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#310 of 2127 It's Not My Rav 4 L ....
Aug 14, 2001 (10:15 am)
....but my wife's although I do drive it a lot when I'm not in my Highlander. The dash rattle was fixed prior to the TSB coming out but seems to be coming back. There is a slight noise from the front brakes as the vehicle is about to come to a stop. Also a small air leak around the drivers side door at highway speeds.
It will be going into the dealership soon to correct those minor problems. Have purchased nothing but Toyota's since 1981 and couldn't be happier. Any problems that have come up were always quickly resolved. Prior to buying the Rav and the Highlander I did road test others and they just didn't compare for me. You may more for a Toyota product but it's worth it in the long run.
I was very lucky to find a wonderful Toyota dealership (Sunrise Toyota, Oakdale, Long Island.) All and all very happy with the Rav, our second one. The first, a 1998 Rav4 L was given to our oldest daughter for college. Never a problem with it.
The above minor problems are nothing compared to what some folks are going through in the Jeep GC and Ford Escape problems. One Escape owner is selling it with 2,000 miles on it because the engine dies for no reason while the vehicle is being operated, even at highway speeds. They no longer trust it because it's so unsafe. I really feel for them as life is just too short for that type of continued aggravation.
A great site specfic to the Rav 4 is located at www.rav4world.com, an excellent amount of information is provided there. You are able to view and print most of the TSB's that are issued by Toyota as well as participate in a very friendly message board.
Good luck and happy Rav'ing !!!!!
#311 of 2127 rav4owner, post #285
Aug 15, 2001 (5:23 am)
More info re the "Check Engine Light" coming on, per my previous post #288.
Here is the resolution of the situation from the owner, Antoine:
Sat Jul 28 11:42:26 2001
Just got back from the dealer. Problem resolved. There's a TSB (that applies to all 2wd and 4wd, manual and auto) that involves reprogramming the ECU. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes. The fault codes were 0420 and 0430, which indicate below normal efficiency for catalytic converter, banks 1 and 2, respectively. Of course, the cat is fine, and the codes were erroneous. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the service I just received. Happy RAVin'"
Aug 17, 2001 (5:25 pm)
Does anyone have some insight into what is changing on the 2002 RAV4 and when they hit the showrooms?
Aug 17, 2001 (7:48 pm)
i'm looking to buy a rav 2001.are the rav4 selling for invoice or a few hundred over.i live in staten island n.y.. could somebody give me a contact name or dealer in n.y or new jersey area.what would be a good deal over invoice for this suv. thanks to all that respond. does anybody know if the 2002 rav4 have a bigger engine the horspower on the 2001 looks a little sluggish. any thoughts on the motor
#314 of 2127 No Problem......
Aug 17, 2001 (8:01 pm)
....at all with the engine. 148 HP doesn't make it a rocket ship, but the power in the low end torque is plenty. Not sluggish at all. Very happy with it, great quality, and my wife loves it.
For a site specfic to the Rav 4, check out www.rav4world.com
Good luck !!!
#315 of 2127 2002 changes; 2001 prices
Aug 17, 2001 (8:25 pm)
Very little change for the 2002 RAV, not surprisingly. The only thing I've read is that some color choices may be different. No need to change the engine, in my opinion. Maybe down the road this will happen, especially if the new CR-V, probably out this fall, ups the ante enough to really hurt sales of the RAV.
Regarding price, $500 over invoice is still the best I've read so far, and even that is rare. There is now a second production facility (also in Japan); if demand slacks off and supply builds up, things may change.
#316 of 2127 2002 RAVs have hit the port.
Aug 19, 2001 (5:42 am)
According to a worker at the Port of Portland (OR), the first shipment of '02 RAV4s hit the port yesterday (Sat 8/18). I don't know how long it takes for them to start showing up on the dealers' lots, but it shouldn't be long now.
And besides different color choices for '02, there is supposedly some change to body-colored 'bumpers' for the US; I think these were available in '01 in other parts of the world.
#317 of 2127 Answer to 288 suvshopper4
Aug 19, 2001 (12:52 pm)
Initially when I purchased my 2001 RAV4 I noticed a grinding noise when I applied the brakes to stop. I took the RAV to the dealer where they cleaned the pads and the noise would stop for awhile. It finally stopped after a month and a half of driving. Remember I drive a lot 35-37,000 miles per year.
#318 of 2127 Noise and roof racks
Aug 25, 2001 (9:06 am)
I just got back from some dealer service. While waiting, I walked around and checked the new vehicles on the lot. There were 6 '01 RAV4s, and I found that only 2 had both roof rack crossbars installed correctly (arrows pointing forward). Three had one crossbar pointing rearward, and 1 had both pointing wrong.
The crossbars are slightly non-symetrical, and if they are installed incorrectly, there are wind-noise problems. You'd think the dealership would know this after all this time, but evidently the word has not been passed, or someone is not closely watching the guys who install the racks (I'm told this is done at the dealership, not the factory or the port).
Aug 28, 2001 (3:02 pm)
Hi, I might be getting a used 2001 RAV4. Are there any features I should definitely get or are worth looking for? What would you expect to pay for a 2001 with about 20,000 miles on it and is automatic? I know there are different versions...but what would be a good range? Also...has anyone had any fender benders or wrecks in their RAV4? How did it hold up considering I've only heard bad about its rear crash test?