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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • There are a couple of things going into the design of the rear of the RAV-4. First, as an SUV, there actually isn't any requirement for a rear bumper. However, as is shown by the crash test results, they do have all of the crumple zones built into the rear of the vehicle. The rear quarters do have bumpers built into them, but a bumper across the whole rear would have to detrimental effects to the vehicle. First, the spare would have to be higher, impeding the visibility, which if you've driven one, you'll notice it doesn't do now. Secondly, the load floor would need to be both higher and stick out further, impeding the ability to load the rear. One of the best parts about the RAV is that the cargo floor is so low, it's very easy to get things into and out of.
  • Toyota allocate it's models base on regions. I am pretty sure that in your region, there are more AWD models available. In the built your car section of Toyota's website, the first thing it ask is your zip code. Also some dealer websites do have an online inventory section. Check that listing and you should at least see what is available.
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  • My wife has decided she wants a 2wd, automatic, L model Rav4 (either 2002 or 2003). I need some advice on how much I should be willing to pay. I'm willing to be pateint and look until I find the best deal. I live in the midwest if that makes any difference. Any opinions??
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    My son's 2002 Rav4 which is 6 months old developed a large crack in the windscreen while parked overnight in the locked garage. The crack is right in front of the driver and is getting bigger all the time. There are no chip marks to show that a stone could have started it.

    I think the winscreen was stressed when it was installed. What do others think and has this happened to anybody else?
  • Price out the options on Edmund's new car section. Pay $300 to $500 over invoice and that should be a good deal. My local dealer was in the Costco car buying program and their pre-negociated price was $800 over invoice. But I got it down to $500 over invoice.
  • Hello everyone! I'm new on this site. I've recently been considering the RAV4. I was on a Santa Fe kick for some time, did a lot of research, test drove it a couple of times, really liked it. I've since moved on to the RAV4. I'm not too keen on the 4 cylinder, but I like the styling much better. Combed through the '03 brochure; now here's my question: Does anyone know much about the Sports package? I've spoken to 2 different dealers. Neither of them knew about this pkg. Both insisted I was talking about the "L" pkg. They looked into it and apparently it's not being made in the NY (Buffalo) area yet -- possibly spring. Has anyone seen this package on an '03 or have any knowledge about this? FYI, it changes the front grill and has a hood scoop, just to name a couple items I'm interested in. I already went into and typed in my zip - not available yet. I'd appreciate any info anyone has. Thanks!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Welcome aboard! We're glad you're here.

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    all automotive glass is pre-stressed in order to meet crash specifications under U.S. federal law.

    What most likely happened here is that there was a rock, then there was a tiny crack that no-one noticed for a while, then it got bigger and bigger as they tend to do with more driving, until finally it was too big to miss.

    The upside is there are companies that will actually come to where the car is and install the new windshield on the spot, so you are minimally inconvenienced.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    No, this was a large crack that appeared overnight. I brought an industrial microscope from work and carefully examined the entire lenght of the crack. No evidence of any chip marks. By stressed I mean that the glass may have been stressed in the frame of the vehicle. I have heard of cases where windscreens in certain cars have a history of cracking. I hope the 2002 RAV4 is not one of them.
  • Actually, I think that the only two sport package RAV-4's in the Buffalo area that I know of were sold by me. They were both VERY difficult to get ahold of. They have a hood scoop, silver painted overfenders, alloy wheels, sport-cloth interior and a silver roof rack. They are basically a half-way model between the "L" and "quick order" models. They don't have the hard spare tire cover or the hard tonneau cover in the cargo area. But most other equipment is the same. If you have any other questions, feel free to re-post here.
  • Got my RAV4 with sport package back in September, but I am in the California. The also I wish the sport included the foglight. Also you get a tube roof rack, which IMHO looks better than the one on the L package.
  • From what I saw when I got the vehicles for my customers, the New York Region is not getting any with the Sport Package currently and it doesn't look like we're getting any in the next few months. The regions around here that ARE getting them seem to be Pennsylvania for those without moonroofs and the Chicago region for those with moonroofs. (had to get one of each, *LOL*) Hope this helps.

    And the fog lights are also on the ones here as well. Thanks for adding that totalnet.
  • I located a RAV4 in New Hampshire with the following options and wanted to know if $23,200 was a fair price:

    - Automatic
    - AWD
    - L package
    - AY wheel package with color-keyed overfenders and matching aluminum spare wheel
    - ABS brakes
    - Wide Mud Guards (MA)
    - Keyless Entry
    - Remote Start
    - Roof Rack with center rails
    - Stainless Steel tube steps
    - Moonroof
    - Rear Spoiler

    Thanks for any help you folks can lend me?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Did you look at the True Market Value numbers for it?

    Steve, Host

  • Thought everyone would like to know where the RAV$ stacked up in the survey:

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    cleaned up!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    That depends on how seriously you take JDP's rankings. I personally think the Initial Quality Survey is a joke.

    However, I take their long-term reliability rankings more seriously...cause then you see some of the winners in the IQS really fall (e.g. Chevy, Ford).
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    My friend just picked up a 99 Rav 4. He said it has AWD and there's a button someplace labeled "ECT". Anybody know what this is? The salesman said something about it locking the vehicle into 4WD and not allowing it to go over 10mph. Sounded like he didn't know and was making something up. He doesn't have the manual. Anybody know what this is?
  • The ECT button on your friend's RAV-4 does a couple of different things. ECT stands for Electronicly Controled Transmission (please excuse the spelling). When it is engaged, you will see a light on the dash that says "ECT PWR". When it is engaged, it changes the shift patterns of the transmission once it is warm. It will down-shift more readily and quickly, and it will stay in the lower gears longer when accelerating to maximize the HP and Torque range of the engine which are in the high RPM range. This will not effect your gas milage while just going at one speed down the road, but can effect it if they're a bit of a lead foot as it will use more gas during acceleration. It's best used if you like to have a bit more "oomph" when accelerating or passing. Hope this helps.

  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I don't have an ECT button on my '01 RAV.
    (Either that, or I've missed it.)
    Maybe on older ('96-'00) models only, done away with when they upped the horsepower in '01?
  • Toyota has been eliminating this system from most of their models. A large part of this is the upgraded emissions standards for all vehicles. Also, part I'm sure, is reducing costs. On top of that, with the newer models going to a throttle control with no cable, it is less necessary anymore. The newer transmissions and throttles are better able to both translate pedal movement as well as learn driving habits, so it's sort of redundant.
  • Does anyone know if ABS (anti-lock brakes) is available without the "L" option package. We only want the "Quick order" package but can't seem to get that with ABS, at least here in Vermont. I'm willing to travel, at least within the northeast states, if available elsewhere.
  • First, at least here in the Buffalo area, they are VERY uncommon. Maybe 10% of RAV-4's have ABS at all, and almost all of them are "L" models. Of the ones that do have ABS, they are ALL AWD models. That is not to mean that other models don't have it, but very uncommon. Depending on where in VT you are, there are a few in NYS that you should be able to get ahold of if the dealer you're working with is interested in earning your business.
  • I apologize to those of you who've heard all this before, but once again the question has been asked: "How do I get a certain kind of RAV4 with ABS?" Anout six months ago, I spent too much of my time trying to track down a 4x2, 5 speed RAV with ABS. In the process, I learned a few things, which may save some other people some time.

    Toyota bundles options on the RAVs it imports, offering a limited variety of these bundles which vary from one part of the country to another. Here are several ways you can find out which option bundles are available in your region.

    1. Use the Web to contact Internet sales for dealers in your area, and tell them the RAV you want. Some of them will show no interest in helping you if their dealership does not have the car you want, but I found a couple who used their computer to try to locate "my" vehicle throughout California and Arizona.

    2. Contact a car buying service such as CarsDirect or Autobytel and ask them to try to find the car you want. They will usually tell you if it exists and, if not, how you'll have to change your options to get a compromise vehicle.

    3. If you like to do things yourself, go to the "Build Your Own" section of the Toyota Web site, and enter "RAV4" and a zip code for a region you are curious about. Then, on the next screen, select 4x2 or 4x4 and manual or automatic, and the available bundled options for that region and that vehicle will be displayed on the next screen.

    Just for the record, the particular RAV I wanted was nowhere to be found, so I special-ordered the vehicle (through a local dealer) directly from Japan. Delivery took almost 4 months, but I did get exactly the RAV I wanted at a reasonable price.
  • Hi, guys; my first post to this topic. Picking up my RAV this evening. Dealer managed to get me the sport package (had to convince him such a thing existed first) but the color he found available (graphite gray pearl) was not my first choice (wanted white). The car I'm getting looks identical to the picture on page two of the brochure.
    Went with RAV4 after much shopping because (in descending order of importance):
    1. Handling/responsiveness: what a joy to drive.
    2. Ergonomics: Well laid-out cabin; good feel.
    3. Gas mileage: got the 5-speed. 31 on the hwy.
    4. Price: dealer invoice + $300 = 19,278.00
    5. Reputation: our three previous Toyotas have held up well, despite my attempts to kill them.
    6. Looks: let's face it - it's FINE!

    Thanks for having me.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Congratulations. Good luck with your new RAV ride.
  • Thanks, suvshopper4. So far, I'm loving the vehicle - the handling, like I said, is wonderful. Here comes the trade-off, however: make no mistake, the ride is bouncy. Also, my wife gave herself a black eye when she opened the door all the way and it bounced back at her! Hope it's not a bad omen!
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Check your tire pressure (re your bouncy ride).

    Hope this helps.
  • I've got a sport package, which came with the "hybrid" soft spare tire cover. Sure would like the hard one that comes with L package. Only found it on one site - - and it was $419. That seem kinda pricey to y'all?
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