Toyota RAV4 Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Toyota RAV4 2014: Why is my transmission making noise?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Sep 2018

You have a CVT transmission. Take it to a Toyota dealer, or an automatic transmission specialist and have them assess the transmission. It could be that it needs to be serviced.

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Toyota RAV4 2013: Gear slipping problem

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Aug 2017

It is hard for a dealer to replicate a problem if it doesn't happen with any regularity, so persist with the dealer, and if that doesn't result in your satisfaction report the problem directly to Toyota (ph 1800 869 682).

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Best manual mid-size SUV?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Feb 2017

All of the models you list would do the job you want well, so it comes down to personal choice. Add in the Kia Sorento and you have the field pretty much covered. The Sorento generally gets the most ticks from CarsGuide reviewers.

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Toyota RAV4 2010: Transmission servicing schedule?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Apr 2015

There is no reason for a dealership to do extra work beyond the logbook services, unless something is faulty.

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Toyota RAV4: Which years have ECU issues?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Dec 2014

The ECU problem affected 2001, 2002 and 2003 models.

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Toyota RAV4 2003: Known issues?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Oct 2014

It has a timing chain, which doesn’t require changing regularly, as a belt does. The only serious problem the RAV4 suffered related to the ECU controlling the automatic transmission, which could fail resulting in erratic shifting.

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Toyota Camry 2013: Gearbox whine

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Oct 2013

Final drive gear whine is something many owners complain about in Toyotas. It's usually a result of the gear cutting process and there is not much you can do about it, except replace the gears. You could try different gear oil, which might make it a little quieter.

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Toyota RAV4 2010: Fix for V6 transmission whine

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Oct 2013

It's good to hear that there is a fix for the whine, and the gears being cut at the incorrect angle is certainly a plausible explanation. Armed with that information it would appear that Chris has a legitimate claim against Toyota.

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Toyota RAV4 2009: Whine in final drive

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Sep 2013

Get all of the people who say it should be rectified to give you their views in writing and request a meeting with Toyota through the dealer and submit your claim directly. It would seem on the surface that you have a good claim. Should that fail to achieve a satisfactory outcome your only course of action would be to seek a solution through consumer affairs.

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Toyota RAV4 2003: Automatic gearbox problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2013

It's a problem with the engine/gearbox management computer and affected cars all over the world. We understand that Toyota redesigned the ECM to fix the problem, so go to a Toyota dealer and ask about a new ECM that has the fix. Don't replace it with another ECM of the same sort that it is currently in your car, that won't fix the problem.


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