2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

This type of problem should not occur when a car is properly maintained

Faults:

Slippage of the automatic transmission when shifting first gear.

General Comments:

Everything else on the car works fine, and have done previous maintenance regularly. The car has never been abused in driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th February, 2010

7th Jul 2010, 10:44

This is a known issue for 01-03 Rav4s. Your ECM (computer) could be malfunctioning. Do a search online for 01 Rav4 ECM or check out www.rav4world.com to read about people's experiences.

24th Apr 2012, 22:01

Toyota was well aware that the ECMs were a problem, as they issued an in house dealer report stating they were. When my transmission malfunctioned last year due to the ECM, I contacted Toyota stating that they knew they was a problem, yet continued to pass the cost on the the consumer. Toyota replaced my transmission under an extended warranty they offered to me through my dealership. I've had other problems with the Rav 4 since, but it is getting older and things do go.

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Faults:

Check engine light turn on and off.

Took it to the dealer at 60000 miles and they told me there was a recall on the onboard computer. It gives faults positive error codes. After they re-program the onboard computer the car was fine for another 10,000 miles. The light has come on again. This time a error code P0161 Oxigen Sensor (Bank 2 sensor 2). I'm getting quotes of around $320.00 (if I'm lucky and this is the only problem). Also, at 75000 miles had to replace the brake caliper on both tires, since the brakes keep getting stock. one night I saw my disk breaks red hot and smoking. I heard of cars caught on fire because the brakes got stock.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd April, 2008

2001 Toyota RAV4 NRG 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great when the engine management warning light is not on!

Faults:

Engine Management Warning Light comes on on the dashboard. Very erratic, mainly when heavy on the accelerator to overtake or build up speed quickly.

Very dangerous as engine will not rev at all once the light appears. Have to pull over, turn off the ignition and restart the engine.

Have taken the car to the dealer for a diagnostic check, but they appear unable to find the cause. Have changed meters, valves, etc. cost €700 up to now, and the fault is still not fixed.

The problem seems now to be worse than before I took the car in to the garage. They have advised me the problem may be an ECU or turbocharger fault. I said I would not be willing to pay any further costs until they could guarantee the fault would be fixed.

Have contacted Toyota Ireland, but they can only speak to Garage Repairer to try to get them to sort it out. Seems that Toyota Customer Care is not a priority once the warranty period is over, even though car is very low mileage (29,000)

Am awaiting call from Garage following the Easter holiday. Watch this space!!!

General Comments:

I love the RAV4 but if the problem can't be fixed easily, it will have to go!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2007

27th Jul 2007, 07:37

I have the same fault on a Nissan X-Trail. I wonder if they have the same management unit?

2001 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Summary:

Excellent, reliable, small SUV that fits my needs!

Faults:

Paint job leaves something to be desired. Paint started to peel near the edges and where the bumpers connect to the body. This occurred about 1.5 years after purchase of the car.

I would like the interior to be a bit more quiet.

General Comments:

In general, this car has served me well over the past 6 years. My only complaint is I wanted the car "trunk" area slightly longer, so I can put more stuff in it! I only want about 4 inches more, as in California, it's tough to park cars that are any longer or bigger. The narrow body also fits into a "Compact" parking space. I love how it rides higher. It would be tough for me to get back to driving a lower clearance regular car. Now that my 70,000 miles warranty is nearly up, I would buy another RAV4 if it's a bit longer.

Unlike several of you, I did not have "Check Engine" light come on. I was lucky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2007