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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Aug 07, 2003 (11:38 am)
Just read where the 2004 is getting, along with some minor cosmetic tweaks, the Highlander's 2.4
4 cyl......I believe they said it was good for 160-161 hp in the Rav.....now it's more than competitive with the CR-V, new Outlander, Forester (but not turbo) etc. I really hope they keep the Rav4 around for a 3rd generation. Now that it's got a decent engine, it can grow a bit to better compete with the CR-V. And please, give the next gen. a proper hatch, or maybe a split tailgate like the Element. I think the FJ40 will be more hard-core off-road, so there is plenty of room (and market share) for Toyota to keep the Rav4.
Aug 08, 2003 (11:55 am)
I don't think Toyota should drop the RAV4, because like wheelz4 said the FJ40 will be geared to offroad (ie rough ride, high climb in height, etc), whereas the RAV4 is geared to pavement.
Toyota will lose market to people who want a small on-road SUV that can handle minor off-road (like fire trails) situations if RAV4 is dropped permantly.
With the 2.4-liter engine, the RAV4 finally eliminated the power problem, so move over CRV, Toyota's coming through!!
I don't think Toyota would go through the trouble of upgrading the engine if the car was going to be dropped in a couple years, so I personally think the RAV4 will stick around for a while to come.
Aug 10, 2003 (11:16 pm)
they haven't upgraded the engine, they have merely dropped in a different engine they already had...but I agree, it would be a big mistake for Toyota to drop the RAV. I remember when it was new for the second gen, it was their best-selling "SUV", and sales are still pretty good now, 3 years later...and this 2.4L engine will make a big difference...I wonder how much mileage will suffer, if at all.
#986 of 2127 REAL RAV4 gas mileage
Aug 11, 2003 (3:13 pm)
I am interested in buying a new RAV4 next year when I move to Minnesota (got a Corolla now)
I would like to know what kind of gas mileage people are really getting, as opposed to the mystical EPA figures. Please include equipment; auto/manual, AWD/FWD; driving style, terrain, temperature and anything else you might feel pertinent. Thanks a bunch
Aug 12, 2003 (5:27 pm)
I live in the flat, humid tropics of Louisiana, and I generally drive a vehicle hard. (With the RAV's awesome response/handling/braking, it's just too much fun to do otherwise!) I routinely get 24-25 mpg in the city. Last spring, we drove to Dallas, TX and actually got 31 mpg on one of the tankfuls. There were 3 of us in the car, and we ran the air conditioning most of the way. Equipment:
2003 model, Sport Package
Good luck! If you're like me, you were hooked on the first test drive!
Aug 15, 2003 (6:43 pm)
hal9001: My 2001 RAV, AWD, auto trans, driven easily, has gotten 24.8 mpg over its first 44,000 miles, mostly on flat land, mixed suburbs/highway driving, mixed temperatures (20-95), some a/c. Best I've gotten on a tankful was 28 on the interstate a couple times.
With MTBE in the gas, I've found the mileage penalty to be 2mpg+. NJ requires this in winter. I was just in Maine (August), and a gas pump sticker said MTBE was added. If the sticker was correct, looks like they may use it year-round up there. Don't know about Minnesota.
#990 of 2127 96 Rav Issue: HELP PLEASE
Aug 19, 2003 (12:15 pm)
Our '96 Rav suffered antifreeze mixing into the oil back in '99 or so. Under warranty Toyota replaced the head gasket I believe. Over the following year the idling was never right. They tried a multitude of things before finally installing a new short engine block 2 - 3 years ago....under warranty. Now I again am getting a cloud of white smoke on a cold start. I am fearing the head gasket again. I am also concerned Toyota will not be so friendly on the reapir now that the car is out of warranty. Could the head gasket be the problem--even only after 2.5 years and less than 30K miles? Anyone else have similar problems or did I just get a lemon? THANKS!
Aug 20, 2003 (7:10 am)
(1) a little condensation in the exhaust first thing in the morning is normal.
(2) if it is actually grayish smoke, that may be the valve seals, which may have hardened as they aged...this has been an issue with the last gen Camry, many of which were smoking first thing in the morning by 100K or so. If it is this, you can continue to drive it - keep an eye on the oil level.
(3) if it really is the white steam cloud that comes from a blown head gasket, it will be easy to ascertain, because you will be going through a lot of coolant (check the expansion tank). In this case, don't drive it, as you will most likely wind up overheating somewhere.
I kind of doubt you would get much help from Toyota...it is well out of the original warranty, and four years (you said '99?) since the head work they did before. You could always take it up with them though - you never know.
#992 of 2127 This just in: 2.4L engine in RAVs a reality
Aug 20, 2003 (9:08 am)
I just heard that the '04 RAV4s coming into the Port of Portland OR have the 2.4 liter engine, probably the same one in the Highlander, with 160 hp.
So it appears that the rumors were true. I was wrong in my earlier pooh-poohing prognostication.
But I'm happy to hear there is more power for those that want or need it.
Only problem is now we'll be seeing a lot more RAVs on the road, I'm guessing. Oh well.