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2001 Toyota RAV4
Problems & Complaints
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 2001 RAV4 Problems by Category
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- transmission problems178NHTSA complaints: 128
- electrical problems9NHTSA complaints: 57
- engine problems8NHTSA complaints: 49
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 4
- interior accessories problems1
- clutch problems1
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- windows / windshield problems1NHTSA complaints: 9
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 56
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 30
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 17
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 9
- body / paint problemsNHTSA: 7
- steering problemsNHTSA: 6
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 4
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 3
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 2
- lights problemsNHTSA: 1
- AC / heater problemsNHTSA: 1
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