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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Toyota RAV4 lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012013

RAV4 L 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When it first started the headlights would stay stuck on the on position even when I turn it off...and then it progressed...

Now it turns on on it's own, while I am driving or while it is parked (and it is in the off position - with and without key in ignition). There is nothing I can do to turn it off while inside of the car.

I have had the headlamp relay replaced and the problem still persists.

While the headlights were on, I unplugged the headlight switch and it was still on. Then I pulled out the relay and it finally turned off.

2 years ago, I have had the ECU replaced by Longo Toyota.

- , Monterey Park, CA, USA

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