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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Aug 29, 2002 (9:51 pm)
caseycw: IMHO, the worst thing about buying a RAV4 is the way Toyota offers an infinitude of options and then groups them in "popular option packages." It enables the company to advertise a deceptively low base price but, judging from this baord, it has also cost them a customer or two.
As I'm sure you noticed, there isn't a heck of a lot of difference between the L package and the Sport package other than the "sportier" cosmetics. (Oddly enough, fog lights and privacy glass do nt appear in the Sport package.) I guess Toyota is offering the L package with the 2wd and Sport package with the 4wd to further distinguish these products. Another item of note for SoCal: If you want a manual trans, you've got to order the 2wd model; the 4wd comes only with auto.
It seems to me, after reading the RAV4 e-brochure, that there is absolutely no difference between the 02 and 03 RAV4s (except for the availability of the Sprot package). Did I miss something?
#678 of 2127 agree with mathtype
Aug 30, 2002 (6:09 pm)
I completely agree with you mathtype. I hope my original message doesn't come across any different.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing new for the '03s other than the Sport Package which basically is just some visual differentiations. I am glad I went ahead and bought an '02 as I wanted 4wd with the L pkg. As we have both noticed, for SoCal, that is not available together and I am not interested in the Sport's hood scoop and side tubes, etc.
I do love my new RAV4, even with the limited power (42hp less than my previous car), discussed infinitely before. I guess I technically don't need more power, but it would be nice of course, especially living in a big mountainous region as I do. Turning of the overdrive does come in handy though.
Any other thoughts/questions/concerns? Anyone?
#679 of 2127 Transmission
Sep 01, 2002 (2:29 pm)
I've had my RAV4 for about 6 weeks now. Very disturbed about the transmission. My boyfriend was driving and when I leaned over to get something on the floor, I hit the shifter (automatic) with my shoulder. The vehicle shifted into neutral while we were driving down the road. According to the owners manual this is normal - there is no lock for drive to neutral. Can anyone tell me why? I see it as a safety hazard. Also, when do you use overdrive? I do mostly city driving at 45 mph and in bumper to bumper. Thanks for any input
#680 of 2127 Nah.....
Sep 01, 2002 (6:13 pm)
She can't be 50.
#681 of 2127 what's the difference
Sep 03, 2002 (1:06 am)
anybody knows the differences between RAV4L and RAV4J?
Sep 03, 2002 (1:11 pm)
There is no RAV4J available in the US.
Could it be a model available only in Japan or Asia?
Sep 03, 2002 (1:15 pm)
All references to it that I find on Google are in Japanese - probably a good indicator it's not available in the U.S.
SUVs; Aftermarket & Accessories
Sep 04, 2002 (7:05 am)
Did we mention that TMV pricing is available for the '03 RAV4?
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#685 of 2127 RAV4 Break-in Period
Sep 05, 2002 (11:20 am)
My daughter is taking delivery of a 2002 RAV4 next week, and is wondering if it's advisable to drive it on a 400 mile trip (almost all freeway) that she needs to take soon thereafter. Is there anything in the manual on break-in requirements? Does anyone have advice on this?
#686 of 2127 Mathtype: breakin period
Sep 05, 2002 (12:31 pm)
Just picked ours up this week. According to the manual during the breakin period (first 1000 miles) you should:
1. not drive over 55 mph
2. avoid full throttle starts
3. avoid hard stops during first 200 miles
4. not drive slowly with manual trans in high gear
5. not drive for a long time at any single speed, fast or slow
6. not tow a trailer during first 500 miles.
I would think a 400 mile trip, alternately speed once in awhile, would be a fine way to break it in. I have taken similar trips with other brand new Toyota's and they all ran great for years!