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#604 of 2127 agree with mathtype
Jun 25, 2002 (6:33 pm)
There is a great rebate available right now for the RAV4 through July 8 (date according to Longo Toyota).
I ordered one through CarsDirect.com and got $900 below invoice = the $500 rebate and $400 recent college grad rebate/financing.
I didn't get my Limited Slip Differential like I want(doesn't seem to be at all available in CA), but couldn't pass up this deal.
Look forward to owning my RAV4 and joining the 'club'.
Any word on 2003 differences/changes? Are there any?
Jun 25, 2002 (5:35 pm)
I accidentally put diesel on it. What should I do?
Do I have to get a new engine?
Jun 26, 2002 (8:13 am)
You might get some good answers if you post over on the "Maintenance and Repairs" board here in Town Hall.
I don't see that topic listed there, so you might have to start your own. Try giving it a catchy title like, "Diesel Instead of Gas by Mistake -Help!"
Jun 26, 2002 (9:37 am)
I do see a Diesel in Gas engine discussion in the archives that may give you some help too.
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Jun 26, 2002 (8:55 pm)
Yeah, thats me. I guess I should add some stuff. Took it to ford. The guy at the front desk said they'd have to do a whole bunch of things and would probably cost $500 or more dollars. So we left it there. About a week later we picked it up, bill was in the 100s, around 150 I think. The mechanic that worked on it said they ran a diagonistic, nothing was wrong, then topped the tank off with gas, had about 1-2 gal diesel in a 20gal tank. That was it. I was kind of suprised they did so little, but trusted them, they're professionals right? Fuel filter was not replaced.
The truck was never the same after that. It would smoke after every start. We took it to the dealer we bought it from. They tried to fix it. First time I went there they did something and said it was fixed. But it wasn't. Went back again. same thing, said it was fixed, but no. Third time same thing. Fourth time Ford decided to give us a new engine. Smoking after starting stopped for a couple days but then started again. We decided to change the fuel filter. That solved the smoking after starting problem for a couple days and then started again. Been doing it ever since.
If I were you I would definitely replace the filter and fuel lines. I would also have them clean the tank, check the pump-replace if necessary, and check the engine-replace parts if necessary. I sure wish I would have done it this way. Good Luck.
wantadiscoii, is the lock working? Maybe its broken, stuck on lock.
Jul 09, 2002 (5:39 pm)
Hello to everyone on the list. My wife and I are thinking about buying a RAV4 2wd with the L package automatic. We took one for a test drive and liked it very much. Our question is has anyone used this vehicle for a drive of about 2/3 hours on the interstate, was it comfortable enough?. Does it have enough power to keep up with the traffic, or would it be wiser to check out the Highlander with a V6. For doing errands around town, the RAV4 seems like a very good choice after reading some of the postings. Any info. would be appreciated. Thanking in advance
Jul 10, 2002 (11:20 am)
I've taken a number of 4-hour trips in my '01 RAV (and soon I'll be taking a 10-hour drive in it).
I have a problem back; still, I've not had a problem with the RAV's comfort, or anything else. It cruises well and handles very well. It gets off the line fine (especially after the engine is broken in), but does not have the quicker middle-speed acceleration of a 6-cylinder, which you might want. It's no dog on the highway, though. I have learned what to expect and how to drive it, and can get a lot out of that 2.0L engine. I probably value efficiency over power more than most drivers, though.
#612 of 2127 tires and wheels for '98 RAV
Jul 12, 2002 (2:00 pm)
I'm about to buy my roommates '98 RAV AWD and it needs new tires. It has the stock 16" steel wheels and P215/70R16 tires. I need advice on whether I should stick with that size or move up to a bigger 16" or even 17" tire and alloy wheel combo. Any advantage (or disadvantage) in the larger tires?
I'd appreciate any tire recommendations as well (must be good for all-weather conditions, including snow)...
Jul 16, 2002 (7:02 am)
This car has enough room to be in for long interstate drives, but is noisy above 60 mph, enough so that it can get tiring after a few hours. Also, the ride is a little bouncy, if the road is jointed. Apart from that, the power is fine, if not overwhelming.
I have not driven the highlander, but seeing as it has the V-6 and is a heavier vehicle, I bet it has the ride and power issues licked. I wonder if it is quieter...the main noise issue in the RAV is wind, and some tire noise.