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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#1248 of 2127 The previous 2.0L engine..
Feb 01, 2004 (7:01 pm)
..in the RAV4 before 2004 year was too noisy (busy) and underpowered at 148hp IMO. I dislike cars with anemic engines. The new 2.4L engine has 161 hp and is not as "busy" as the previous one. Also, the minor front end changes for 2004 are positive but, for me, it was mainly the engine. The new engine's torque is 165lb/ft 4000 rpm - much better than before and torque is really more important than hp. I was also considering a Subaru Forester XL with 210hp (turbo) but it was a lot more $ and required premium gas, so I went with the RAV (we already had a Toyota which has been a great car).
Feb 01, 2004 (7:36 pm)
Don't forget... the pre-2004 RAV4 did not have 4 wheel disk brakes with ABS and traction control, the availability of side/side curtain airbags and not to mention a lit ignition key ring!
#1250 of 2127 I admit. I too had ruled out
Feb 01, 2004 (9:05 pm)
the Rav4 until the changes in 2004. I have features I never even thought about. I light the traction control, needed ABS (I just like it), the lighted ignition key, the nice interior, the bigger engine, etc.. I test drove the 2003 and didn't buy it so I was not impressed. I definitely was impressed with the 2004.
However, I have seen some of the older models and they look very similar to the 2004 (which I didn't know that) but I still am glad I waited.
As long as everyone is happy with their purchase, I think that's all that matters.
#1251 of 2127 bett1e - you're right..
Feb 01, 2004 (9:38 pm)
..if everyone is happy with their purchase, that's all that matters. I am very happy with my '04 RAV - Spectra Blue Mica. Body-wise there is only minor differences between the '04 and the prievious ones but the biggy for me (as I said) is the 2.4L engine. I'm also very impressed with quietness of the RAV, given it is still a smaller vehicle. I was driving a Subie Impreza 2.5TS and the RAV is decidedly quieter. More like our '99 Solara SLE V6 coupe.
#1252 of 2127 Comparing older models with the '04
Feb 02, 2004 (11:11 am)
Yes, I do agree the 2004 sounds great and knowing it is a Toyota everyone will be pleased, I only had to get a new vehicle due to a car accident and time was limited and $ too, I did look at the 2004 and did love them but I guess for my situation at the time the '01 was for me, and I love it so far.....I guess the 04 model can be compared to how they changed the Rav4 in 2001......glad all is happy, that is all that matters and be safe also.....
#1254 of 2127 3M Tape to fix rattles...
Feb 04, 2004 (8:30 am)
Well, I purchased 2 rolls of 3M Squeak Reduction Tape, removed the windshield cowl, and placed the tape on the windshield under where the cowl touches the glass... little to no improvement. So I guess 325iRAV4 - you were lucky! Anyone else who has tried the 3M tape either at home or at a dealer, please let me know how you made out. Until then - I am beginning to look for a new car...
Feb 04, 2004 (10:03 am)
Is your RAV4 a 2004 one?
I am fixing the rattle by splashing water on the windshield for now. It works for me. Give it a try.
The weather is getting better, above freezing lately. That helps too.
#1257 of 2127 The infamous rattle
Feb 05, 2004 (7:17 am)
is indeed very annoying. Every time the car rattles, it reminds me that I just spent $24K+ of my hard-earned money on a "defective" new car. Adding to the agony is the "could-not-reproduce-it" attitude of my dealer.
I wish I could get that kind service like the one reported in the previous message.
I have a feeling that Toyota does not take this issue as serious as the rattle of their new Lexus RX330, which had a TSB issued already.
The majority of the RAV4 owners may be younger and less affluent than the owners of a RX330, but they are the *future* of Toyota.
Which car will the young, "rattled" RAV4ers buy when they become affluent?