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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles

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2002 Toyota RAV4 body / paint problems

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 242009


  • 150,000 miles


I have a '02 Toyota rav 4 whose K- frame, which supports the front wheels and steering mechanism, rusted completely in half, which caused me to run off the road when I braked suddenly and it cracked. The vehicle has 150K and I have always kept up the maintenance and had no idea the rust was that bad. Toyota has not responded to my complaints, even though they are covering even older Tacoma and Tundra because of their rusting frames. I am very frustrated and disconcerted in Toyota products, especially since their latest ad campaign touts their longevity and dependability. Thank you for attention to this matter, I'm sure that I'm not the only Rav4 owner with this complaint.

- Middleburgh, NY, USA

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