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2002 Toyota RAV4
CarComplaints.com 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.
Worst 2002 RAV4 engine Problems
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- engine control module failure69
- check engine light on11
- oil sludge resulting in engine failure11
- engine seized up5
- metal shavings in oil, engine failure5
- engine stalls/cuts off while driving4
- bad head gasket2
- ecm malfunction1
- rough idle/ engine mis-firing1
- NHTSA: Vehicle Speed Control31
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling23
- NHTSA: Engine20
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine13
- NHTSA: Vehicle Speed Control: Accelerator Pedal2
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline1
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: ...1
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