really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
83,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace gear box and ecm (1 reports)
2004 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 042015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


2004 Rav 4 purchased 10/2003. Love my car! Sent it off with my daughter to college a few years ago and has served her well.

Last week the transmission acted up and as it turns out is the EXACT problem that caused a recall or extended warranty for 2001-2003 Toyota Rav 4. Apparently the trans solenoid is defective and destroys the transmission. This is a well known problem, not a secret so I've found. I'm one of many 2004 owners Ruth the same experience.

Now, Toyota apologizes but has nothing in the way of help for it. Toyota wants $4500 to replace the transmission. Don't know about you but who would spend that kind of money replacing a transmission in an 11 year old car? If not for this problem we would drive the car til forever. I love, or should I say loved Toyota. Done with them now. Will not buy, rent or drive one again. I am so diss appointed in Toyota for their lack of caring for their customers. They KNOW this is the same solenoid as in the 2001-2003 Ravs. You know thy don't pull all parts from the shelf every year. They use what they have. Rant over for now. Will post any news. Would a class action be our next step? Email me at rkwelch@verizon.net with your thoughts.

- , Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 062014

RAV4 Vvti 2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

My car was registered in sept 03, can get replacement parts under extended warranty announced by toyota on rav4. My gear box and ecm need replacing. anybody know who to contact?

- , Bristol, Bristol, England

problem #1

Aug 262010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

on august 27,2010,i was assigned a case manager who was suppose to call the following day.well it is now five days later and still no word from toyota.my rav4 is in the shop waiting to be fixed which toyota refuses to do because of mileage and the fact they have fixed it before.not my problem they can't fix things right the first time.so,here i sit with no way to get to work,grocery store,etc.today i call the phone # 1-866-630-1295 and the number isn't working,imagine that!!! I AM NOT AHAPPY CAMPER WITH TOYOTA!!!!!

- , Deatsville, AL, US

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