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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286

    Parts are much cheaper if you're willing to go to a junk yard and look for them (and remove them) yourself. I've tried that, but none of the salvaged RAV4s have decent hard spare covers...mostly because they've all been rear ended.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    the local Toyota dealer? They actually cost more than $419 at the dealer for what is basically a large piece of plastic?

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

  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Yes, but it is a specially shaped large piece of plastic!

    I like my no-name $30 black vinyl spare tire cover.
  • Hey folks, this is my first post in this board. I just got a 2001 Rav4 L and I wanna have installed a Roof rack, rear spoiler and the sun roof wind deflector. I do have the parts and the Toyota dealers here in Baton Rouge area are quoting $470 to install them. Does it sound like a good price? What choices do I have? I really wanna have it professionaly installed. By the way I'm in love with this machine.
    thank you'll in advance
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    $470 isn't asking a lot to have all three installed. But just make sure everything's there. My friend's RAV4's roof rack is missing a piece on the inside of the rack. It's all the way at the back where the screws are - there's a cover on the right rack, but the left rack is missing a cover for the screws.
  • rbruehlrbruehl Posts: 85
    Picked up a new 2003 Toyota RAV 4 L on December 22nd. So far I love it and was really happy it came with Toyo tires.

    I have one question though! Why does everyone put a small lock at the bottom of the plastic wheel cover at the rear of the car?
  • Sorry, suvshopper4; computer's been down.

    RE: "Check your tire pressure (re your bouncy ride)", my tires have 29 pounds in them, which is what is specified on the decal in the vehicle. Guess "bouncy" is the nature of the beast for the short-wheelbased-tuned-for-handling RAV (my first-ever SUV). I'm not hitting the roof, mind you; the ride is just a bit of a contrast from my '96 Toyota Previa and '92 Honda Accord.

    BTW, the tires are Dunlop "Grandtrek" (16-inch wheels).
  • its amazing how pricey this rav4 is, reading people trying to figure out how to get all the good stuff-moonroof deflectors, roofracks, privacy glass,fog lights, rear wheel hard covers- and i think- how much does this pricey little truck cost with all this stuff? im gonna take my 23- 25 grand and check out fully loaded( ford escapes + kia sorrento +hyundai santa fe)good luck!
  • lugwrenchlugwrench Posts: 213
    The Ford Escape, Kia Sorrento and Hyundai Sante Fe are not in the same league as the Toyota RAV 4. Look at the Ford Escape's horrendous reliability record for starters. The Hyundai Sante Fe is more reliable than the Escape but look at the ugly lines on the vehicle. The Kia Sorrento has no track record yet but if it is like other Kia's, you will need that long Kia warranty.

    The three best in the class are the RAV 4, Honda CRV and Subaru Forester.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    rbruehl - The lock is to prevent theft of the cover. If you need to remove the cover, all you (and anyone else) have to do is loosen the vinyl part and then slide the cover off the spare tire.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Escape - stalling and suspension safety recalls

    Sorrento - come on, a blatant rip-off of RX300

    Santa Fe - slower than sin and VERY heavy on its feet at almost 4000 pounds.

    All of them - bigger and consequently harder to park, much thirstier for gas, none of them have the looks of the RAV.

    I mean, come on!

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

  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    I priced a fully loaded Sorento EX 4WD with Leather and Luxury package - the MRSP was around 27K. I'd take a CR-V or RAV4 with better fuel economy.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I just put my '01 RAV thru its first 2-year inspection, with 34,500 miles on the rig. (My dealer had done the initial inspection when I bought it 2 years ago.) I went to a state inspection station, because I had the time and there is no fee.

    Re emissions (reportedly strict here in NJ), my CO% was 0.01 (v. the Standard of .50%); HC was 36 (v. Standard 100) at 2,500 RPM. I like it.

    One odd thing: other FWD or RWD vehicles in the lines were put on a dyno-type unit in the line, for additional emission testing. I couldn't figure how they were going to do that with the F/T AWD on the RAV. I had visions of the guy thinking it was in 2WD mode and crashing it into the vehicle ahead. But, from a distance (the waiting area), it didn't look like they dyno-tested my RAV.

    Typical mileage lately, with winter gas and about 30/70 hwy/local, is only around 23 mpUSg. Overall since new, I'm getting almost 25, with a couple of trips where I got 28-29 on several tanksful.

    "im gonna take my 23- 25 grand and check out fully loaded( ford escapes + kia sorrento +hyundai santa fe)good luck!" -sedanman2
    And good luck to you, too. It's your money.

    RAV on.
  • "im gonna take my 23- 25 grand and check out fully loaded( ford escapes + kia sorrento +hyundai santa fe)good luck!" -sedanman2

    One of the things that people who haven't actually shopped for a RAV4 don't realize is that they sell at close to invoice prices (at least in Southern California). I remember that when I started looking at small SUVs about a year ago, I was deterred by the RAV4's relatively high sticker price; it was only after I got serious about the vehicle that I discovered that the sticker price was fiction. I believe that to spend 23K for a RAV4, it would have to be equipped with every conceivable option, including leather. Am I right?
  • caseycwcaseycw Posts: 11
    I bought my Automatic 4x4 '02 RAV4 at the end of June through in the Southern California area.

    The sticker price is $25,330. Mine is Titanium with ABS, Roof Rack with Center Rails, upgraded wheels with color-keyed overfenders, Keyless Entry, Rear Spoiler, Power Moonroof and the L Package, almost everything but leather.

    After tax and license, etc, I financed $23,756.23. This includes a $500 Toyota manufacturer rebate offered at the time (which later went up grrrrr) and a $400 rebate for being a recent college grad.

    Hope this offers insight or helps.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    be careful! In any state with a dyno emissions test, it is vital that they have a four-wheel dyno to test your car...if they put it on a two-wheel, they will destroy your AWD!

    I bet the reason they did not dyno-test yours is because they did not have a four-wheel some states AWD vehicles are exempt from that portion of the test.

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

  • ed1288ed1288 Posts: 1
    I should had never bought this 2003 RAV4; the worst rides on freeway that bounces up/down like riding a horse. How & why can the Toyota had such a lousy & poor SUV came out , it ruin their reputation & I will never buy any Toyota car or SUV in the future. Their dealer service dept is horrible too, they said that is normal, just got used to it and won't help at all. At least they should check the shock & tire presure and I found out the new RAV-4 was set to 31 pounds on the tires, no wonder it rides like that, But even I adjust the tire's pressure to 26 lbs, it still not feel stable on freeway, and sometimes it wandering,& not in straight line. Anyone have any suggestion of what tire pressure it should be, the recommended tire pressure = 29 lbs, but that still feel harsh & bouncy on freeway.
    So I advice any potential customer: don't buy Toyota Rav-4.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Did you test drive the vehicle before you bought it?
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Tire pressure is not the culprit then. I run mine at 32, with no problem.

    Can you drive another RAV, new or recent, to make a comparison?

    Don't take the dealer's word for it, that "they all do that." Sounds like your unit may have a problem. Your experience is nothing like mine or just about any others I've heard of, both here and on another RAV site. Especially the wandering. Mine tracks true - one of the best things about it.

    Good luck getting it sorted out.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Please, no all caps posts. It's impolite to yell and hard on the eyes.

    Steve, Host
  • either you guys are grinning and bearing it, at how much money you paid on these( small, bouncy as heck,pricey - yes i say pricey- for a corolla on stilts,key options like ac- abs- roof racks-cd player- bundled together so you have to pay - v6 suv money- escape tribute sorento santa fe) or i must just be wrong! lol
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    ... and this coming from a Ford man <snicker!> ;-)

    tidester, host
  • ed1288, I feel some bounciness to the ride also (as I described in previous posts), but not the "wandering" you experience.

    But my problem NOW is a rattling coming from the windshield when I hit the slightest bump. Taking it to the dealer this week.

    Also, anybody else find the headrest leans forward a bit too much? I pulled mine out and put it back in backwards.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    "you have to pay - v6 suv money- escape tribute sorento santa fe) or i must just be wrong! lol " -sedanman2

    Value is comprised of more than just features for the upfront money. -soothsayer4
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Well he's wrong. The MSRP on my RAV4 did equal that of some of the cheaper V-6 SUVs out there - but I didn't pay that amount.
  • halogenhalogen Posts: 20
    I have a 2002 RAV 4 with every option except leather and ABS.I have sprayed silicone in a few places where plastic meets plastic - and have no heard another thing.(it's been 3 months since I sprayed between pillars, and around base of windshield area)I also coated all of my rubber door gaskets with silicone spray, to help preserve and extend life.
    Here is a question.Where should I look for the net
    that goes across the mid-region of vehicle to prevent stuff(or my dog from coming forward?)Is it stored in back /underneath ? Thanks
  • halogenhalogen Posts: 20
    Hmmmmmm, I have Michelin tires on mine.Which tires
    are best ?
  • caseycwcaseycw Posts: 11
    Recommended tire pressure on my '02 RAV4 is 29psi. At the expense of a little harsher ride, is it better to increase the psi a couple pounds on a long drive at highways speeds? Would this save gas mileage and not be an overall bad thing?
  • my 01 Rav has some valve rattle that I hear when has 18,900 miles on it.....the noise started at about 16,000 miles.....seems to go away once I reach operating temp. I also have heard it after warm up on occasion....anyone else experience this......thanks in advance
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    A lot of RAVers, including me, run 32 psi all the time. I don't find it gives me any ride penalty (harshness), and I believe it gives better handling and mileage, plus longer tread life.
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