Aug 31, 2011 (4:18 pm)
I am currently going through the same issue. I would love to know how things are progressing with the lawyers, because I may be interested in doing the exact same thing. I am a college student, where i need to drive back to school and im left without a car to get back if they decide not to fix my car. I was quoted by an automotive shop for $5189 to fix the ECU and transmission due to this very recall which I was never informed about by Toyota.
#66 of 117 Re: Keep this in mind [mdoyel]
Aug 31, 2011 (8:58 pm)
beaker30, Before Toyota fixed my Rav4 I was quoted $1300 to fix the problem with the shifting of gears (slipping and slow shift). This did not involve a new transmission. I also learned that some non-Toyota shops didn't know what they were doing on this front.
#67 of 117 Where Do I Begin?????
Sep 11, 2011 (8:35 pm)
Just was so encouraged to see everyone's struggles with the Rav4. We purchased ours used- with no warning about the known transmission/computer issues- several years ago and have the 2003 model. It's been unreliable for a year now and we just drive it locally within 30min radius of where we live...don't trust it anymore than that. (have a second car thank goodness) Pretty much driving it-the RAV4- into the ground since we dont have the 6000 to throw into it to fix like we've been quoted.
We're having all the problems afore said in the blogs with the computer/transmission jerking, slow acceleration at stoplights etc. Some days better than others dependent on the heat/cold but the slow acceleration seems to be a mainstay now. We really need our RAV4 as a second vehicle so that's why we've been on the road with it babying it carefully and cautiously.
Where do we begin this process of getting it fixed WITHOUT OUR PAYING FOR IT????? We were told that we were over warranty and over mileage and that toyota wouldn't pay for it. We really need our 4WD for this coming winter's 2 hour commutes at times as it's just around the corner for where we live in snowland and we have an extra baby on the way in addition to a 3 year old so will be needing more passenger room sooner than later than the other spare vehicle/junker we are currently driving in the absence of the reliability of our 03 RAV4 for long distances and snowy weather.
If anyone has any updates on the current status of the class action lawsuit that's been filed, please let us know...we don't really know much about how to get involved in this whole thing, we just want to have our RAV4 fixed before the snow flies in a couple months or have it replaced or something! It would seem to me that in a lawsuit, we wouldn't get it operational like it should be by this winter-which is our greatest push at this point...since lawsuits can take years sometimes? Well, we are totally open to advice on this subject as we are pulling for all sorts of options for the deadline of this winter and our commutes. Just not much "mulah"(money) to work with at all!!!!!!
If we did get involved in the lawsuit, what would be the perks? Seems that sometimes people get next to nothing in the settlements after a case like this? ...Compared to all the money they sank into the payments for the vehicle not to mention repairs etc.???? and then there's the lawyer fees????? I don't know if we understand this all right, but we are open to suggestions---like I said earlier!
Thanks for your help!
#68 of 117 Re: Where Do I Begin????? [juliaann]
Sep 12, 2011 (5:09 pm)
juliaann- Once Toyota fixed my RAV4 it ran really well -- I sold it a few months later and was surprised by how it held its value. I believe the extended warranty for that shifting problem was 10 years or 150,000 miles, so unless you are past the 150, you should be covered. In my experience, an independent shop didn't do well with this problem and it was the toyota dealer service that took care of it. The website below has an article about it and there are links to two jpg pages with a Toyota bulletin and a warranty extension statement. I printed that warranty extension and handed it to the dealer when I dropped off the car.