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Transmission slippage from a stop in drive under normal exceleration theres no power,and right b4 shifts into 2nd gear it thunks jerks and misses second i have to let off and throttle it again to shift into 2nd then its fine...i see alot of problems with ecm an tranny problems i did receve the toyota letter to get it flashed they had to do it twice in same day this was due to check engine light on took care of it till now what to do?????

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  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    Your transmission and ECM need to be replaced. 5k$ if you have it done at the dealer. Get a new car. The transmission on the 2001 Rav is weak. It's also in the Lexus RX. I had the same problem. Mine happened at 105k. Toyota did not share any of the repair cost. There is a class action, but it hasn't been gaining much momentum. Your best bet is to either ge trid of the car if you can, or take it to a transmission rebuilder. They see this one all the time.

  • tasintom811 Dec 11, 2008

    Just heard from the folks rebuilding my transmission and here's what they had to say. (I have a 2001 Toyota Rav 4 w/ 144,000 miles.)

    - I have had the catalytic converter replaced 4 times because the "check engine" light repeatedly came on. (Toyota contended that was the problem.)
    - Wouldn't pass inspection this year due to check engine light being on.
    - I'm surmising they're addressing this issue by replacing catalytic converters which subsequently turns the "check engine" light off.
    - Am having the transmission rebuilt.
    - The professionals at Multi-State Transmission quoted from the Toyota Technical Service Bulletin: Headline: "Toyota Recognizes problems with transmission."
    "Engine elicits a "harsh shift" mil. lt, mult, dtc. mil. light (Check Engine Light). The associated codes are 750, 755, 758 and 1760. (My car did not have problems with, yours may).
    - In March '06, Toyota issued another Service Bulletin that again recognized the harsh shift w/ mil. lt., ECM, PCM.
    In order to fix, have to replace the PCM.
    - Instead of fixing the the more expensive transmission problem, they pushed the problem out by replacing catalytic converters, statistically buying time to avoid repairing the more costly transmission and computer failure.
    - Toyota is honoring a warranty up to 96 months or 80,000 miles.
    (Of course, I'm over those limits.)

    Where does one go to join the class action suit?




  • marcomeneses Mar 22, 2009

    RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure.
    My RAV4 2003 (100K miles) actually kicks out of gear on re-acceleration, for stoplights, and heavy stop and go traffic situations.

    It revs up to about 2000 rpm before it engages when I accelerate to proceed.

    The dealer told me that it was the “Internal Engine Control Module” CODES P0755 and PI760. To replace that module costs 1200 dollars.


    My question is:
    Can I get that module and install myself?

    If yes, where I can get that part and the instructions to install it?

    Any help is appreciated, because with the economic downturn of the economy is difficult to pocket out 1200 dollars and I would like to do it myself.


    marcomeneses@msn.com



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Uhm it was a defective ecm unit 940$ at dealer now iam in negoations with corporate toyota to make them pay 4 it the car isnt fixed an still at dealerand undrivable cause im not damaging my trans also cause of their crappy part failure

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Take the vehicle to somebody that can do a complete transmission power flush, and replace the fluid with the correct fluid (Toyota Type T; get it ONLY at a Toyota Dealership); if you use anything else, the trans will fail. If it has anything other than Type T, it's too late. If the flush does not help, it will be time to start looking for a replacement transaxle.

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