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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • moesmoes Posts: 1
    I have a Toyota Rav D4.
    When I start the car the engine is stationary on 1500 and it drops and drops after a few minutes until the engine turns off.Can anyone help me or give me some information.
  • We have the same problem with my wifes '97 RAV4. Have not found a fix for it yet. Had a mechanic take apart the door and grease it up but it still froze latter that year. No solution found yet.
  • i believe that the 2002 rav 4 all wheel drive we have is experiencing the same symptoms ....have you resolved this issue?
  • jordijordi Posts: 1
    I need help and how.
    I have a Rav4,2004 auto. for more than a year this February. I loved the car and had no problem until last week. I was in a down town street parked waiting for my wife to buy something when I dicided to go to park someplace else near where she was shopping. I depressed the gas pedal to go slow, instead the car went forward accelereted like if I had step on the gas hard.
    Good thing no car was comming, otherwise it would have been an accident.
    I took my wife and went home very nervous. I did not tell her anything.
    Two days latter I went to do the groceries and when I was parking in the parking lot head in I tried to park right in the middle of the lines I was crooked I put the reverse and slightly deppress the gas pedal, my god the car accelerated even more than the first time hiting the left rear end against the firehydrant that was in back of me. This is only a second but I do not wish anybody to go through that. I applied the brakes and it was like if they did not exist, finnaly in terror I applied the hand brakes, almost to late.
    Since then the car is parked and I only go there every day to warm it up. I live in NJ and we are having snowfall almost every day.
    I made an appointment with the dealer for nex saturday, but I feel bad having to tell him that the car accelerated by itself, he might think I am nuts.
    Please advice me, I am even afraid to move the car now.
    I only have 3000 miles, mostly is city drive, my wife and I. We are both retired.
    I had a Matrix for a year before I traded it in for the Rav4, reason, two inches more front leg room. I am 6'4". I should have stayed with the Matrix.
    Please help me with this mess.
    Jordi Sama

    P.S Excuse my English, it is not my mother language.
  • cindyc,

    im from the philippines, and i have the same problems with my RAV4, really same as your case(engine sludge?). We have made some talks with our dealer here but they do not seem to care. Our RAV4 has only ran about 65,000 miles, just three year old. And now the engine is dead and we cannot use our RAV4 for 2 months already. What seems to be quite interesting with our case is that, the engine died out only around 15 days after its last periodic maintenance, the cause was engine sludge. We really dont know for sure yet if its accumulated engine sludge or it was just really because the engine of our RAV4 was really prone to engine sludge. To think that the one doing our periodic maintenance is the dealer, they should have spotted the problem or sludge before it got worse if they were really doing their job. By the way, they were using Amalie Oil. when the sludging happened. Is this a good quality oil? We are quite in limbo here because the dealer does not have any options but for us to pay for the repair or to change the engine. They were very cold and heartless the letter that they sent us.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    The NHTSA recently closed an investigation of unintended acceleration in several Toyota models. Aside from any possible mechanical malfunctions in your RAV4, is it possible your floor mats or footwear somehow interfered with proper operation of your gas pedal?

    tidester, host
  • rav4urav4u Posts: 21
    I read on one Toyota tech website that the sludge problem was a result of a redesign of the breathing system in the crankcase. The engines can't breathe well enough so sludge starts clinging to the parts. It has happened to vehicles that were well maintained according to the tech that runs the site. I thought Toyota had solved the problem, but hearing it resurfacing now is pretty disturbing. How long will it be before the resale value drops on Rav's? I hope I don't see it happening to the 2004's with the 2.4 liter engine.
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676
    While you are still under warranty, your best protection is to get all of your oil changes at the most frequent recommended interval at a Toyota dealership. Their argument in the earlier sludge fiasco was that owners weren't changing their oil. If an owner had proof, they ignored it. They can't ignore it if they are the ones changing the oil and maintaining the vehicle.
  • Redo of Rav4 Coming for 2006 Model Year, All I have heard is that it will have a 285hp engine.
  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    Toyotaguy2 : Do you mean a 185HP engine, as 285HP would be more powerful than most of the Toyota truck line ? Also, it would make the most powerful compact SUV bar-none and would even out-class some mid-large SUV's in power.
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    Yes, it will be new in '06 with a V6 optional engine. Have not heard hp but 185hp is a reasonable guess (285 cannot be correct). I've seen pix and it looks more aggressive. I thought it looked good IMO.
  • ronstoyronstoy Posts: 55
    Howdy rbleland, where are some pics we can look at?
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    Can't recall exactly but know it was in
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Aren't the "pics" only overstyled artist's renderings, not true photos of what they will actually look like?
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    on new 05 RAV4. Read in Motor Trend mag that the new 05 RAV4 will be larger to compete with CRV/Escape/VUE/Liberty sized vehicles. Also will offer a 3.3 V6.
  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    Hmmmm... a hair-larger and a 3.3 V6 would be nice.
    I've got a 2001 Escape V6. Still runs great at 66K miles. However, if I'm in the market again
    in a couple of years then I may would consider one w/the 3.3 V6 or a pumped-up four-banger at 180+HP. It sounds to me, if the above info. is correct then the 3.3 could easily output 200 HP+.

    This would probably be a higher-end option on the new RAV4, which could easily put the RAV4 in 30K
    territory w/AWD. If they offered the 4-banger at the entry /lower end then it would obviously be at lesser cost.

    My wife curently has an '03 RAV4, low-low mileage as she drives 3/4 mile to/from work everyday. Hardly enough to get the engine heated-up. When she first got the car we went on a short vacation.
    We got 29mpg on a particularly good stretch, but generally on the highway it's about 25mpg. In town it's about 22mpg. The main complaint I had was the visit(s) back to the dealer three (3) times to the get the well-documented dash-noise(s) taken care of. To their credit I finally believe that they got right the 3rd time. I had a minor door-ratle in my Escape which I took car of, but otherwise my Escape is pretty solid. The RAV4 seems more solid, now that the dash-noise has been taken of.
  • My RAV has 111,000 miles...yes a lot. I drive 60+ miles per day. In Oct 2004 the car was having trouble would get up to 15 MPH and almost stall. Once it got up to 50 MPH+ it was ok. I took it in to the shop and they said it was low on oil and they could find nothing else wrong with it. They changed a couple of belts and that was it. Now in March 2005 it is doing it again. My regular mechanic was closed on Sunday so I took it into Precision Tune. The did a diagnostic too and could find nothing wrong except some carbon build up and they said it could possibly be a faulty catalytic converter.

    Today it sits at my regular mechanic's shop and they will be looking for this mysterious problem. Any suggestions? I have owned it for 3 years and I have had no problems with it until last Fall when I began commuting these long distances. Please help!
  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    I'm not a mechanic but it does sound like a classic case of either/or; the carbon or the cat-converter. My guess would be the converter, but it probably wouldn't hurt to have the upper-engine
    de-carboned using a shop's BG/Wynn's/Justice Bros.
    machine and chemicals. The service really does help if the intake is carboned-up bad.
    Not sure what a cat-converter runs for the RAV4,
    but your mechanic will inevitably be cheaper than Toyota.
  • toycashtoycash Posts: 139
    The re-designed '06 will be out in Nov., but the V6 won't be out until late Jan.
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