Toyota Rav4 Transmission

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  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems with 35 complaints from RAV4 owners. The worst complaints are hesitates and lurches at slower speeds, shifting roughly, and slipping.
  • Fits RAV4 (2013 - 2018) Trans Assembly - Repair or Replace Signs that the automatic transmission in your Toyota RAV4 needs replacement include slipping or shuddering on acceleration, hard shifting, late or slow shifts, or your transmission won't go into reverse or drive.

2019 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems with 35 complaints from RAV4 owners. The worst complaints are hesitates and lurches at slower speeds, shifting roughly, and slipping.

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Here are Toyota RAV4 transmission problems, by model year. The most common RAV4 transmission problems cost $2,400 to fix & occur at 70,000 miles. Regarding the worst model year 2001 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems, '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. '

The worst model years for transmission problems are the 2002 RAV4, 2001 RAV4, and the 2003 RAV4.

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Worst Toyota RAV4 Transmission Problems

  • #1:Problems Shifting2001 RAV4

    Average Cost to Fix:
    Average Mileage:
    112,000 mi
  • #2:Problems Shifting2002 RAV4

    Average Cost to Fix:
    Average Mileage:
    97,000 mi
  • #3:Hesitates And Lurches At Slower Speeds2019 RAV4

    Average Cost to Fix:
    Average Mileage:
    2,000 mi

Bump the RAV4 problem graphs up another notch. Get answers and make your voice heard!

In 2001 Toyota came out with a completely redesigned RAV4. The new look was a welcome change and generated a lot of buzz about the already popular SUV. Unfortunately it appears Toyota also made some changes under-the-hood that took the vehicle from zero-to-craptastic in 6 seconds flat.

The culprit is the electronic control module (ECM) that sends signals to the transmission on when and how to shift. Apparently it just doesn't work and Toyota was well aware of it for over 4 years until they actually did something.

ECM transmission failure seems to affect early 2nd generation RAV4 (2001-2003) the most.

Technical Service Bulletin ∞

In March 2006, Toyota sent dealers a Technical Service Bulletin telling them that consumer 'might complain' about harsh shifting. How quaint. What it should have done is warned dealers that really pissed off owners would probably be coming in with torches and pitchforks demanding something be done ... and with good reason.

Toyota went on to say that improvements has been made to the ECM to 'reduce the possibility of this condition occurring'. There's two problems with that statement: 1) It really didn't and 2) For many owners it was too late, because too much damage had been done to their transmission already.

Finally Toyota said the dealers might have change out the ECM, which would be covered under the federal emissions warranty of 8 years / 80,000 miles and if that didn't work the transmission was probably damaged beyond repair and needed to be replaced. Here's the catch: the transmission was only covered under Toyota's 5 year/60,000 mile warranty, leaving many owners in a situation where they needed to pick up the $3,000 tab


Extended Warranty Information ∞

Facing rising pressure from the California Air Resources Board, a pending class action lawsuit and an increasing number of complaints from owners, Toyota extended the warranty of nearly 250,000 RAV4s in July 2010.

The new policy covers certain RAV4's transmissions and ECMs for 10 years/150,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the time the vehicle was new.

Reimbursed Repairs ∞

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Toyota also says with 'proper proof' that owners who previously paid for repairs will be reimbursed even if they no longer own the vehicle. No mention on what 'proper proof' entails, so good luck collecting on that one.

Customers who wished to be reimbursed should send the repair bill, proof of payment and proof of ownership at the time of the repair to Toyota Motor Sales, Customer Experience Center (WC-10) 19001 South Western Ave., Torrance, Calif. 90509.

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported


This problem has popped up in the following Toyota generations.
Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.


Toyota Rav4 Transmission Replacement Cost

  1. 2nd Generation RAV4

    75th of 81