Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: If you're looking for a vehicle with one of the most complained about transmission on the road, look no further than the 2001-2003 Toyota RAV4.

In 2001 Toyota completely redesigned the popular SUV. While some enjoyed the new look, they did not enjoy the harsh shifting, jumping from gear-to-gear and eventual transmission failure that cost owners well over $3,000 to fix. The problem stems from a malfunctioning Electronic Control Module (ECM).

Consumer outrage coupled with pressure from different agencies led Toyota to extend the warranty nationwide back in 2010. The previous power train warranty only covered 5 years/60,000 miles, while the extended warranty now covers the transmission and ECM for 10 years/150,000 miles. Toyota also pledged to reimburse any owners who had previously paid for repairs, if they had "proper proof". Good luck collecting on that one.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
75,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Toyota RAV4 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


Never imagined my paint would peal like a snake!! What's with that cheapass paint!!!

- , St. Croix, VI, USA

problem #1

Feb 102003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

We purchased our 2002 RAV4 just before Christmas in 2002. There was some paint damage that they said they could repair any Monday, just bring the car back in. I was obviously pregnant at the time of purchase as our new daughter was born January 10, 2003. I took the car back in in February to have the repairs made. I was told at that point that the time to repair the paint damage had expired. The moral to this story is to always read the fine print. All the car dealership cared about was getting my car off of the lot. They refused to make the repairs that they had agreed to because I was out having a baby. While this may be legal, it is not ethical!

- , Senoia, GA, USA

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