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#3395 of 4696 First tank of gas burned
May 06, 2006 (4:36 pm)
My first tank eded up at 20.2 mpg. I own a Base VVT4, 4WD. It was 3/4 city driving and 1/4 highway between the range of 65 and 75 MPH. Also I switched in and out from overdive and used the engine to brake many times to help it break in. Although I never raced it, the highest rpm was around 4 k in 3d gear.
I am a pretty sporty driver and I will rev the engine plenty when it is time. I would not call it a heavy foot, coz that is just part of it. Anyway, my measurement could be off slightly, because I did not let the car run out of gas. I drove about 25 miles past the Empty light coming on. Anyone knows what is the exact range of the reserve gas? I cannot be that off. I figured it has max 10 miles left in it.
This is my first Toyota, I traded in a 2002 Jeep Liberty for it. It is bigger inside, although the Jeep was a real terrain machine, I never used it except for the 20" snow in winter. I hope I'll have no issues with the RAV4 in this area. Althought the 17", 225 HR Yoko tires are sweet. Talking about H rating, anyone knows what is the top speed of the 4 cylinder? The Jeep was a pleasure, but the gas consuption was hidious. the sticker said 17 mpg and I only got 13-14 the most, with only 36 K on the odo.
I find the 4 cyl engine strong enough and i can put all the extras in later on, what the other trims have. I chose the base, because I wanted to keep the interest on the car low as possible. besides, even the base have all the goodies I need. Except for the heated outside mirrors I'd love to have. Anyone knows are the mirrors pre-wired for this?
I do not know if the nice yokos i've got (17" not the 16") causing it, but the ride is a bit choppy at highway speeds. The car soaks up the ditches well, but seamingly it is done in cooperation of the hole unibody rather than with the suspension alone. Should I worry that this will compromise body integrity with time? like I said, never had a toyota before.
I only have one other thing. The interior is incredibly spacious, much more space than the Libby's. But the same problem here too. I am 6'2" and the driver space is not enough! I could use another inch driver seat back travel. I partially solved the problem by lifting the seat with 3/8" galvanized 2x2" blocks, but still. The other complaint I have is the foot rest. The angle is too steep and it is not big enough for my size 12" so after an hour of driving my foot goes numb. Am I alone with this? Perhaps not, but I hope toyota people are reading this. If they can send the extended Rav4 to America, they could also extend the seat travel! Lol. Coz we here aren't small.
I browse through the service schedule and could not see when the transmission fluid needs to be changed. It looks like oil change and tire rotation up to 120 K nothing else for city use.
Ok, I wrote too much, but anyone knows where to get a service manual? Also, my dealer want to sell me the alarm system with remote starter only. There must be another unit without the starter. I figure they make more money on this. Anyone knows how hard is it to install, coz the alarm is about $150 in Canada, and oh yeah, I am getting the body-side molding too.
#3396 of 4696 Re: First tank of gas burned [avrguy73]
May 06, 2006 (6:14 pm)
You can get an alarm system installed way cheaper. Plus it will automatically lock all the doors when you start the car. I love mine, nice safety precaution.
#3397 of 4696 Re: 2006 RAV 4 Owners Manual 1.1 qt Oil Usage every 600 miles--how long? [quickdtoo]
May 06, 2006 (7:13 pm)
Thanks for pointing it out. I've got 480 miles on my V6 RAV4 and I'm driving on a 300 mile round trip next Saturday. I'll check the oil before I go.
#3398 of 4696 Where are the Limited RAV4s?
May 06, 2006 (7:31 pm)
I bought my Limited last week and it was the only Limited at that dealership. Just out of curiosity, I checked the inventories at two nearby dealers. The results were 32 base, 22 Sport and one Limited. Is it undersupply or overdemand that is making the Limited so rare at dealerships?
May 06, 2006 (7:35 pm)
Don't laugh. I now have a very sore neck after driving the V6 for almost 500 miles. No, I haven't even floored it yet. It's just the high torque at low speeds that is getting to me. I took a turn at a stop light and gave it too much gas before straightening out and my neck instantly had a sharp pain in it. I'm now getting used to the throttle from standing starts, but now keep my head against the headrest. What a car!
#3400 of 4696 Re: Where are the Limited RAV4s? [wizzobutter]
May 06, 2006 (7:47 pm)
I was asking myself that very same question. I waited a couple months to find the one I bought. No one had them. What I find weirder is that I seldom see them on the road, nor do I see them advertised at all (in my area - central California). I think it is undersupply, and tough cookie for us looking all over for them!
#3401 of 4696 oil consumption
May 06, 2006 (7:50 pm)
1.1 quart of oil per 600 miles? You gotta be kidding? This is Toyota quality? I was set to buy a RAV4 but this sort of "expected" and "acceptable" oil use is ridiculous. Get real Toyota. BTW does this same kind of oil consumption issue affect all Toyota models? Well, I quess it's back to looking at Hondas.
#3402 of 4696 Re: Where are the Limited RAV4s? [wizzobutter]
May 07, 2006 (3:31 am)
Only about 2.5% of RAV4s built seem to be limited. Same with sport. I keep an eye on the SE region deliveries and it seems 95% are Base and and 85% are 4cyl. Do a build and buy on zip 34423 and you will see what I mean. Lately there seem to be even less Sport or Limited. According to this link, 2006 production ends in 10 weeks or so.
I think we all loose sight of the fact that the RAV4 is basicly a low cost point vehicle and the Sport and Limited are not the meat and potatoes of Toyota production. Just a thought.
#3403 of 4696 Re: oil consumption [little3]
May 07, 2006 (3:33 am)
I think your on the wrong track here. I don't know anyone with a Toyota that has any problem with oil consumption. I suspect Toyota is just being cautious in the manual especialy for the break in period. And all cars use a slight amount of oil, even my Audi but certaily not a as much as the Toyota manual mentions
#3404 of 4696 Re: Where are the Limited RAV4s? [lir]
May 07, 2006 (5:07 am)
Ltd's or RAV's in general? Ltd's are very rare but starting to be seen. Total RAV sales are very strong as far as Toyota is concerned. It's up 110+% and they still can't keep them on the lot's.
2006 - 47798 units
2005 - 22631 units