I am in the midst of a Toyota Rav4 transmission issue, like many who have commented on this site.
I have done a lot of research, and did a lot to get everything done for less than the $3200 they wanted for the trans rebuild, and the $1400 the dealership wanted for a new ECM. It would have cost me $4600, but it only cost me $2600. I saved $2000. Here is what I did:
I checked online and found a site that you can enter what car part you need, then salvage yards and dealers from all over the country send you quotes. A lot of dealers contacted me with different cost mileage and warranties. I did a check on each one I was interested in on ripoffreport.com. I found one who had over 100 complaints so I did not go with them.
I found a used trans for $1600 with a 90 day warranty from a vehicle with 50,000 miles on it. I then had the repair shop take the ECM out of my car and sent it to a rebuilder I found on eBay for $200. With that plus the labor, I am at $2600. So far so good.
This took time and some research, but I think I got a pretty good deal! I'll keep you posted!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th December, 2009