CarComplaints.com 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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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Driver FrontPassenger FrontDriver SidePassenger SideRollover
2003 RAV4 4-DR.*********************
2003 RAV4 EVnot testednot testednot testednot testednot tested
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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Good Acceptable Marginal Poor

2003 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap FrontSideRearRollover
A Overall
A Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
A Left Leg Injury
A Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
TEST NOTES: Applies to models built before October 2000. Applies to models built after October 2000. Get the full IIHS report »
Not tested. P Overall
M Structure
Driver
P Head Protection
A Head/Neck Injury
P Torso Injury
P Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
M Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
M Pelvis/Legs Injury
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M Overall
G Geometry
M Dynamic
TEST NOTES: All seats. Get the full IIHS report »
Not tested.
 

Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

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