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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#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?
Feb 06, 2004 (5:57 am)
Good morning to all; just returned from the mountains yesterday, and the traction control on my 4wd did a great job over some icy spots.
I realize many of you are anxious about the dash rattle; I too have that from time to time. However, may I again ask for input on HOT CDs...on yesterdays road trip, the first and only CD was hot to the touch, so I went back to the radio...my theory is that the hot air circulated through the heat and defrost is somehow gaining access to the player....any similar problems out there?
And, about two pages back, a driver inquired about rear end damage and the possible role a hitch would play in a rear end collision. For experienced and new RAV4 owners, I think this issue could bear a little more discussion. My dealer explained in detail that though there is no bumper visible to the naked eye, the rear bumper area IS a dynamic crush crumple zone specially designed to act as a traditional bumper would. The tire cover material has been changed since 01 to be much less rigid in a crash, thus diminishing the damage the cover previously did to the rear window. Another RAV4 owner here has installed a T bar in the tow slot which projects beyond the spare's dimensions so that IT would be the first thing to contact someone elses bumper or a telephone pole or whatever. Obviously if we take proper care in backing we minimize damage WE may do, but what about the other guy hitting us in the butt?
Your input on these two issues is appreciated.
#1259 of 2127 Good queries, cobblestone..
Feb 06, 2004 (8:15 am)
..I have a new '04 RAV and have not experienced the "hot CD" problem - warm but not hot and no warmer than other car's CD players. As to the rear end potential damage problem: I would think that adding any kind of towing hitch/bar that is far enough out to be effective will create two more problems - 1. pedestrians could bang their shins on it and 2. it would probably be so low down that it would offer little protection if someone rearends you. Not sure how a tow bar or ball offers much protection anyway. I'm going to enjoy mine without worrying about the issue at all. Oh, and BTW, no sign of the infamous dash "rattle" on mine (touch wood). 8~)
Feb 06, 2004 (10:44 am)
Highway safety institute did 5-mph bumper tests on 2001 RAV4. The RAV4 got a "poor" rating.
"The Toyota RAV4, like a number of other sport utility vehicles, has the spare tire mounted on the tailgate. This design, which is predominately for styling reasons, guarantees excessive damage in a whole range of rear collisions," said Brian O'Neill, president of the institute.
I hope the 2004 model can do better.