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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I used to see that gas pump complaint on the Hyundai Sante Fe board often, but I don't think I've seen it here for the RAV.
    Not common, I don't think.
    Good luck sorting it out.

  • ccco1ccco1 Posts: 9
    Take your Rav to a (good)Toyota dealer and have them look at it. There is a Technical Service Bulletin: # EG008-02 for the fuel tank vent hose. That could be the problem. Let us know what you find out.
  • ccco1,
    Thanks for the info...I'll check into it.
  • Hi Everyone,
      I've bought my first Toyota, a 2004 RAV4 FWD basic model for $20,000 + Tax. I like it a lot, but one minor problem on the driver side mirror. It would not move out enough for me to see the blind spot. does anyone have the same problem?
      Anyway, I am trying to find a bug defector, but all I could found was for 2003 model. Does the bug defector for 2003 fit 2004 model? Thanks.
  • I have the 2004 accessories page and they have a hood protector. That may be the same as a bug deflector? So your dealer should be able to get one for the 2004. I had a situation with all weather mats. My dealer ordered them but they did not fit!. They changed the floor a bit on the 2004s. After talking to Toyota in CA, the dealer was able to get the correct mats for my 2004.

    As far as your mirror, make sure the entire mirror is in the correct position. Remmember it folds both ways in case you hit something.

    Do you have the dashboard rattle squeak? I bring it in next week to get it fixed.

    Hope this helps
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Little $1.19 stick-on fisheye mirrors from an auto parts store did away with my driving blindspots. I stuck one to the upper outside corner of each side mirror. No more twisting to look out the side of the vehicle before changing lanes.
  • I know the dealer would charge a lot more than aftermarket place. So, I was trying to order the bug defector online.
    I too have the dashborad rattle and squeak. It comes from the passenger side air vent and the entire dashboard under the wind shield. Will you let us know how the dealer fix the rattle and squeak for you? Thanks.
  • I have a 01 rav4 D with 50k klms and live on vancouver island B.C. The roads I drive are sometimes mouantainous but in good condition.Some times freeway type.I am a conservative type driver and I check the gas milage every fill up.I bought this subcompact suv for the milage potential. But average milage I have gotten for 9 klm/ltr X 2.85=25 mpg (canadian gal).Around town 6.5/7 klm/ltr or 18/20.This is terrable,it sucks.The book at the dealer says 35 mpg.I was wondering what other owners get in real life? All arround I am totally satisified with this cute suv.But I purchesed this for the fuel milage.I have a friend with 3ltr escape that gets 28mpg hwy.A Morano with 3.8 ltr that gets almost 28 as well.Maybe smaller is not always better.Maybe I have a problem?
  • We have two RAV4s. A 2002 and a 2004. We do mostly local driving and we both get around 22 mpg, US, which is what the sticker claims. So we are in-line.

    I would think that you should also get what Toyota claims, unless you are in stop and go traffic all the time, which doesn't seem to be the case.

    I don't know what kind of problem would cause low mileage,perhaps you can ask your mechanic or the dealer next time you get an oil change.

    I have a V6 VW that gets better mileage than my RAV4. Maybe because it's more aerodynamic?
  • I've just finished the first tank of gas, not including the very first tank that was filled up by the dealer.
      I got around 23 MPG, which was 99% highway. However, the highway speed limit is 65 MPH, so, everything is going 75 MPH. I assume that would hurt the gas mileage a bit.
      However, I've been experiencing miss gear problems, even though it has an automatic transmission. Sometime when I try to speed up after making a turn, the transmission will miss the gear. Kind of like the RPM ramp up but the car is not accelerating. Does anyone of you experiencing the same problem?
      Does it has anything to do with the Vehicle Stability Control system?
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    I am thinking about buying either a RAV4 or a CR-V by the end of the month. A friend told me that he received a $1000 coupon for a 2004 new Toyota before Thanksgiving. But the coupon expired on 12/1/2003. Any good deals for a 2004 RAV4 that you know of in NJ?
  • Since the trans is electronic perhaps it needs some kind of adjustmnet. You should see the dealer. My trans is very very smooth between gears. When the stability control kicks in a light comes on on the dash - an icon of a car skidding, sort of...very evident in snow.

    Deals. My dealer - Muller - has about eight of them - if they aren't moving maybe you can get a "good deal". I start with the average of carsdirect price and Edmunds TMV. Muller came close enough to that price.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    I am looking for a 2004 4WD automitic, with the GY option (Side Curtain Airbags).

    It seems I have to get the "UP" (Upgrade "L" Package) , "AY" (16" x 7" Aluminum Wheels), permium sound options as well.

    Anyone knows how to get the "GY" option without all those other options attached?
  • It's tuff to get cars exactly the way you want them. Even the Toyota site says that cars are ordered by the dealerships in packages that they think people want. I gave up trying. See if you can order a car. I know you can order a VW and get exactly what you want...eventually. I waited about two months for my 2000 Jetta.
  • I have been looking for a web page which has published a road test of the new 2004 Rav4 2.4lt, I am looking at buying one but want to read an independent review first, any ideas?
  • Don't think I found a road test on a 2004. I have a 2004, have put 805 miles on it. I think it's great. Consumer Reports recommends it. Has good enough power for me. Rear seats can be removed so you have lots of space. We also have a 2002 with the 2.0 L engine. The '04 has significantly (at least noticeable) more power IMVHO. Only thing that bothers me is a dash rattle that the dealer can't fix...yet.
  • Dealer had the car for two days. They had trouble finding what caused the rattle. Apparently not the same situation as the older RAV4s. So, I still have a rattle. Maybe it's a bit less noticable. Hopefully someday they will figure it out and maybe come out with a TSB.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    After a test drive, I found that the 2004 RAV4 is a very solid car, with a smooth and quiet drive. The car felt more refined than the 2004 CR-V, which has more interior room. RAV4 is a nice car for smaller-sized people. :)

    A loaded RAV4 (with side curtain air bags, roof rack, real spoiler, alloy wheels, keyless entry, security) is about $25K MSRP. I think the car can be had for close to invoice at my local dealers at this time of year.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    The "Carpet floor mats/cargo mat" (CF $184) and the "Cargo net" (CN $49) are also options.
    (I don't know why Toyota not made these two items part of the standard package, for a car that costs $20K+.)

    They are not listed on the Edmunds pricing system page. Dealers are likely to add these two options to a new RAV4.
  • jcliffrojcliffro Posts: 108
    Is anyone finding side air bags and side air curtains on any of the RAV-4s on dealer's lots?
    I had been looking at 4-Runners, but the only ones Toyota sees fit to equip with side air bags/curtains are the extremely expensive Limited models. I have not found a single 2004 RAV-4 in my area (New Orleans) equipped with this option and am wondering what it is like in other areas. Thanks for your input.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    In central NJ, all the RAV4s with the side curtain air bags that I have seen are all with the "L" upgrade.

    If you plan to get the side curtain air bags, be prepare to pay for a RAV4 with other options that will bring the total cost to $24K, $25K or more MSRP. Insit paying for invoice (or less) if you are serious of buying one. Dealers have plenty of them on their lots.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    Has Toyota fixed the infamous "dashboard-windshield rattle when go over a bump" issue for the 2004 RAV4?
  • We have a 2002 and a 2004. The 2002 is fairly tight. So when we bought the 2004 I expected same. However the 2004 had a very bad dash rattle/squeak. Very disappointed. The dealer had it two days, worked hard at it and now it's better, not completely gone. Other than that I like the car, it's great. But rattles drive me nuts.

    Next time I buy a vehicle I'm gonna test drive it over the bumpiest road I can find.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    You may have done this, and I forgot.
    But could you compare the performance of the 2.0L v. the 2.4L engines, since you have both in your RAVs?

    I've got the 2.0L in my '01 RAV, and my gf has the 2.4 in her '02 Solara, and I'm impressed with the way it moves that coupe.

  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    Is there a service bulletin for the 2004 dash rattle?
  • So far, no TSBs for the 2004 dash rattle. My dealer worked on mine and it's better, but not gone.

    My 2004 with the 2.4 is a big improvement over the 2002. IMVHO. Also much nicer in other areas - inside color, ABS, traction control, cheaper, tire pressure warning, radio controls on the steering wheel.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121

    Thanks for the info.

    I agree with you that 2004 RAV4 has every desirable features that I am looking for: ABS, side curtain air bags, stability+traction control, full-time 4WD, radio controls on the steering wheel, and not-so-bad mpg.

    I test-drove the CR-V and RAV4 on the same day on the same route (two dealers are neighbors). The 2004 RAV4 feel quiter, smoother, and more luxurious inside feeling.

    A RAV4 L with side air bags and other pre-installed options that I am interested in buying costs about 25K+ MSRP. I hope I can get it closer to invoice (~23K).

    I just don't understand why Toyota did not fix this annoying bug for the 2004 RAV4?!
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    Anyone bought a 2004 RAV4 recently?

    How much did you pay?

    Is invoice + $100 doable?

  • bett1ebett1e Posts: 16
    I can't get the dealer to go lower than $21,900 out the door for a Rav4 with sports package and sunroof and ABS. The sticker states $23K. I can't find invoice prices on everything listed on the sticker but basically I walked away and they are refusing to come down. Is it worth dickering about and how much would be the appropriate price out the door?
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    Are you dealing with a 2004 RAV4?

    For the 2004 RAV4, the ABS is a standard feature.

    Out-of-the-door price includes tax and other fees that you have to pay to register and title the car.

    If you can write down the option codes on the window sticker, I can calculate the invoice price for you. For example,

    SP Sport Package invoice $500/$625 MSRP
    SR Power Sunroof invoice $720/$900 MSRP
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