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#1671 of 2127 Re: 2004 RAV4 Fwd in the rain [ewind54]
Nov 09, 2004 (12:42 pm)
i bought a 2004 rav 4 4x4 the thing is the honda is not a true awd it is front wheel when wheels start slipping it moves some power to rear
not a great thing compared to the true 4x4 or awd systems
toyota has power at all 4 wheeels all the time
if you get any snow why even think get a 4x4 rav
trust me over the years their are so many cars i love but if they dont have awd the true kind like subaru has or toyota i cant get it
its not worth taking the chance
after having that control i will never ever give it up
i bought a vibe awd due to gm points i had etc
it was the fake awd like the honda, needless to say i had the car all of 8 months and traded it in for the toyota
now for rain yes it does make a difference. trust me i hace had a few close calls in my 45 years
i love my rav its not perfect i have a squeak in the dash etc little stuff, my toyota dealers in the area of buffalo ny suck, service is always everything seems fine and it takes 2 weeks for an appt. so that is a turn off big time
but the rav itself has been fine
i have not had it in any snow storms yet but my cousin has one and says it was very good
also i like subarus alot in snow and handling so you may want to check it out
ok hope it helped
#1672 of 2127 2004 rav 4x4
Nov 09, 2004 (12:52 pm)
ok ig ott he dash ratle too. i tell people it sounds like a slow popcorn popper. it comes from conter of dash i think but after reading all coments i guess it just sounds like it does. i have had it to 2 dealers, one said oh no that can't be that is only on the older models, the other one said they can't hear it.
also does anyone notice on the emergency brake.
if i am moving forward a bit and lift lightly on the emergency brake it makes a loud pop sound bang in the rear wheels. if im still or going in reverse it does not do it. both dealers say its normal and it will do that due to the pads or something engaging. i have been driving toyotas and subarus for years and never heard this one. also my cousin has a 2002 and it does not do this. finally if you live in the buffalo ny area i will tell you i love the toyota but the dealers suck.. not always friendly in sales and service so far has not been good at all. this will make me think again when buying a new one which i do often. thats ashame to cause i really do like the rav 4 4x4
also the sterio fades in and out a bit on fm not strong stations or something my neighbor has a highlander and hers sdoes the same thing
anyone hear that?
thanks for your help
#1673 of 2127 Re: 2004 RAV4 Fwd in the rain [jt3451]
Nov 09, 2004 (5:40 pm)
Thanks for the response. I pretty much decided to go with the rav 4x4, just waiting for the next rain to test drive to make sure. Hopefully sometime this week. If my rav has a rattle, I would take that over worrying if the CRV engine will catch fire after an oil change any day.
#1674 of 2127 Re: Maybe someone can help [samantha]
Nov 11, 2004 (4:44 am)
I just bought a Scion 6 CD in dash player that also plays MP3s for around $250 off of Ebay. It plugs right in to the stock wiring and fits the dash perfectly. It also has the amber lights for the night time view of the buttons and a cool fiber optic color changing face. Before this, I had installed the JBL 6 CD player with cassette tape from a Highlander (also off EBay) and was a direct fit as well. That one had a green face and tended to overpower my stock speakers. Both of these work with the steering wheel controls which was a bonus as well.
#1675 of 2127 Re: Aftermarket effects on Side Curtain Airbags [ybc]
Nov 11, 2004 (4:51 am)
There are airbags in the seats, so any messing with the seat cover will compromise their function. Also, the side airbags located in the roof around the door frame (A pillar) are where wires would be run for an auto-dimming mirror. I had an aftermarket sunroof installed by the dealer, but they had to try two different shops before someone would tackle running wires through the A pillar where the airbags are deployed from. To sum it up, both installed options you want are a risk to the air bag system and the dealer/Toyota doesn't want to assume that risk. I did pull off my A pillar cover to see how it was done and all the new wires are taped to the metal roof post so they won't get tangled up if the air bag deploys.
#1676 of 2127 Re: 2004 rav 4x4 [jt3451]
Nov 11, 2004 (5:02 am)
The "dash" rattle is easily fixed. It is really the cowl in front of the windshield, under the wipers. There is a good website with instructions for do-it-yourselfers, or just take it back to a good dealer. My dealer fixed it two or three years ago, and it has been silent ever since. Note that it only rattled when it was cold AND dry.
The brakes make a pop sound when applying them the first time after changing direction. Normal, no problem.
#1677 of 2127 Replacement speakers for '04 Rav
Nov 14, 2004 (10:23 am)
My wife bought an '04 RAV4 L a couple of months ago. She loves it except for the CD/tape system, which, frankly, is of very poor quality. I would like to hear from other owners who have replaced the units and/or speakers. We're not audiophiles, but we definitely want to upgrade the system.
#1678 of 2127 Battery for '97 RAV4
Nov 14, 2004 (12:07 pm)
Anyone know where to find a battery for a '97 RAV (other than from the toyota dealer)? The stock battery came with a half size battery, but I've been unable to find it anywhere. Everywhere I've checked so far only has a full size battery. Also, if you can please indicate what is a good price.
#1679 of 2127 1997 RAV4 Check Engine Light On
Nov 14, 2004 (2:51 pm)
I have a 1997 Rav4 with 70,300 miles on. I was driving and suddenly the "check engine" light came on. The car was drivable. I don't feel the transmission is slipping. I filled the gas tank to half full and tightened the cap. The light still on? Any suggestions before I take the car to the dealer is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance.
#1680 of 2127 Re: 1997 RAV4 Check Engine Light On [fran20]
Nov 15, 2004 (5:14 am)
More than likely, just an emissions control issue. Could be cat. converter, O2 sensor, etc. You need to have the error codes read to know what the problem is, but driving should not cause any harm.