Issues with the Toyota RAV4 transmission include shifting problems, jerking and hesitation or transmission failure, as of 2015. Transmission shifting problems with 2001 to 2003 Toyota RAV4s resulted in a class action lawsuit against Toyota.
Transmission problems with the 2001 to 2003 Toyota RAV4 result from malfunctioning electronic control modules that lead to harsh shifting. This problem formed the basis for a lawsuit that gave 2001 to 2003 Toyota RAV4 owners benefits including extended warranties, repair cost reimbursements and reimbursements under the existing customer support program. Repair cost reimbursements for the 2001 to 2003 RAV4 only included repairs to the existing transmissions. Proof of receipt was required for all transmission repair reimbursements.