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Ask Smithy Xtra RAV4 Transmission failure

Asked by J.l. Lloyd

The transmission in my 2001-2003 Toyota RAV 4 has burnt out, caused I am told by a faulty ECM. Toyota has told me it would cost $9200 to repair ? $1200 to replace ECM and $8000 for the transmission work ? which is just not affordable, or worthwhile, given the value of the car. I have had this car since brand new and it has traveled just 101,000 km, but of course it is now out of warranty. Even so I have asked Toyota for help in covering the cost of repairs. What else should I do?

Answered by CarsGuide

27 Jul 2010 Carsguide.com.au

I think you would have a good case to argue that Toyota should come to the party with at least part of the repair costs. A transmission failure at such low kays is really unacceptable, particularly given the advice that it was caused by a faulty ECM, a problem Toyota knows about.

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