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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
62,375 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Toyota RAV4 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 022008

RAV4 4X2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,375 miles


The front passenger electric door lock just stopped working. I can manually open or close the switch, but when I lock (or unlock) the car with the remote, this one switch does not lock (or unlock). I see it try to move (either open or close), but it doesn't quite lock or unlock electronically. Since all of the other doors and rear hatch work fine, perhaps there is a way to lubricate this mechanism? I'd rather try something myself than bring it to a dealer and pay more than I need to.

- , Bayside, NY, Afghanistan

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