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#192 of 2127 RAV mileage test
May 31, 2001 (4:01 pm)
Our 2001 2wd L-package 5-spd. RAV4 currently has 2500 miles on the odometer and I just did a fuel mileage test. On a 92.2 mile trip, it used 3.692 gallons of gas, giving it an average mileage of 24.973 (let's say 25mpg). The trip was 99% hwy miles. Toyota rated it for 31 mpg on the hwy, so that's a bit less. I averaged a 70mph cruise rate using cruise control on the interstate with relatively flat stretches of concrete.
#193 of 2127 Can't find manual transmission to drive
Jun 02, 2001 (3:17 pm)
There are two Toyota dealers in my area and up till now they have not had a manual transmission in stock. I want a Rav4 real bad but refuse to buy until I have driven a manual. Auto trans is okay but a little under powered. Has anyone else had this problem about driving a manual? What did you do? Thanks in advance, Ameise.
Jun 02, 2001 (3:27 pm)
Persevere! Yes, sticks are scarce but they are not impossible to find. There's a really good Rav4 "enough power?" and a very detailed gas mileage thread going at Kelly Smith's Rav4world.com site where a lot of folks religiously notate their every tankful, and driving history and experiences. I think that I also read a pretty decent thread right here at Edmunds regarding the owners area of the Ravs and their comparisons of fuel consumption. The one thread that I recall running thru everyone's post at Rav4world was that their stick-shift gas mileage was not as good as they expected. Some seemed very upset by it, and most were just reporting results.
I honestly think the automatic is peppy as all getout, but to each their own.
Persevere. There ARE 5-speeds built. You mention 2 dealers close to you. If you go to www.toyota.com and do a "dealer locator" and put in your zip code. Request a 100 mile radius, and contact them all via their sites or their phones, and just ask them to reach you when they get a stick in. Improve your ratio of finding a stick by raising your odds of a call!
#195 of 2127 bumper4 - Manual Transmission
Jun 03, 2001 (7:47 am)
We test drove an automatic 2001 RAV4, but it was not acceptable to us. We had to wait for about a month for someone to find us a manual, but it was either that or find some other vehicle to buy. It was worth the wait. We also have a '97 Camry with a manual tranny, and are probably lucky to have found it. Both my husband and I prefer manual transmissions, and they are getting harder to find. You might also try the web site BUYATOYOTA.COM, if it is available for whatever part of the country you are in. I am in the southeast. I was able to keep track of all available Rav's in my area, what dealers had in stock and what was coming in. Our local dealer told us they never get manual tranny's in the Southeast. If a dealer really wants to sell you a vehicle, they can find you one.
#196 of 2127 Chicagoland Dealers
Jun 03, 2001 (7:52 am)
Which is the best (on price and service) Toyota dealer to work with in the Chicagoland area? I am still debating on either getting the RAV4 or a Honda CR-V. What are the pros and cons of each?
How is the service at Chicagoland Toyota dealer and do they give you loaner cars for service?
#197 of 2127 Rav4 or Honda CRV
Jun 07, 2001 (11:53 am)
Just traded my 2000 CRV for RAV4 like it much better even though CRV is great vehicle. REV is quieter, pusher, better seats, better radio,better performance but not much,---less room to haul things without removing seats.
Personal decision but RAV4 is much different vehicle in 2001 that it was in 2000 and to me much nicer vehicle.
#198 of 2127 Sunroof Rattle
Jun 08, 2001 (8:54 pm)
Has anyone out there experienced a "rattle" in the sunroof when in the tilt mode? I'm still not sure where it is coming from... sometimes it looks to me as if the plastic-glass expands/contracts with the heat... other times it appears to me that the arms that raise the glass don't "lock" and thus make noise when I drive over a road bump... Is this normal?
#200 of 2127 colors for 2002
Jun 15, 2001 (8:44 pm)
Anybody know if the 2002 will be available in Solar Yellow? Thanks.
Jun 17, 2001 (3:00 pm)
anyone know if you can remove the cross bars on my roof rack? also any one having trouble with brakes makeing growling sound? also sometimes the power door lock refuses to work,anyone else have this problem? anyone know if you can buy an air filter other than at the dealers? have 3600 miles on my Rav L wish it had just a bit more power, but none the same we really like the vehicle. thanks to all. BOB