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2006 Toyota RAV4



  • Can I ask how much you paid for your 2006 V6 in Canada? I'm thinking of getting a RAV4 and live in Toronto, Canada. It sucks that we pay roughly $7-8K more than US for same car.

    I heard 2007 RAV4 comes with standard side airbags (which you can't get as an option in Canada except for the top of the line model! Grr!).
  • ssfavassfava Posts: 1
    has anyone found a way to carry 2 kayaks on the 2006 rav4? i just traded in my minivan and found out that the load weight of the rails is only 75lbs. i can't fit 2 kayaks on the factory rack- anyone sound a solution?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    If Yakima or Thule don't have clips available yet, I'd email them for an estimate and let them know you are interested in some aftermarket towers and rails. You can find their fitment guides at their web pages.

    A local boating store or REI may be able to help too.
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    Can that be right? What is the tax implication of driving up the Canada and buying one? It seems hard to believe but then again persciption drugs are much cheaper....

    If true, what the dowside to purchasing there?
  • You've got it the wrong way... I was griping that it costs MORE to buy in Canada than US (by about $7-8K).

    You guys have it a lot better down there...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Plus you're speedometer would be in KM/Hour, right?

  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I'm not an economist, but the Canadian dollar isn't valued at an equal rate to the US dollar. So, it seems to me that your salary (in Canadian $) is probably higher. So you have to spend more Canadian $'s to buy stuff. Can't have it both ways.
  • atom164atom164 Posts: 10
    Thank you Peter for the apology. This window thing has become more than I expected.. and I apologize if I became a bit too harsh.. I appreciate you taking the objective road or playing devil's advocate, but trust me, Toyota is really good at playing that part.

  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Anyone know when to expect the 07 RAV4?I'm planning on getting one despite all this windshield talk.I was wondering if anyone who has a V6 Limited 4x4 has had transmission problems or any of the hesitation problems i've heard about.I was'nt sure if the hesitation problem was isolated or universel?Is it just the I4?
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well my dealer has told me they expect to get 2007 RAV4s in October with info the month before. This tracks with some printed info I have seen.
    One dealer told me that if it is not on a boat out of Japan by early august it wiil be a 2007.

    Lots of RAV4 info and discussion on the net.

    On other sites the transmission problem seems to apply to both but more so in the I4. It is really hard to tell how wide spread it is but it since I am sure the forums represnt only a small part of al RAV4 owners. I get the impression it is not RAV4 unique. By the way if you read todays Wall St. Journal the president of Toyota held a press conference and apologized for Toyota recalls and problems. I am not a Toyota owner but they do seem to work on making things right even if slowly.

    I am waiting to buy a 2007 also but do not need it till December so I will get serious in September. I imagine if you realy want one early on you could talk to a dealer about it anytime. Talk to dealer by phone or online. They are not as bad as some people make them out to be but it is a mixed thing. My local dealer has been very good. They next dealer down the road has been a real baloney artist.

    By the way, my dealer in NY had 16 2006s today, four V6s so the cars are out there.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    "Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is examining Toyota's handling of recent recalls, and ministry officials are hinting that some sort of public reprimand for Toyota may be in order. Any such official reprimand would be largely symbolic, an official familiar with the matter said, and probably wouldn't carry any fines or penalties.

    For Toyota, however, quality and safety are the cornerstones of its entire global operations, and despite denials of breaking any rules, Toyota went out of its way to show contrition for the recalls at its news conference in Tokyo. At the same time, Toyota boasted of no new products or expansion plans, as has become common at its recent media events. The company gave no press materials to the media.

    Toyota's senior management team even shunned the open-collar, short-sleeved shirts the company has adopted for summer to help cope with Japan's sticky weather, instead appearing in dark suits.

    The message behind the funereal atmosphere was clear: "I take this seriously and see it as a crisis," Mr. Watanabe said. He then bowed deeply in front of the cameras, adding, "I want to apologize deeply for the troubles we have caused."
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I just did a search to get some specific data about the recalls. First, the 06 RAV is not involved. The problem has to do with the potential failure of an engine component that results in an oil leak. Most of the vehicles involved are trucks that aren't sold in the U.S. There was also a major recall about a year ago on a suspension part that was scared during the mfg. process (not assembly) and as a result could wear prematurely. Oh yeah, there was also a recall for the Camry because of a label. Ooohh.

    You can make a gazillion mechanical anythings and not have problems somewhere in the process. Seems to me that Toyota has stepped up to the plate. If you're looking for perfection, you won't find it. Nothing has exploded or caught on fire, no parts have fallen off.
  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Thanks for the info i'm looking to get one around december also.From everything you've seen are you more likely to get something else or are you still getting the RAV?I'm really looking forward to getting one but some of these problems are giving me pause.I'm not expecting perfection but for the 27,000 i would expect quailty.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well these items are a concern but I think they are a small percentage of the cars. So I am 99% headed toward a loaded RAV4 Sport AWD V6 for Nov-Dec. By the way, my post from the WSJ was just information and not judgement on Toyota as such. They seem to stand behind the cars and I figure the more time goes by the more of these issues they will fix.

    Hey you judge the info and make your choice!
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    some of these problems are giving me pause

    I've owned a V6 Limited since April 8th and haven't had one single problem. The car is solid, runs great, I'm averaging 24.9 mpg ... no Gremlins to be found. I really think much is being made over a few isolated incidents.
  • mike1111mike1111 Posts: 93
    Thats what i'm looking to get,The V6 Limited. Glad to hear no problems on you're end.I'm looking forward to getting mine this winter.Hopefully they'll be avalible in the Cincinnati region if i want one now i gotta go to Indian or get a dealer trade which i'm not fond of.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well there is nothing wrong with a dealer trade if you can get what you want that way. Even if it comes iwth 200 miles that is no big deal. My present car was a trade and had 181 miles since it came from upstate. It has been troublefree.

    Since you really cannot "order" a RAV4, a dealer trade might be the only way you get what you want even with 2007.

    The prices are slowly coming down by the way, Fitzmall is showing several Limited at $100 to $300 under invoice.
  • moonroovesmoonrooves Posts: 18
    So what's the talk re a hybrid Rav4?? I am very interested in the hybrid car thing, but won't consider purchasing a hybrid car unbless it can tow 3500 pounds, as the V6 Rav4 can.
  • moonroovesmoonrooves Posts: 18
    Come on, Toyota- give us a V6 hybrid- all the upper scale Chevrolet Silverado and Ford 150 truck market will be looking YOUR way!
  • joecarnutjoecarnut Posts: 215
    How about a 4cyl hybrid?

    I know you can't tow with it, but when there is war with Iran you'll need the best mileage you can. Unless you have a lot of disposable income.
  • You're not alone!
    Last Thursday, the rear passenger window of my 2006 RAV4 shattered for no apparent reason. I was at a stop sign when the driver side rear passenger window 'imploded' with a loud pop, as if it were under great pressure. Luckily, I had just dropped off my toddler at daycare--a pile of glass chips shot over to her side.

    A large SUV was stopped next to me at the time. The other driver witnessed the event and helped me rule out any external causes, such as a rock or (god forbid) bullet. The outside temp was 65 degrees, driver side window down about an inch, inside fan on '2'...normal driving conditions.

    At the dealer, the service manager told me that he was sure it wouldn't be covered by warranty, but that it was up to Toyota. It was a short call: 'yeah, I got a customer with a rear passenger window that he says just imploded....uh huh...I see...OK then.' He hung up and said 'I was way off...Toyota will will fully cover the replacement.' In fact, they'll likely replace both rear passenger windows.
    Th part is on nationwide critical backorder, so I'm stuck with a (complimentary) fleet car for two or more weeks.

    Is this a defect or a fluke? No idea, but I've read three other identical accounts for this year's model on the web, so its definitely a known issue.

    I'm wondering whether the power window's lifting mechanism is to blame. What's the possibility that the lifting device pushes the glass against the seal with too much force, creating the conditions for the glass to fail?
  • raviola4raviola4 Posts: 52
    Seeing memo's on cracked rear window and side windows has me concerned about ordering vent visors (in track) for my 06 Rav 4...... Anyone own intrack vent visors etc. Also, best site to purchase. Local dealers have nothing. :confuse:
  • klcrdklcrd Posts: 8
    I live in the East and looking for Rav 4 6 cylinder 4x4 2006 having difficult time locating one. Anyone having similar problem.

  • sayers1sayers1 Posts: 42
    They can be difficult to find. I got a V6 LTD 4x4 w/3rd row, but I had to go to Maryland to get it. if it helps.
  • idubidub Posts: 1
    Just thought I should give you my experience: I just got one RAV4 Limited V6, leather seats, moonroof, JBL system. The dealer just happened to have one like that on the lot. I understand that there are not that many with all that unless you order. I don't have a 3rd row seating, but that gives you loads of extra storage under the rear cargo mat, and behind rear seats. It's a real fun car to drive and it's got plenty of power. Feels really tight and together. I drive up and down the NJ turnpike (about 140 miles a day) and although I've only had it for a few days, it's GREAT... just my 2 cents
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    My claims she smelled anti-freeze while in the car yesterday. I see no visible signs of leakage. On other sites I see numeroous posts from folks experiencing the same thing. Anyone ever notice this or get a solution?
  • quickdtooquickdtoo Posts: 266
    I've had the WeatherTechs in-channel window visors installed for a couple months now, no problems other than the driver's auto up sometimes causes the window to open when it contacts the visor, but it doesn't usually happen cuz I leave the windows open a bit all the time and use the manual postion of the switch to close the window.

    Macneil has 2 choices, dark and light tint in-channel, mine are the light tint.


  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I noticed this smell a couple of times after parking in the garage. Never noticed it outside. There was no sign of leaking anywhere. That was months ago and I haven't noticed it since.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well my local dealer in NY has several. Actually several local dealers have several. Fitzmall and Carmax have some in MD at less than invoice. Shop the net or get your dealer to trade for one.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well if you found a V6 with leather you are probably one of the .1% lucky ones. Good luck with it and keep us posted.
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