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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Sounds like a good message to recharge the Honda CR-V vs.Toyota RAV4 discussion with. Anyone cross shopping these two models, please check it out.

    Steve, Host
  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    Well, the stats I found are as follows:

    RAV4 March sales: 6,233, YTD: 15,660
    CR-V March sales: 13,639 YTD: 34,991

    These are from Toyota's North American Sales and American Honda Sales reports for March 2005.

    Not quite 4x, more like 2x, but definitely more.

  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    The CRV is a good choice, not a better choice. The main reason why the CRV sells more is that it is larger than the RAV. The RAV on the other hand is better handling and has a slightly more functionnal interior. The CRV is also more mainstreem in design. The RAV is on the radical side. One more thing, the CRV's 4WD system is on demand (front wheel drive until slippage is detected). The RAV's 4 wheels are always engaged. You hit right on... buy what's right for you.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    IF you need the room, Honda might be better. Or Toyota Highlander (my choice). Got me laughing about the Honda salesman - you should go back just to prove him wrong about the sales figures and make him look like a jackass. Ford sells more Escapes/Tributes/Mariners than CRV or Rav, but that does not mean it is all around better. Depends on your needs or wants. New larger Rav should be out later this year.
  • nikworthnikworth Posts: 1
    I am purchasing a used 2003 RAV4. It doesn't have a roof rack at the moment, but I plan on getting one soon. Are there pros/cons to the traditional black or silver (JAC) roof racks sold by Toyota. Is the load capacity on these the same. Do both of these racks use Yakima and/or Thule accessories? Or would I be better off going with a Yakima or Thule rack system? Thanks.
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 305
    I'd love to know any available details on the 2006 RAV. What changes will it have? Will a hybrid be available?
  • bolawsbolaws Posts: 1
    $500.00???????? what a ripe off.
    i just installed a timing belt on a 1998 rav4 2.0 for $100 bucks. It took about 4 hours and everything is ez to get to.
  • chas0215chas0215 Posts: 40
    If everything was so easy to get to, then why did it take 4 hours?
  • toycashtoycash Posts: 139
    The 2006 will be a totally new design and will offer a V6 option.
  • daniel6daniel6 Posts: 1
    To get RAV4 was very smart from you. Toyota cars are today so far the best car on the road all over, even some (like MercedesBenz and Jaguar) are more expencive. What is the best: materials used to make, design, they have the best engineering, reliability, and durability.
    I am design manager in the company that design, manufacture, test and supplies with many parts (like pumps, transmissions,....) GM, Ford, and Chrisler, and overviewing MercedesBenz, VW, and BMW design, and sometimes get Toyota and Honda on the desk. So it is how i know about cars quality. NEVER TURN ENGINE ON AND THE SAME MOMENT PRESS GAS PEDAL, for it can damage journal bearings in the engine. You have better then you can imagine and now care for that baby.
    I have RAV4 also 2004 L, and it is my first Toyota. I had pt cruiser before i got a job in automotive industry here in Toronto.
    I also got new radio Alpine CDA-9835 and two speakers Alpine CDR-136. I have them for a while but still not instaled. My RAV4 was on starage for winter time. I would like to install that sound makers myself but would not like to damage anithing. If you have some picts how to remove Toyota radio and how to remove front door cover i will appriciate.
    Tires are important at high speed (140 km/h) and over. I got 235R16 tires with the car (and aluminum rims) and right away replaced tires with Michelin 236R16 Hydroedge. When i drive i more care that someone do not hit my car then how tires perform. 235 i think just looks nicer and that is all. We all like to have nice car so if you can get 235R16.
  • I saw this discussion and had my own question about replacing the timing belt in my 99 RAV. I was quoted $675 to replace the timing belt and the water pump and was wondering if that was a fair price or should I look elsewhere. I have 90K miles and I guess the timing belt is flapping around in there and it needs to be done soon, but I wondered if I should take the time shopping for a better deal or just getter done!

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide estimates that your 90,000 mile service should cost around $460, not including the water pump. Rates in your zip code may be higher than mine.

    I'd say your mechanic may be a tad high unless you are getting your plugs and fluids changed with that price. But I haven't priced water pumps in a long time.

    Use the link above to run your own numbers. Anyone have this service done lately?

    Steve, Host
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I agree with Steve.

    Also, if your timing belt needs replacing I wouldn't wait too long to have it taken care of. If you can afford a little time you might go ahead and check around on pricing in your area (follow Steve's link for a quick look!). If the price you were quoted was fair it will still be fair in a day or two! :)

    tidester, host
  • mam262mam262 Posts: 37
    Two quick questions

    1)Anyone know of what, if any changes will be made to the 2006 RAV4?

    2)When do the 2006 become available?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    The 2006 will be a totally new design and will offer a V6 option. It sounds like it will be bigger. Expect it to be available early fall.
  • toycashtoycash Posts: 139
    Didn't I just say that? ;)
  • ronstoyronstoy Posts: 55
    Of the 2006 RAV4?
  • mam262mam262 Posts: 37
    Yes..any pictures or specific information such as size, features would be greatly appreciated!
  • toycashtoycash Posts: 139
    There aren't any yet.
  • milom1milom1 Posts: 2
    I am a 2004 Rav4 owner. I posted recently about how uncomfortable it is for a driver who are 6'4" like me.
    Besides that, I had recently two incidents of unintended acceleration, 1 going forward from parked and, 1 in reverse. This one with damage to the left back bumper when I hit a pole holding the end of a fence in my drive way. Thanks heaven no one was in back of the car, because the acceleration was great.
    I have driven the car for over a year and, I had no incident of this sort.
    Looking over the internet in this forum I found out that NHTSA had closed a probe
    regarding incidents like mine in others Toyotas cars ( Camry, Lexus etc.) 30 in total with a pedestrian injured. The probe centered around the cars' electronic throttle control and found nothing wrong in the ones they investigated. It said sudden surges are sometimes caused by drivers who are unfamiliar with their new vehicles. I have driven this car for over a year when these incidents happened!.
    I took it to the dealer and they told me that after placing it in forward and reverse "nothing" happened. They did not check the "part" that controls the acceleration of the car, whatever the name is.
    So here I am with an almost new car that I am paying for and frightened to drive it to the point of never parking it in between cars. The feeling is awful. I have lost all confidence. I am a retired person and the least I need is this mess.
    Thanks for reading this.
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