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Toyota RAV4 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • rengawrengaw Posts: 22
    Without getting into the V6 vs. I4 debate, I will give you a brief discription of my decision making.

    My wife and I first drove the 2.4 I4 in a 2007 model RAV and we liked it well enough. Then just a couple months ago, we drove a new V6 and were completely blown away by it's power and good fuel economy for the size motor. So, we decided that was the one we wanted. Then later we drove the new 2.5 I4 and we changed our minds completely. My wife will be the primary driver and she said the V6 was way more than she wanted and the new 2.5L she liked a little better. We both thought the I4 RAV danced a little better on the curvy roads due to it being a little lighter up front. Of course, the extra $2000 more for the V6 was a contributing factor also.

    The previous gap between the 6 cylinder and 4 cylinder has been closed somewhat with the new 2.5 I4. The 2.5 has 13 more horsepower than the old 2.4, YET gets 12.8% better gas mileage, so says Toyota, than the old 2.4. The fact is they are both wonderful engines and you will be able to help your buying decision by driving them. I drove about 6 different RAV's because I wanted to be sure. I went on freeways, on curvy roads, up mountains, and in traffic.

    Don't be deterred from buying the I4 over its 4 speed transmission. The 4 speed is just fine and is stronger and gets better gas mileage than the Honda CRV with a 4cyl and 5 speed tranny.

    If you tow over 1500 lbs, want a really fast vehicle, and got the $2,000, the V6 is for you. The major complaint with the V6 is torque steer, especially in the FWD model. And on slippery roads be very gentle on the gas peddle with the V6 because it comes out of it's socks in a hurry.
  • magoonmagoon Posts: 32
    Follow up to my prior post:

    Bought a 2009 RAV4 Sport V6 for invoice less the $500 rebate.
  • blueman4blueman4 Posts: 7
    OK, sanity prevails! I was set to drive about 30 miles up to Putnam Toyota in the SF Bay Area because my local dealer, Toyota Sunnyvale, was not meeting the Putnam price. Well, it turns out Toyota Sunnyvale did agree to meet the price after all. All I had to do was email them the VIN number to show the car was in stock at Putnam and the price they gave me, and Toyota Sunnyvale met the price.

    Just came home with our 2009 Blizzard Pearl RAV4 with QY package and V6. Man, does that car have acceleration!! Scary fast!
  • kkrtrekkkrtrek Posts: 51
    Congratulations on your new RAV. I did get a lot of mileage out of that email though. Guess the law of demand has not been repealed after all--at least not in the Bay Area.
  • funguy123funguy123 Posts: 92
    Hi Blueman4,

    Did you bought your car for $500 under invoice before the rebate or after? I am confuse when people say $x under invoice, is that before the rebate or after?

    (1) If it was after than Final Price = Invoice - $500 + TTL
    (2) if it was before than Final Price = Invoice - $500 - $750* + TTL

    Which one is true?

    Thank you for your help.

    *In my area Rebate is $750 for RAV4.
  • Hi. I need help. I am located in Long Island and am looking to buy a Rav4 V6 Sport. I was given an internet price that seems pretty good to me. The accessories it has are FE DR DJ RL SR TO CF and MF. The internet price given to me through a costco program is $26,010. Is this a fair price? I am looking to purchase this weekend. Thank you in advance for any advice.
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    Just at first blush any car that has SR RL in my opinion is not taking advantage of the QZ or QY or any other extra vale package.
    When the SR and RL are separate they cost a lot more than the EXTRA value packages that include them plus other options for approx $2000 less .
    The QY package costs $1360 if I remember correctly.It includes SR RL and LA for less than the first 2 .

    If you add up the individual parts of it it they cost $33XX.xx
    What is the DJ option?

    Pm me for my dealer who is in Long Island , but if you are in such a rush I feel that you put yourself at risk of geting robbed
  • Confused. From what I understand, the only value package offered on what im looking for is the QX. You seem to know alot about the packages but you don't know what DJ is. How is that? Edmunds shows its a 6 cd changer. Whos your dealer on LI? I'd gladly contact them.

  • blueman4blueman4 Posts: 7
    There was no rebate on this car. Not sure if that is due to California or if the packages (Ltd, PC, QY, V6) prevented rebate eligibility.

    So I got $500 under without any rebates.
  • vliu13vliu13 Posts: 33
    I just had my alarm installed. I looked under the dashboard where the brakes and accelerator are. I can see the wires and air vent, etc. Is there suppose to be a cover?
  • vliu13vliu13 Posts: 33
    The RAV4 has QY and QZ for the Limited. Sports edition has the QX. It is strange that the car doesn't come with QX (cheaper and better). It might be that a past consumer wanted those specific configurations but bailed last minute.
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    The first 2009s taht were shipped did not have the Extra Value packages QY QZ etc, If you go to the Fitzmall site you will see ( If they have not been sold ) similar ( MSRP) cars with a $2000 invoice difference. It said $2000 promotion on the stickers of the early Extra value cars .
    I thought that all the later build cars had some kind of extra value package .
    If you look back in my old posts you will see where I discovered this $2000 rebate via the QZ QY whatever package Toyota started later on.
    I pointed this out in the forum , and to a salesman who did not know about it.

    IMHO I would think that any car with out this package is an early build , which you can request or find out from the vin # and was pre this in the Limited at least , $2000
    creative discount .
  • mazda626atm: which dealer in Long Island did you use?
    Salesman's name?
  • marksj1marksj1 Posts: 20
    Anyone go thro the same dilemma? I live in a rural area.Nearest Hyundi dealer is 45 mi away.However there is 1 Toyota dealer 15 mi away 1, 22 mi and 1, 45 mi.I am worried about service and troulble.I am trading in a 06 CR-V which was supposed to be really good but we have had nothing but problems.Any help?
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    PM me and I will give you the info . There is a salesperson there to avoid , and a good guy there to ask for.
    I would give him a heads up before you go if you Private message me .
    Also do your homework first, and I can call the manager and make sure he doesnt try to put something over on you. I bought the car with a detective friend of mine , so we get a little respect out there.
    But have your numbers ready
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    Hey Pal I am not a Toyota saleman . I am trying to help out people in this forum, like I was helped out in the months before I bought my car.
    Since I dont know what the DJ option is , as I should know according to you, I guess I dont know who my dealer is either.
    Find out for yourself
  • mazda626atxmazda626atx Posts: 227
    Vliu ,
    In me experience the ealry Ravs did not have the Q packages . On the Fitzmall site the early cars had all the options listed individually.
    I think when Toyota saw they were having a problem selling these cars they started the Q packages and the sticker said $2000 discount on it .
    If you check the Vin numbers, I think any car without the Q package is a very early build and has a $2000 higher MSRP for comparable equipment when listed separately.
    I found my car with a MSRP $30,929 at Fitz with the QY and MSRP $32xx,xx for an identical model that was produced earlier, with RL SR LA JBL RADIO etc separately . That is the point I am trying to make :)
  • If I could figure out how to PM you on, I would. But, I can't find any link to PM you. I do have all the numbers for what we're going to get. I've contacted a few local dealers this weekend, I heard back (with their best numbers) from one so far. Just can't figure out how to PM on this site.
  • Hi,

    I have Rav4 base quote from South East toyota dealer for $18755+tax+tag+title+dest charges.

    I want to know is it a good deal or not.................

    or Shall I wait for year end sale
  • dima1dima1 Posts: 17
    Did anyone get or see a RAV4 Limited 4wd with a 3rd row seating? On Toyota's website I do not see a way on how to configure a 3rd row with a Limited. ( base model only ).
    Does such a configuraton exsists, or is it special order only?
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