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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#1471 of 2127 lbmcc...
Jul 15, 2004 (1:41 pm)
Hello fellow "Buffalonian"! (I'm in the Tonawanda/Amherst area) Have you been through any Buffalo winters with your Rav4 and if so, how did you find the handling? I recently bought a 2001 Mazda Protege ES and I will be trading it in in about a year for a small SUV or crossover vehicle so that I can transport my mountain bike and classroom teaching materials more effectively. So far, I am considering the Toyota Matrix, RAV4 and Mazda3 wagon version.
Any insights would be appreciated!
Jul 16, 2004 (9:36 am)
Should we start our own topic/posts? We're from Tonawanda too and my wife got hers in June, from Culligan. My daughter drove it, fell in love, and she gets hers tonight from Northtown. My research told me this would be the best vechile for what they need it for. Getting back and forth to work, driving around town, and maybe some long distance trips for two. We have not experienced any snow driving yet but I can say that I have gotten a very sure footed feel from the ride. So far there is nothing I don't like, but I don't think I'll be getting to drive them very often.
#1473 of 2127 blackandblue...
Jul 17, 2004 (11:25 am)
Small world, no? Which dealership did you find to be better? I've heard varied reports about Northtown...but nothing seems consistent! Since I will be purchasing in about a year from now, I am planning to check out Fuccillo's on Grand Island. Supposedly, his new building venture is going to be for Toyotas. Everyone I know who has purchased, or gone for service there, has been VERY impressed!
Jul 20, 2004 (4:08 am)
I prefer Northtown, and I get all my service there (that I don't do myself). The deal for my wife's RAV4 was not going well at Northtown so we went to Culligan and she got what she wanted with a good deal. My daughter went to Northtown and showed them what my wife payed and they did a little better. I also have heard nothing but good things about Fuccillo's we just could not wait a year.
#1475 of 2127 Re: blackandblue... [oskwi]
Jul 20, 2004 (6:47 am)
We bought from Culligan. Northtown couldn't match their price and Culligan gave us more for our trade. (See my other posts) Both dealerships were very professional and straight-forward about everything. I know nothing about Fucillo other than that I am sick of his HUGE etc commercials...
We've had the RAV since late May so no snow driving yet. Overall my wife is extremely happy with the car.
#1476 of 2127 lbmcc and blackandblue
Jul 20, 2004 (5:20 pm)
Thanks for the info. I was also considering the Mazda3 wagon, but after reading the plethora of A/C problems, I think I'll scracth that off the list and concentrate on the RAV4 and Matrix.
I agree lbmcc, Fuccillo's ad campaigns are getting a little too intense for my taste. He must spend a fortune between the radio and tv advertising!
Did the two of you, or anyone else for that matter, drive/research any other vehicles before the RAV4 purchase?
Thanks for your responses!
Jul 21, 2004 (2:51 am)
I'm also from the Buffalo area and looking for a new Rav4. Anyone know when the 2005's will be here?
#1478 of 2127 Re: LA to Las Vegas? [dsds88]
Jul 21, 2004 (9:17 pm)
You can make it from LA to Vegas in your RAV4. I did, but whould NOT recommend it. When I drove up hill, my RAV4 was straining. You have no passing power. I was only able to do about 60 m.p.h going up hill. However, the new 2004s have a 2.4L engine with 160HP which is a bit stronger.
#1480 of 2127 Oil Change
Jul 26, 2004 (7:49 am)
I have recently purchased a Rav-4 and have noticed
they recommend oil changes at 5,000 miles. I have
always done it at 3,000 miles. I'm interested in what
everyone else is doing and your recommendations. Thanks for your help.