They also have Ebay buy it now auctions. The buy it now price is $135. I made an offer of $125 and it was instantly accepted. You might be able to get it for less.Yes...that was the one...I had a brain fart..! https://www.automodulesource.com/2001-toyota-rav4-ecm-engine-control-module.html
The recall work was probably just a re-flash - software only. But from what I can tell, that's not a proper solution for the issue. If I were you, I would go to ebay and get a new ECM. Since it seems you know how to reproduce the problem, you can try the refurb ecm where they do whatever soldering is needed as well as reflash (I'm pretty sure most of them do that). If it's better, great. If it's worse, get another one sent - you still have your original. If it's the same, at least you know you did preventative maintenance on the ECM. It's cheap enough, and fairly easy to do. Only hardware you need are a socket set with an extension, and a stubby philips screwdriver.Hello,
I just purchased a 2001 Rav4 a week ago. It is a 4wd automatic with 142k. I absolutely love what the Rav offers (4wd, small economical motor for my highway commute, designed much better than the comparable CRV generation). Plus the previous owner was METICULOUS in maintenance; in fact he took it for a $1700 job to do rear suspensions a week before selling it to make sure it would be in good condition. I also lucked out that the engine has been swapped with a much lower mileage motor by an auto shop because they messed up a prior engine job. I really would like to keep the car for a few years.
Anyway, I was quite hesitant at first before buying due to the transmission issue. I test drove it and seemed to be running fine no noticeable issue with the trans. So far, I have noticed a "quirk" and am not sure if it's a big deal or not. It seems when I first drive it in the morning heading in to work, the 2nd-3rd gear shift seems to happen all the way at around 3k (the previous shifts will happen somewhere between 2-2.5k if I'm conservative on the throttle). There isn't any hard shifting or jitter or anything like that, it just kind of worries me that it'll rev (with relatively normal thrust/torque) all the way to 3k before it shifts. In fact if I ease on the throttle, where most cars it'll initiate a gear shift, it'll stay in the same gear until it hits 3k. After a while it'll shift regularly between 2 & 3.
I did look at the history of the car through toyota, it seems that it has had the following:
6621J2 07/06/2007 CAMPAIGN/RECALL CAMPAIGN/RECALL ~|~ENGINE FLASH ~|~ ~|~FLASH COMPLETED AND SUCCESSFUL
I am inclined to think this was a reflash of the ECU for the trans? No info on who it was done by. I was thinking of just biting the bullet and going with a refurbed ECU from one of the aforementioned places in this thread, but will this be just a redundancy or do these places offer a reflash plus actual physical refreshing of the ECU? Or is it just purely software?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!