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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#3085 of 4696 Re: Trading WRX for Rav4 (& bmws) [woodyww]
Apr 14, 2006 (8:06 am)
Hi. I've been reading these posts for months, but when I saw your post about trading a BMW for a RAV, I had to respond.
We will be trading our 1999 BMW 540i (8 cyl. 6sp. manual) for a RAV4 Limited 4cyl 2wd (Blizzard Pearl). It was a tough decision, but we were very pleased with the test drives in the RAV4, and we took several drives before we made our decision.
We've been trying for almost two months to sell the BMW privately, priced way below KBB, with no luck, so I guess next week when our RAV comes in we'll be trading it for even less. BUT, we're very excited to get our first ever Toyota and first ever SUV!
#3086 of 4696 Re: Trading WRX for Rav4 (& bmws) [2ndgrade]
Apr 14, 2006 (10:02 am)
The recommendations from you & vsoars1--who both own bmw's--are impressive (you know how bmw-obsessed us bmw owners can be). And to trade a 540i 6sp. for a RAV4.....the 540i 6sp. is one of the more awesome bmw's, so that's quite a change.
One good thing for me--if I do this--is I have the 6 cyl. auto non-sport 5 series. It's a great car, but not the most exciting bmw--& the 6 cyl RAV4 is actually quicker 0-60. Also, mine has the boring 16" wheels, the chrome trim because it's a non-sport, & it's black, which on the E39 5series, at least the wagons, is IMHO the most boring color.
I like the fact that the 17" wheels on the RAV4 are standard with the V6. And you get the black window trim (not chrome) on all models I think?
One question: how do you like the seats on the RAV4 compared to your 540i?
#3087 of 4696 $220 Special Paint for Blizzard Pearl
Apr 14, 2006 (10:11 am)
Yet if you do a KBB value on any Toyota/Lexus product, you can't add it to the value? Just an observation.
#3088 of 4696 Re: RAV 4 and Highlander [kdhspyder]
Apr 14, 2006 (12:53 pm)
All they need now is diesel engines. I dont think Toyota wants to go there, they want you to think HYBRID
#3089 of 4696 My new '06 RAV 4 - 4 cyl LTD is in!
Apr 14, 2006 (1:16 pm)
Will pick it up tomorrow morning. See post #2974 on this thread for the details. The Pacific Blue looks better than it did the first time I saw it, and it's a cloudy, overcast day so I can't wait to see it in sunshine. Will keep this thread updated with MPG I get.
#3090 of 4696 Re: Trading WRX for Rav4 (& bmws) [2ndgrade]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 14, 2006 (1:17 pm)
You may want to cross check your price with an Edmunds appraisal and then try the Sell Your Car link on the main edmunds.com page. There's also craigslist.com for free ads.
#3092 of 4696 Re: RAV 4 and Highlander [toyowner1]
Apr 14, 2006 (1:43 pm)
Actually it has to do with the diesel fuelin the States here. Until all the states allow diesel ( ULSD ) then no large manufacturer will go nationwide with diesel.
Now at the end of the year when ULSD is mandated and starts to get acceptance then diesels will start to flood here from the largest diesel manufacuters in the world, Toyota, VW, MB, Nissan, etc.
It's only a matter of the fuel available nowin the States.
#3093 of 4696 Re: Trading WRX for Rav4 (& bmws) [woodyww]
Apr 14, 2006 (2:30 pm)
Well I am on my second Audi A6 2.7 and need to replace it at the end of this year. I need more lite cargo room and was lookng toward an Audi A6 wagon or the BMW x3 or Lexus 300 type thing. I have never owned a Toyota or BMW. I would have never even looked at the RAV4 except that the C&D report and test numbers caught my eye. 0-60 and handling #s similar or better than Audi A4 plus good room.
So I have driven several different RAV4 versions and will probably buy the V6 Sport late this year. The ride and handling are very good and the V6 power is very nice.You hear the V6 while accelerating but not much when cruisin or at idle. The truck has lots of nice features. The AWD drive is not Quattro but funtionaly decent. I do not like the idea that the VSC can not be turned off because OFF is good in deep snow as I have learned from the Audi.
I am not kidding myself that the RAV4 is an Audi or BMW, particularly in the area of interior design, displays, seats or comfort. The RAV4 seats are at best OK. A well equipped RAV4 V6 Sport at $26.5K is at least $10K to $12K less than X3 or Lexus 330 even before taxes. It is around $20K less than A6 Advant. I am worried about eventual rattles and noise and there is not much about that from Toyota owners here. The Audi warranty is better to 48K but if you keep it longer you need a $3K extended warranty as repair costs are very high.
The bottom line is the RAV4 looks like it will provide the right level of fun and usefulness with enough money left for 2-4 trips to Italy. Since I am retired now and do not drive as much especially long trips the RAV4 cost advantage is a factor.
Will I miss the Audi.....you bet! Nothing makes a 5 hour trip seem like a 3 hour trip than cruising in an A6 2.7T at 75!
#3094 of 4696 4cyl Sport 2WD Silver...Finally!
Apr 14, 2006 (3:51 pm)
My wife and I purchased our 2006 4cyl Sport (Silver) today with the following options:
-Daytime Running Lights
Price we paid: 23,630 (500 below Edmunds TMV)
We went to Hank Aaron Toyota south of Atlanta and had a great experience with everyone there. I would definitely suggest getting quotes via the internet from internet sales members. We love it!