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2006 Toyota RAV4



  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Just got an internet price for a RAV4 V6 Limited 4x4 in Blizzard Pearl with Tow package,Moonroof,Side curtain airbags,Daytime running Lights and carpeted floor mats for 26,859.00 just wondering if this is a good price dosent include tax and title. should i take it or talk try to talk him down some?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Doesn't the EPA highway test average something like 45 mph? Even top speed is very low.

    It just doesn't represent today's driving on interstates, where 70+ is the norm.

  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    3.5L plus possibly a hybrid option next Jan/Feb. Good call
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Simply because of drag there is a 20-20% decrease in FE on all vehicles. It's just physics nothing more.

    If you drive 55-60 you will do about 25% better than driving at 75 mph. You are correct, jim
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Why so long a wait? Is it going to be the last V6 model to get the upgrade? Seems like it.

  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Yes it will be the last right after the Highlander in the Fall. I saw on Donlen's website that the new Sienna is due in Jan/Feb 2007 I believe.

    Toyota is nothing if not plodding in certain ways. 'We will change the model when it's due to change, not before'

    'Unless it's the Camry and then we will do whatever is necessary to protect the position the Camry has.'

    It does make for a stable environment - with a few surprises thrown in like the V6 RAV or 268 hp Avalon.
  • Sounds like you were better prepared, going in with knowledge that the hwy EPA listing of 30 couldn't be true.

    I went through two Aerostars(talk about drag), a Villager, and a Caravan in the 90's and when you set the cruise at less than 5 over the limit on the highway, each of them came reasonably close to the sticker on the window. Add a couple of Tauruses into the mix and my experience has been that the EPA ratings were pretty darn close to the real world.

    My disappointment comes in finding that the 30 mpg rating doesn't appear to have any basis in reality. On the bright side, the boring Taurus got an average 24 mpg with my mix of driving. The RAV is tracking right there and maybe a little higher, so all I've lost were expectations.
  • markiz7markiz7 Posts: 19
    Never mind, it just needs 1/3 turn to get locked. On my other cars it is a little different.
  • jbucarjbucar Posts: 1
    I am close to buying the 2006 limited Rav. I have some questions. How is it in the snow? Is the car heavy enough? Someone told me they had one years ago and it just didn't cut it in the snow.
    Also what kinds of problems have you had with yours? I am selling my 2005 almost brand new Subaru LLBean outback because I don't like driving it. I'm hoping the 06 Rav Limited will be a different experience. Your feedback will be very helpful in my making a decision. Thanks, Jacqui
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well in the end after holdback I guess the dealer is $1000 ahead. Probably a good price in today's market but if that was the first offer you may want to try to get them down a little more. Depends on how much of hurry you are in. Not an excess of V6 limiteds around especially if it is a color you can be happy with.
    Good luck.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    I have my own rationalization for all this MPG stuff when it is not perfect as I have posted here before:With 15,000 miles a year and $2.65/Gal(NY)the difference is about $6.00 a week for 5 MPG. Not enough to get really strung out over I hope....:)

    By the way, I filled up the Audi tonight.....$3.24 a gallon for premium...YIKES. And wait till all the Chinese start driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Yeah i talked to the guy on the phone he said they would have to dealer trade for it and it would have about 200 miles on it when it's the color i want and everything i'm a little scared of the 200 miles though
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    And wait till all the Chinese start driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the absolute truth but worse yet...while China is 5 times bigger than we are, India is also 3 times bigger than we are and both are just into puberty so to speak in consumer development.... and we are reaching the Peak Oil point.

    We essentially will pay for gas whatever the Chinese and Indian's decide that we will pay simply as a result of their respective HUGE consumer demands.

    $5/gal without additional taxes is definitely realistic in the not too distant future. It'll make me change jobs. :(
  • tecsol1tecsol1 Posts: 7
    Trying to make sense of the MPG figures I see posted on the 4 verses 6. What are the final drive ratio's? looking to compare the RPM's at highway speeds.

    Trying to make an economic and informed decision

  • Video link that demonstrates snow performance,
    link title
    Respects to RAV4WORLD

    No personall experience in snow, it does stick to the pavement.
  • hi, i'm in the market for the exact same trim/options. unfortunately, i haven't been able to find one nearly anywhere the price you got yours for.. would you mind emailing me the contact info for the salesman at rancho santa margarita? you can find my email addy in my user profile.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well I know the V6 is 1940 RPM at 70 MPH as I drove several. Don't remember the I4 numbers but I think closer to like 2500-2600. There are I4 owners here can tell you.
    My guess is with a light foot the V6 will do close to I4 numbers at 70 but still that will not be 30 MPG! Around town the I4 will do better with a lite foot. The V6 power and response is very nice.

    The I4 4 speed AWD final drive ratio is same as V6 but the 4th gear ratio is 1.019 and the V6 5th gear is .756 or 26% lower!
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    The 200 miles is nothing! This is common when they trade cars. When I got my Audi they had to trade with a dealer in CT and it came with 149 miles.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    I just picked an 06 Limited. No snow to test it in but I had a 1997 Rav4 for 5 years and it went through everything here in CT. Assuming you are getting the 4wd version I wouldn't worry. It's a blast to drive.
  • tecsol1tecsol1 Posts: 7
    Thanks, sorry was looking for both the final ratio and the 4 gear ratio, for the 4 speed and 5th ratio for the 5 speed. Would seem on the surface that a v6 with that 5th ratio would be pretty good in comaprision to the I4 on highway driving without tromping on the gas all the time. Thoughts? Where did you get the trany spec's?

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