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#925 of 2127 2001 RAV4 clunking noise?
Apr 15, 2003 (8:40 am)
Has anyone experienced any maintenance problems or issues that might lead to recalls with the 2001 or newer Toyota RAV4? The particular problem I am experiencing is clunking noises from the breaks engaging when you switch the automatic gear from reverse to drive or vise versa. I took the car to two local dealers, but both of them claim they can hear the noise but that it is normal and don't need any repairs? Is this right? Other friends who have this exact model RAV4 don't have this noise problem.
Thanks for any help.
#926 of 2127 to #920 robbles
Apr 16, 2003 (9:41 am)
yes, if you paid $17,900 before tax you did not
pay too much, about retail. you could get a new
2003 as you equipped for about $19,800 plus tax
if the dealer is honest. I personally went through the same delimma, new vs used. The problem is used 2001-2002 rav 4's dealers and private parties keep the prices up, but they do sell. very high resale value on these things.
if the $17,900 was out the door including sales tax, you got an excellent price.
I ended up buying new. Reason is I knew where it had been (from factory), recieved full 36,000 mi
warranty (worth a lot to me), did not have to worry about smokers or hidden damage. But I did
pay more for new I agree.
I want to everyone about my friends experience.
My young blonde friend went in alone,
She went to Grand Rapids dealer, they did not have the vehicle, would not quote a firm price,
wanted her to sign agreements to buy without seeing the car. Just wanted $100 on her charge card so they could get the car here. would not talk to me about price. I sent her to Lansing
MI Spartan Toyota. Kathleen there gave a no nonsense bottom line price which blew away the Grand Rapids prices, plus they have a huge inventory. She waited while they prepped it and drove it home on a Saturday afternoon. Wow, I love Spartan Toyota E Lansing !
Then Grand Rapids Dealer called her, she explained she bought over the weekend, salesman
got upset (probably because he lost a huge commission) and told her he would not refund her $100 because he had already ordered a car.
It took calls to manager to agree to not do that.
Just poor business. PS She has the same cowl/
windshield rattle as mine did 6 months ago, so
Toyota still has not fixed this small, stupid,
simple fix problem. I cannot wait to borrow her car to do the felt/insulation, screw, fix, as I
did on mine. Otherwise, her car is also perfect.
If anyone is concerned about rav4 construction
quality, do not be. This is the real job#1 quality
#927 of 2127 RE: 2003 price
Apr 16, 2003 (3:49 pm)
just wondering if anybody got their 2003 model
RAV4 at close to $1000 below invoice in Southern
california area recently?
it seems to me it is doable.
#928 of 2127 new RAV4!
Apr 29, 2003 (2:17 pm)
this site has been silent for a while, here is something new!
i just bought a new RAV4 for my wife in S.CA.
2003 RAV4 L package titannium color with sunroof, rear spoiler, keyless entry,roof rack and alloy wheels, paid $21600 including fees.
my wife loves the small baby!
thanks everybody in this forum for the valuable
Apr 29, 2003 (3:33 pm)
Did that price include taxes too?
#930 of 2127 thanks!
Jul 05, 2001 (1:16 pm)
yes, Steve, it is the out-the-door price.
according to Edmunds:
i think i got it at close to $700 below invoice.
was thinking to wait after this month, hoping there will be some kind of cash rebate for RAV4
next month which can bring the price even lower,
couldnot wait though...
after all the research i have done, i think i got
a very good deal, what do you guys think?
#931 of 2127 Itd2, good4u
Apr 29, 2003 (8:21 pm)
I'd say you did quite well. Hope you enjoy "The Baby" (our nickname for it, too!) as much as we have. Did you get a 5-speed? We did and love the acceleration.
On another front, I think I'm hearing the famous windshield rattle again, folks. Can I tighten the cowl myself and save another trip to the dealer? I see some bolts near the wipers. Are they the ones to tighten?
Apr 29, 2003 (9:33 pm)
FWD or AWD?
#933 of 2127 RE: New Rav4
Apr 30, 2003 (9:32 am)
i got a FWD automatic, i heard the windshield rattle and loud engine the first time i drove it,
i guess that is the way it is according to this
also, it comes with the dunlop tires, was hoping
to get the Toyo ones, not sure which one is better.
#934 of 2127 Toyo vs Dunlop tires
Apr 30, 2003 (1:41 pm)
My 2003 Rav came with dunlops. They sometimes
seem a little squirley when wet, could just be me.
My only experience with toyo was a new datsun I
had, came with toyo tires. They wore like iron.
I retired it with toyos. They are an excellent tire. I would select toyo over dunlop if I had that choice.
I did not know toyota is using them.
This week my new American Racing chrome alloy wheels ($357 for 4 were on sale, go on sale periodically) plus yokohama geolander tires
(at $95 apeice installed) from the sears retail tire store. Looking forward to see if I get a ride/traction improvement, will let the board know. This leaves me with a set of steel wheels
and dunlops for winter or whatever.