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2001 2002 2003 Toyota RAV4 ECM / ECU Repair Service

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Do you own a 2001, 2002 or 2003 automatic Toyota RAV4? Are you having automatic transmission shifting problems? Erratic problems? Power loss? Is transmission slipping? And in top of all that, also less fuel mileage than usual? Read on!

*** Orders are accepted and shipped to any part of the world! ***

In 99% of the cases, it is a faulty ECM (a.k.a ECU). It is been informed that around 235,500 RAV4 models in the USA might be affected with this issue about the ECM. That is; 77,100 units from 2001 models, 87,600 units from 2002 models and 70,800 units from 2003 models. That's almost 1/4 million units! Did I say USA models? Well, yes, the almost 1/4 million units are USA models only. There is a countless number of the same 2001-2003 units affected in other Countries that are not included in the 235,500 units. Do not doubt that your vehicle's ECM is among them! In fact, sooner or later ALL these 2001-2003 Toyota models will be affected, unless the ECM is either repaired or replaced, of which, we recommend to repair it, as many new ECMs are failing again after some time of been replaced and used ECMs are out of the question.

Note: This problem is also affecting 2001-2003 Toyota Picnic 2.0L and 2001-2003 Avensis Verso 2.0L models too.

There is no doubt that your Toyota RAV4 or Picnic is a very reliable and dependable vehicle, but this issue that is now surfacing is a real problem that is only annoying at the beginning, but damages the automatic transmission at the end. Even accidents caused by this issue have been reported.

The good news is that there is a definitive cure and it is available right now, right here! We are offering the service of repairing your RAV4 ECM and getting rid of all those annoying problems for good before it damages your transmission. We completely know the ECM of your car and have already identified this problem. Our repair service not only fixes the problem, but prevent it from happening again.

Is your RAV4 having any one or more of these symptoms?:
  • Erratic Shifting.
  • Transmission slips in any gear, but mostly from second to third gear.
  • Starting in 3rd gear and shifting erratically or not shifting.
  • Hesitation when engaging in any of the gears.
  • Rattling noise coming from below and/or from the front area when the engine is running.
  • The feeling of applying the brakes by it self in some occasions.
  • False solenoid codes P0750, P0753, P0755, P0758 and/or P1760.
  • The codes above not always show (DTC codes). Sometimes it fails with no codes at all or no check engine light.
  • Engages hard in reverse with a "bump" or takes time to engage.
  • Symptoms are intermittent. Sometimes symptoms only show up when warm or when cold and sometimes symptoms don't show at all.
  • One day it runs OK and all the symptoms magically disappear and the next day all or some of those symptoms are back.
  • In many cases, fuel economy or gas mileage is lower than normal.

If your answer is yes, then you need our repair service right away!

Bring us your ECM and you will drive a new-again Toyota RAV4 or Picnic after we service it. This service is for either, 4x4 (AWD or 4WD - All Wheel Drive) or 4x2 (FWD or 2WD - Front Wheel Drive) vehicles, equipped with automatic transmission. Manual transmission vehicles of these manufacture years (2001-2003) only show low fuel mileage and minor intermittent problems, but we can service those too. The problem will go away for good and you will immediately feel the difference!

Please note that this is a service for repairing your current ECM. This is not a listing for a replacement ECM. If you need a refurbished replacement ECM, please contact us as we may have it too or check in Toyota ECMs.

***Worldwide customers are all welcome, but please, if you are sending your ECM to us from outside of the USA, check an IMPORTANT notice below in red, about avoiding Customs brokerage fees on International orders. This DOES NOT apply to USA, USA Territories, USA Protectorates or Canada***

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The ECMs of these RAV4 models are failing with time, and as a result of this failure, the transmission starts slipping (mostly from second to third gear) and showing other shifting problems, like starting in third gear instead of first gear, making it sluggish when it is accelerated. RPMs go up and the vehicle barely starts to move, among many other possible symptoms. If this situation is not solved on time, the transmission will suffer an internal failure, making the problem worse and a lot more expensive to fix. Like if it wasn't enough, owners even have reported having minor accidents because of the malfunction of the vehicle while having this issue. Citing the words of one of our customers before we serviced his ECM, "lately, this is been kind of a dangerous car...".

This issue will only be solved by either, (1) replacing the ECM computer by a new one (good, but very expensive and also fails with time), or (2) by sending us your ECM for servicing it. A reprogramming job alone will NOT, I repeat, will NOT solve the problem, as suggested by many dealers.

If you decide to replace your ECM, a new ECM will cost from $800 to $1300. If you get an used ECM, it will be prone to fail for the same issues, unless it is PROPERLY repaired and if it has the immobilizer security system enabled, it must be programmed first, before you can use it in your car. Otherwise, the engine will not start.

The best choice is our professional service. We PROPERLY repair and reprogram your actual RAV4 or Picnic ECM computer and when it is returned to you, it will be ready to be installed and used right away ("plug and play"). No programming will be needed and no trips to the dealer. We do a high quality job and take preventive measures to avoid this from happening ever again.

Take action now! Don't allow the transmission to get damaged by driving your RAV4 with a failing ECM computer. A transmission repair job may cost you from $3000, up to $5000!!!

IMPORTANT: Worldwide orders are happily accepted. We highly recommend to use FedEx, UPS or DHL services to ship your ECM to us. Services or Companies other than those mentioned here, may incur in a Customs brokerage fee of $200 that must be collected (charged to the customer) before the ECM is returned. Once again, FedEx, UPS or DHL will NOT generate this extra charge as they have their own Customs brokers.

Examples of RAV4 ECM units that are having these problems are listed below, but there are more, so don't hesitate on asking us or acquiring the service if you don't see your ECM's number in this list. Simple rule, if it is a 2001, 2002 or 2003 Toyota RAV4, Toyota Picnic or Toyota Avensis, either 4x2 or 4x4, then it is one of the affected models. Engines associated with these units are the 1AZ-FE engine and the 1AZ-FSE engine, both 2.0L.








































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2001 2002 2003 Toyota RAV4 ecm / ecu / tcm computer repair

Where is my ECU / ECM located in my RAV4?

Location of the 2001 2002 2003 Toyota RAV4 ecu ecm tcm computer

Location of the 2001 2002 2003 Toyota RAV4 ecu ecm tcm computer second view

Toyota RAV4 ECM repair FAQ

What do you do? Do you reprogram or repair the ECM?

Both. We repair the circuit of the ECM and then reprogram the ECM. A reprogramming alone will not fix the transmission problem. The reprogramming is done to the transmission adaptation tables, which are located in a memory chip in the ECM's circuit. The repair process includes replacing any damaged electronic part and reconditioning of the circuit, to avoid this from happening ever again.

I have seen a lot of places over the Internet offering this same service lately. Why choosing you?

I need to first point out that all other places are not offering "this same service". We differ from them in that the ECM is completely reconditioned, needed parts are replaced and it is reprogrammed. We cover what they do not. We constantly receive ECMs that were previously serviced by other shops, sent to us by unhappy customers in a second attempt to fix their ECMs.

We completely know the circuit and functions of these ECMs and know how to manage it, but to answer the original question, Why choosing us? Because ECMs serviced by us, does not fail again. We fix the problem for good. Check the reviews left by some of our customers from all around the globe, in our Facebook page.

May I have a copy of the bulleting distributed by Toyota about this?

Sure! Below you may download the official Toyota bulleting issued for this:


and below, is the warranty extension bulletin issued to the service managers and warranty administrators:

2001-2003 Toyota RAV4 Warranty Enhancement

Is it hard to remove the ECM from the vehicle? Is it a mechanic needed for the job?

A mechanic is not needed to remove the ECM. It is a matter of removing several bolts. For doing so, a short Phillips screwdriver and a 10mm socket head wrench will be needed. Other than that, you will need to disengage the glove compartment (easy) and disconnect the 5 white plastic connectors attached to the ECM, by simply pushing a clip on each connector and pulling it out.

However, because of the small area where it is installed, it might be somewhat difficult to handle and remove from its place. If you are doing it yourself, take extreme caution not to cut yourself with any sharp edges around the area.

Do I need to disconnect the vehicle battery before uninstalling or installing the ECM?

It is recommended, but not needed in these models. However, if you disconnect the battery, since the vehicle will be in that state for several days, you might need to reset the alarm/security system, which is not related to the ECM or the immobilizer.

My ECM is not on the list shown. May I send it to you?

If it is a 2001, 2002 or 2003 Toyota Rav4, Picnic or Avensis, either 4x2 or 4x4, then yes, and we will fix it for you! There are more ECM part numbers affected than the ones listed on our page.

Will my RAV4 pass the smog test (emissions test) when doing inspection of my RAV4 if I get this service?

Short answer, YES. Long answer, if it passed the emission tests before the problem showed up, it will then pass the test after the service even more. This service will not alter in any way the engine's function. We have even received reports of the vehicle performing better than before, but it is because of the transmission shifting properly now. It actually is the other way around, if the ECM issue caused somehow to fail the smog test, then after repaired it should pass without a problem.

What are the engine specifications of these RAV4 you are servicing their ECMs

Engine is 4 cylinder, 2.0L, either the 1AZ-FE or 1AZ-FSE Toyota engines.

Do I need to program or do anything else that require a trip to the dealer in order to use my repaired ECM?

No, not at all. Your ECM will be "plug and play" after you receive it back. That means that you just reinstall it in your RAV4 and it will be ready to use. No programming, no trips to the dealer and no towing your RAV4 to the mechanic will be needed at all. You will start enjoying your new-again RAV4 as soon as the ECM is serviced and reinstalled.

People tell me that these ECMs will lock once serviced and will need to go to the dealer so they can fix that. Is it true?

Short answer, NOT with us. Detailed answer, Yes, it might happen if the ECM has the immobilizer system enabled and the technician does not do the job properly or does not know how to handle it (other shops).

We always prepare our customers' ECMs so they are ready to start the engine as usual when installed and can be used right away. If your ECM has the immobilizer system enabled, it is not a problem for us. We will know just by reading the memory of the ECM and will program it accordingly so it works with your keys and only with your keys.

You charge an amount for the job, plus shipping. How does shipping work?

The shipping fee we charge is for covering the return shipment. That fee will pay the shipping service used when we return the repaired ECM to you.

I have more than one ECM. Do you offer combined shipping or any other discount?

Yes, we will ship up to 2 ECMs in the same box for the shipping charge of one, if shipped Internationally (outside of the USA). If shipped in the USA, we will ship up to 3 ECMs in the same box for the shipping charge of one. About the job charge, if you send 2 ECMs at the same time to be repaired, we will take off 20% ($50.00 out of $250.00) to the second ECM, if it is not in any special price offer and the 2 ECMs are sent together.

What warranty do you offer and what does it cover?

We include a one year warranty. It covers the repair job itself. In the rarest occasion that your ECM fails with the same symptoms (have not happened yet), we will take care of it and if it is the same problem we worked on, we will solve it at no cost. We will even cover shipping charges.

"The same problem" in the above statement means that the circuit has the same part or parts damaged again and it was not an external cause. "External cause" is defined as a short circuit in the vehicle's circuitry, or if the ECM was used in the wrong car model, or if the ECM fell into the water or any other liquid, or if the ECM fell down from a considerable distance to a hard surface, where "considerable" in the previous statement means "enough to harm the circuit", or if the ECM was smashed, or any other case beyond our control and responsibility with this service.

How much time will this service take?

We generally take only one business day. On high workload days, we might take up to 2 business days. The rest of the time it will take, will be shipment transit time, which will generally be 2 to 5 business days if mailed in the United States using USPS Priority Mail or 1-2 days if using USPS Express Mail. If FedEx is used, it would be next business day. International locations will take 2-6 business days through FedEx.

How does this service work? Do you send an ECM after I pay?

No. Right after you order the service, we will be expecting your ECM to arrive any time, so it can be repaired, reprogrammed, tested and then shipped back to you. You may even send your ECM before payment is done, so some time is gained.

Is the ECM the same as ECU?

Yes, it refers to the same automotive part. ECM stands for Engine Control Module and ECU stands for Engine Control Unit, but refers to the same device.

If the ECU is "Engine Control Unit", why should I send it if the problem is not with the engine, but with the transmission?

In the case of the automatic 2001-2003 Toyota RAV4, Picnic or Avensis models, the ECM controls both, the engine and the transmission, different from other automatic cars, where there are two separated units for the same.

Do you offer this service to XXX country?

Yes, we repair RAV4 ECMs from all around the world. All Countries are welcome.

How should I pack my ECM when shipping it to you?

Just send it in a small box, wrapped with some paper, plastic wrap or any packing material of your choice (newspaper is fine). The construction of this ECM is pretty tough and withstand moderate impacts. So far, all incoming ECUs have arrived OK, even those that came packed in a plain bag.

My RAV4 has the immobilizer system enabled. Can you still service my ECM?

Sure! You will have no problems with the immobilizer or with starting the engine with your keys (transponder keys). It will be ready to use as soon as you receive it.

I depend a lot of my RAV4. What could happen if I keep using it like that while I have the chance to send it to you?

Using your RAV4 with a failing ECM may cause the transmission to have an internal failure and then, the ECM and the transmission will both need service. There are occasions, where the failure in the ECM makes the transmission to start in third gear, instead of first gear. In that moment, you will feel your RAV4 like if it is very heavy, hard to start moving from zero and the RPMs go up and still it is slow moving. It is in that moment when the clutches and other parts inside the transmission start to burn and fail.

Is it really the ECM and not the transmission? It slips and jolts and feels like the transmission is really broken!

In very few times the problem is both, the transmission and a failing ECM, unless it has been used and abused with a failing ECM. But when the problem starts to show up, you are still in time. The ECM controls your vehicle's automatic transmission electronically by shifting through solenoids. When the ECM is failing, it sends erratic pulses to those solenoids, making the transmission behave like it is falling apart. Repairing or replacing the ECM is the first step to fix the problem and possibly the only one. It all begins with a faulty ECM and not instead.

Is there a chance that the transmission could be damaged besides the ECM?

Yes. Please see the answer of the previous question above. Our experience is that in a large percentage of the cases, it is only the ECM. It is very important that once the ECM failure is present, you stop using your RAV4 and either replace or repair the ECM.
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"PHENOMENAL - Like others, I was leery, but no need. I had just purchased a used 09 Rav4 for my daughter for school clear across the country and less than a week before she was to leave I was informed that the transmission was acting up. Took it to the shop who checked it out before I had purchased and was told quite the line of b.s., so I started researching and wound up here. Took the Rav to a trans shop had 'em drop the pan to make sure there was no metal parts - there wasn't, so I had it serviced and sent the ECU off to Richard Rodriguez in Puerto Rico, not really knowing if I'd ever see it again. He received it Wednesday afternoon and I had it back on Thursday at 10:30 AM! The test drive after initial install showed evidence of improvement within roughly a five to ten minute "learning curve" and it was decided that the cross country trip would happen. I am extremely pleased to say that the 2,400 plus mile trip was a complete success! The factory ECU is right at $1,200.00 not i"

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

john quintana

"I send my rav 4 computer to Richard because I was having problems with the transmition and he fix it and mail it back to me and my rav is working perfect now , he did a good job and quick , I deffenetly recomend him to fix your computer."

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Alan Waggoner

"My daughters 2001Rav4 was not changing gears correctly.the transmission was hanging up between gears and staying in 3rd gear. I found the Other Deal online and set my ECM off to Richard. he promptly returned it to me, repaired, I installed it, and the car works flawlessly. Thanks Richard for super job I am very satisfied. Alan"

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Nicholas Deem

"I was very scared when I found out this company was located outside the U.S.A. and certainly did my home work, even on a Sunday evening sitting on my sail sail boat, sent an email to the company the owner instantly reassured me they were legit and had great confidence in repairing my ECU, I recieved my ECU, in perfect condition packaged nicely, reistalled and cannot believe how the car returned to it's original condition if not even smoother shifts than new, Richard was amazing and the work first class, I now show everyone with RAV4 issues this site and will be the first to use in the future....Nicholas"

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Jonathan Hartmann

"My local Toyota dealer was not honest with me about the ECM being the culprit..even after I told him of the obvious clue..a slipping 2-3 upshift. Otherdeal fixed my unit, got it back fast, and the car runs perfectly...Richard saved the day."

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Jean Eyhartz

"Je suis français et Toyota France n'a pas réussi à trouver une solution à mon problème de boîte automatique. Grace à Internet, j'ai pu prendre contact avec OtherDeal qui a réparé mon ECU en moins d'une semaine (temps de transport compris, bravo aussi à Fedex) et ma voiture fonctionne correctement. Je voudrais remercier Mr Richard Rodriguez pour sa compétence, et sa gentillesse : pour me faciliter les choses il n'a pas hésité à me communiquer son numéro de compte Fedex et à prendre en charge même mon expédition que je lui ai remboursé par la suite. J'écris en français car je pense ne pas être le seul à avoir eu cette panne et que ce message pourrait être utile à d'autres propriétaires de Rav4. Merci encore Richard."

Rating: 5  of  5  Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

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