Last post on Mar 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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Toyota RAV4, Car Warranties, SUV
#95 of 104 Re: Keep this in mind [mpgrigsby]
Mar 27, 2012 (5:06 pm)
10 years or 150,000 miles. I had 10.4 years at 71,000 miles.
#96 of 104 Anyone gotten a settlement outside of the warranty period?
Apr 20, 2012 (6:57 pm)
My 01 Rav4, 72000 miles is awesome, always has been. I took it to trade up to a Tacoma and when they test drove it, found a clunk when putting it in reverse. I was astonished. I had done the recall for the computer a couple years ago, asymptomatic. Why, the day I go to trade it in, do we find a problem....?
So my question is, after consulting the Rav4ECMsettlement.com and listening to the frequently asked questions from the toll-free line.... How long is it taking to get reimbursed? I haven't actually gotten it fixed yet, but is sounds like I have to fork out a lot of money!
#98 of 104 Re: Anyone gotten a settlement outside of the warranty period? [sunstar9211]
Sep 25, 2012 (5:59 pm)
Update: I traded my Rav4 in with the broken transmission back in May 2012, they gave me $9985 trade in for it toward a new Tacoma, I was/am overly satisfied!
#100 of 104 5th gear problems
Sep 29, 2012 (5:49 am)
I am driving a 97/98 plate rav 4 for the last 6b months with no problems. But last night driving on the motorway, I started to hear a high pitched squeal from behind my dash which changed in pitch whenever I put or took my foot on the gas. I was thinking possible fan belt issue. However, about 20mins later, it popped out of 5th gear which was a bit scary on the motorway at 70mph!!
Now, it won't stay in 5th gear but all the gears work fine and there is no apparent change in how it handles. The high pitched whine is still there also.
Any ideas what this is
Thanks in advance.
#101 of 104 2007 Rav 4 Jumping out of reverse
Oct 01, 2012 (5:51 pm)
My 2007 RAV 4 sometimes Jumps out of Reverse when I hit the accelerator harder than normal. The transmission is an automatic and does not slip and changes gears fine otherwise. Any ideas. I don't want to have to rebuild it for one mechanical problem. Does anyone know what may be causing this?
#102 of 104 Re: ECM FREE FIX. [aliceb47]
Oct 08, 2012 (11:15 am)
We had a problem with our 2003 rav 4 transmission. It was the computer sending the wrong signal to the transmission. After the dealership told us the thing cost over $1000 and also said the transmission would have to be repaired. We called toyota. National. They said there was a bulletin about and that the dealere should know about it. the dealer suddenly remembered the bulletin after we said we called toyota. They replaced it for free because if it was less than 10 years old and had less than 150,000 miles. At that point the dealer couldn't find anything wrong with the transmission. It works like new now.
#103 of 104 Re: ECM FREE FIX. [doodledrb]
Oct 08, 2012 (6:54 pm)
You were lucky. The dealerships act like cheating spouses - deny deny deny even at times when faced with the truth. I bought a new Toyota and traded in my bad one and got full blue book for it. Now they will have to deal with it. I will check online for recalls every 6 months from now on. I was only at 75,000 miles on a 2001 RAV. They wouldn't budge because I was over the 10 year limit by two months. If the RAV wasn't such a good car (usually), I would never deal with Toyota again.
#104 of 104 My experience, great vendor, easy install
Mar 23, 2013 (12:55 pm)
Tim N - Automotive Scientific Inc. http://www.autoecu.com/
I just left feedback on eBay, but only 80 characters doesn't do it justice so I want to tell you my whole story and encourage you to share it with potential customers on your website or any other way you wish.
I purchased a 2003 RAV4 in Houston in January of 2011 with the intention of shipping it to Costa Rica after driving it in Houston for 8 or 9 months. It had just under 90,000 miles on it when I purchased and ran great. The transmission was a little rough shifting on cold mornings, but I didn't give it much thought. In September 2011 I shipped the RAV to Costa Rica with 100,000 miles on it and drove it here from October until last Saturday (3/16/13) when the transmission started to act up at 103,000. Hard shifting, not shifting out of first, down shifting on hills even though I had already manually shifted to 2nd. My first thought was low fluid since I had driven it really hard in the hills here using second gear most of the time to climb and brake on the downhill. Well I went straight home and parked the car. Checked the fluid and it was clean and full.
At that point I went to the Google and discovered the ECU issue with this model. It sounded right on, and while my logical mind can't quite comprehend a computer failure of this nature based on higher mileage, I decided it must the problem. Although the Check engine light hadn't come on before, it did come on when I moved the car about 300 feet just to park in a better location. I didn't even bother checking the code. I just instinctively knew based on all I read that it was the ECU failure. Then I went back to Google and began shopping for a replacement. I found $1200 new, $1050 new at discount parts outlets, $250 to $500 rebuilt. Then I found Automotive Scientific Inc at $129 free shipping and no core charge. I have to say I was skeptical since I sometimes believe we get what we pay for, but the feedback was good and I felt it was worth a shot. I didn't even bother to shop here in CR knowing there is no way I would beat this price, even with added shipping and duty.
First, I ordered on Sunday. You called and emailed me Monday morning for my VIN to verify the correct unit was shipped. Next, you shipped immediately. Since I am in Costa Rica and use a freight forwarding company, there are added expenses and time. One big added expense is import duty which of course is based on value. Obviously the lower price drastically reduces the duty. I use Aero Postal / Aero Casillas for shipping from Florida to Costa Rica. I ordered from you Sunday 3/18. You shipped 3/19. UPS delivered to AeroCasilles in Miami 3/21. The unit arrived in San Jose 3/22 and I picked it up here in Ciudad Quesada this morning 3/23 at 10AM. Shipping, duty and taxes were $40. Total investment $170. My wife asked on the way home from picking up the part if I was sure that was the problem. My response, even if it isn't, its worth the cost to get it off the list of possible problems since a transmission shop would want to sell me one anyway at a much higher cost.
Installation took less than one hour thanks to a YouTube video by one of your pricey competitors. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQIFV5JOfg ) By 11:30 I was test driving and by Noon I was convinced the project was a success.
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