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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
68,351 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Toyota RAV4 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 062010

RAV4 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,351 miles


My parking brake does not show as engaged on my dash, which in turn will not allow me to utilize my automatic car starter!!!!! I have "tried" to trouble shoot it myself by going into the fuse panel...VERY CONFUSING!!!!! What stupid fuse do I have to pull to see if it has blown/ where is the damn thing located? Is my Parking Brake disconnected? I will NOT bring it into Toyota to get charged an arm and a leg to find that it was only a fuse that I could replace for $5.00. After reading the amount of complaints, and seeing that this is the worst made Vehicle by Toyota, I will sell the damn thing and go back to Honda!!!!

Please respond ASAP


Lori Shermack - (a very frustrated one at that)

- , Thunder Bay, ON, canada

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