- October 9: Toyota Camry HVAC Lawsuit Continues Over Bad Smells news | 7 days ago
- October 3: Toyota Hybrid Class Action Lawsuit Argued in Court news | 13 days ago
- October 1: Toyota Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Saved Text Messages news | 15 days ago
- September 25: Toyota Prius AC Smell Causes Class Action Lawsuit news | 21 days ago
- September 22: Toyota Prius Cars Recalled Because Hybrid Systems May Shut Down recalls | 24 days ago
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 Toyota RAV4 Problems by Category
Click on a category below for details. Help?
- transmission problems181NHTSA complaints: 127
- electrical problems11NHTSA complaints: 60
- engine problems10NHTSA complaints: 52
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 4
- interior accessories problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- clutch problems1
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- windows / windshield problems1NHTSA complaints: 11
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 62
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 33
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 17
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 12
- body / paint problemsNHTSA: 8
- steering problemsNHTSA: 6
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 3
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 3
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 1
Stay Up to Date
Compare Toyota RAV4 Model Years
Curious how the 2001 RAV4 compares to other years?
Check out our Toyota RAV4 overview to see the most problematic years, worst problems and most recently reported complaints with the RAV4.