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#79 of 117 Re: Help Re: Class Action Lawsuit-2002 RAV4 Faulty Transmission [blevinssl]
Oct 16, 2011 (8:12 am)
Well $5k was not a great deal...BUT? The dealer knew it needed $5k of work(their cost was maybe $3k) and it was trade in value which is always lower...
I had mine done.. they repaid me.. the new ECM failed 2 years later Toyota sent another fefective ECM to replace a defective one .....But new ones was Out of warranty (1yr) but it damaged the trans AGAIN and I got the class action suit that says Sorry we only pay once... but now? I had to buy new ECM & $3600 for new trans... so my only recourse is small claims court..
#80 of 117 Defective Replacement ECM
Oct 16, 2011 (8:16 am)
Hi... Toyota replaced the ECM & trans and paid me for it... The problem? The new ECM failed 2 years later and damaged the trans... so now I have to pay for both(settlement says when they pay? Thats it... and my mileage is now past their 150k warranty but the ECM only had 40k on it.. same with trans.Toyota said sorry... not our problem The dealer is GREAT and has been trying to help but to no avail..
..anyone have any ideas what to do? Small claims court>
#81 of 117 Re: Defective Replacement ECM [jnb757]
Oct 16, 2011 (9:05 am)
Well, I received this reply from Richard from RAV4 Repair when asking him about this new issue.
"Yes, I have heard and seen that new ECMs are failing for the same in about one or two years. Unfortunately, odd as it may sound, this is happening some times. The truth is that Toyota improved the process of manufacturing those ECMs, so this problem does not resurface again and it is a good thing, but it is also true, that while those newly manufactured ECMs will not fail again, there are plenty of ECMs from the "old batch" in the shelfs, awaiting to be sold.
I have seen both upgraded and not upgraded ECMs and there really exists a difference between both. So I can not tell for sure, but I guess that ECMs that failed again were from the "old batch".
The problem is the cost of a new ECM from the "new batch" and the fact that there is no easy way that we know, for identifying one from the other, unless opening it and an experimented technician inspects the circuit.
I guess that the best thing to do is "properly" repairing and reprogramming the one that you already have and it will not fail again. Just do it before the transmission fails and you will be save from many headaches.
As I always mention, these RAV4 vehicles are excellent. Their only flaw is at its ECM computer. Do not dump it for something that can be easily solved."
#83 of 117 Re: Help Re: Class Action Lawsuit-2002 RAV4 Faulty Transmission [jnb757]
Oct 17, 2011 (6:20 pm)
So sorry to hear that. I think I'm done with Toyota after all of this. The reliability scares me, not to mention that the resale is probably horrible now with all of the bad press. Good luck in small claims court if you pursue that.
Nov 21, 2011 (12:48 am)
I received the paper asking me to enter in the lawsuit, but have lost it. Does anyone have the information. I had a Rav 4, 2001 and it started about 160,000 miles, they told me that it had to be 150,000. Seems like if it was a defect it was a defect. And after I brought it to the dealer to check on it, it was immediately worse, and then totally gone 3 days later. Funny how that happens.
#87 of 117 RAV4 lawsuit / transmission problems
Nov 25, 2011 (9:52 pm)
Hi, I am new here, have a question. Are all these transmission/ECM problems (2001-2003) limited to only AUTOMATIC transmission (2001-2003), or also MANUAL transmission? Reason I ask -- I am interested in purchasing a MANUAL transmission 2003 RAV4L, and want to make sure that I will not be encountering this problem, and thought someone on this discussion would know/best.... Thank you in advance for any replies.
#88 of 117 72,000 miles - 2 weeks trouble and no end in sight
Jan 24, 2012 (6:11 pm)
I have a 2001 RAV and and at only 72,000 miles the transmission went out. Toyota quoted me $4,500 for a new transmission and a $1,000 for a new ECM. I took the car to a recommended transmission shop and had it done for less than $3,000. They then told me not to drive it until Toyota replaced the ECM so we towed it there. Two days later they tell me the ECM doesn't need to be replaced. I drove it home and 4 blocks from home it started doing the same thing again. No first gear, then a pop, then the car shimmies, then it regains first gear long enough for me to get home the rest of the way. I am so frustrated I can't even think straight. I'm into rental cars about $600. Two tows from home to the transmission shop and from the transmission shop to the dealer. Two weeks of up and down scheduling to get repairs done. Toyota says, "you don't need a new ECM." and here I am. I am p***ed! This is an AUTOMATIC transmission. I will NEVER buy another RAV or a Toyota and I LOVE MY RAV. They are crooks!