Toyota RAV4 Maintenance and Repair
I've reach the 1600 mile mark and decided to change the oil for the first time. I have looked all over the place but have absolutely no idea where the oil filter is located. Is there anyone who can identify where it is?
Also, do we check the oil level with a warm engine or cold? That was a cold check, so maybe with a warm engine, it would be up to the top.
The other issues is downshifting. Lack of downshift has happened twice now when I was going about 10 MPH and tried to pull into the next lane. The SUV stays in the higher gear even with my entire strength pressing the accelerator to the floor, even when I slam it to the floor several times. Anyone else have this or know what could be causing this?
It seems Edmunds won't post my review of the Rav4 outlining this. I'm not sure why, but I can't believe I'm the only one with these issues.
When did you submit the review? They are reviewed for content (profanity, spam, etc.) so they don't get posted immediately.
Other owners -- please take a few minutes to write your own review.
I'd give it a couple of weeks before writing another review. Of course you could write reviews for any other cars you own in the meantime. :shades:
You could post your summary info here while waiting to redo the consumer review.
Anyone else having this problem or have ideas to fix?
Was your noise intermittent? Was it barely audible or louder?
Mine only occurs every few days or so...the reason I haven't taken it in to the dealer yet, cuz they may send me home saying nothing is wrong. I know what you mean, listening for every sound...we're just cautious owners. Better to fix it under warranty!
Anyone find the extreme left and right vent deflectors annoying. You can only adjust airflow up/down OR right/left but not both...I guess they look cool though.
Anyone else annoyed the doors do NOT auto lock when put in gear or auto unlock when put in park or shut off....another real pain, especially with kids.
Anyone upset that you can only use your key to get in the front drivers door; that is if you do not have the keyless entry key handy.
Anyone miss having a light in the glove box or IN the hatch...what good is having in the hatch door since you open the door away from the hatch!
Finally, anyone upset by the lack of body side molding...though you can get it from dealers in Canada.
That seatbelt rattle is the worst of all though!
I don't drive fast either, but when I need the power I expect it. The issue to me is the car needs to be more responsive to driver input.
By the way, I also bought a new Chevy Colorado. It's rated 20 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway. Believe it or not, it does better on gas then the Toyota.
Please visit the new Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG discussion and report on your mileage there. Thanks!