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#909 of 2127 Purchased 2003 RAV4
Mar 12, 2003 (9:30 am)
My wife and I just purchased a 2003 RAV4 Spectra Mica Blue with Quick Order Pkg., moonroof, and extra stuff added by P.O.E. and dealer. We got
a cash price of $20.5K. MSRP was $22.6K. We went
trought Fleet Sales and effectively got invoice
+ $200.00 over.
My wife had her heart set on a white Sport model which was listed in the dealer inventory but was actually not. We would've had to wait for another
to come in or special order and wait for several
more months. However, she was determined to get
something and she liked the blue color anyway. All in all the Sport Package didn't make a big difference to her either.
Toyota seems to like piling on a lot of extras
at the Port of Entry and dealership. We wanted
some of the extras but others we did't, so we negotiated discounts or no cost on stuff we did and didn't want. The dealership even threw-in
window-tinting for free.
The process, even with the fleet-sales, was too long compared with our last vehicle purchase. Something the dealership/Toyota should work on.
The RAV4 is perfect for my wife because she wanted
small(er) and high(er) without extra largesse in
the vehicle. She enjoys driving it immensely
and has a reasonably high seat position. She
has bad arthritis and this was definitely a factor
getting in and out of any vehicle. Out of all of
small-utes we tested the RAV4 fit her best.
She effectvely can slide in and out of the seat
with no problem w/o stooping or bending too much.
I've driven the RAV4 myself and was impressed
with the overall quality and drivability. Wish
it had another 40-50 HP though. It'd be a hoot
to scoot around in then. My Ford Escape has
201 HP and never feels winded, but I pay in less
gas mileage too. The first fill-up on the RAV4
averaged 24 MPG city with a little hwy. mileage.
Not bad and I expect that may go up a little.
#910 of 2127 Re: 2004 RAV4
Mar 12, 2003 (9:56 am)
totalnet - I think we had the last generation of RAV4 for only 5 years (from 97 to 00). And maybe 6 years for Japan when it's debut in Japan in 1996. Was it in 1995 in Japan? Anyway, is Toyota planning to stick with 7 years cycle? I can see what they did on the Sienna, 4Runner and Land Cruiser. On the other hand, they pretty much stick with 4 years cycle on Carmy and Corolla. We even see they debut their new year model 6 months earlier most auto markers, like Sienna, RX330 and current model of Corolla.
mckee4 - Thanks for sharing this. My wife is planning to trade her Accord for RAV4. She loves the styling and fun to drive. We are not ready to buy yet because I recently bought a SUV. $$$ issue!! But the deals that I've got have been great with very good price and low APR. I think Toyota will put only 20 more power horsepower (16? hp) if they have plan to redesign it, just try to compete with CR-V.
Mar 12, 2003 (3:56 pm)
Found out on a RAV4 site that the first gen RAV4 came out in 1994, so my first message about the model year was wrong. I think Toyota does 4 years ccyle on high volumn cars like Camry and Corolla. As much as I like the RAV4, it doesn't sell as much as those two models.
#912 of 2127 first road trip: great MPG,so-so comfort
Mar 14, 2003 (9:54 am)
Got 27, 30, and 31 MPG from Baton Rouge, LA to Dallas, TX. (2003 RAV 2WD Sport Package, purchased 12/31/02). No complaints there. But I must admit that seat positions/arm rests leave a lot to be desired on a trip of any length. Not something I really paid attention to on the test drive!
Mar 14, 2003 (11:32 am)
I've done 10-hour trips in my '01 RAV.
No comfort problems, even with my tricky back.
I guess your comfort may vary.
#914 of 2127 2002 Toyota Rav4
Mar 23, 2003 (3:40 pm)
Can anyone tell me where I might get the drivers seat cover for the 2002 Rav4. I have called Toyota. They are no help as they contract out that work. They cannot/will not give me the subcontractor. They have no kits available for this model and do not expect any in the near future.I've been to auto upholsterers and auto accessory stores without success This is a leased vehicle....Does anyone know where I might get this item? Any help will be appreciated...Please don't tell me about duct tape..lol
#916 of 2127 about the $1000 discount
Mar 27, 2003 (4:19 pm)
i am thinking to buy a 2003 RAV4, a little confused with the $1000 discount for option
packages, is it already included in the
Edmunds' MSRP and Invoice prices?
#917 of 2127 $1000 discount
Mar 28, 2003 (12:46 pm)
The discount is included in the MSRP listed by both Edmunds and Toyota. So with Toyota's price, it $800 off the invoice price. If the options are bought seperately. Which I think Edmunds has included for the invoice price.
#918 of 2127 Sales event
Apr 02, 2003 (12:37 pm)
would anybody know when the next Toyota sales event will happen this year in Southern California