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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 miles

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2002 Toyota RAV4 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012002


  • 5,000 miles


Defective tires, vehicle jack equipment. While driving one of the vehicle's tire exploded when it ran over an orange in the road. The consumer request reimbursement for the replacement tire and would like the remaining 4 tires replaced. The consumer retained the tire for inspection. While attempting to change the blown tire the consumer realized that the jack was not designed properly to replace the blown tire. With the jack properly placed and fully extended there was insufficient clearance to replace the blown tire. The consumer request that the jack be replaced.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 032003


  • miles
While driving the vehicle at 40mph, rear passenger tire with out blew out. Toyota, tranpaths size# 21570R16-99S dot#- - - - - - - - - - - - - -dealer nothing we could do.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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