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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Jan 07, 2003 (10:06 pm)
Hey folks, this is my first post in this board. I just got a 2001 Rav4 L and I wanna have installed a Roof rack, rear spoiler and the sun roof wind deflector. I do have the parts and the Toyota dealers here in Baton Rouge area are quoting $470 to install them. Does it sound like a good price? What choices do I have? I really wanna have it professionaly installed. By the way I'm in love with this machine.
thank you'll in advance
Jan 07, 2003 (11:11 pm)
$470 isn't asking a lot to have all three installed. But just make sure everything's there. My friend's RAV4's roof rack is missing a piece on the inside of the rack. It's all the way at the back where the screws are - there's a cover on the right rack, but the left rack is missing a cover for the screws.
#825 of 2127 New 2003 RAV 4 L Owner
Jan 08, 2003 (3:36 pm)
Picked up a new 2003 Toyota RAV 4 L on December 22nd. So far I love it and was really happy it came with Toyo tires.
I have one question though! Why does everyone put a small lock at the bottom of the plastic wheel cover at the rear of the car?
#826 of 2127 reply to post #818
Jan 08, 2003 (6:38 pm)
Sorry, suvshopper4; computer's been down.
RE: "Check your tire pressure (re your bouncy ride)", my tires have 29 pounds in them, which is what is specified on the decal in the vehicle. Guess "bouncy" is the nature of the beast for the short-wheelbased-tuned-for-handling RAV (my first-ever SUV). I'm not hitting the roof, mind you; the ride is just a bit of a contrast from my '96 Toyota Previa and '92 Honda Accord.
BTW, the tires are Dunlop "Grandtrek" (16-inch wheels).
#827 of 2127 hilarious postings here!!
Jan 08, 2003 (6:51 pm)
its amazing how pricey this rav4 is, reading people trying to figure out how to get all the good stuff-moonroof deflectors, roofracks, privacy glass,fog lights, rear wheel hard covers- and i think- how much does this pricey little truck cost with all this stuff? im gonna take my 23- 25 grand and check out fully loaded( ford escapes + kia sorrento +hyundai santa fe)good luck!
#828 of 2127 sedanman2--Hillarious choices?
Jan 08, 2003 (7:04 pm)
The Ford Escape, Kia Sorrento and Hyundai Sante Fe are not in the same league as the Toyota RAV 4. Look at the Ford Escape's horrendous reliability record for starters. The Hyundai Sante Fe is more reliable than the Escape but look at the ugly lines on the vehicle. The Kia Sorrento has no track record yet but if it is like other Kia's, you will need that long Kia warranty.
The three best in the class are the RAV 4, Honda CRV and Subaru Forester.
Jan 08, 2003 (8:53 pm)
rbruehl - The lock is to prevent theft of the cover. If you need to remove the cover, all you (and anyone else) have to do is loosen the vinyl part and then slide the cover off the spare tire.
Jan 08, 2003 (10:24 pm)
Escape - stalling and suspension safety recalls
Sorrento - come on, a blatant rip-off of RX300
Santa Fe - slower than sin and VERY heavy on its feet at almost 4000 pounds.
All of them - bigger and consequently harder to park, much thirstier for gas, none of them have the looks of the RAV.
I mean, come on!
Jan 08, 2003 (10:50 pm)
I priced a fully loaded Sorento EX 4WD with Leather and Luxury package - the MRSP was around 27K. I'd take a CR-V or RAV4 with better fuel economy.
#832 of 2127 Inspection time, other
Jan 09, 2003 (3:10 pm)
I just put my '01 RAV thru its first 2-year inspection, with 34,500 miles on the rig. (My dealer had done the initial inspection when I bought it 2 years ago.) I went to a state inspection station, because I had the time and there is no fee.
Re emissions (reportedly strict here in NJ), my CO% was 0.01 (v. the Standard of .50%); HC was 36 (v. Standard 100) at 2,500 RPM. I like it.
One odd thing: other FWD or RWD vehicles in the lines were put on a dyno-type unit in the line, for additional emission testing. I couldn't figure how they were going to do that with the F/T AWD on the RAV. I had visions of the guy thinking it was in 2WD mode and crashing it into the vehicle ahead. But, from a distance (the waiting area), it didn't look like they dyno-tested my RAV.
Typical mileage lately, with winter gas and about 30/70 hwy/local, is only around 23 mpUSg. Overall since new, I'm getting almost 25, with a couple of trips where I got 28-29 on several tanksful.
"im gonna take my 23- 25 grand and check out fully loaded( ford escapes + kia sorrento +hyundai santa fe)good luck!" -sedanman2
And good luck to you, too. It's your money.