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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#1705 of 2127 Re: 2003 Dash rattle [escapenut]
Dec 30, 2004 (4:38 am)
I agree with you about the dash rattle. Why hasn't Toyota fixed the problem at the factory? That's pretty lame if you ask me. It's known problem for years that should be addressed and fixed before it reaches the consumer. It gives me the idea that Toyota doesn't care. My dash rattle was supposedly fixed and now is back with a bad squeak to go with it everytime I hit a small bump in the road. It's totally annoying. Did anyone find a fix for the squeal sound the RAV4 has? The dealers claim it's normal intake noise, but it wasn't there when I bought the RAV4. If it was I wouldn't have bought it.
Dec 30, 2004 (5:43 am)
My wife's RAV4 has been ultra-dependable to date
other than the dash-rattle which is a major annoyance over rough surface roads. Ironcically, the dash rattle did not start immediately after purchase. I think my wife first heard it and then me about 1 yr. ago. Then is started to become more intrusive. I will admit that it seems to be worse during the colder-winter months.
I printed off the cowl-rattle cure for the RAV4
that someone had thoughtfully written, with pictures. I've filed it but may get it out just to review the procedures for the permanent-fix
(aftermarket) fix that was formulated just in case it's needed again. Again, the final fix was
a dealer applied complete dash-rattle kit from Toyota. I'll try and supply the kit number from the work order sheet next time I post.
Admittedly my wife literally starts the car and within 5-mins. she's at work. Not too good for engine warm-up and carbon-deposit build-up. So at least once per week I take it for real warm-up
for at least 1/2-hour or more on the freeway somewhere.
#1707 of 2127 Re: Dash Rattle [escapenut]
Dec 31, 2004 (6:13 am)
Our '01 Rav had the dash (cowl) rattle, the dealer fixed it and it has been silent ever since.
Dec 31, 2004 (7:39 am)
My 2004, started rattling at about 2000 miles. The dealer installed the kit and it was quiet for about another 1000 miles. Now it rattles on and off, but the loud squeak is there after every bump. At 2300 miles the charcoal canister failed, then the vent hose to the canister cracked a week later, the catalytic converter needed replacement after that and then the air mixture fuel sensor failed at 3300 miles. The squeal sound started at 400 miles and is still there. At 4500 miles now no new problems, but I'm disappointed with the RAV and wonder what will fail next.
#1709 of 2127 Dash-Rattle Kit #
Jan 03, 2005 (7:07 am)
As promised, here is the kit # that the dealer used to fix the complete dash rattle : 08231-00801, Noise Kit.
So far so good on my wife's '03 RAV4 with the kit.
It's been over a week now and seems to be working.
The RAV4 has so far been good otherwise,; sorry to hear that some of you have had mechanical problems. You normally don't think of a vehicle
assemble in Japan as having that many problems, but it does happen. I've got an '01 Ford Escape
and don't have the rattles that the RAV had. But
I've had other issues with my Escape too, but it's been a good vehicle so far for me.
#1710 of 2127 Re: Dash-Rattle Kit # [escapenut]
Jan 03, 2005 (8:04 am)
I'm beginning to believe that is doesn't matter as much where a vehicle is built as it did in the past. With widespread outsourcing and globalization, parts and other preassembled units can come from just about anywhere. It's pretty much the luck of the draw as to what you will get. This vehicle has more initial problems than my two last Chevy vans put together, yet my brother has an older RAV that has had no problems at all. I do believe that this dashboard problem is a lack of refinement by Toyota. It should have been addressed at the factory level long ago, not just passed off at the dealer level with a kit.
Jan 03, 2005 (12:39 pm)
Two years ago I was very close to getting into a new '03 RAV4, but I soured on it after reading owner comments about the dash rattle. It was bad enough that the problem continued into the '02 model year, but when '03 owners posted that their RAV4s still had the rattle, it was a turnoff. Who wants to buy a vehicle knowing that it most likely has an annoying problem right off the showroom floor? A co-worker let me take his '02 for a test drive at the time and sure enough, his had the rattle. I believe he ultimately did get it fixed after at least two trips to the dealer.
Only a month or so ago I did finally get a RAV4 as a second car, but it's a used 2000 4WD. Still surprisingly tight after almost 50k miles. Hope the '01+ ones age equally well.
#1712 of 2127 Re: [cbmorton]
Jan 04, 2005 (6:04 am)
'01 Rav (very early production), 45,000 miles, had cowl (dash) rattle, completely fixed 3+ years ago, brakes were squeaky at 5,000 miles, Toyota issued a TSB and replaced them with quiet pads for free. The brakes were functioning perfectly, but were noisy. Note that consumer reports for the '01 lists everything perfect except brakes (see above) and body integrity (cowl rattle). Both these two minor problems (noises, not safety or driveability problems) were completely fixed with the TSB under warranty, and it continues to be a perfect vehicle.
Jan 08, 2005 (11:59 am)
I've narrowed my choices to the Rav4 and CR5.
I'd appreciate knowing what kind of real world Highway mileage you're all getting.
Thanks in advance.