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2006 Toyota RAV4



  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    I have my own rationalization for all this MPG stuff when it is not perfect as I have posted here before:With 15,000 miles a year and $2.65/Gal(NY)the difference is about $6.00 a week for 5 MPG. Not enough to get really strung out over I hope....:)

    By the way, I filled up the Audi tonight.....$3.24 a gallon for premium...YIKES. And wait till all the Chinese start driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Yeah i talked to the guy on the phone he said they would have to dealer trade for it and it would have about 200 miles on it when it's the color i want and everything i'm a little scared of the 200 miles though
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    And wait till all the Chinese start driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the absolute truth but worse yet...while China is 5 times bigger than we are, India is also 3 times bigger than we are and both are just into puberty so to speak in consumer development.... and we are reaching the Peak Oil point.

    We essentially will pay for gas whatever the Chinese and Indian's decide that we will pay simply as a result of their respective HUGE consumer demands.

    $5/gal without additional taxes is definitely realistic in the not too distant future. It'll make me change jobs. :(
  • tecsol1tecsol1 Posts: 7
    Trying to make sense of the MPG figures I see posted on the 4 verses 6. What are the final drive ratio's? looking to compare the RPM's at highway speeds.

    Trying to make an economic and informed decision

  • Video link that demonstrates snow performance,
    link title
    Respects to RAV4WORLD

    No personall experience in snow, it does stick to the pavement.
  • hi, i'm in the market for the exact same trim/options. unfortunately, i haven't been able to find one nearly anywhere the price you got yours for.. would you mind emailing me the contact info for the salesman at rancho santa margarita? you can find my email addy in my user profile.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well I know the V6 is 1940 RPM at 70 MPH as I drove several. Don't remember the I4 numbers but I think closer to like 2500-2600. There are I4 owners here can tell you.
    My guess is with a light foot the V6 will do close to I4 numbers at 70 but still that will not be 30 MPG! Around town the I4 will do better with a lite foot. The V6 power and response is very nice.

    The I4 4 speed AWD final drive ratio is same as V6 but the 4th gear ratio is 1.019 and the V6 5th gear is .756 or 26% lower!
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    The 200 miles is nothing! This is common when they trade cars. When I got my Audi they had to trade with a dealer in CT and it came with 149 miles.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    I just picked an 06 Limited. No snow to test it in but I had a 1997 Rav4 for 5 years and it went through everything here in CT. Assuming you are getting the 4wd version I wouldn't worry. It's a blast to drive.
  • tecsol1tecsol1 Posts: 7
    Thanks, sorry was looking for both the final ratio and the 4 gear ratio, for the 4 speed and 5th ratio for the 5 speed. Would seem on the surface that a v6 with that 5th ratio would be pretty good in comaprision to the I4 on highway driving without tromping on the gas all the time. Thoughts? Where did you get the trany spec's?

  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    In December I found a set of preliminary RAV4 specs on the net. Try a google search on "2006 RAV4 prelininary specs". It has much more detail than what Toyota site provides now. It is a pdf file but no way to send it from here easily.

    By the way the V6 throttle was very sensitive to me, especially at tip in when starting off.
  • My '06 I4 FWD turns about 2,500 at 70.
    On long moderate inclines (western Missouri prairie and central Kansas, so we're not talking mountains here) it will downshift with just me and a briefcase in the car.
  • rukindrukind Posts: 17
    Anyone know what changes will be between 2006 and 2007 models?
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    If your in the NY area and looking for a V6 Limited,I saw loaded one at Sunrise Toyota on Long Island tonight. Silver and seems to have every thing including leather. No 3rd row seat.
  • battinabattina Posts: 19
    F.Y.I...If you are near the Orange county area ,check on two other places. I got a great price at "Cabe Toyota" of Long Beach.
    "Power Toyota" in Irvine off of Research and Lake Forest, had both comparably prices and actual RAV4's to test drive. Just a thought!!
  • markiz7markiz7 Posts: 19
    I cannot locate 115V power outlet in my 2006 RAV4 Limited.
    It is not in the central console where I expected it to be.
    I camp a lot and it is important for me.
    I would appreciate any help. Thanks
  • ahhhondaahhhonda Posts: 2
    I believe that the 115V power outlet only comes with systems that have the rear seat DVD option installed. I'm guessing that would be installed somewhere accessible to the rear seat passengers.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Everything I have read says it is only with the DVD option which I believe is "nonobtainium" as of now.
  • markiz7markiz7 Posts: 19
    Whatever is on the picture - 12V and AUX outlets. That is exactly what I have.
    How about other RAV-4 Limited owners. Can you confirm that you have the same thing as I do?
  • gracejoangracejoan Posts: 11
    I recently acquired a new RAV 4 Limited 4 cyl...leather, power, heated seats and other goodies. My 4th RAV.

    I looked at the specs for both the RAV and the Highlander and can't believe that Toyota would have two vehicles with such close specs. It would seem that they would be thinking of eliminating one of them. What do you think??
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160

    Read back in this thread going back to Nov/dec. Next Fall the new Highlander will be out and it will be much bigger and much nicer than the current one. The V6 will be the same as the RAV but it will likely start where the RAV stops; i.e. ~ $29000 and go up to just under $40000. In Toyota's 'utility vehicle' line you now have the choice of
    xB starting at $12900
    Matrix starting at $15900
    RAV starting at $21900
    Highlander starting at $28900 ( next year )
    Rx350 starting at $40000 ( next year )
    So for a Toyota buyer there is a vehicle for just about every budget.

    Toyota does this with all it's vehicles. It 'preps' the new vehicle with the addition or major revision of the vehicle just next to it. Essentially the RAV replaces the dead Highlander 4c and prepares the way for the revised Highlander next year.

    Both the Avalon and the Camry XLE both support the new Lexus ES350.
  • bali3bali3 Posts: 2
    Just ordered V6 LTD 4WD SILVER with the following options.
    Side Curtain Airbags.
    Towing Package(dont like but it comes with the package)
    carpet floor/Cargo mat
    Daytime running lamps.

    MSRP price : 29,829 after couple of hours in the phone talk and one hour personal talk agreed to give $26,000..
    IS it a good price??
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    If your deal is for real it's $1000 under invoice. Since I imagine that you did your homework beforehand I guess you know it is and would like a pat on the back. Very very well done!!


    $1000 under invoice???????? Really? On a vehicle that many can't even get to test drive, yet you find a store that suddenly rolled over and played dead and let it go at a $1000 loss? Hmmmm... truly excellent negotiating. Well done sir.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You may want to take a look at Toyota RAV4: Prices Paid & Buying Experience -- and post yours! :)

    tidester, host
  • karlzunikarlzuni Posts: 20
    If you don't mind saying, how good a price did you get, before I drive all the way up from San Diego. Thanks
  • llkc04llkc04 Posts: 10
    I just got an invoice faxed to me and want to know what a few things are.
    dealer hildback....489.00
    Whol. Financial Reserve...244.00
    What is TDA? What is Whol. Financial reservve? And I didn't think I was responsable for paying dealer holdback? These were listed as things that would be included in the cost of the car. Total invoice including all the normal things 25414.00 Limited v-6, sunroof, side air bags, toe prep and running lights. also what would be good to offer. msrp 27039.00
    thanks for help in advance...never bought a new car before.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Looking up True Market Value will give you the real invoice. Toyota used to list holdback on their invoices; not sure if they still do. Holdback is repaid to the dealer by Toyota, not the consumer (link).

    TDA is an ad fee and Edmunds considers that to be legit. It's not included in the invoice because it varies by region (but is accounted for in the TMV number). There's a whole discussion devoted to it:

    Toyota Advertising Fees

    I think financial reserve is just another name for additional dealer profit ... it's easier just to see what others are paying, check the TMV and make an out the door offer. That way you don't need to worry about or waste time negotiating the various line items.

    Don't forget to visit Toyota RAV4: Prices Paid & Buying Experience too.

    Steve, Host
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Steve: It seems the only way to get to the prices paid forum is always via your link. If I go to RAV4 forums, prices paid is not listed.
    What is up with that?
  • sweathogsweathog Posts: 6
    I have the 4x4 V6 with about 600mi.

    First Tank - 21.5mpg
    Second Tank - 22mpg
    Third Tank - pending...

    I too traded in a Subaru WXR and I was averaging about 23 with that, but on premium. I got a decent deal.

    They gave me 15000 for a 2003 WRX Wagon with 54000 miles
    and I paid about 26000 for the sport w/moonroof/towing package/6CD stereo
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