Common Transmission Problems

  1. RAV4 ECM Transmission Failure

    There are a ton of vehicles out there eligible for the title of 'worst transmission on the road' and the 2001-2003 RAV4 is in the mix. Harsh shifting, jumping from gear-to-gear, sluggish acceleration and ultimately transmission failure are …

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Where Transmission Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Transmissions News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. It’s pretty rare for a car that’s less than a year old to need a new transmission, and yet … here we are.

    Toyota has recalled the 2019 Corolla Hatchback because at least 3,400 of them have CVTs that are expected to fail. The problem is the torque converter that can fail in the CVT and cause the car to lose motive power at any speed. Because there’s no fix, Toyota needs to replace the whole transmission and let’s just say they were not prepared for that situation. To buy some time, the automaker isn’t planning on sending recall notices until mid-February.

    Usually a car’s first recall is for a missing tire label or a loose connection somewhere. If this is any indication of future problems with the Corolla Hatchback then batten down the hatches.

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