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#1830 of 2127 Rav4, "unintended acceleration"
Apr 29, 2005 (2:54 pm)
I am a 2004 Rav4 owner. I posted recently about how uncomfortable it is for a driver who are 6'4" like me.
Besides that, I had recently two incidents of unintended acceleration, 1 going forward from parked and, 1 in reverse. This one with damage to the left back bumper when I hit a pole holding the end of a fence in my drive way. Thanks heaven no one was in back of the car, because the acceleration was great.
I have driven the car for over a year and, I had no incident of this sort.
Looking over the internet in this forum I found out that NHTSA had closed a probe
regarding incidents like mine in others Toyotas cars ( Camry, Lexus etc.) 30 in total with a pedestrian injured. The probe centered around the cars' electronic throttle control and found nothing wrong in the ones they investigated. It said sudden surges are sometimes caused by drivers who are unfamiliar with their new vehicles. I have driven this car for over a year when these incidents happened!.
I took it to the dealer and they told me that after placing it in forward and reverse "nothing" happened. They did not check the "part" that controls the acceleration of the car, whatever the name is.
So here I am with an almost new car that I am paying for and frightened to drive it to the point of never parking it in between cars. The feeling is awful. I have lost all confidence. I am a retired person and the least I need is this mess.
Thanks for reading this.
#1831 of 2127 Rav4, "unintended acceleration" by milom1
May 01, 2005 (1:58 pm)
There is no apparent problem with this issue. If memory serves me right, these incidents were attributed to driver error (having one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator was one possibility). I would also suggest you let the vehicle warm up a few seconds before driving off (at first start-up). Hopefully you can have your acceleration problem resolved.
#1832 of 2127 JUST BOUGHT ONE
May 02, 2005 (12:35 pm)
I just bought a brand spank'n new 2005 Toyota RAV4. Titanium Metallic with L package (AY, FE, RL, GY, HD, KE, SR, RF, DR, UP, MA, CF). Sent out 8 emails to dealers and got responses from 4. Only 3 with prices. Received a price from Schaumburg Toyota in Illinois for $23,000 which is $300 below invoice. MSRP is $26,200. Out the door $25,000 including tax and fees. They tried to steal my Chevy Blazer but I decided to try to sell it on my own. I've been keeping my eye on the RAV4 since 2001. If you are thinking about buying one, just test drive one.
It is so quick compared to my 190HP V6 Blazer that I find myself flying when the light changes green. I have to take my foot off the gas a little. I love the way the gauges glow orange at night. It looks like they are on fire. The steering wheel is small like a racing wheel. It corners like a cat. Saying it's fun to drive is an understatement. Love the small details like the RAV4 embroidered in the floor mats. I love the style. I don't know what next years will look like and I don't care. All I know is I like this one. Don't want an option for a V6. One of the reasons I bought this is because of the 4 banger with good MPG. With how quick and fast it is I can't imagine someone wanting more. And I have read that the engine is noisy. WRONG. It's smooth and quiet. Love the seats. Feels like you are sitting in a cockpit of an airplane. Maybe not that good but you get the idea. There is quality throughout. Maybe I should be writing this on a review board but I have been reading the stuff here and decided to finally write something. To all of those deciding if they should buy one, take what you read with a grain of salt and take a test drive. You won't be disappointed. Also the size is fine for 90% of the people out there. Some of these SUV's out now should be classified as busses. Here's to many happy years with my RAV4. O what a feel'n.
#1833 of 2127 I have never driven a 2004+ RAV4
May 18, 2005 (7:24 am)
But apparantly they are pretty quick. If you look in this month's "Truck Trends" magazine, you will see that it (4WD 5-sp) went to 60 in 7.9 seconds (I think that's what it was, don't have a hard copy in front of me). I tell you that really surprised me!
My 2000 RAV4 is certainly much slower than that! What a difference that 2.4-liter makes!
#1835 of 2127 04 Toyota Rav rims and tack welds rusting out
May 24, 2005 (3:35 am)
With only 2,000 miles on my new Rav and 2 months old the alloy rims, tack welds are all rusting out. This is a poor design from toyota. Are they going to reognize the probles? Every Rav I see with the stel alloy rims are all doing the same thing. Also they were not properly sealed off right, at the factory. The only way to fix it would be to upgrade them to the alluminun. I have had the car professionally detailed 3 times. The detailer has been doing cars fro 28 years. He said he never seen this in a brand new vehicle. I met with toyota Rep. He said that you have to keep them clean. HA! Thats a joke. I am in arbitration now to have the rims upgraded at no cost to me. Look at your rims. They are all doing it.
#1836 of 2127 2 issues for my new RAV4L 4WD 2005
May 24, 2005 (4:22 am)
#1: How to program a new remote to this auto?? The auto was a demo, and I only got 1 remote with it. I already bought a new remote but I need to program it. #2: I plan every year to let the auto sit unused for 6 months (when we go to our winter home). My problem is that if I leave the battery connected, the current draw from on-board electronics (clock, computer, etc.) will drain the battery and then damage it. If I disconnect the battery that long will this cause the auto's computer to need reprogramming? Also will the remote key recognition be lost? In the past I have used a float charger, but now I do not have access to 120V AC to power the float charger. I really don't want to damage the RAV4, or need reprogramming every year. I already have a 1999 RAV4L 4WD at my winter home, and I've disconnected the battery for 6 months. I'm less worried with the 1999 (I hope) than the 2005 because the newer the car, the more involved the computer software. Thanks for any and all advice!!
#1837 of 2127 Unintended acceleration....
May 24, 2005 (9:25 pm)
That has happened to me twice, first time was during a test drive of a new Mazda Miata. When I got back to the dealer I checked and found that the dealers special "protect the carpet" floormat was laying on top of the gas pedal but behind the brake pedal. Every time I stepped on the brake hard the carpet protector pushed the gas pedal down.
I'm getting old.
Vacationing in HI early this year the condo rental came with a minivan. Just one time it surged forward as I braked to a stop.
A few days later as I was vacuuming the car I noticed that the floor mat was, ahhh, you already guessed.
#1838 of 2127 Re: Unintended acceleration.... [wwest]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 24, 2005 (9:42 pm)
Er, you were vacationing in Hawaii and felt the urge to vacuum out the rental minivan?
Hey, you can borrow my minivan anytime you come to Boise.
That would explain the phenomenon for those times when people insist they did step on the brake, and explains why many OEM floor mats have a hook gizmo built in to keep them from sliding around.
#1839 of 2127 Good question, Host.
May 27, 2005 (7:20 pm)
"Er, you were vacationing in Hawaii and felt the urge to vacuum out the rental minivan?"