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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,999 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 062013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 79,996 miles


Seat belt no longer snaps in on both passenger and drivers side, additionally the belt freyed without only normal wear. Dealer wont cover under warranty or as a safety issue. $700 quoted for repair by Toyota dealer. Unable to afford repair and this should be recalled as a safety issue.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #2

Jul 152010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the shoulder strap for the front driver's side seat belt was frayed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Shelton , CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 292003

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The customer stated that the vehicle was involved in a frontal collision in which the air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt did not properly restrain the driver. The driver hit his head on the steering wheel and sustained multiple injuries.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

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