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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2002 Toyota RAV4 windows / windshield problems

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2002 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

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Aug 082002

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By accident, I put my driver's side rear window approx. 1/2 way down. Unknowingly, I left the window down. When I reached an approximate speed of 40miles per hour, a very severe noise and vibration occurred. It was so severe, I pulled over to check the vehicle. I thought a tire had blown. The vibration and noise is very intense. Once the window is up, the noise and vibration stops. If a combination front/rear window down happens, it is not as noticable. I called Toyota, and they said it was a design flaw. Flaw or no, it is horrible. It could be tragic if a driver unaware pulls over quickly because they fear a tire is going to the minimum, I feel Toyota should send owners a letter describing the problem S they will not be alarmed. I will not put my rear windows down, and that in itself is sad to spend 23 thousand dollars on a new vehicle and be limited in that respect. Thanks for your attention to this matter. Linda jones.

- Pinnacle, NC, USA

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