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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Mar 15, 2004 (9:48 am)
I believe 600 pounds is within the limits. You should be able to find the max weight recommended, somewhere - maybe Edmonds or the Toyota site.
My wife has a 2002 RAV4 - with the 2.0L engine. I remember hauling at least 600 pounds of lime in it and it was a bit of a struggle. Add 240 for me and 100 for the wife for a total of 940. If your weight approaches this consider a vehicle with a bigger engine. IMVHO.
Mar 15, 2004 (9:54 am)
Never heard of surging before. Check the Camry site. Maybe they have discussions on the issue. Did you call the dealer about this? Did it straighten out? Anyone know if this car is drive by wire? or the traditional cable set up?
Mar 15, 2004 (10:23 am)
I've read the '01 RAV is drive-by-wire, and I assume all newer models are too.
Mar 21, 2004 (8:35 am)
600 lbs should be fine. Consider this, if you had 4 adults each weighing... say 185 lbs. That would put you at over 700 lbs. The Rav4 was designed to carry 5 people. In my opinion you should be okay.
I wish some current Rav4 owners would post here more often.
As of today I have yet to buy my Rav4. They won't give me much for my trade-in so I'm trying to sell it before I buy the Rav4. The two local dealers keep calling me about twice a week. I think when I do sell my car I'm going to get a deal on the Rav4 that I want. The funny thing about this is the CR-V prices here are dropping. You can get a 2004 CR-V AWD EX for 21k. But they would have to drop the price considerably for me to purchase a CR-V. The Price to Ugly factor ratio would change too. LOL
#1331 of 2127 #1330 smsuvundecided
Mar 22, 2004 (10:27 am)
smsuv is experiencing the same issues we faced before ordering our RAV4. In my area (OK) there is an abundance of both CRVs and RAV4's on the dealer lots we visited although probably more CRVs total.
Whether American Honda is offering dealers extra incentives or dealers are more motivated to unload stock they are cheaper than an equivalently optioned RAV4.
Like smsuv we found the RAV more aesthetically pleasing, and a more car-like drive. I think that if we lived up north where travel in snowy conditions is a more constant issue we might have leaned more to the CRV despite aesthetic issues. However, even though I believe the Toyota AWD system superior to the Honda AWD, we would have been priced out of the AWD RAV4. The funny thing is I spent 30+ years of my life living in MI and WI and drove awful rwd American made sedans for all, but one of the years I lived there and somehow managed to survive.
Smsuv is smart to sell their old vehicle rather than trade it in because the dealer will always gouge you on the trade-in (or look for additional profit somewhere else) and because it will take that issue off the table and make your negotiating much simpler. We have also found great financing through Capital One (there is a link on Edmunds site). It's something like 3.4% right now, which is substantially better than any lender in our area and approaches some of the best manufacturer financing.
Given that RAV4s aren't selling that well--at least in my area does anyone know why Toyota isn't offering any incentives? My local dealer has about 6 Ravs on the lot, 2 of which are 2003 models. Could it be because they are imported rather than made in the US/Canada/Mexico?
#1332 of 2127 96 RAV4 owner with 140k troublefree miles looking for "confirmed" rumors of the 2006 RAV
Mar 22, 2004 (11:29 am)
I'm currently driving a 96 RAV with 140k miles - not one thing has gone wrong (not even a light bulb has burned out.) The vehicle has been phenomenal, and I'm looking to get a new RAV sometime down the road.
I've looked closely at the CRV and Forester XT, even the Honda Element - but keep coming back the RAV. I've been so spoiled by the RAV's reliability so I'm leery of anything else.
I'm waiting for "confirmed" rumors of what Toyota will do in the 2006 RAV model year (which would be released in the fall of 2005).
Rumors abound of the RAV being discontinued in 2006, or continuing with a V6 option of the RAV in 2006, etc.
Anyone out there know someone who works for Toyota and can give us a confirmed rumor?
Mar 22, 2004 (7:39 pm)
Don't wait, go buy your next vehicle. You can't go wrong with any of those you picked. You just need to factor in your needs and taste, however, if you wife falls in love with the vehicle then that is probably the one you should buy. You must make her happy.
Did I mention before that you shouldn't bring your wife with you car shopping?
Mar 22, 2004 (7:44 pm)
You state -> "Given that RAV4s aren't selling that well" How do you know? You might be correct though. I went back to a few of the dealers and saw the same Rav4's still on the lot.
Mar 22, 2004 (7:47 pm)
Has anyone put a bumper guard on their RAV rear bumper for added protection? Also, when did they stop making the 2 door RAV? Seen a few around...just wondering why they stopped amking them.
#1336 of 2127 response to #1334
Mar 23, 2004 (9:41 am)
Smsuv--I really don't know how well the 2004 Rav4s are selling except from my own experience on the few lots I visited (mostly the local Toyota lot). I can't remember if I read it on Edmund's site, but there was a quote stating that part of the reason Toyota re-freshened the 04 Rav was that sales had dropped 50% from the 02 to 03 model. Of the four Toy. dealerships I visited all had 3-4 new 2003 models still available with an equal or smaller number of 04s.
I also read--although I don't remember where--that the Jeep Liberty and Honda CRV are battling for first place in terms of total sales and that they were followed by the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute twins. Don't know how far below the above mentioned small SUVs the Rav4 ranked. I tried accessing a website that supposedly offers sales figures, but couldn't download the info and now I seem to have lost the web address. Maybe someone knows where fairly up-to-date sales figures can be gotten.
I certainly don't mean to claim any inside information or to mislead folks about how well a given vehicle is selling and my previous statements should only be viewed as anectdotal observation of a local trend. I thought if the Rav4 was selling poorly it might give me some additional leverage when buying, but the dealer can dispute the figures anyway, or may not care.