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#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.
#69 of 117 Re: Where Do I Begin????? [rrocks]
Sep 12, 2011 (7:50 pm)
I just looked at the info you shared and discovered from my hubby that we are at 210,000miles! I guess that's way over the 150,000 miles limit! I am reminded now that is the reason we were turned down from toyota in the past, just the local dealerships we have had contact with. We might start looking into the lawsuit? Thanks for your input...it was encouraging till I found out about our high mileage!!!!! We'll keep pluggin away!
#70 of 117 Just got a class action letter in the mail today ...
Sep 15, 2011 (8:16 pm)
On my 2001 RAV. So apparently someone already started one ... There is a four page leaflet on the ECM class action lawsuit so way too long to post here. However, if you don't get one soon, here is an address for info: Toyota RAV 4 ECM Settlement Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 905, El Segundo, CA 90245-0905. Here is a phone number for info: 877-235-4599. And website is: www.RAV4ECMSettlement.com.
#71 of 117 Transmission replaced, 4 months later, engine cooked at only 130k miles!!!!
Sep 21, 2011 (7:28 am)
OMG, i think i might have the story to top em all. Please let me know how we can get invovled and save ourselves $5500 to replace this mess.
June 2011 transmission cooked, replaced by Toyota quickly. THank you Toyota, it only cost us a week with no car and a huge headache.
Sept 2011 Transmission slips on highway. Engine rods are likely COOKED. Dealer says it will cost me $1200 to take apart engine to build a case that the transmission faults caused the engine rods to bend and break.
So now i can either pay $5500 to replace the engine. Or $1200 to TRY and prove that Toyota's Transmission problem (although fixed on their dime) also cooked my engine in the recent gear slip on the highway. I find it just to ironic after reading all these posts.
I am calling the 877-235-4599 number and visiting Rav4ecmsettlement.com at lunch break!
Any other advise?
#73 of 117 Re: Where Do I Begin????? [juliaann]
Sep 27, 2011 (5:52 pm)
I have a 2003 rav with 150k miles and all the same crazy symptoms. To make long story shorter... I just took out my ECU myself. (there is a step by step instructional video on YouTube that inspired me.I then bought an upgrade service from OtherDeal.com
It cost me $250. Plus shipping to Puerto Rico
It took about a week to get back. I put it back in last night and so far so good. All the symptoms seem to be gone. The check engine light even came off for the first time. I need to get my inspection sticker tomorrow. The car now even goes in reverse like a normal car. No slamming into gear.
I then will fill out a claim form to try to get reimbursement from Toyota .
Good luck people.
P.s. The ECU is behind the glove compartment and not too hard to get to.