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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    2001 AWD auto trans now at 46k miles: 24.8 mpg overall since new (mostly suburbs/hwy, with a light foot).
    All-day highway driving: 28 mpg several times.
    Winter gas with MTBE, the penalty is 2+ mpg.
  • Not bad. I went to the dealer today and looked at a bunch of 2004's. The everglades green looks nice...but I'd like to see the Flint green in person. It seems you can't get side curtain airbags unless you get a somewhat loaded one with AWD.
    Oh and they had a several Scions that had just come in for the new showroom about to open in Amityville, NY. The saleman gave me a ride in the shoe box one to the service center to look at a loaded up black cherry one with neon lights! He was SO enthusiastic about it. Nice cars..the Scions...I was impressed...but I'll stick with the RAV4.
    So does anyone have a 2WD auto so they can tell me about the mileage they get?
  • my RAV4 is almost one month old with about 1000 miles on it already. I can drive about 340 miles from full tank till the oil light goes on.( I thought the gas mileage can be even better than this) anyone knows how far can it still go after the oil light goes on?
  • my local/freeway ratio is about 20/80. so I am expecting about 400 miles for full tank. Hopefully..gas mileage will improve after the engine is totally break in.
  • spleckspleck Posts: 114
    You've got a 14.8 gallon tank. Next time the light comes on, go fill up the tank and see how close you were.

    I'm sure everyone's familiar with how to calculate your gas mileage:
    1 Fill up your tank and reset the tripmeter (odometer).
    2 Drive around.
    3 Fill up the tank and divide the tripmeter reading by the number of gallons it takes to fill up.

    If you fill up every time you get gas, you can check your mileage each time. Some people may need a calculator, but you can usually get a good idea without one. I can't believe the pump doesn't offer to calculate your gas mileage for you...
  • you didn't mention if you had AWD or 2WD or if it was manual or automatic. Either way, you are averaging at least 25 mpg if you are filling up with about 13 gallons.
  • We bought a new AWD Rav4 Auto and have been getting only 18-20 mpg granted with mostly city driving but some highway. However, it seems that we should be getting better than this given what I have seen on the board.

    Note: I do calculate the miles with every fill up.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    You didn't say how many miles are on your RAV.

    I found the mpgs increased up to around 10k miles.
  • I'm thinking of buying a 2004 RAV4 instead of a van but I need to get dog crates in the back. Does anyone know what the width of the cargo area is at it's narrowest?

    I will build a platform to get the crates off of the floor a few inches, so I'm mainly interested in the interior distance from wheel to wheel.
  • ccco1ccco1 Posts: 9
    I have a 2003, and the width (on the floor) between the wheel wells is 34.5 inches. The wheel wells do taper up in a couple of inches. So, the width at 4 inches off the floor is 38.5 inches.

    Hope that helps.
  • Thanks ccco1, that's just the info I needed!
  • I'm contemplating buying a 2004 RAV4 to replace a '91 Camry wagon (GREAT car!!!). Since toyota doesn't sell the Camry wagon anymore I need something functional. I prefer to change the oil myself. Does anyone out there have any experience in changing the oil on the '04 model? Where exactly are the oil filter and drain plug located and how accessible are they? I test drove one today, and with the hood up I couldn't see an oil filter and even the salesman had trouble locating it. I don't mind working under the car as long as I don't have to start removing a bunch of cover plates or panels, etc. This may affect whether I decide to buy this car or not....any advice is appreciated...thanx!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Try looking up from under the car. Most new Toyotas have the oil filter mounted vertically, right next to the oil pan. Toyotas are generally VERY easy to work on. I haven't looked at a 2004, but what I said applies to 2001 through 2003. It is nice because the oil doesn't drain all over other parts and one drain pan can catch the oil from the filter and the drain plug.
  • mckee4mckee4 Posts: 47
    I haven't tried to change the oil myself yet
    on my wife's '03 RAV4, but as previously mentioned I tried looking 'in' the engine
    compartment for the oil filter. Didn't work.
    Mcdawgg's right, it's under the vehicle and
    should be pretty easy to get to. One of the
    filter wrenches for small diameter oil filters
    may not be such a bad idea either as the oil
    filter is a small pup.

    At about 15K miles I intend to change out oil
    to synthetic. Costs more but I've run it all
    my cars for the last 7 years. RAV4 has about
    6.5K miles, but has developed a disturbing
    buzz/rattle, sounds like emanating from the
    middle-dash area behind the radio. I've read
    the TSB fix(es) mentioned above. I'm not
    sure if this one fits that bill. I'll take it
    back to the dealer's and have them check it
    out 'cause it's still under warranty, but it
    bugs my wife that it buzzes/rattles on moderately
    smooth road.

    Otherwise we've had the RAV4 on highway, once
    to Oklahoma and an upcoming holiday trip
    further north. We defnitely get better mileage
    in the RAV4 than in my Escape. with a V6.
    The RAV4 is FrontWD not AllWD, so the mileage
    may be better by a couple of miles per gallon.
    We get ~21-22 City and have gotten up to 27
    on the Hwy. Maybe this trip it'll be even
  • Thanks mcdawwg and mcKee4;

    Sounds like the filter and drain plug are easy to access on the '04 RAV4 from underneath. I like the idea that oil doesn't wind up dripping down over engine mounts and other parts. By the way, I've got an oil filter adapter that is spring loaded and can be used with a standard socket wrench. It'll adjust to any size oil filter, so it's very versatile. I'm planning to buy a RAV4 in the next month (I'm sure right around Christmas is a great time to buy and get a deal, since the dealerships are quiet then), I just hope the RAV4 is as great a car as my '91 Camry wagon has been!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    The rattles, buzzes, etc. that you complain about can be fixed by a good dealer. There is a TSB out to fix them. It is most likely the cowl in front of the windshield under the windshield wipers. Other than that, with 40k miles on it, we have no problems, brakes are still great, etc.
    27.2 mpg flat highway, 73mph, 4wd auto, and really easy oil changes!
  • mckee4mckee4 Posts: 47
    I was originally going to buy a RAV4 for my use
    in '01 when the new model arrived, but the Escape
    seemed to fit the bill better for me. I do miss
    not getting at least in the 20's for gas mileage, 'cause the only time I get it in my Escapew/V6 is on the highway and then only about 21-22mpg at 70mph. If only we'd waited another
    7 months to get the RAV4 we could've gotten
    13HP more, plus traction control, and stability
    control standard, for about the same price as
    what we paid for an '03 FWD. My wife is the
    predominent driver anyway of the RAV4 and she
    doesn't really care about those things, as long
    as it'll start and get her to/from work
    dependably. She loves the easy ingress/egress
    of this first compact SUV. She had her Nissan
    Sentra for almost 9-years and it was an o.k.,
    but not outstanding car (for a compact), and it
    was runnning good when we traded it for the
    RAV4. But my wife would have a rough time
    going back to a sedan-type vehicle at all.

    There are a lot of old(er) RAV's still on
    the road. Based on their popularity and
    dependability people, at least in this area,
    don't get rid them too often. The RAV's seem
    to be in short supply all the time even though
    their are about 15 Toyota dealerships in the
    greater area.
  • Just bought a 2004 RAV4. Also have a 2002 RAV4. I bought Toyota all weather mats and they DO NOT FIT my 2004. Seems Toyota increased the size of the foot rest for the driver. So I must have received mats for a 2002/2003 RAV4. Dealer says they MUST fit as long as they say RAV4. The part number I received was PT2064203603.

    Anyone know the RIGHT part number?

  • My 2001 RAV4 2WD front 215/70/16 factory original Toyo Tranpath A14 tires start to wear out evenly after 40K miles due to infrequent tire rotation.
    The tires are now rotated to the rear and still running fine. I plan to replace with wider tires.
    Toyota offered wider tires on RAV4 4x4 but can’t remember tire size.
    Price Costco indicated optional tire size 235/60/16.
    Toyota site indicated factory alloy wheel size 16 x 6.5.
    Can someone advise if wider tire will fit on the factory alloy wheels without rubbing the wheel wells?
    What brand tires have the widest tire tread width for the same size tire?
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 128
    I checked at dealer the 2004 RAV4 and I was very disappointed because of rear drums. I guess they want to use all the old parts (drums) before switching to disc(s) for the Canadian model.
  • Intersting. I have a 2004 and have rear disc brakes. Also have a 2002 RAV4 that has drum brakes.

    Did you ask the dealer or did you check the car itself? The sticker will tell you or just look at the brakes. Many times we know more than the dealers. One dealer I went to was wrong on two items. He said the engine increased from a 1.8 to a 2.4 and that the 2004s have rear bumpers.
  • I know this is a problem on RAV4s. Apparently still a problem as I have a significant dashboard rattle situation. I'll ask the dealer to fix it. I believe thay have a TSB on it.

    Anyone else have this with a 2004?
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 128
    I checked the car by myself then I asked the dealer to confirm drum brakes on 2004 model.
    Also, I checked on Canada Toyota website
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    The Canadian model doesn't get all of the upgrades that the US model got for 2004, including disc brakes and the traction control system. Most likely reason is that Toyota Canada passed on these items to keep the cost of the RAV4 down. It already is a relatively expensive vehicle for what you get and they wouldn't want to push their luck by making it more so.
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 128
    There was not much price increase for RAV4 in US (I think $50 higher), I still do not understand why removed these features for Candian models. How the RAV4 can compete with CRV without these options ?
    The whole idea of put 2.4L engine, add rear dics brakes... to get customers back.
  • I also have a dashboard rattle in my new 2004 RAV4. It becomes worse when it's cold outside. Does anyone know if there's a TSB on it? There are TSB's on the older RAV4's but I don't think there are any on the 2004's.
  • Purchased a new 2003 Toyota RAV 4 three mos. ago(Color Vintage Gold, 2 wheel drive, all power, 100,000 miles transferrable extended warranty, automatic, outstanding condition). Have 4,000 miles thereon. It is a beautiful vehicle but it is simply too large for me (had a compact 2 door Honda Civic previously). Can anyone recommend the best way to sell, newspaper ads can be pricey. Live in Tinley Park, Illinois. Thanks in advance.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Here is a good place to start: How to sell your car.

    tidester, host
  • Toyota says there's no TSBs on the 2004. I made an appointment for my rattle and the delaer didn't say anything about it being a problem. BTW, my wife has a 2002 RAV4, no rattle in the dashboard. I hope they fix it because it drives me crazy.
  • I have a '02 RAV-L that is driving me nuts when I try to fill it with gas. The pump nozzle shuts itself off after just a few drops of gas come out. I tried inserting the nozzle all the way in and backing it up a bit but it still would not pump gas. Has anyone else run into this problem and have a solution? This happens to me all the time.

    I was so angry last evening...I tried two different pumps at the convenience store (neither one worked)...and it was freezing cold outside. I was not a happy camper.
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