hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,333 miles

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2005 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems

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2005 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 042010


  • 101,000 miles


I have a 2005 Rav4, the transmission has been slipping, it is an automatic and sometimes it won't change gears when it should, so it won't accelerate and when it finally does switch to the next gear the who car jerks and takes off very quickly. This began happening for no reason I have not had any sort of accident with the vehicle and take very good care of it. I have been told by campbell motors in hermiston or, that the only option is to completely replace the transmission for a cost of $3900. I have read that is a common problem on the Rav4 and feel that Toyota should issue a recall on the transmission it is very dangerous in traffic to have a car that jerks around and accelerates/won't accelerate in an unpredictable manner.

- Pendleton, OR, USA

problem #2

Oct 192009


  • 89,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Toyota Rav4 in July of 2005, and have taken superb care of it over the years. However, the transmission blew up on me after just 89,000 miles. I was crossing a double set of railroad tracks when this happened, and it scared me half to death. It's costing me $3,000 to fix the transmission, and the guy at the garage couldn't even give me a reason for this happening. After some internet research, I found that this has been happening to numerous '01-'05 Rav4 customers that have reached just over 80,000 miles due to a faulty ECM that Toyota has decided not to recall. Now I need to pay another $1,200 to have the ECM replaced at the Toyota dealer so that this doesn't happen to me again. Absolutely ridiculous! how can they get away with something like this?

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 042009


  • 90,000 miles
The transmission on my 2005 Toyota Rav4 has begun to slip. I have maintained the vehicle in accordance to the prescribed maintenance schedule and have had most of the services performed at a Toyota dealership. The transmission slips approximately once a week, always at speeds below 40. Today I was entering a freeway and I heard the transmission slip. The car immediately lost propulsion, slowing to a dangerous speed for an acceleration ramp, and I was afraid that I was going to be rear-ended. I have done internet research and see that this is a very common problem with these vehicles. I have contacted Toyota's corporate office and been told that there is no recall. I have contacted the dealership that I've had most of my services done; they recommended that I have the computer on the transmission reset, at a cost of approximately $125. I'm afraid that the transmission is going to fail completely, or that a slip/disengagement is going to cause me to be in an accident.

- Pinole, CA, USA

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