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#1845 of 2127 Been researching....
May 28, 2005 (9:42 am)
The RAV4 as a tow vehicle behind our MH. AWD, manual transmission, etc.
Does anyone know how the 2005 AWD system works. The earlier ones used a viscous clutch, same as my 2001 AWD RX300, but as of 04 the RX dropped the VC in favor of brake torque apportioning, did the RAV4 do the same?
The Toyota salesman said the RAV4 F/R engine torque bias is 80/20. That is in the range of the best (high wheelslip) case I measured on the dyno for my RX, everyone agree?
#1846 of 2127 Re: 04 Toyota Rav rims and tack welds rusting out [jannine]
May 29, 2005 (7:12 am)
Sorry to hear of your problem.I have a 04 RAV and now I am looking for this problem.Do you have any pictures of the rims with the rust? Thanks in advance.Skippy
#1847 of 2127 Re: 04 Toyota Rav rims and tack welds rusting out [jannine]
May 29, 2005 (7:38 am)
I noticed that in a few spots on mine, but not everywhere. It's just where the mating surfaces have a small gap where water can get in. A fix is probably to sand and repaint the spots and then seal it with some type of caulk. It should have been done right at the factory though and is disappointing to see on a car less than a year old. They probably need to go back to the drawing board on how they build these rims.
#1848 of 2127 Toyota RAV4...who's it for?
May 31, 2005 (9:32 am)
OK, I am a 22 year old male, looking to buy my first new car. I love SUV's, but they're simply out of my price range right now...except the small ones. I really have loved the Toyota RAV4, but I'm wondering if it is considered a chick car at all. I'd get a red one...so I don't think it looks like a chick car to me at all. However, I very well could be wrong.
Take a look at these pictures, and let me know. If I hear good things, I will go tonight (5/31) and get one! Please respond quickly! Thanks!
#1849 of 2127 Re: Toyota RAV4...who's it for? [derusha]
May 31, 2005 (10:15 am)
54% of RAV4 owners are women, but this a great vehicle, lots of standrad safety equipment, good pick up, and headroom. I cant find a vehicle that beats A RAV 4
for overall quality, reliability and good looks. besides red, I would look at black and pewter which is offered on the sport model. I think its the best value on the road and IM a 54 year old male, and very Macho, besides if chicks think its cool you will be a head of the game. Let us know waht you end up getting. This is a great forum
#1850 of 2127 Check out the deal I got
May 31, 2005 (11:48 am)
2005 Automatic, Roof Rack, Tonneau Cover, Carpet/Cargo Mats, Power Sunroof, and others
Invoice at 20,954
$20,690-$900 Rebates = $19,790 (including all dealer fees). I called area dealers to see if they would match and their exact words were, "You should go buy that car right now!"
#1852 of 2127 Re: Toyota RAV4...who's it for? [derusha]
May 31, 2005 (2:56 pm)
I had one (a '04 RAV4) but traded it for an '05 Highlander as we needed more space. As to the "chick car" thing - don't worry about what ppl think of your car, if you're secure and happy with it - who cares what others say or not? With the new 2.4L engine as of '04 it's a very peppy rig and handles very well with the 235 tires I had. I am an over 60 male, hetrosexual and I wouldn't give a rat's as$ whether ppl think it's a "chick car" or not. If you like it - do it.
#1853 of 2127 RAV4 trip/assessment after 2+ yrs. ownership
Jun 01, 2005 (7:38 am)
Drove my wife's '03 RAV4 to the beach (~160 mile round trip) yesterday and even
with four (4) adults and assorted junk it returned 25 mpg and that includes some
city running-around which added an additional 40+ miles. So the mpg figures are
about right for a highway/city mix. Straight highway might would deliver as high as
28-29 mpg which we achieved about two (2) years ago on another trip when the car
was a couple of months old. It had adequate pick-up coming out of the toll-plazas
and for general passing and never felt too-winded. The sun-roof is buzzy with the
sun-cover open, but the sun roof closed. Close the sun-cover and you can't hear anything. Open, the sunroof is noiseless or at least you can't hear anything for the wind-noise. Might be cured with a little sun-roof lubricant, but is not a real annoyance either way.
The dash noise is back in ' lite ' version, not as loud, but still noticeable over some road-surfaces. The RAV is still under 3yr./36 through March '06, so I think I will
take it back again for the techs. to have a look-see. I know the service manager got sick of seeing me some through the door, but that's what warranties are for.
I will admit the the fit and finish on my wife's RAV was a little less than I expected of Toyota quality. It is noisy and somewhat buzzy all through the body-structure.
My '01 Ford Escape does not have the interior buzzes and rattles that the RAV4
does, but then again my Escape V6 is only getting 16-17 mpg City, 20 Hwy. I can
live with noises more than I can a mediocre gas-mileage. However, I do like the pick-up my V6 has with 70K miles and will probably keep it as long as possible.
The main feature is the convenience of entry/exit my wife has with the RAV. She's got severe arthritis and it does help having a near-perfect vehicle for getting in/out
manually. So, all in all the RAV4 is a great little vehicle for travel and getting around. I would recommend the vehicle to anyone making a choice for a small SUV or cute-ute used or new, eventhough I cannot speak for the '04 model-up.
From posts of those who have '04's-up, they seem to be as good or better than
previous year models.
#1854 of 2127 Re: Log Lights [ravnbike]
Jun 02, 2005 (9:54 am)
We just bought a base 2005 RAV4 and would like to add Fog lights. The parts department told us that no kit was available. Any advice?