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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • I just had my timing belt and water pump replaced at home by a mobile mechanic and it cost $410 including fluids, parts and labor. I live in Florida.
  • Dealer said it costs $4,300 to fix, some indepedent shop might fix it around $2,000, is it worth it to fix?

    Another option is donation, trade-in is not an option, the dealer offered $400.

    Thanks, I need your opinions.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • I just purchased a 2005 Rav4 L also missing it's spare tire cover and wondered if you were successful? The dealer quoted me $425 and website called "discount toyota parts" out of Texas is offering one for $287 plus $30 shipping for part number 64771-4200-CO. They don't have pictures on their site, so I'm expecting a fax to confirm itt's the right part. Does anyone have any better ideas for me?
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Unless you are set on having an original hard cover, you might wanna try this:

    I picked up a nice plain black vinyl spare cover at my local auto parts store (they ordered it, it took 2-3 days).
    Cost me about $30, and it looks good (no logos, etc).

    However, lately I've gone with no cover at all.
    I just like the look.

  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    I live in NJ and order parts for both my Toyota vehicles from Grapewine toyota of texas. They have great prices compred to my local dealer even after including the shipping costs.
  • We are looking at buying a Rav 4 or a midsize sedan. I am just worried about SUV safety. I have heard that small suv's can rollover in accients and there are more accident deaths in small suv's. Can any of you expand on this or is this false? I am thinking the toyota would be very safe. Guess I am leaning more towards a sedan for safety but I love the Rav 4.
  • I purchased the 2004 Rav 4 for my wife, we reside near Buffalo NY and the car has performed flawlessly. It has no problems in the snow. I have an occasional hesitation problem which has been to the dealer for. All scnas are normal so I suspect that it is a software issue that we owners must diligently persue Toyota to fix it. Roll over occur from unsafe drivers doing unsafe maneuvers and driving too fast pushing the envelope. The RAV in my opinion gave me the best bang for our money we compared too many other in its class. If you want to fly get an airplane. If you want to go 4 wheeling off road get a tank. We took almost a year to decide. Buy a Rav and drive it like a sane person and you will be very happy.
  • I just bought the 2005 Black hard shell Spare Tire Cover from Toyota of Grapevine, TX. They have the best prices. I got this recommendation in this forum. I paid $250 which included shipping to the East Coast - the cheapest I could find anywhere. They shipped it to me . . . it looks fantastic. I only needed the exterior high gloss shell. The main bracket was attached and finne. Good luck.
  • sardensarden Posts: 1
    Have a manual front wheel drive 4cyl 2004 I dare travel off road to new adventures? Any new tricks to learn?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Define off-road. I take my minivan on lots of rocky forest service roads. Many roads I have to pass up simply because I don't have enough clearance.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I have driven our Chrysler AWD T&C on one of those forest service roads, Lynx lakes area of AZ, but I was well aware that if it rained.....
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    We have high desert roads like that here that are largely impassable even with 4WD rigs when it rains. But in the mountains, the roadbeds are often rocky (like the roads around Tellico) and they just get wet without much traction loss or hidden deep holes.

    The other day I watched a 1962 movie made to lobby for improving the local ski road; it was pretty fun to see all the late 50's/early 60's cars and buses trying to navigate up a muddy, snowy road.
  • Hi all,

    I am trying to get a better sense of the pricing of my 98' RAV4.
    I tried all source of used car info like kbb and edmund but the price seems way lower than what everybody is selling. If my car is in GREAT condition (white on Silver, new breaks, oil change up-to-date), Low Milage (80,000), with a nice looking Jaos roof rack.

    Should I try asking $8,500 for it???
    Any response will be appreciated.
  • Will do.
  • After I removed the OEM 2004 RAV4 L radio/CD/Tape and reconnected it back, the steering wheel audio controls no longer working and not lighting up. (the buttons on the radio are working fine and the radio is working OK). It is just the steering wheel audio controls are not working.
    I've checked and confirmed all plugs are reconnected the way before I disconnected them. And they are plugged in tightly.
    I removed the radio by removing the center console, pulled the radio half way out and disconnected the antenna wire, and two other plugs which was connected to the back of the radio.
    Do I need to reprogram the steering wheel audio controls in order to make it work again.
    I've searched through the web for 4 hours, but did not find the answer.
    Please help.
  • jmasijmasi Posts: 1
    What & where is the AIC? I called my Toyota dealer & they had no idea what it is. I have a 2004 RAV4 that also has trouble starting. Thanks...
  • I think you might mean the IAC, which stands for the "Idle Air Control".
  • I bought my base 5 speed brand new for my courier job. It is a flawless performer to say the least. Everyday I jump into this unit I feel proud to own it because it feels like such a quality machine. I am thinking of trading it though for a Mazda Miata. No. The Mazda will not be used in the courier business, but will sort of a retirement unit for me. Just a question for the group. How much of a market do you think I will have for a unit with 204,000 km on it? The body is in excellent condition and the back seats are like new since I have never used them. I took them out at purchase. I was talking to a dealer about trade in values, etc. And, here is what he said. Just find a site like Buy and and look at the prices. Add all of the prices up and divide by the number of units that I am looking at the attain an average price. Here in the Vancouver market many of these units are selling for over 20,000 dollars. They all have packages and auto of course, but I took this detail into account. Anyhow, then what you do is to subtract about 20% because of the high mileage to get a value for the unit. So, that is kind of interesting. I know it is worth something because it looks and drives like brand new, especially with the new tires I just bought.
  • I have a 1998 Rav 4 4 cylinder. I love it. However it recently started cutting out while I'm driving. It doesn't stall but it acts like it isn't getting the gas. I have taken it to my mechanic and the Toyota dealer. Both have put it on computers and road tested it. They can't find anything wrong with it. I recently had it tuned up with lots of new stuff. That was not the problem. My mileage has dropped from 24 mpg to 16 mpg. Not acceptable. When it slows down I pump the heck out of it and after a few seconds it zooms ahead. Has anyone had a similar problem? How was it resolved?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    And this occurred after you had it tuned up with lots of new stuff or was this the reason you had it tuned up with lots of stuff..???
  • I had it tuned up after I had the problem. My mechanic thought that might be the problem. It hadn't been tuned up in a while and needed new plugs, etc.
  • I have the exact same problem with my 98. I tried new plugs and pcv valve with no success. My mechanic can't find anything wrong. I'm thinking of changing the wires, rotor, cap & fuel filter. Have you tried that?
  • I know he put in new plugs and plug wires, fuel filter, air filter and a battery cable. There were a couple of other things. Parts came to $222. I don't remember seeing anything about a rotor cap. (Just checked the bill.) New PCV valve and gas treatment were the other two things. His computer printout was the same as the dealers which showed nothing wrong.
  • how do you take the inside panel off so i can regrease the latches. I'm in alaska and it is freezing here and i never had to take the panel off before. it's a 98 rav4

    thank you
  • My 98 RAV is doing this. Usually when I have coasted or idled, as at an intersection or stop light, then try to accelerate. There is nothing there, it sputters, as no fuel, water in gas, etc. I pump like crazy and it revs out of it, sometimes making a popping, banging or slight backfiring sound before it catches and takes off. This very dangerous and I am afraid of getting stalled in an intersection.

    My car just had a full 80,000 mile service by the worlds best mechanic ( very thorough, knowledgeable) but the problem continued. He replaced the throttle plate. Problem continued. My "check engine" light came on yesterday for the first time in all this, but it was off again by the time he looked at. Grrrr! He is frustrated, feels it should be the fuel pump, but that checks out fine.
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