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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    We replaced ours at 34,000 miles ('01 AWD Rav 4, Bridgestone Duelers).
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    It's good that the tires are wearing evenly, at least. Means your RAV is tracking true going down the road.

    You may have more miles left than you think. The treadwear is more noticeable early on.

    I have to ask: What is your driving style? Hard cornering?

    What is your usual tire inflation psi? I keep my tires inflated around 32 (mfr called for 29 with the '01). Slightly rougher ride, but great handling.

    A better set of tires will get you a lot more miles. The Duelers are OEM cheapies.
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    You have to bring it to the's probably the AIC...I forgot what the acronym means...something like Air Intake Control valve...I had it replaced twice on my RAV4 but I have over 100,000 miles on mine!
    A good dealer will fix it right the first time...after the first time I had it done, or so I thought, the second time I was told the part was never replaced just "cleaned"...the second dealer replaced it for free...great people!
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    Check the AIC...That seemed to be my problem with my RAV4...took several technicians awhile to pinpoint friends husband, a sanitation mechanic, pinpointed the trouble almost immediately.
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    My '99 Rav4 in-dash 6 cd player is spitting out the cds. It started with cd#1 getting ERR 1 once in a while. I would pop out the cd and re-insert it, everything ok, worked fine. Today, I turned on the radio, decided to change some cds, but after all the cds were in, the player tried to play cd#1, then spit it out and the radio came on, tried cd#2, same thing all along the board. I have since removed all the cds, which are clean with no scratches and am hoping to find the answer without a bit expense. Any clues?
  • I keep the tires to factory spec for air pressure.

    As for my driving,i'd say aggressive...about 50% is lots of 70mph 4lane highway driving and the other 50% is hilly,sharp curves type. I live in the hills of Pa.
    Hopeing to visit the Bridgestone dealer by the weekend, maybe i can upgrade to a better quality tire with out to much money out of my pocket.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    2006 RAV4 debuts at SEMA (Inside Line)

    More in the 2006 Toyota Rav4 discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I think it is questionable that BS makes a tire in your size that is going to give you better treadwear.

    You might want to check tire comparos on various online tire retailers websites, such as tirerack.

    Good luck.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Thanks for the link, Steve, Host.

    Wow. Some serious changes - available V6 (5-spd auto trans, 20/27 EPA mpg with AWD) rated 3,500 lbs towing capacity, increased HP in the 2.4L 4-cyl, enhanced VSC std, on-demand AWD with low-speed lock, third row seat, etc. Techier in a lot of ways.

    Doesn't appear that the second-row seats are removable anymore, alas.

    RAV on.
  • This morning a service guy had discovered that both rear brake hoses in my 2001 RAV4 are chaved badly against the rear sway bar. It seems like there is no way they would not be chaved, they touch the bar all the time, the metal on the bar is shining.

    I wonder if someone else did have this kind of problem. Please let me know if you did.

    Vlad Patryshev
  • Greetings, I have a 2005 RAV4 that I've owned for a few months now, bought it new. I have had the opportunity to fill the tank a couple times and this last time calculated my mileage per gallon. I was really unhappy to discover I'm only getting about 13 miles per gallon! That's not a type-o, only 13 mpg! I know other RAV4 owners and they're all getting well over 20 miles per gallon, even in the city. I've called the dealer and service department, but they're not calling me back. I'll be trying to get them again tomorrow. Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions? thanks
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    If your calculation is accurate, I don't think the problem can be resolved over the phone. I would go to the dealer with the vehicle (an appointment may be necessary). A detailed inspection may be required to determine the cause. Good luck.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I suggest you keep recording the data over 3 or more successive fill-ups. Then do the computation for the total miles over total gallons. This would minimize any variations / aberrations.
  • Hello All,
    Planning to buy Rav4, 1999 with 42K miles. Looks okie. Seller wants $8900, as i never bought any car before. Pls help me to shower some light.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Sounds like a deal, especially if its 4WD. You might want to take it to a dealer for a "pre-purchase inspection" - it will cost you around $100, but it can be very useful in terms of illuminating anything/everything wrong with the car, and if there is stuff, they can give you some idea of what it would cost to fix and how important it is, too.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Thanks. It is not 4WD but 2WD. Do you still feel this is the right price....
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    For a front driver, it would have to be in great shape for me to spend that much. I am talking records to show all maintenance is up to date, it DOESN'T need tires or brakes in the next 12 months, glossy paint and clean interior. And it doesn't need anything else right away. You know?

    If it is more typical of a used car, IOW one or more of the elements I just listed is absent, I would come down at least $500, and I would shoot for $1000 less.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    The driver's side seat belt release button jammed in the release position, making it impossible to buckle the seat belt. Wondered if anyone else ever had anything like this happen?? The buckle assembly is only a $36 part, and it has a 5/60k warranty, but still, a problem with this! I noticed that our other Toyotas (with more miles) have the same buckle, so maybe this is just a rare case of bad luck?

    01 Rav, 52,000 miles.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    "Compared to the '05 RAV4, the '06's difference in interior space is immediately noticeable. Toyota claims a 21-percent roomier cabin, and that seems no exaggeration."

    Full Test: 2006 Toyota RAV4 (Inside Line)

    Folks are talking about it in the 2006 Toyota Rav4 discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Just an update...

    Got it fixed, less than a half hour, and I got Toyota to pay for it!! It was a month past the 5/60 warranty. From the research I have done, this is the only case I can find of this problem, so I am not worried about it occurring again. Even the best cars can have minor problems.
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