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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • This is the first I've heard of an alignment problem, and I go back-and-forth with a lot of RAVers on another site.

    You say the tires were checked out; I guess you mean for tire pressure as well as tire build problems, also rotated to see if there is any difference.

    Other than that, I'm at a loss. Did it have these problems when new? Did the alignments help, even temporarily?
  • You name it, I've got it on my new (1 month old) RAV4. As of 4/01, the RAVs have a new emmisions computer. This has caused my RAV to have some significant acceleration problems that are going to get me killed. Does anyone else have this problem? Please ask around. Toyota is telling me that this is operating "as designed." I hope they are kidding. It's going into the dealer for the second time next week to get checked, but they don't expect to find 'anything.' I called the 1-800 number, but they tell me the same thing. As far as the rattle noise...had that. Try the tire jack under the passenger seat. I've had to fix this twice already. Make sure it's snug (give it a twist). As far as the windshield noise in colder weather...I can't figure that one out. It happens to me in the AM hours.
  • stragerstrager Posts: 308
    My understanding is that the new RAV is plagued with problems like the rattle, that Toyota will not readily acknowledge.

    Check out, you have plenty of company. Some people have gone to arbitration with Toyota for brake and rattle problems and Toyota has repurchased their vehicles. Good luck.
  • kevinjh1: if the windshield noise is what some people call "dash rattle", the sound roughly coming from where the two pieces come together, there is a TSB on that one. But you probably knew that from the other site. Just wanted to be sure.
  • suvshopper4: thanks - I have checked the other site and found it to be very helpful. I posted a message about the sluggish acceleration and the response is alarming. It seems there are many that have this problem, and several good suggestions to try and fix it and/or live with it. I will give a few of them a go, but still think there's a problem here. I'll continue to look for others with the problem and a fix......
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,408
    has anybody come across the 02 prices yet for the rav4. thanks

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • Go to and choose Toyota on the homepage for new car prices...choose 2002, then RAV4 and its all there for you.
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,408

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • On one of these boards (I don't know which one, and don't want to go back a couple weeks and a couple thousand posts to find out), the host posted a couple links to websites of companies selling the "Autobahn Mirror" (D+D Super-Spiegel). I ordered it, and posted to that effect. The host asked that I'd let him know what I thought of the mirror when I got it. I thought I'd post my findings here on my 'home' board. So here goes:

    The mirror itself is okay, size-wise, but it has a jointed leg, about 3", that gives it such a size that it will look weird wherever I place it, especially where it 'wants' to go in my rig, stuck onto the windshield. And at US$22.95 + $5.95 s&h, it was not inexpensive.

    I shoulda done before what I did today - went to my local parts place and bought 2 little stick-on fisheye mirrors, one for each outside mirror. Total cost was $2.28 plus tax. They work very well.
  • Those little convex stick on mirrors are great, and the best thing I have found for driver's side blind spot, in the area to the left side of my left rear wheel.

    I have used them for years, and now have one on my RAV4 and my Lexus SC430. They are great protection and always let me know if anybody is to my left before I pull over, whether that is at 20 mph or 120.

    I think such a mirror should be standard.
  • After having my new 2001 Rav 4 (Black L package) for 6 months (10K miles) I thought I'd give my impressions for those looking to buy one:

    Unlike many other owners, I have not had any problems with rattles or the brakes. My check engine light just went on and my dealer will be looking at it tomorrow (aparantly there is a TSB on this). Other than the check engine light, I have had no problems with it at all. (More on this tomorrow)

    As for the performance, I would agree with the consensus that while it may not blow you away, the acelleration is acceptable. One thing I have not seen anyone comment on here is the handling. The Rav 4 handles surprisingly well! The ride is what I expected (a bit bumpy at times), and there is a small amount of road noise at highway speeds (75-80mph). The area where I feel the Rav really shines is in cornering. While its higher center of gravity means it will not out perform an Audi A4, it was no where near as bad as I expected! And just wait until you go to park one in a tight spot! As for gas usage, I have ranged from about 22-24 on average (mainly city-streets and rush-hour).

    On the interior, I have no problems fitting in the drivers seat (I'm 6'2" and 250lbs) and my wife also really loves driving it because of the increased visibility for her (5'2"). The seats are best described as typical Toyota. They are comfortable (no problems on a three hour drive), but there are better seats on the market. The rear seats move easy and provide lots of room when you need it. I also agree with the one post that the center arm rest is poor (small and plastic coated), and the radio is only average.

    For those debating the two big options, my thoughts:

    ABS is not a big deal. I have had to make two extremely quick stops (Gotta love Wisconsin deer!) and had no problem. Lock-up was easy to control, and it was straight (no pull to one side or the other).

    4X4 is a great option. I missed the last of the snow last winter so I'm dying to try it this winter. However, for those that live in areas that see heavy rain I highly suggest it. On a recent trip, a major downpour started that had almost every vehicle on the road pulling to the side. My Rav with its Rain-X coated windows (A must!) and its AWD cruised along at 50mph (and probably would have went higher except that visibility didn't allow it)!

    Over all, this is a great vehicle. If you are thinking about it, do it. You won't regret it!
  • re: check engine light, I took my Rav to the dealer who informed me that the light was due to a bad program in the ECU (Emissions Control Unit?) and that there was a TSB for this problem. A quick reprogramming of the ECU, and I was on my way. That was on 9/18. On 9/19 I took it on a 120 mile trip, and was back to my 40 mile commute today (9/20). Thus far (knock on wood) the light has stayed off, and I have not noticed any difference in performance as suggested in post #323.
  • That's good news about the ecu fix. No problems, that's great! Come to find out, my RAV problems may actually be the result of a relay that is not working properly, at least, that what others are being told. My dealer, however, will not try anything so I don't know for sure. All I do know is that I still have the problem. Unfortunatly, I may be heading for arbitration on this. I'm holding out to see if another dealer can help me out. Otherwise, I'm not driving the car. Life goes on, I guess. Good luck with the RAV!
  • I just got back from my dealer for service (cassette player). While I was there, they unloaded an '02 RAV off the truck. The '01 charges $590 for Anti-lock Brake System; the '02 sticker shows only $300.

    I've heard, though, that you must now buy the sunroof to get ABS.
  • I’ve bought 2002 Rav4 and this one doesn’t have alarm/keyless entry. Dealer is asking around $550 to install it. It sounds a little bit expensive considering that this alarm/keyless entry is very simple comparing with those after market products for the same money. Dealer suggests not going after other alarms but Toyota one by saying that their service department has so many complains and there is possibility of conflicting with manufacture warranty. Any comments please?
  • 2001 RAV with TERRIBLE clunking in rear suspension. 3 trips to dealer can't find problem. Any ideas?
  • xena63xena63 Posts: 1
    My roof racks have been installed with the arrows pointing towards the rear of the car. This causes a lot of wind noise as previously reported by others. Does anyone know how to remove the cross members and turn them around or does this need to be done by the dealer?
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    xena63: A RAVer named Antoine has a page about the roof rack removal on his website, with photos; this should give you what you are looking for. I know he knows what he is talking about - he bought my roof rack, took it off my RAV, and installed it on his.

    Here is the link to that page:

    If the above link does not work for you, you can access his site thru I believe Antoine's page in question is under 'technical' and/or 'what's new'.

    Good luck.

  • mga58mga58 Posts: 17
    I am eagerly awaiting Edmunds' TMV on the 02' RAVs. Meantime, what kind of deal has anyone been able to negotiate off MSRP to date?
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