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Hi,

Forgive me if this subject has come up elsewhere on the forum but I could not find it anywhere.

I have a 2002 RAV4 2lt Automatic. It has 48,000 miles on the clock, I do well under the yearly average miles and get the car regularly serviced at a main Toyota dealer. I am a careful driver, do not go off-road and do not tow with the RAV.

Imagine my horror when the gearbox started ‘jumping’ (for want of a better word) and I was told that no error codes were coming up upon inspection and the only solution would be a new gearbox.

On an Australian forum I found 2 guys who had experienced a similar problem. No error codes came up but when the computer that tells the gearbox when to change gear was changed, it solved the problem. Still expensive, but nowhere near as much as a new gearbox.

I’d be interested to know of anyone needing a new automatic gearbox in the UK for a similarly low mileage, well-maintained RAV. I would also be interested if anyone pushed Toyota to commit to pay at least some of the repair bill, as I plan to do.

Any help or advice gratefully received.

Many thanks.

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Hi,

Forgive me if this subject has come up elsewhere on the forum but I could not find it anywhere.

I have a 2002 RAV4 2lt Automatic. It has 48,000 miles on the clock, I do well under the yearly average miles and get the car regularly serviced at a main Toyota dealer. I am a careful driver, do not go off-road and do not tow with the RAV.

Imagine my horror when the gearbox started ‘jumping’ (for want of a better word) and I was told that no error codes were coming up upon inspection and the only solution would be a new gearbox.

On an Australian forum I found 2 guys who had experienced a similar problem. No error codes came up but when the computer that tells the gearbox when to change gear was changed, it solved the problem. Still expensive, but nowhere near as much as a new gearbox.

I’d be interested to know of anyone needing a new automatic gearbox in the UK for a similarly low mileage, well-maintained RAV. I would also be interested if anyone pushed Toyota to commit to pay at least some of the repair bill, as I plan to do.

Any help or advice gratefully received.

Many thanks.

Hi berryadi, and welcome to the forum. There are a lot more knowledgeable guys than me on this forum, but I think it might be worth checking the automatic transmission fluid level as a first step. Sounds simple, I know, but sometimes the simple things..... More intellectual horsepower will be along later......

Good luck!

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There are several reasons why your gearbox might behave in this way and before you have it changed it would be worth looking up an auto transmission specialist. As Robert says, start with the obvious and check the oil then you could either change the oil or discuss with the specialist about changing the transmission filter (don't try this yourself unless you are competent and confident as it requires some stripping of the gearbox). The gearbox takes 3.9 litres of ATF if you decide to change it and before you do look at the dipstick to make sure that the fuid is a deep red colour. Any brown or black discolouration probably indicates a fault or a fault has occured. The fluid level is best checked with the engine hot and running.

Ther are also other faults that will cause these symptoms like a faulty speed sensor but a good specialist will know all this.

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I came upon this while researching a similar problem with my wife's 2002 RAV4 automatic with 57,000 miles. The engine warning light came o just after the fault started and was reset by Toyota but 2 weeks later, the light is back on and the intermittent jerky jumpy gearbox fault remains. The Toyota dealer does not appear to what has caused this fault and appear reluctant to fix it. The car has been serviced with Toyota main delars all it's life.

I will try the suggestions from Anchorman and update this page. We certainly do not want the expense of a new gearbox.

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Would certainly agree on Anchormans previous answer to this. Before I had the pleasure of being a Toyota

owner I had a V6 Nedflander :blush::blush: It had the jerky Auto box problem which was cured by replacing

the speed sensor. :thumbsup:

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Toyota transmission, I have found, is over-engineered.

No way will the gearbox be knackered after such a low mileage - otherwise it would be a trades description job as not fit for purpose.

Find a specialist!!

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I came upon this while researching a similar problem with my wife's 2002 RAV4 automatic with 57,000 miles. The engine warning light came o just after the fault started and was reset by Toyota but 2 weeks later, the light is back on and the intermittent jerky jumpy gearbox fault remains. The Toyota dealer does not appear to what has caused this fault and appear reluctant to fix it. The car has been serviced with Toyota main delars all it's life.

I will try the suggestions from Anchorman and update this page. We certainly do not want the expense of a new gearbox.

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I came upon this while researching a similar problem with my wife's 2002 RAV4 automatic with 57,000 miles. The engine warning light came o just after the fault started and was reset by Toyota but 2 weeks later, the light is back on and the intermittent jerky jumpy gearbox fault remains. The Toyota dealer does not appear to what has caused this fault and appear reluctant to fix it. The car has been serviced with Toyota main delars all it's life.

I will try the suggestions from Anchorman and update this page. We certainly do not want the expense of a new gearbox.

Hi, did you get to the bottom of the problem or did you sell the car on? I have just purchased a 2002 Rav4 Auto with 58k that was registered in your area and it's got the same problem you had. If you have sold it I'm wondering if it's the same car????? Thanks

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I came upon this while researching a similar problem with my wife's 2002 RAV4 automatic with 57,000 miles. The engine warning light came o just after the fault started and was reset by Toyota but 2 weeks later, the light is back on and the intermittent jerky jumpy gearbox fault remains. The Toyota dealer does not appear to what has caused this fault and appear reluctant to fix it. The car has been serviced with Toyota main delars all it's life.

I will try the suggestions from Anchorman and update this page. We certainly do not want the expense of a new gearbox.

Hi, did you get to the bottom of the problem or did you sell the car on? I have just purchased a 2002 Rav4 Auto with 58k that was registered in your area and it's got the same problem you had. If you have sold it I'm wondering if it's the same car????? Thanks

You might be better to pm him because if he doesn't look in very often he will get an email to give him a nudge.

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I came upon this while researching a similar problem with my wife's 2002 RAV4 automatic with 57,000 miles. The engine warning light came o just after the fault started and was reset by Toyota but 2 weeks later, the light is back on and the intermittent jerky jumpy gearbox fault remains. The Toyota dealer does not appear to what has caused this fault and appear reluctant to fix it. The car has been serviced with Toyota main delars all it's life.

I will try the suggestions from Anchorman and update this page. We certainly do not want the expense of a new gearbox.

Hi, did you get to the bottom of the problem or did you sell the car on? I have just purchased a 2002 Rav4 Auto with 58k that was registered in your area and it's got the same problem you had. If you have sold it I'm wondering if it's the same car????? Thanks

You might be better to pm him because if he doesn't look in very often he will get an email to give him a nudge.

Thanks for that, I'm a newbie to this site and still trying to work my way around it!

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Hi,

Forgive me if this subject has come up elsewhere on the forum but I could not find it anywhere.

I have a 2002 RAV4 2lt Automatic. It has 48,000 miles on the clock, I do well under the yearly average miles and get the car regularly serviced at a main Toyota dealer. I am a careful driver, do not go off-road and do not tow with the RAV.

Imagine my horror when the gearbox started ‘jumping’ (for want of a better word) and I was told that no error codes were coming up upon inspection and the only solution would be a new gearbox.

On an Australian forum I found 2 guys who had experienced a similar problem. No error codes came up but when the computer that tells the gearbox when to change gear was changed, it solved the problem. Still expensive, but nowhere near as much as a new gearbox.

I’d be interested to know of anyone needing a new automatic gearbox in the UK for a similarly low mileage, well-maintained RAV. I would also be interested if anyone pushed Toyota to commit to pay at least some of the repair bill, as I plan to do.

Any help or advice gratefully received.

Many thanks.

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Hi,

Forgive me if this subject has come up elsewhere on the forum but I could not find it anywhere.

I have a 2002 RAV4 2lt Automatic. It has 48,000 miles on the clock, I do well under the yearly average miles and get the car regularly serviced at a main Toyota dealer. I am a careful driver, do not go off-road and do not tow with the RAV.

Imagine my horror when the gearbox started ‘jumping’ (for want of a better word) and I was told that no error codes were coming up upon inspection and the only solution would be a new gearbox.

On an Australian forum I found 2 guys who had experienced a similar problem. No error codes came up but when the computer that tells the gearbox when to change gear was changed, it solved the problem. Still expensive, but nowhere near as much as a new gearbox.

I’d be interested to know of anyone needing a new automatic gearbox in the UK for a similarly low mileage, well-maintained RAV. I would also be interested if anyone pushed Toyota to commit to pay at least some of the repair bill, as I plan to do.

Any help or advice gratefully received.

Many thanks.

When you click reply just start typing after the last quote - right at the bottom. You'll get used to it!

Welcome to the club.

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Hi,

Forgive me if this subject has come up elsewhere on the forum but I could not find it anywhere.

I have a 2002 RAV4 2lt Automatic. It has 48,000 miles on the clock, I do well under the yearly average miles and get the car regularly serviced at a main Toyota dealer. I am a careful driver, do not go off-road and do not tow with the RAV.

Imagine my horror when the gearbox started ‘jumping’ (for want of a better word) and I was told that no error codes were coming up upon inspection and the only solution would be a new gearbox.

On an Australian forum I found 2 guys who had experienced a similar problem. No error codes came up but when the computer that tells the gearbox when to change gear was changed, it solved the problem. Still expensive, but nowhere near as much as a new gearbox.

I’d be interested to know of anyone needing a new automatic gearbox in the UK for a similarly low mileage, well-maintained RAV. I would also be interested if anyone pushed Toyota to commit to pay at least some of the repair bill, as I plan to do.

Any help or advice gratefully received.

Many thanks.

When you click reply just start typing after the last quote - right at the bottom. You'll get used to it!

Welcome to the club.

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Hi there,

We have just bought two weeks ago, a 2002 rav4 gx 2.0 auto with 49,500 miles on the clock.

Less than a thousand miles later it is going back to the garage we bought it from to have work done because it started having a jerky change, and also the yellow engine light came on. They think it may be the gearbox or the ECU or both !

There seems to be more than just a few low mileage 2.0 auto rav gx gearboxes going bomp.

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Hi there,

We have just bought two weeks ago, a 2002 rav4 gx 2.0 auto with 49,500 miles on the clock.

Less than a thousand miles later it is going back to the garage we bought it from to have work done because it started having a jerky change, and also the yellow engine light came on. They think it may be the gearbox or the ECU or both !

There seems to be more than just a few low mileage 2.0 auto rav gx gearboxes going bomp.

Have you spoken to a Toyota dealer about it?

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Hi there,

We have just bought two weeks ago, a 2002 rav4 gx 2.0 auto with 49,500 miles on the clock.

Less than a thousand miles later it is going back to the garage we bought it from to have work done because it started having a jerky change, and also the yellow engine light came on. They think it may be the gearbox or the ECU or both !

There seems to be more than just a few low mileage 2.0 auto rav gx gearboxes going bomp.

Have you spoken to a Toyota dealer about it?

When i took it into my local toyota dealer, they did not want to know, they were not even sure what the code P0750 meant ! and refered me to a local auto gearbox specialist. who i have not used.

Ours is now going to a specialist in Gravesend on Monday for a week ?

cheers

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Hi there,

We have just bought two weeks ago, a 2002 rav4 gx 2.0 auto with 49,500 miles on the clock.

Less than a thousand miles later it is going back to the garage we bought it from to have work done because it started having a jerky change, and also the yellow engine light came on. They think it may be the gearbox or the ECU or both !

There seems to be more than just a few low mileage 2.0 auto rav gx gearboxes going bomp.

Have you spoken to a Toyota dealer about it?

When i took it into my local toyota dealer, they did not want to know, they were not even sure what the code P0750 meant ! and refered me to a local auto gearbox specialist. who i have not used.

Ours is now going to a specialist in Gravesend on Monday for a week ?

cheers

hi by the sounds of it you'll need a new gearbox ecu, P0750 is a shift solonoid fault code, i bought a 02 Rav 4 2.0 GX Auto last year with the same fault code, we checked the solonoids and wiring by dropping the gearbox pan, i contacted www.cheaptoyotaparts.co.uk who virtually guaranteed it would be the ecu not the gearbox as he sells so many! He saved me £150 on a genuine toyota part, still not a cheap job tho, any competent mechanic can fit the ecu, u need a 5 sided torx screwdriver (sorry cant remember which size, just buy a cheap set off ebay) the ecu is located behind the glovebox and u need to program the keys to it, (if you buy from www.cheaptoyotaparts.co.uk he'll include instructions). Cheers Paul

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yep, this is a common problem... here you have the TC002-06

those UK Mr-T grease monkeys with hour tariffs higher then a graduated lawyer don't want to know about it (lack off knowledge)

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Hello,

Just to update on our gearbox probs.

Today we took it to the Auto gearbox specialist in Gravesend, they said they need to speak to the garage we bought the car from.

What gents, they have agreed to meet all costs, although they hope to get some costs back from the insurance. :)

Auto specialist confirms the fault code as P0750, says that the gearbox oil was slightly burnt, the clutch is burnt out, and the ECU is knackered.

So,

They are renewing the ECU, and re-coding 2 keys @£680.00 plus new clutch and overhauling the gearbox. ( Do not know costs )

Hopefully we will get it back by the weekend. Fingers crossed. :rolleyes:

Cheers.

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PS,

It is a shame that Toyota do not uphold the warranty that applies to US models of the 2001 - 2003 Auto Rav 4. ??????

Cheers.

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what happend next!!!

PS,

It is a shame that Toyota do not uphold the warranty that applies to US models of the 2001 - 2003 Auto Rav 4. ??????

Cheers.

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Evening all,

Well, Elsie is back, although a couple of thousand pounds lighter.

£2,567.05 to be precise.

To supply and fit 1 auto gearbox,

plus converter,

i new gearbox ECU,

Programing by Toyota.

Fortunately the insurace company and the garage we bought the car from have jointly honoured the costs.

She is certainly running a lot smoother now, although it may just be me but the MPG is hovering around 25 to 27 ?

Regards,

Lcc.

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Evening all,

Well, Elsie is back, although a couple of thousand pounds lighter.

£2,567.05 to be precise.

To supply and fit 1 auto gearbox,

plus converter,

i new gearbox ECU,

Programing by Toyota.

Fortunately the insurace company and the garage we bought the car from have jointly honoured the costs.

She is certainly running a lot smoother now, although it may just be me but the MPG is hovering around 25 to 27 ?

Regards,

Lcc.

Find a post from Bitman. He has 2 auto RAVs with live fuel data. You could also try cancelling the display and let it stabilise again.

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Pleased this has been resolved without cost to yourself. It's nice to hear about good service.

BTW, who was the insurance company?

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