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.


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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152002

(reported on)


  • miles


A technical service bulletin was issued in October 2001 regarding a rear brake problem. Consumers vehicle had been having brake problems but did not learn of the tsb until January 2002. Consumer took vehicle in to the dealer where purchased and requested the appropriate repairs but was denied because vehicle was over the 36,000 mile limit.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 252001


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Front brakes squeal when coming to a stop on a constant basis, windshield rattles at low temps less than 60 degress, rear suspension creaks when accelerating after stop

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012001


  • miles
Brake shoe or drum grind when coming to full stop everytime. Brake might not be working properly. Dealer kept saying no problem, grind sound is normal.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

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