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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
168,278 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Toyota RAV4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 112016

RAV4 L 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,278 miles


After having the battery disconnected all day on Fri, from the night before, my husband hooked it back up that was about 5pm about 10:30pm. That evening the alarm started going off but before we could get out there it stopped, but started back up about 15 mins later. We got out here got it stopped. Before we could get the battery disconnected it started going off again. Since then we have tried hooking the battery back up but when we do the alarm starts going off again. Up until now this car has been a pretty good, no major things going on with it. I hate it because I am stuck at home with no car.

- , Greenwood, IN, US

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