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Toyota RAV4 2007



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706

    Looks as if there might be a market for "bi-focal" sunglasses, dark above, less dark below.
  • I live in Canada. Can we still drive with the alloy wheels on in thw winter. Will they corrode with so much salt on the ground. I have a car bought in Louisian with alloy wheels. All wheels corroded in one winter. I am not sure whether this is a problem for cars made for the south.
  • I also have the auto climate with dual control. So confusing. Haven't been able to figure out how to use it.
  • kst1kst1 Posts: 22
    I have a question about installing a rear facing infant seat (Graco sungride)in the center position in a 07 RAV. Currently I have the seat in the left side using the seat belts but would like to have the seat in the center postion. I know that LATCH is not an option for that but is it possible to do this using the seat belts? I worked with a certified technician and we tried doing it but it did not seem to be a tight fit. Has anyone installed the infant seat in the center position using seatbelts? If so, you mind sharing the details/pics? I would like to go back to the health dept and get this thing taken care of. Thanks!
  • According to the manual, when you turn the key to "on" position, the TPMS light will come up and go away in a few seconds. I just notices that my TPMS light never come up. Is this normal? What could have gone wrong?
  • I have a RAV 4cyl as well and the engine does start loud. I also notice the car vibrates too much when idling at red lights. it is very disappointing, but im still hoping there is a solution for it. I traded my 4runner V6 for the RAV4.
    so, I dont really know what to tell you. i'll be back for service anytime soon, hopefully then Ill have something. :confuse:
  • I have a 07 Rav4 4 cyl and i have notice the same sound, however it only happens when the engine is not warmed up.
  • dtowndtown Posts: 20
    The V6 engine has a timing chain. Im not sure about the 4 cylinder.
  • I called my sales rep and she told me that RAV 4 is an SUV and it does starts loud. She also told me that it you listen to the engin starts for Toyota trucks, you will be surprise how loud it is.
  • Does your RAV 4 equipped with TPMS? I read the manual, it says that the light should be on when you turn your key to "on" position and goes off in a few swconds. It does not show up in my instrument panel.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    The 2.4 4 cyl has timing chain.
  • Drive this tiny cute toy? I would rather ride a bike, or just walk!
  • In our 2007 RAV4, at 45-65 mph, we hear a rattle sound around the right front side window/mirror area. I feel it is wind related because it disappears at slower speeds. 2 Toyota garages suggested the roof rack which it was not. Now the say its the plastic covering on the outside mirror. Anyone deal with this problem?
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    I would not believe that 17-21 on a 2.7 liter Santa FE salesman or not. I have been reading a lot about MPG from the Hyundai forum I have beeen finding the avg is around 24 for the 2.7 not bad. It's when you get to the bigger 6 cylinder 3.3 where you get those 17 numbers. If you get AWD it takes it down a mile or 2 as well. The salesmen love to push those bigger engines and do not know what they are talking about half the time. Since the size of the Santa Fe is larger, even larger then a pilot I would think the MPG would take a hit somewhat. I too am looking at both Rav4 4 cylinder vs Santa FE 6 cylinder.

    It is harder then I would have thought. One thing I am going to do is do some extensive test driving of both, doing about 70 MPH. I have found that the 5 minutes you take to test drive is not enough. I hate having seats that are not plush enough, and front leg room that would be good for a midget. Toyota is known for both those problems. They make quality but they are awful with the interior. Fraid to say it but the so called american car companies have the interiors down pat. They are just plain comfortable. Wake up Toyota and work on those interiors.

    I am also more interested in interior noise and comfort at this point in the game. I can get either a RAV4 base or Santa fe GLS for about the same exact price. I even think reguardless of 2007/2008. You just dont's save enough to go for the lower year in most cases.

    As far as extended warrenties go. I would never have purchased a 7 year 100k for a Toyota it defeats the purpose of buying a Toyota. I looked into getting one from sams club for my Sienna orginally they wanted like 1600 but as the years went by they moved it up to 2000.00+ with I think 0 or 50 deductable I can't recall. But if I had done that I would have not really gained much. The dealer offer was even worse like 5 year/100k at that as all they offered. With the mileage I put on cars it would only be a 5 year for me. Toyotas can pull that off with their eyes closed so it was kinda useless to me.

    Where as the Hyundai really needs to offer that deal because of its reputation.

    I can see the quality still in the Toyota product beating the Hyundai. But they are starting to fight back. Also the Hyundai sales people are kinda pathetic. Which in a way is a good thing. They are much more willing to drop below invoice. You can go to a dealership and be the only person there. Now thats buying power.
  • dtowndtown Posts: 20
    I have read that there is a plastic cover on the bottom of the right hand side rear mirror that has to be tightened. Some have used silicone, others have just used tape to cover the tiny whole that drains the housing. I have heard the wind noise sometimes in mine, but it doesnt bother me enough to fix it.
  • You were exactly correct. That's what it was. They said Toyota Corp. actually had a bulletin sent to Toyota service departments about it. Sad part is it took 3 trips to a service department before they figured it out!
  • Some other customer reviews complain the driver's seat is uncomfortable and especially bad if you suffer low back pain. How have other drivers found the front seat?
  • Has anyone figured out how they reprogram the automatic door open/lock to open all doors with one click instead of two?
  • The inability to see the clock is a poor design function. The lighting should be orange or blue on a black background.
  • Even though it mentions it in the manual, I missed it. My tire pressure light came on yet my tire pressure was fine. The spare tire has a sensor in it and causes the light to come on when its pressure is low.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I would be a tad more careful about making general statements regarding engine size vs FE at this point in time.

    Many manufacturers are currently transitioning their V6 engines to DFI, Direct Fuel Injection. DFI allows compression ratios of ~12:1 and therefore significantly improved FE over previous V6 engines.

    So, until this is done with I4 engines there might very well be a period of time wherein smallish V6 engines will yeild better FE numbers than the larger displacement I4 engines.

    There is also the matter of CVT's and more gearbox ratios currently being used with V6 engine vs I4's that tilt the FE numbers toward V6's.

    Seems desparate to me but it is true that the clear majority of the automotive buyers want, above all, hp/torque,HP/TORQUE.

    V8, V6, I4, in that order, so the manufacturers, in order to keep their fleet average FE down, concentrate on the bigger engines, higher volume sales, first, insofar as improving FE is concerned.
  • I, too, have been having the same problem since I purchased my 2007 RAV4 Limited. Please inform me of the outcome after you have it checked out. Thank you!!!
  • Hi Curious 07, I haven't encountered this problem since my trip to the dealer. However, I feel the radio need to be properly secured because I know I may hit a pot hole or something and the radio will act up again. The next time this happen I will drive the vehicle directly to the dealer and have them see what I am talking about because they checked it the last time and couldn't find a problem with the radio. It could be from the heat (I'm in NY) and it was a scorcher on those days that it acted up. I'm not going back to the dealer until it acts up. Let me know of your progress with yours maybe your Service Technicians knows more than mines.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,094
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  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Does anyone know how to program the auto-off headlights feature so that only the DRL's come on in daylight but the headlights go on and off after dark, all automatically without touching the switch on the stalk? GM manuals explain this procedure for their cars, but Toyota refers the owner to the dealer. It can't be THAT hard. Thanks!
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    The headlights will not turn on automatically. They will only turn off automatically. The DRL's are the only ones that turn on automatically. The sensors on top of the dash are for that.

    I thought the headlights turned on automatically, but after checking with the dealer, they don't. I do miss that feature as well.

  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Thanks, ronn. For the record, my '04 Buick has a simple, separate, "Automatic/Manual" switch that selects either full auto on/off for both DRL's and headlamps, or full manual control. The only drawback to that arrangement is that on rainy days, when state law requires headlamps with wipers, you still have to go manual. Still, I prefer it, too.

    Next question - [4cyl] At cold startup, with its fast idle, putting the transmission in "D" results in a "pause-lurch" that can't be good for the drivetrain. Is this normal?
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    Ronn is correct - the North American version of the RAV4 doesn't get the auto headlight feature (on some overseas models there's an additional "Auto" position on the headlight switch). If you have a Limited, one of the sensors on top of the dash is for the auto climate control; the other is a dummy, but that's where the light sensor would go IF we had the auto lights.
  • Hi, i have seen that we have the same concern about the grinding sound of our RAV, does it bother you anymore? After my dealer told me that it is just normal, I just ignore it (Im tired of returning to the dealer and have the same answer again, there reason was about that oxidation in the brakes)! Until now it bothers me, but it will be gone after awhile! But I notice that there is vibration in the floor now, I dont know if is it normal or just the road, but I am now worried because I can feel it is coming on the brakes or in the wheels! Im now very pssssst of by this, and want a very good answer by my dealer! Do you have the same problem? Thanx!
  • I have a 2007 RAV4 Sport with a 6 cd changer and radio. This summer I had problems with it when the weather was really hot. Several times, always on very hot days, the display went totally blank but it would still be playing (cd or radio....whatever I was listening to). A couple of other times it just went dead. Turning the car off and on would 'solve' the problem. Well, I took it in for an oil change in October and mentioned that to the service tech and she seemed to be familiar with the problem. They ended up swapping out the unit even though the radio at the time was working fine. :) While I would like to think they were just going the extra mile for me, it seems to me this is a known issue since that is a fairly expensive item, they could not reproduce the problem, and they gave me absolutely no hassle.
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