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#203 of 2127 2001 Toyota Rav4 questions
Jun 19, 2001 (7:02 am)
I live here in Melbourne, FL about 1.5 hrs
east of Orlando.
I'm in the market for a 2001 Rav4, but have
some questions for yall.
1. What is the best asking price I can get these
days for a 4X4 automatic with the quick order
package + the rack roof and the anti-theft?
The MSRP is always high. Does Toyota ever
go below invoice? How do I negotiate a good deal?
2. I'm thinking about getting either a Titanium
colored exterior or a white exterior. Now, are
the metallic colors any more durable? I live
in Florida and my old Corsica is peeling paint
already on my white car...
3. I'm still torn between 4X4 and 4X2...
The rain storms can get bad. Should I go for 4X4?
How does the car behave differently among these
2 in a bad storm?
4. I am also torn about ABS. Any thoughts here
from actual RAV4 owners who have used ABS during
5. Being from central Florida, are there any others of you who would know which dealers here
have the best promotions and are willing to negotiate pricing the best? IF any of you are reading my post that are Floridians with Rav4, pls
let me know where you bought yours?
Thanks a bunch!
#204 of 2127 Recent purchase
Jun 19, 2001 (1:38 pm)
24,500 sticker I paid 23,200 or 1300 off. They sell very fast and ordering takes awhile. I do not have AS and there are many arguments for it but so far it has not been an issue. I think that on slick pavement it might come more into play. I have 4wd but mostly for snow in mid west---but I am sure it helps in the rain. If you can find AS and 4wd I say go for it. Traded 2000 Honda CRV and like RAV4 much better. Mine is automatic and I have no problem with performance. You can take it out of overdrive when you need a little extra zip or downshift into 2 position also at stop sign or merge ramp and it will have all the pickup you need.
#205 of 2127 Toyota Dealer in Central Florida
Jun 19, 2001 (2:22 pm)
We bought our RAV in April. We went through CARSDIRECT.COM, but we actually purchased the vehicle at Kissimmee Toyota. We traveled all the way from Daytona Beach because our local dealer would not even try to locate us a RAV because we wanted a 5-speed. We were very happy with Kissimmee Toyota and the salesman said he could of saved us $200.00 over the CARSDIRECT price. Needless to say, when we are ready to purchase a replacement for our '97 Camry, we will check there first. The salesman we dealt with was Don Joyce, who I believe is their fleet manager. Good Luck!
#206 of 2127 more power and solar yellow
Jun 19, 2001 (11:06 pm)
does anybody know if you can add a try supercharger to the 2001 rav4? can you put a lift on a 4X2? and is Toyota going to make the rav4 in solar yellow for 2001? if anyone knows please respond. thanks
#207 of 2127 Engine won't start
Jun 20, 2001 (1:31 pm)
We have a '98 Rav with 32k miles. Put 2 60# dogs in the back, 2 little ones up front. When purchased there wasn't much room for negotiations(as I have noticed around the country). 28mpg highway. Although we love it, there have been 2 annoying problems:
1.Just wouldn't start 3 times in a 16 month period. Battery was chgd. 1st explanation after that was "gas change over from summer to winter can cause this". 2nd explanation was that the car was started and moved a short distance. Computer memory error.
2. Brakes squeal. Brakes were checked and we were told "this is normal".
Still love, even though...Anyone else have similar problems???
#209 of 2127 credit cards and Rav4
Jun 19, 2001 (10:58 am)
I'm in the market for a 2001 Rav4 here
in east central FL.
I called up the dealers and they say
that I cannot make a cash purchase on
a credit card. They only accept $3000 on
a credit card.
Is it true that if I buy online, I can
put the total cost of the car on a credit card?
Do you know of any dealers in FL that do this?
Also, I have some more questions in the 2001
Rav4 thread below...
#210 of 2127 corsica - credit cards
Jun 21, 2001 (1:07 pm)
All dealers have their own specific rules about credit card purchases for cars. Remember, they pay their card service provider a percentage of all sales made on credit cards. And since dealers work on low margins on new car sales, they don't want to have to give 3-7% of that $25K to the credit card company. Sometimes, that's their entire profit. My dealer allowed me to put $1K of the down payment and the extended warranty amount on 2 seperate cards only and a check for the rest.
Also, my company (non automotive) accepts credit cards and I know our card service provider specifically excludes car purchases on credit cards.
#211 of 2127 Resoonse to #165
Jun 22, 2001 (11:39 am)
I test drove a red Rav4 with the taupe interior the other day. It is located at the toyota dealership on Superstition hwy (60 east) at the Superstition Springs blvd. exit. I think it may be called Mesa Toyota but I am not for sure. It did have a lot of options; sunroof, 4wd, roofrack, etc. Hope this helps!
#212 of 2127 Gender bias with RAV4?
Jun 22, 2001 (4:01 pm)
It seems like every RAV4 I see on the road is driven by a woman. I was wondering if the other RAV4 owners here have noticed a gender bias with this vehicle... do more women than men own them? Is the RAV a "woman's SUV"?