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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2001 Toyota RAV4 suspension problems

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

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Jun 242001


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I purchased the rav-4 in mid-June. It pulled to the right, so I took it back into molle Toyota to have it aligned. I moved up to the Chicago area the next day and noticed that the vehicle still pulled to the right. I made several attempts to have the problem looked at by lombard Toyota in lombard, il. After three attempts and numerous calls to Toyota's customer service the car was aligned again. When I picked the car up, it still pulled to the right. I contacted lombard Toyota immediately and they were of no help. I have called customer service numerous times and it has taken 6 weeks for them to agree to look at the car again. I have taken it to an independent tire shop to be looked and they concluded that it was not the tires that were causing the pull.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

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