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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • I'm having a rattle in my '03 (that I bought on New Year's Eve) coming from windshield area. Planning on taking to dealer Tuesday, but should I anticipate they won't fix it? Is silicon spraying standard procedure?
  • babsanbabsan Posts: 4
    I have a 2001 RAV4L and I just noticed that the rubber 'seal' that goes around the drivers window is broken about 10 cm from the top, on the inside (so it cant be someone that have tried to pry the window open.) How are those rubber seals constructed, are they molded in one piece or is it a long thing where two loose ends have been 'fused' together? It just seems odd to me that it would break like that, and I want to get an idea what to say/suggest when I go to the dealer. The break is irregular, not cut. Im in San Diego so I open that window almost every time I drive it...

    I also wonder if there are any TSB for rattle sound from the sunroof when it is in the tilt position. I hear it in low speeds as I mostly drive it off the highway, and last tiem I asked at the dealership they said it was just wind noise and that I should buy a spoiler or shield and put in front of it.

    Finally, I wonder how the hell the hard tire cover is constructed, when it can come off even if it is locked using the hinge on the underside of the tire. It happened to me at a manual carwash, and the cover got all scratched as it completely fell off. I couldn't for the world figure out how the hell it could have come off with the higne intact, when it was locked? I took it to the dealer, and he helped me put it on. Only thing we could see what that the latch thing at the 1 o'clock position had not attached to the cover, so the cover was 'loose' for about 7-8 inches at that area. Anyone else having had this problem?

  • m9431m9431 Posts: 38
    The raddle around the windshield must be a common problem as mine does this too--since day one. ( Will be taking it back to the dealer for warranty work). I notice that using better fuel, plus instead of regular, noticeably increases power. My 5 speed, 2WD has adequate power and feels comparable to the Honda Accord 4-cyl. vehicle it replaces. Mine has Dunlop tires which seem OK but I'll replace them with Yokohama Geolanders which I find are excellent. I see the RAV4 as a "small, tall station wagon" that gets good gas mileage and is fun to drive--this is why I purchased it!
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    No rattles here. But I do hear the whistling sound made by the roof rack when I'm traveling at highway speeds.
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  • Before I had a chance to take the car back to the dealership, my windshield rattle has disappeared! Coincidentally, the weather has warmed up to mid-70's highs (Baton Rouge, LA). Expansion and contraction of gasket, perhaps?
  • IleIle Posts: 14
    Maybe we should get your Ford escape that has been recalled because it catches fire, cruise control won't shut off just to name the few, there are more... I would rather pay more for quality truck and get my money back from better resale value, the best fuel economy in class not to mention reliability and refinement than to drive a death-trap. Rear wheels falling off and we should maybe buy a V6 like that makes a big difference... or maybe it does to you, funding terrorists in the middle east is important.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    it is too extreme in here

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

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    ...funding terrorists in the middle east is important.

    You might be interested in the Are SUVers Unpatriotic? discussion! :-)

    tidester, host
  • I'm currently choosing a [Canadian] RAV4 model to buy in the next few days, and was just wondering about the Panasonic Stereo in the Chili edition. Are the speakers upgraded as well as the deck, or just the deck? I've leaned to the Chili over the 'B' package due to the nicer seats and sound system. I don't care for the hood scoop, but Canadians get jerked around a bit by the 'packages' offered. Also, has anyone noticed whether this fake hood scoop causes additional noise at speeds? It seems like it would just add drag.
  • Now that the weather has turned cold again, my windshield rattle is back. Clearly, gasket thermal contraction!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    It is the cowl in front of the windshield (under the windshield wipers). Just go to a good dealership, and have them do the revised TSB. You will not have a rattle after this is done.
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  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Don't just talk about it. Go ahead and buy one. Then you may learn the meaning of the word "sucker".
  • Thanks; that's exactly what the rattle was (cowl under windshield wipers). Glad they could fix it. Hope other folks with similar problem take heed.
  • I have a 2002 RAV4 L. The whistling sound you think may be coming from the roof rack is actually a known TSB coming from the hood insulation. Bring it to your dealer for service, they'll fix it in about 5 minutes.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Ah, thanks Charlie.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    I got a quote for $21599.00 for 2003 RAV4 with 4WD, "L" package (no leather), ABS and moonroof. Plus the 1.9% for 36 months going on now. Good deal? Any words that RAV4 will be redesgined in 2004 or 2005? I heard one said there will be a midlife redesgine in 2004. I am not sure Toyota has any plan yet since they have the 2004 Lexus RX330 and 2004 Toyota Sienna coming out in spring.
  • I paid about the same for my 2003 RAV4, but mine was the automatic 2WD with the S package, moonroof, and alloy wheel. Check invoice price under New Car section. Then you should pay that plus up to $500 for it. You are getting a great rate, Toyota was not offering that rate when I bought my RAV4. 4.73% for 5 years, but I will pay it off in 3. So in the end, it should be lower rate. Toyota went through 5 years cycle for the last generation RAV4, so the next redesign should appear as the 2006 model year.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Those are competitive numbers. I paid almost the same for my AWD, ABS non-L RAV4.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Thanks guys! My wife is looking for the RAV4. She think this is cute. She doesn't like CR-V. I like CR-V better because its EX model cost about the same as RAV4. It is slightly larger than RAV4. And many features (options on RAV4) are standard on CR-V. Anyway, she like the RAV4 more. I already got my Kia Sorento. Two SUVs for a family?! BTW, is the current version of RAV4 start in 2001 model and it should be redesigned in 2005?
  • Well just think of the RAV4 as a taller Corolla/Matrix. The RAV4 is a car base SUV built on the same platform as those two cars. Your Sorento is on a ladder frame plateform like trucks and most larger SUV. The RAV4 also drink gas like cars. In fact, it is the best gas mileage SUV in the US. You should see a big different at the gas pump on the two SUVs. Lot of people complain about Toyota in general about their options. Where as Honda includes everything is two or three trim levels, Toyota has these option packages that sometime are not available in different area of the country. Like you could not find RAV4 with ABS in California. If Toyota go with a 5 year design plan like the last generation RAV4, the 2006 RAV4 should be showing up at the dealers in the middle to the end of 2005.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    totalnet - Thanks for your comments. This guy quoted me $215??.00 for "L" package (no leather), auto, 4WD, ABS, and moonroof, with the latest 1.9% for 36 months. Anyway that I may push it for little more. Indeed, my wife will drive the Accord at least for months. We are not shopping for any new cars yet because I just got a Sorento. She thinks the RAV4 is cute and easy to handle. Someone mentioned the RAV4 will get a facelift or midlife restyle in 2004. Is anything on RAV4 that you would like to update or redesign? I found the elbow space is limited even compare with most compact cars. And the rear side-hinged door makes loading not quite easy. What do you think?
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    I would change the cupholders for the rear passenger. If you have a 3rd person in the back, you gotta close the rear cupholder altogether (unless you want someone's shoes precariously close to your drink).

    In the last gen. CR-V, the rear passengers get "pull out" cupholders from the doors. I would like to see something like that on the RAV4.
  • mjm16mjm16 Posts: 1
    I'm thinking of purchasing a 2003 RAV4 and heard that $500 rebates were offered in 2002. Am wondering if I should wait for possible incentives in 2003 before purchasing?
  • Just saw commercial for Toyota in the San Francisco Bay Area. Toyota is offering 0% interest rate on most Toyotas, including the RAV4.

    The 2003 RAV4s have $1000 factory rebate on some L and S packages.

    Below is the link to my dealing on the purchase of my RAV4.
  • Dear Mcdawgg and ravenous....I have a 02 Rav4 bought in Jan of 02..I've had the vehicle back to the dealer 6 or 7 times and each time they fix the squeak it seems to move to another spot on the dash. It is coming from inside the car. The only thing that hasn't been done is to replace the windshield...any thoughts. I'm really digging my heels in with the dealer because the squeak was there when I bought the car and the sales person said they knew about the squeak but couldn't fix it until the car was purchased...Boy...did I learn a lesson !
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    totalnet - I got another quote from a local dealer here in MA. It is $21900.00. With 4WD, ABS, moonroof, L package, Auto, spoiler, daytime running lights. In addition, there is no $198 doc. fee, costs of the plates plus sale tax. Good deal? He didn't mention 0% APR. But he did mentioned 1.9% for 36 months. Is the 0% APR regional?
  • Yes, the 0% APR could be regional but it was coming from Toyota financing. I also found out that it was 0% for 24 months and 1.9% for 36 months. So it could be that they didn't offer the 0% for 24 months in your area.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    totalnet - Still a good deal without the 0% (only 1.9% here)?
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