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.

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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.

1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,000 miles

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2003 Toyota RAV4 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 032014

RAV4

  • 97,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle made a loud noise and the came to a sudden halt. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the K-frame and the control arm was fractured due to corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the K-frame and control arm needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 97,000.

- Killington , VT, USA

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