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Toyota RAV4 pre-2006



  • gszgsz Posts: 3
    Hi All,

    Has anyone out there experienced a "rattle" in the sunroof when in the tilt mode? I'm still not sure where it is coming from... sometimes it looks to me as if the plastic-glass expands/contracts with the heat... other times it appears to me that the arms that raise the glass don't "lock" and thus make noise when I drive over a road bump... Is this normal?
    Cheers, -gsz
  • jahydejahyde Posts: 1
    Anybody know if the 2002 will be available in Solar Yellow? Thanks.
  • bob346bob346 Posts: 12
    anyone know if you can remove the cross bars on my roof rack? also any one having trouble with brakes makeing growling sound? also sometimes the power door lock refuses to work,anyone else have this problem? anyone know if you can buy an air filter other than at the dealers? have 3600 miles on my Rav L wish it had just a bit more power, but none the same we really like the vehicle. thanks to all. BOB
  • corsicacorsica Posts: 8
    I live here in Melbourne, FL about 1.5 hrs
    east of Orlando.

    I'm in the market for a 2001 Rav4, but have
    some questions for yall.

    1. What is the best asking price I can get these
    days for a 4X4 automatic with the quick order
    package + the rack roof and the anti-theft?
    The MSRP is always high. Does Toyota ever
    go below invoice? How do I negotiate a good deal?

    2. I'm thinking about getting either a Titanium
    colored exterior or a white exterior. Now, are
    the metallic colors any more durable? I live
    in Florida and my old Corsica is peeling paint
    already on my white car...

    3. I'm still torn between 4X4 and 4X2...
    The rain storms can get bad. Should I go for 4X4?
    How does the car behave differently among these
    2 in a bad storm?

    4. I am also torn about ABS. Any thoughts here
    from actual RAV4 owners who have used ABS during
    wet weather?

    5. Being from central Florida, are there any others of you who would know which dealers here
    have the best promotions and are willing to negotiate pricing the best? IF any of you are reading my post that are Floridians with Rav4, pls
    let me know where you bought yours?

    Thanks a bunch!
  • corsicacorsica Posts: 8
    Hello Again,
    I'm in the market for a 2001 Rav4 here
    in east central FL.
    I called up the dealers and they say
    that I cannot make a cash purchase on
    a credit card. They only accept $3000 on
    a credit card.

    Is it true that if I buy online, I can
    put the total cost of the car on a credit card?

    Do you know of any dealers in FL that do this?

    Also, I have some more questions in the 2001
    Rav4 thread below...

    Thanks again.
  • al63017al63017 Posts: 149
    24,500 sticker I paid 23,200 or 1300 off. They sell very fast and ordering takes awhile. I do not have AS and there are many arguments for it but so far it has not been an issue. I think that on slick pavement it might come more into play. I have 4wd but mostly for snow in mid west---but I am sure it helps in the rain. If you can find AS and 4wd I say go for it. Traded 2000 Honda CRV and like RAV4 much better. Mine is automatic and I have no problem with performance. You can take it out of overdrive when you need a little extra zip or downshift into 2 position also at stop sign or merge ramp and it will have all the pickup you need.
  • We bought our RAV in April. We went through CARSDIRECT.COM, but we actually purchased the vehicle at Kissimmee Toyota. We traveled all the way from Daytona Beach because our local dealer would not even try to locate us a RAV because we wanted a 5-speed. We were very happy with Kissimmee Toyota and the salesman said he could of saved us $200.00 over the CARSDIRECT price. Needless to say, when we are ready to purchase a replacement for our '97 Camry, we will check there first. The salesman we dealt with was Don Joyce, who I believe is their fleet manager. Good Luck!
  • rav4errav4er Posts: 3
    does anybody know if you can add a try supercharger to the 2001 rav4? can you put a lift on a 4X2? and is Toyota going to make the rav4 in solar yellow for 2001? if anyone knows please respond. thanks
  • debbie31debbie31 Posts: 4
    We have a '98 Rav with 32k miles. Put 2 60# dogs in the back, 2 little ones up front. When purchased there wasn't much room for negotiations(as I have noticed around the country). 28mpg highway. Although we love it, there have been 2 annoying problems:
    1.Just wouldn't start 3 times in a 16 month period. Battery was chgd. 1st explanation after that was "gas change over from summer to winter can cause this". 2nd explanation was that the car was started and moved a short distance. Computer memory error.
    2. Brakes squeal. Brakes were checked and we were told "this is normal".

    Still love, even though...Anyone else have similar problems???
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    All dealers have their own specific rules about credit card purchases for cars. Remember, they pay their card service provider a percentage of all sales made on credit cards. And since dealers work on low margins on new car sales, they don't want to have to give 3-7% of that $25K to the credit card company. Sometimes, that's their entire profit. My dealer allowed me to put $1K of the down payment and the extended warranty amount on 2 seperate cards only and a check for the rest.

    Also, my company (non automotive) accepts credit cards and I know our card service provider specifically excludes car purchases on credit cards.
  • phxdudephxdude Posts: 1
    I test drove a red Rav4 with the taupe interior the other day. It is located at the toyota dealership on Superstition hwy (60 east) at the Superstition Springs blvd. exit. I think it may be called Mesa Toyota but I am not for sure. It did have a lot of options; sunroof, 4wd, roofrack, etc. Hope this helps!
  • scottdudescottdude Posts: 177
    It seems like every RAV4 I see on the road is driven by a woman. I was wondering if the other RAV4 owners here have noticed a gender bias with this vehicle... do more women than men own them? Is the RAV a "woman's SUV"?
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I've read that the 1st Generation RAV was purchased by more women than men - something like 58% female, if I remember correctly.
    I've also read speculation that the 2nd Gen design is aimed at attracting more men.
    I think that the 1st Gen has a 'friendly' face, and the 2nd Gen is more agressive looking.
  • rav4errav4er Posts: 3
    scottdude, I have seen three sets of 2001 rav4 owners and two were women and the other was a man and his wife. If you go to you will notice that about 95% of the 2001 rav4 owners are men. Every old Rav4 I have seen is driven by a man and I think those are girly lookin, but I dont think a woman would want to drive one of those either because it is so ugly. But if you want a Rav4 buy one and enjoy it, by the way a married man that lives in my neighborhood drives a new vw beetle, which is supposidly a "womans car only". I am a male rav4 owner and I dont feel ashamed or embarresed or see anything wrong with driving a RAV4. Lately I have seen three new vw beetles and all were driven by men, so I think that it doesnt matter what you drive as long as you enjoy it. If you are worried about it looking cute or feminine, put some flames on the side or put a lift and some big tires on it or something. That is what I plan to do. I like it the way it is but would like a lift and more power in it. A friend of mine said that you can always add more power so hopefully he knows what he is talking about. I like my Rav4 alot.
  • nmchopnmchop Posts: 27
    Hello Rav4'ers. I recently (May 2001) purchased a 2000 Dodge Stratus, I got a great deal on it but just don't love it. I like loving my vehicles. A family member bought a 2001 RAV4 very recently and came to visit...I loved it.

    So i've been looking for one. I'm a little upside down in the Stratus, not bad, maybe $1000, so it's imperative I get as good of a deal as possible on the purchase price of the RAV4 if i'm going to get to do this now...The dealer here has two five speeds in stock (that's it), both are 4x4 2001 Rav 4's...One dark green, the other is Titanium. The sticker is $21,700 (fairly loaded, pw/pl, am/fm/cd/cassette, AC, cruise, no moonroof). i'm 37 y.o. male and I have a bad left knee (4 knee surgeries) so an automatic is probably a good idea, but when I tested the five speed, it wasn't a "tough" clutch. I might prefer the five speed for power purposes if the knee holds up.

    So what do you think I might be able to get one of these for? The sales person said they could do a dealer trade possibly and get me an automatic and 2WD for about the same price (she thought). There is really no need for 4WD here in New Mexico (southern). But it might help resale down the road. Keep in mind that the $21,700 price is sticker, they haven't come down off sticker and with just two in stock, it might be hard to get them to budge. I don't know.

    So I'm trying to talk myself into doing it. I guess though economically it kind of makes sense to wait until i have at least a tiny bit of equity in the stratus (I don't hate it, it's just kind of neutral). I figure you only live once (so get a RAV4 lol). I like the 2001 RAV4 much more then the previous model years so buying used is out, at least until the 2001's come out used eventually.

    I could go to Phoenix to buy if deals are better there, El Paso is nearby, Albuquerque isn't far. I guess i'm looking for advice, encouragement and reviews of your RAV4's. I like the way they look, I like how easy they are to get in and out of (i call it butt level). I like the gas mileage on these SUV's as opposed to all other SUV models out there. I like the fact I'll have more room, no headlights in my rear view mirror and can haul some stuff around (i had a pickup prior to buying the stratus in Mid May 2001). So I guess I'm trying to right a minor wrong. Thanks for listening, I enjoyed reading your posts. You seem like a nice group of people who enjoy their vehicles. I wanna join the club, but be smart about it.

    Thanks in advance, i'll check back for any responses.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I think there is a thread here called 'RAV4 Deals', which would be worth checking out.

    The best I hear on another site: US$500 over invoice (to find the invoice amount, use edmunds here to price one out with the options you want). Your results may vary, as they say. I paid considerably more in January '01, $1,350 over invoice, $850 under MSRP, but it was winter (in the Northeast US), plus demand for the new RAV design was very strong, and I didn't feel like dinking around - I found the one I wanted on the dealer's lot and drove it home 2 hours later. I feel like I paid a fair price, no muss, no fuss (like waiting for a special factory order, or driving all over creation to check out other dealers). I was especially happy with the AWD when it snowed a week later.

    I understand about wanting more than a plain vanilla vehicle - that is why I traded in a perfectly good Accord that I bought used just 6 months before (and took the wholesale price hit). The RAV is a vehicle to be fond of, more than just a transportation appliance.

    Good luck.
  • scottdudescottdude Posts: 177
    I'm like you and am thinking about getting a RAV4 since it is the only new car out there that gets me excited when I see it. To me it seems like 99% of the cars I see on the highway are the standard sedan-like boring vehicles, so the RAV4 really stands out. Sort of like a peacock in a sea of lemmings.

    For prices go over to the Smart Shopper board here and see the RAV4 deals topic. I would also recommend If their price comes up as something you can live with, print it out and take it to your dealer and see if they'll beat it. If they say no, tell them you'll just buy it from CarsDirect. They may still say no, or they may give you the deal. Note: I have not tried this strategy, but someone else mentioned it so I think its worth trying. One key is that the specs on your carsdirect price should match the car the dealer has. I don't think this strategy works if they have to order or swap it.

    For availability try the site. Don't know how it works in your area but in the east they list the complete Toyota inventory with prices. This should help you locate the exact model you want.
  • rav4errav4er Posts: 3
    Does anyone know if the 2 wheel drive 2001 RAV4 is capable of offroading or mudding. I have a 2wd model and I was thinking about going mudding and was just wondering how careful I am gonna have to be to not get stuck or mess up. If you know anything about it, please respond. thanks
  • nmchopnmchop Posts: 27
    Thanks for your feedback...

    SUVshopper4, sounds like you can totally relate to my position since you traded in a 2000 Honda for a RAV4...I'm basically doing the same thing but getting ready to take a hit on a 2000 Stratus. I know waiting makes financial sense but I'd rather be happy now and it seems stupid to me to make any more payments on the stratus when I want a RAV4, my next payment could be the first towards owning the RAV4 down the road. Is your's a five speed? I'm glad it worked out for you. Thanks for the advice.

    Scottdude--I'll check out for sure. Who knows what will work? I got a good deal on a Stratus but not from my dazzling negotiating skills...I knew the owner of the used car lot. I'm really no good at negotiating. So I just try to tell them what i'm willing to pay and see how that goes over!

    I've even thought of waiting for a 2001 RAV4 to come up used, but that may take awhile...I've only seen 3 or 4 2001 RAV 4's on the road in my town. Not many people have them.

    Happy motoring.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    My RAV is an automatic trans. Also, the Accord I traded in was an older one, 1992, which I bought used in 2000. I thought maybe I could live with a dependable, presentable transportation appliance on which there were no payments due. I was wrong.
    Again, good luck.
  • nmchopnmchop Posts: 27
    Darn, i was gaining strength from the fact you traded in a 2000 Honda lol. Oh well, I still want to do it. I think this makes you smarter then me now! seemed pretty solid. About $1000 off of MSRP and it said i could lease one for $300-$330 a month...but traditionally buy one for close to $400 a month. My stratus payment is $280/month with a warranty to 100,000 miles (don't think I'll be using that baby).

    I prefer to buy, but i'm about the payment too...If it's tomato or to-motto. I leased once, kept the payments down but never had any equity in the vehicle at all. So I'll lean heavily towards buying it.

    I'm starting to think more frugal though and wait 6-7 months and pick up one used maybe?

    Happy motoring
  • corsicacorsica Posts: 8
    if you bought a Rav4 recently in
    FLorida, can you let me know :

    1. what price you paid?
    2. how much over invoice you paid?
    3. was it cheaper than buying online?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I noticed that the 2001 RAV4 is a LOT roomier inside than the previous generation. I am 6'3, and couldn't even get into the 2000 model without my knees hitting the dashboard, even with the driver's seat all the way back. Any truth in this with anyone else? Thanks.

    Also, have prices come down on the RAVs? I live in Md. and wonder if anyone has bought a RAV4 4WD here. If so, what price did you pay and what equipment did you get?

    Two more things: Power and economy. How is the power with automatic and AC on? And how is the economy? Thanks for any help that can be provided.
  • dsds88dsds88 Posts: 5
    Has anyone driven their 2001 Automatic RAV4 from LA to Las Vegas (or any other highway with long uphill grades)? Was there enough acceleration? Were you able to pass on the incline?

  • dsds88dsds88 Posts: 5
    I'm 6'2" and just test drove the 2001 RAV 4 - it has plenty of headroom even with a sunroof!

    I love it because several other vehicles I've tested do not adequate headroom (the Maxima, the Pathfinder, the Acura CL, the Accord, among oters).

    The seats in the RAV are comfortable except they could use a little more thigh support.
  • nyppicks1nyppicks1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Rav4 L package with the rear wheel Hard cover. The other day while I was driving on the highway I hit a couple of small bumps in the road and the hard cover broke off from the silver metal latch and shattered onto the highway, luckily it didn't cause an accident, or damage any other car behind me, that I know of yet. I had a lock for it, and I had not touched it since the dealer showed me how to remove it and replace it. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone besides me, if so please e-mail me, if not for all those who have this option, note this might happen to you.
  • It is down to these 3 vehicles.

    I am having a horrible time deciding. Does anyway know anything about reliabiity of Subaru?
  • mcpaganomcpagano Posts: 6
    I have a Rav4 with the hard wheel cover and this has not happen to me yet. Do you mean that the lock was on the cover and it still came off? Have you contacted the dealer to see if they will replace it? Let us know if you find out the cause of this.
  • sabuyersabuyer Posts: 1
    Any references on a great dealer in my region? I would like to purchase a RAV4, and would like to contact a dealer who is willing to provide the price and purchasing experience.

  • whidbeywhidbey Posts: 6
    I need help. I'm trying to get a 4x2 RAV4, but am getting conflicting information about what can be obtained. I had wanted to get a green Quick Order with ABS and a few other options. Was told at one dealership that to get ABS I had to upgrade to the L Package, which I don't want. I was willing to do this to get the ABS, but didn't think I could get the green with the L Package. Guy told me no problem, I can get any color I want, and would take about 5 weeks to get it in. Talked to another guy at a different dealership, he said Toyota will not build green with L package, but that I could possibly get the Quick Order with the ABS but that it would be a 2002. Does anyone know which would actually be true. I'm trying to get this vehicle, but am getting very frustrated playing the options game. Help!
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