Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages on Toyota RAV4

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

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Average mileage: 117,864 (150–242,812)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2008
16 people reported this problem
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I just bought a 1997 automatic Rav4, when i accelerate above 60 mph on the highway it gets stuck at 4000 rpms and after 5-10 minutes it will shift back down to 3000 rpms.
2003 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD 48,000 mi,
shifting problem in long driving, looks dangerous to drive
2000 Toyota RAV4 166,913 mi,
I will be driving on the interstate and at 60mph the rpms will be about 4500 or 5000 and get stuck before shifting down and then stay at around 3500 and I cannot accelerate past 80mph.
When driving on the high way the engine revs starts going down and the gear shifts down. Had to stop, switch off the engine than start again
1996 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD 242,812 mi,
I have no soloution but I'm having this problem and it's really annoying trying to drive on the highway.
2003 Toyota RAV4 - 2WD 123,000 mi,
Is not fixied yet
My RAV4 has been having this issue lately at almost 141,000 miles.
2001 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD 150 mi,
On my 3rd transmission and 4th computer. Dang this is annoying. Keeps slipping (first when cold, later more often, and finally will not go into reverse or high gears). I'm beside myself on this one and selling the car while it's still running. LOVE the RAV4 of this year, but I can't trust it and I'm thousands into repairing it so often.
1997 Toyota RAV4 - 2WD 193,000 mi,
Transmission not shifting correctly. Shifts at 4000 rpm. Added transmission additive. Waiting to see if it helps.
1997 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD 13,500 mi,
my no speak es anglais je voudrait savoir pour quoi j`ai un code po1770 sa dit que ces shifs solonoides valve je voudrait savoir comment la reparer s`il vouplait je vous remerci infiniment