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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • Depends. Maybe the warranty price was right, and you'll be covered for a lot of miles.
  • 28k miles isn't too too low. Did the tires wear evenly?
    Those OEM Toyo tires, how good are they?
    Your 02 RAV, AWD or 2WD?
  • bthbth Posts: 2
    2002 Toyota is AWD. This Toyo tire is supposedly rated for 65,000 miles. I am not even half way there.
  • Dunno about the reliability of those ratings. I seriously doubt 65k miles on an AWD was realistic for Toyos.

    Again, did they wear evenly? That's most important, that you are tracking true going down the road.

    My AWD, driven with a light foot, got 31.5k miles from the OEM Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687s before I replaced them. I probably coulda squeezed another k or three.

    Better luck with your next set. I'm doing a bit better with Yoko Geolandars, 34k to date. Next time, I'll probably spring for Michelins.
  • the 4 year coverage was $2200,,,,,so it'll take me to almost 96,000 miles..or so......i just had the extra $2200 worked into the montly payment. its a $50 deductible..with things like towing.flats...roadside are free with this......
  • Since it sounds like it's a done deal, I hope the warranty helps you sleep better at nite.

    Good luck with your RAV.
  • My 2004 RAV4 came with Toyo tires and a seperate warranty from Toyo. It's a 60,000 tread life warranty that will discount the price of new tires that ware out to soon. It's pro-rated so if they ware out at 30,000 you should get then at half off. The only catch is you have to rotate them every 7,500 miles.
  • I have an AWD 2003 RAV 4 L with Toyo tires. Tires have been rotated every 5000 miles at the dealership. The tires are starting to wear at 16K and are now very loud when driving. Very disappointed with the quality of Toyo tires. In two months, I am trading in the RAV 4 L for another new vehicle so I will let Toyota and Toyo work something out for the tires.
  • Hello,

    I have been having the same problem with my Toyota RAV4. Its a 2004 and sometimes in the mornings when I start the car, it hesitates. It feels like the car is struggling to start. It does not happen all the time, and only when the car has not been driven for a while.

    I added some Chevron gas additive and it worked for a while but now it's starting to do the same thing again. Did anyone find out the problem?

  • Hi, I have a loaded 2002 RAV4 with 30,000 miles , and have never done anything but oil changes,and air filter change. Do I have iridium plugs ? What should I have done under the hood at this point ?

    Also: What kind of sunroof maintenance should I perform ?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Check out the Edmunds Maintenance Guide for the recommended service.

    Don't know about sunroof maintenance.

    Steve, Host
  • Plugs are iridium and should be good for maybe 90k miles?

    Changing out the coolant at 30k miles is a good idea, especially after ~3 years.

    Some people think the trans fluid should be changed at 30k, but Toyota does not call for it. Dealers love to recommend it (and charge for it).

    Oil/filter and air filter you've got covered.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Finally had my front brake pads replaced on my '01, at 66,000 miles.
    Dlr svc tech said one rotor cracked on removal, and was replaced. Other was just machined. I guess that is not a problem. I don't feel any difference in the braking whatsoever (although I had seen the pads were low when I did the last tire rotation).

    I'm still enjoying this rig, especially with more use of the easy rear seat removal lately.
    One advantage of hanging the spare off the back is more interior volume, which makes one or two bicycles an easy fit inside (where they are more secure and dry) without removing a wheel, etc. I just roll 'em in and bungee them to the passenger-assist handles in the ceiling.

    I wonder if the new RAV will have removable rear seats.

    RAV on.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Just had the front pads done on the wife's '01 Rav, 51,000 miles and resurfaced the rotors. Only 51,000 miles on the pads does not surprise me, considering the circumstances ;) .
  • Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of buying a '98 RAV4 L at a really cheap price. Only one catch - it has a wierd problem. It starts and idle's fine. But when you accelerate, after a few seconds, it bucks, loses power, and sounds terrible, almost as if it is running on 2 cylinders. this happens very frequently. The Car Dealer has had almost everything replaced, including the computer, and a myrad of sensors, and is giving up. I've driven it and if that problem could be fixed, I could get it for $2000. It is a 5-speed, with 127K. I think it needs valve seals because at start-up it gives a puff of smoke. I've looked over the engine and the only thing I can see is the Plug wires loiok original, and probably should be replaced They also look very small in diamater. Is this the right wires? Maybe that's all that is wrong, and they are overlooking a simple fix.
    Any Ideas?

  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    The blue smoke at start-up doesn't bother me too much. My 94 Camry had that problem from approx. 80,000 miles until the day I traded when it had more than 150,000 miles. Never needed oil and ran like a charm. It sounds like the dealer doesn't have a clue. This is where you may want a mechanic with Toyota experience look at it. It may be a simple problem. Then again, the motor may be finished. I think the price has just come down. This could be a really good deal. Good Luck.
  • My 1999 Rav4 is stuck at a parking lot! Alarm comes on and cant start the engine. Tried resetting bat terminals no use. Does anyone have any ideas how to cut this off? I belive its a factory fitted alarm. The remote alrm control key doesnt work either.

    Please help. Thanks in advance.
  • Anybody else have tire issues?? I have an 05 Rav4 S w/ came with Bridgestone Dueler H/T 16,000 miles on em and their wearing out fast.They've been rotated every 6,000 miles.

  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    They aren't the best-wearing tires, but 16k miles isn't very many. I got 31k from them (model 687) on my '01 AWD RAV, and probably could have gotten a few k more.

    More important: Are they wearing evenly?

    Better luck with your next set of tires.
  • Yes, they are wearing evenly..nothing unusual other than they are 3/4 shot already...didn't know if it was the tires or the awd rav.....if i have to buy tires every 16,000 miles...the rav is gonna be history!

    Gonna talk to the nearest Bridgestone dealer and see what they will do......
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    We replaced ours at 34,000 miles ('01 AWD Rav 4, Bridgestone Duelers).
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    It's good that the tires are wearing evenly, at least. Means your RAV is tracking true going down the road.

    You may have more miles left than you think. The treadwear is more noticeable early on.

    I have to ask: What is your driving style? Hard cornering?

    What is your usual tire inflation psi? I keep my tires inflated around 32 (mfr called for 29 with the '01). Slightly rougher ride, but great handling.

    A better set of tires will get you a lot more miles. The Duelers are OEM cheapies.
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    You have to bring it to the's probably the AIC...I forgot what the acronym means...something like Air Intake Control valve...I had it replaced twice on my RAV4 but I have over 100,000 miles on mine!
    A good dealer will fix it right the first time...after the first time I had it done, or so I thought, the second time I was told the part was never replaced just "cleaned"...the second dealer replaced it for free...great people!
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    Check the AIC...That seemed to be my problem with my RAV4...took several technicians awhile to pinpoint friends husband, a sanitation mechanic, pinpointed the trouble almost immediately.
  • lorimlorim Posts: 3
    My '99 Rav4 in-dash 6 cd player is spitting out the cds. It started with cd#1 getting ERR 1 once in a while. I would pop out the cd and re-insert it, everything ok, worked fine. Today, I turned on the radio, decided to change some cds, but after all the cds were in, the player tried to play cd#1, then spit it out and the radio came on, tried cd#2, same thing all along the board. I have since removed all the cds, which are clean with no scratches and am hoping to find the answer without a bit expense. Any clues?
  • I keep the tires to factory spec for air pressure.

    As for my driving,i'd say aggressive...about 50% is lots of 70mph 4lane highway driving and the other 50% is hilly,sharp curves type. I live in the hills of Pa.
    Hopeing to visit the Bridgestone dealer by the weekend, maybe i can upgrade to a better quality tire with out to much money out of my pocket.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    2006 RAV4 debuts at SEMA (Inside Line)

    More in the 2006 Toyota Rav4 discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I think it is questionable that BS makes a tire in your size that is going to give you better treadwear.

    You might want to check tire comparos on various online tire retailers websites, such as tirerack.

    Good luck.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Thanks for the link, Steve, Host.

    Wow. Some serious changes - available V6 (5-spd auto trans, 20/27 EPA mpg with AWD) rated 3,500 lbs towing capacity, increased HP in the 2.4L 4-cyl, enhanced VSC std, on-demand AWD with low-speed lock, third row seat, etc. Techier in a lot of ways.

    Doesn't appear that the second-row seats are removable anymore, alas.

    RAV on.
  • This morning a service guy had discovered that both rear brake hoses in my 2001 RAV4 are chaved badly against the rear sway bar. It seems like there is no way they would not be chaved, they touch the bar all the time, the metal on the bar is shining.

    I wonder if someone else did have this kind of problem. Please let me know if you did.

    Vlad Patryshev
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