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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#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.
#1337 of 2127 correction to 31336
Mar 23, 2004 (9:48 am)
Actually the sales drop from 02 to 03 was 15%, not 50%, which isn't all that bad. Sorry! How much less than a CRV or Liberty would be helpful, though.
#1338 of 2127 smsuvundecided..the blue color..
Mar 24, 2004 (5:23 pm)
.. is shown right in the www.toyotausa.com website under "colors" for the RAV4. Sorry, can't post pix of mine. Sorry to be so long in reply but I was away 10 days. I have recently seen this spectra blue mica color on US RAV4s so I know it exists in the US. Keep looking!!
#1339 of 2127 smsuv .....and all
Mar 25, 2004 (2:51 pm)
I have been swaying toward a van but keep coming back to the Rav4. I'm so confused! I go to flea markets and need space for tables and merchandise, a cooler and room to sleep in if I choose to. Just not sure its big enough. I looked at vans but they seem too big. I checked out the CR-V found it to be well... after sitting in the Rav I don't need to say much LOL. With the price of gas the Rav looks real good! The V-6 do use more gas which is why I really didn't pay alot of attention to the Liberty or the Tribute. I have a Geo hatchback now but its just not big enough. I don't see doing flea markets the rest of my life, so a van would be good now, but not of much use later. I don't think that I will have another chance to buy a new car like this again. I want this one to last 10 yrs or more. If I quit flea marketing the Rav4 will still not be too big. Boy do I need HELP!!!!!!!
Mar 25, 2004 (2:55 pm)
I just read that 2000 was the last year for 2 door Ravs
Mar 25, 2004 (2:59 pm)
No news about that year, but at the 04 auto show a rep from Toyota told me that 06-07 could be a hybrid. Only toyota knows and they are tight lipped about what and when they do anything. Sorry it isn't much help.
#1342 of 2127 60,000 mile checks on 99 Rav4... HELP
Mar 25, 2004 (4:52 pm)
I have been told that it is necessary to put a new timing belt on the Rav4 at 60,000 miles and also to change several of the fluids in the drive train area. Is this necessary? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.....
#1343 of 2127 faggle - simply put -
Mar 25, 2004 (7:22 pm)
YES - it is necessary. If your timing belt lets go, you will have a lot bigger bill to deal with (like a rebuilt engine). And fresh fluids is just inexpensive insurance. Just do it!!
Mar 26, 2004 (5:21 am)
Yes, do the timing belt, but I am pretty sure that most, if not all Toyotas, have non-interference engines, so if the belt breaks, you just stop, but no engine damage. Other makers, like Honda, have interference engines - belt breaks, engine is destroyed. Also, do the fluid changes.
Mar 26, 2004 (9:03 pm)
We were looking for a bike rack for our 96 Rav (any suggestions).
There seam to be 2 types in general, one that connects to the area where the spare tire is and racks that connect to a 2" hitch. To my surprise our RAV has the bumper in the back and when I pulled out the little rubber Toyota logo...low and behold a hitch. HOWEVER it appears to only be 1" square. Is this another one of those wanna be SUV features that are really meant more for show than play? Certainly I would never tow anything with this RAV...it just bearly moves itself. Still if a bike rack can be hooked up here I'd like to hear about it. THANKS!