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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#13 of 4032 Having trouble finding the RAV4 combination you want?
Feb 09, 2004 (7:17 am)
I paid $24K for a loaded 2004 RAV4 AWD; the MSRP was $26.6K. A factory order was my only choice; certain options like side airbags were unavailable anywhere in California. Now I've got a RAV4 equipped unlike anyone else in CA! My philosophy is simple: if you're gonna spend 20K or more on a new vehicle, make sure you get exactly what you want. Take the time to research and pick the options you want (Toyota's options can sometimes be a bit confusing); you can select up to 15 options on a factory ordered vehicle. Then sit back and be patient: it's a 3 month wait.
#14 of 4032 I have a RAV4
Feb 10, 2004 (4:38 pm)
I was in a car wreck and had a Corolla, I wanted a Toyota and wanted a SUV, so I searched the Toyota site and local dealers also on Edmunds and any search engine I could find to look up more info on the RAV4--I went to three local dealers and looked at the 2004 models and they also had a 2001 and 2002 on the lot, I was able to get a '04 but it would have left me a bit tight money wise, if the best deal was the '04 I was going for it-all the research I did, I printed and had a large folder also, I ended up getting the '01 model it had only 9,830 miles, it was certified and it had the roof rack,mud guards, tinted windows,air conditioning and I had them put in a keyless entry alarm with auto start, the money I save on insurance will pay the alarm system in no time....I live in NY, we get the insurance discounts.......the '04 has a larger engine and more horsepower then the '01 but I am not going to a race track that the faster motor will really make a difference...the RAV4 is in tip top shape and I also took out an extended warranty on it also---the RAV4 cost me $15,900 and it saved me $7,000 if I bought the new model....from the outside you can not tell what year it is and I can deal with the smaller engine............so if u want to be able to compare what years are better, do the research and figure which one is better for your needs, then go into the dealer and u make the deal not them, I told them what I was looking for and how much I was not going to pay, if they can help me great if not good bye......I feel I got a great deal and I am very happy with my RAV4---good luck to all........
#15 of 4032 XPENSIVE RAV!
Feb 11, 2004 (6:04 am)
I bought my RAV4 model 2004 and paid 40.000 US $...that may sound MIGHTY expensive, but in Denmark that's the price -and then it only comes with the frontseats because of some government tax rules (you are not allowed more than 2 people and to make sure of that they rip out the seats in the back and fine you to death if they catch you doing any tricks!!)...if I wanted (or rather could afford) the RAV with backseats....I would have to pay: 69.000 US$!!!!!
If I had gone for the Landcruiser VX100 with 4 seats: 210.000 US$
Feb 12, 2004 (10:21 am)
Why so expensive? Is Denamrk protecting the local car makers?
#17 of 4032 DENMARK
Feb 12, 2004 (1:32 pm)
We have no local car makers in Denmark. Our neighbours, Sweden and Germany, are doing just fine while all we seem to do here is add taxes upon taxes which makes this country a living nightmare for car owners......so when I read about you guys complaining about RAV4's at a price of 20 K's - you have to understand if I don't sympathize!!!
On top of the "knock out" price for my RAV4 I have to pay the yearly insurance of 1400 US$ and another yearly tax of 1500 US$ for polluting...it all adds up!
Gas here in Denmark is 1,2 Dollars a liter.....don't know the calculation into gallons -but expensive anyways!
Writing all this makes me wonder if getting that car was such a good idea after all!!!
Feb 13, 2004 (7:14 am)
Good thing you have a Toyota. Perhaps the most reliable car line today. I also own a VW Jetta. To-date it's had 22 parts failures, but I love it. If I paid $40,000 for it I would drive it through the VW dealers front window.
#19 of 4032 Fairly Good Deal
Feb 22, 2004 (5:23 pm)
Well we just bought our FWD RAV-4 with these options Roof rack w/ center rails
16" aluminum wheels
keyless entry with 3 button comf tone
front and rear mudgards
rear privacy glass
removable non retractable tonneau cover
prefered accessory package
towing reciever hitch
auto dimming mirror with compass
VIP RS3200 plus security system
$20000 even TAX, Title, fees out the door.
$4000 under sticker and a fair amount under invoice for my area. Norfolk, VA.
Despite that i would have rather had the Honda CR-V but my Wife wanted this one for some reason.We could'nt get the Honda dealers to budge that much on price but the toyota dealerships seemed to be having trouble getting the Rav-4 off there lots. We were offered quite a few deals. I have only had the car now a few days and while i enjoy the ride the lack of space is killing me and the interior wich is much prettier than the CR-vs seemed made for a smaller person perfect for my wife a little cramped for me. How is everyone else enjoying there vehacle so far.
#20 of 4032 Deal?
Feb 23, 2004 (3:53 pm)
Drench ... can you post the dealers name or number there in Norfolk?... I'm about 90 miles west of you (Pburg area) I checked with CarMax and they didn't have a price like that....
Feb 23, 2004 (4:39 pm)
BTW What is the "prefered accessory package
convienience package"? is this like the "L" Model?
#22 of 4032 Checkered Toyota
Feb 25, 2004 (7:32 pm)
We purchased it threw checkered toyota you may also want to check out priority toyota. Priority also was dealing hard on the rav-4 they gave a simular deal on a sport package with moonroof. I belive it was 20990 out the door. And gave us the impression they would of gone lower but the car was the wrong color and checkered offered us this deal so we just took it.
We negotiated both times with the carsDirect internet salesmen. The negotiations were pretty smooth everytime we tryed to leave to look at the honda CR-v for comparisons they would comeback with a lower price. Just tell them you are ready to buy that day. They seem very eager to get the Rav-4's out the door. Seems to be a norfolk thing, does'nt seem to be much use for SUV's here.
Anyway good luck
P.S. The prefered package is just floor mats, first aid and cargo nets nothing spectactular convenience package on the other hands puts in a nice stainless steel step up tube looks real nice. And stainless steel racing petals. Mostly superficial stuff. That make the car looke more fresh and sporty.